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Playing voice of ghost leads to job

Boys Night Out is currently playing with the Nintendo Fusion Tour.
Boys Night Out is currently playing with the Nintendo Fusion Tour.
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Boys Night Out has a new addition — keyboardist Kara Dupuy. She was asked to be an official part of the band after the tour in support of the "Trainwreck" album earlier this year.

"I was so nervous," Dupuy said by phone from St. Petersburg, Fla. "I didn't know if they wanted to keep me in the band after my duties were over. When they called and asked, I was so excited."

Dupuy, a classically trained pianist, said being in a rock band has taken her by surprise. "I thought I would be ready for it. I used to be in bands when I was growing up, but this was beyond my expectations."

Along with the classical chops she had demonstrated on Beethoven, Chopin and Dvorak, Dupuy finds solace in Nine Inch Nails. "I just like the sound of the music."

Dupuy started working with Boys Night Out — vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser, bassist David Costa, drummer Ben Arseneau and guitarist Robert Pasalic — during the final stages of "Trainwreck," a concept album about death and ghosts.

"They needed a female vocalist for the dead wife, and a keyboardist," said Dupuy. "The only things that needed to be tracked were my piano, my vocals and some guitars."

The band gave Dupuy the freedom to write her own music for her parts. "That was nice. I was able to experiment a bit."

Right now, Dupuy is taking things in stride. "I have always wanted to play music for a living. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of it. Now, I'm actually in a position to make a living playing.

"It is an adjustment for me. A few months ago, I was a piano teacher. Now I'm in a rock band."

So far, the Nintendo Fusion Tour is going well for Boys Night Out. And Dupuy said she does like some of the games the tour sponsor has made. "I like 'Mario Kart.' I don't like video games that are too complicated. I don't have the patience. But the other guys like all those other games. I just feel I have too much stress in my life to learn all the controls for those other games."

If you go . . .

What: Nintendo Fusion Tour, Fall Out Boy, Boys Night Out, the Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack, Panic at the Disco

Where: Promontory Hall, Utah State Fairpark

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

How much: $20

Phone: 467-8499 or