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Bands of NEO at Nevada County Fair

Local band Count Us In will be performing tonight as part of a series put on by NEO on the Nevada County Fair’s Tumbleweed stage. Band members (from left) Claire Fraser, Mary Vogel and Kylie Capella rehearse Tuesday afternoon at SoundCheck Music Center on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley.
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What: Count Us In

When: 7:45 p.m. Thursday

Where: The Tumbleweed Stage at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Count Us In, an all-girl band featuring young musicians from Nevada County, will be performing as part of a series put on by NEO on the Nevada County Fair’s Tumbleweed stage.

They describe their sound as “pop-punk” — and they don’t have a lead singer.

“We want to be equal to each other,” said singer and guitarist Mary Vogel.



“And we all sing, there’s not one lead singer,” added Kylie Capella, the band’s youngest member.

Vogel and Capella met two years ago in a radio interview at Sound Check Music, but the band came together earlier this summer. They’ll be playing the NEO (Tumbleweed) Stage at 7:45 p.m. tonight — but it won’t be their first performance.




“We just did one not too long ago … at Thursday Night Market,” Vogel and Capella said, finishing each other’s sentence.

The band name is a reference to a song by pop-punk band All Time Low. They do mostly covers, but they hope to go further by writing and performing their own music in the future. When asked their thoughts about not having any males in the group, Capella said it sounds “legit.”

“I like the idea of an all-girl band,” said Claire Fraser, who sings and plays guitar. “I feel like a lot of bands we listen to, it’s all guys. Or if there’s a girl, it’s one girl in the band.”

“Girls can be in this community, too,” Fraser added.

Capella and Vogel met Fraser through NEO, where Vogel was volunteering. NEO is a local service organization aiming to empower Nevada County’s youth to make healthy life choices.

“They’re really nice,” Capella said. “It’s nice being around people that care.”

“You can kind of talk about your problems,” added Vogel.

Kenny Steel, a music teacher at Sound Check Music on Maltman Drive, has been working with the girls of Count Us In for years.

“They’ve been with me since they were little girls, all of them,” Steel said. “Claire’s the newest one, but she’s been with me three years.”

“The caliber of musicianship that they’re at, at that age, and the precision they perform with is amazing to see,” Steel said. “And they have fun performing.”

Thursday night’s lineup on the NEO (Tumbleweed) Stage also includes teen singersongwriters Ben and Emily Fitzpatrick. The Fitzpatricks will be playing at 7 p.m. For more information, go to http://nevadacounty fair.com/fair/.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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