Rockers unplug for Vail Valley show |

Rockers unplug for Vail Valley show

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Eddie Kowalczyk of Live, Art Alexakis of Everclear and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer bring their acoustic Open Wings-Broken Strings Tour to Beaver Creek in Colorado’s Vail Valley at 7:30 p.m., Monday.

“As a songwriter and a singer in Live, I’ve had the good fortune of being surrounded by incredible musicians, lots of wonderful production on both record and on stage and plenty of volume,” said Eddie Kowalczyk. “The Open Wings-Broken Strings tour is an opportunity for our fans to get to the heart of our songs in a unique and compelling way. Stripped down, intimate and acoustic, you’ll hear the strings on the guitar vibrate and buzz, the vocal chords hum and pulsate.

“Quiet, just might be the new loud.”

After each show, all three artists will donate their guitar strings to where they will be turned into jewelry and sold on the site with all proceeds going to charity.

Kowalczyk is currently putting the finishing touches on his first ever solo album which is expected later in 2010. He recorded eight full-length albums with Live that sold more than 20 million copies.

“My approach as a songwriter is to write songs that are not finite and will resonate with listeners for a really long time,” Kowalczyk says. “Sixteen years after our first album, I am still able to get something out of songs Live recorded in the early 1990s.”

Alexakis and his four siblings were raised by their mother in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. His older brother died from an overdose, and Alexakis had his own early battles with drugs before cleaning up. He would later chronicle his experiences in his songs, including “Heroin Girl” and “Father of Mine.”

He’s also been politically active, testifying before Congress in 2000 to speak on behalf of a deadbeat dad bill and serving as a delegate from the city of Portland in his adopted home state of Oregon at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Nash has been performing since her high school days growing up in New Braunfels, Texas. It was there that she met guitarist Matt Slocum and Sixpence came to fruition. Following three album releases and hit singles “Kiss Me,” “There She Goes,” and “Breathe Your Name” the band took a hiatus in 2004. Nash took this time to release a solo record entitled “Blue on Blue” in 2006 and also lent her voice to projects such as Delerium and Fauxliage. In 2008, Nash and Slocum reunited as Sixpence None the Richer to record a Christmas album entitled “Dawn of Grace.”

Tickets for Open Wings, Broken Strings are $58 and are available online at, by calling 888-920-ARTS or in person at the box office in Beaver Creek.

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