Free local music at the Big Fresno Fair

FRESNO, Calif.

Members for the band "Say Swear" practice in a tiny bedroom in what usually is a quiet neighborhood of Northwest Fresno.

"This is what we do, this is our passion, our love. I mean we don't know anything better than this. We're all brothers at this point, it's not even band mates, we're brothers," said Jayson Brooks, lead vocalist for Say Swear.

Jayson, Joel, Joe, Chaz and Alan are a tight-knit group from Fresno. This high-energy alternative rock band has been together for only a couple years but they get their artistic inspiration from one another.

"These guys are pure genius at pulling something out and then I hear it and an old influence will come out and just kind of kick in," said Joel Lopiccolo, drummer for the group.

Say Swear was one of 45 local bands that submitted music videos to perform at the Big Fresno Fair. People voted for their favorites online and the top six bands will perform this evening at the Pavilion Stage.

"Fresno has a very vibrant, local music scene and I think there's a lot of people who don't know about it. So this is just a great way to help showcase our local entertainment and let people know what's available right here in our own backyard," said fair deputy manager Stacy Rianda.

Not only will Say Swear perform tonight but they also received the most votes -- and earned opening act honors for tomorrow night's headliner, Uncle Kracker.

"Which is really awesome because I've watched a lot of bands play throughout the years and of course obviously being from Fresno, kind of dreamed of playing on that stage so this is a real huge opportunity for all of us," said Lopiccolo.

A huge break these locals aren't letting get to their heads. "We're little people, we're nothing big or special so if we're going to get to the next pinnacle, the only way we're going to do is through the support of our supporters and friends," said Brooks.

Say Swear will join the five other local bands up on the Pavilion stage to give the public a free concert Thursday night from 5 to 11 PM.

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