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Jackopierce brings ‘Promise of Summer’ to Vail’

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Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyAcoustic duo Jackopierce reunited in 2002 after five years apart. The group plays in Vail Tuesday

AIL, Colorado – Acoustic duo Jackopierce heads to Vail, Colorado Tuesday for the next free Hot Summer Nights concert.

Guitarists/singers Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce founded the duo in 1988, while both were theater majors at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. With a simple, low-key sound, centered around vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, the two developed a strong local following around the Dallas area a widespread following on college campuses.

Over the next 10 years, Jackopierce played concerts on three continents, and in 10 countries and 44 of the 50 states. The duo sold out venues everywhere they went, sharing stages with the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow and Lyle Lovett.

The group spit in 1997. O’Neill and Pierce wrote and recorded on their own and did not speak to one another for nearly five years.

“I had just had enough,” O’Neill says. “I couldn’t just take a break. I needed it to be over. I needed to find myself, outside of being the guy from Jackopierce.”

Both O’Neill and Pierce released solo records, but neither of them had the same the success that they had together. In the summer of 2002, their old manager, Brady Wood and his brother, Brandt, got together and started making the idea a reality.

“The timing could not have been better,” says Pierce. “I was in the middle of a painful divorce, and it seemed as though my life was falling apart. Brady and I started scheming on the phone about the reunion while Brandt was working on Jack.”

Older and wiser, both are now fathers and their priorities have undergone significant changes.

“We both admit that we did not realize or appreciate what we had,” says O’Neill. “There is a lot more gratitude for each other and for the gifts we have to write and play music.”

To celebrate their two decades together and apart, Jackopierce released a new CD, “Promise of Summer”, in September . The 11-song disc contains 10 brand-new songs and includes a remake of a Jackopierce classic, “March.”

The gates of the Ford Amphitheater will open at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, and Jackopierce will hit the stage at 6:30 p.m.

The Bud Light Hot Summer Nights free concert series and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater are projects of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, contact 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.

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