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Guitarist remembered

Third annual Jason Chalfant Memorial Jam is Sunday

Third annual Jason Chalfant Memorial Jam is Sunday

October 19, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

A concert at The New Delmar Inn on Sunday will honor 30-year rock 'n' roll veteran Jason Chal-fant, the Rudy & the Bluefish guitarist who died January 24, 2004, from injuries suffered in a car accident days earlier.

The third annual Jason Chalfant Memorial Jam is scheduled from 3 to 10 p.m. at the venue west of Hagerstown. Rudy & the Bluefish, Flat Stanley, Van Showe and The Jackson Brothers, and members of Kix and Funny Money are among performers at the show.

"Things will never be the same," said Bluefish frontman Tom Borum. "We're continuing on but we miss him."

Kix and Funny Money drummer Jimmy Chalfant, the event's organizer, is Jason Chalfant's younger brother.

"He just really enjoyed getting up there with the musicians; he thrived off of that," Jimmy Chalfant said.

Chalfant, who died at age 49, was known to local musicians as one of the area's finest guitar players, Borum said.

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Jason Chalfant played with Kartune City and The Shift prior to joining Rudy & the Bluefish.

In 2004, The Herald-Mail reported that Chalfant was on his way to his Waynesboro, Pa., home after a Virginia show when his vehicle skidded into a ditch. He suffered head injuries and later died at Washington County Hospital.

Proceeds from the concert will go to the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization that facilitates the donation and recovery of organs. Representatives from the center are expected to be at the concert.

"Jason was an organ donor," Jimmy Chalfant said. "He was able to donate five of his organs, you know, save lives."




If you go ...



WHAT: Third annual Jason Chalfant Memorial Jam. Entertainers include Van Showe and The Jackson Brothers, members of Kix and Funny Money, Rudy & the Bluefish and Flat Stanley.

WHEN: 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22

WHERE: The New Delmar Inn, 16715 National Pike, west of Hagerstown. $10 donation requested. Proceeds go to the Transplant Resource Center of Maryland.

MORE: For more information, call 301-714-4706.

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