We just received the sad news from singer-songwriter Jason Bennett that local guitarist and graphic designer Chuck Haas has passed away.
As one of Chuck's close friends and collaborators, Jason can express himself more knowledgeably and eloquently about this than we ever could. Here's the text of his message, which sums up the musician's accomplishments and provides details for an upcoming memorial service.
I hate to send e-mails like this out, but I felt I had to. I found out this morning that our wonderful friend and local fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Chuck Haas passed away suddenly late Sunday night.
I first met Chuck when I moved to Colorado in early 2001 and he was a true friend and inspiration ever since. As you recall, he was responsible for the graphic design on the Positively Pikes Peak CD (in which he donated his time) and also on ALL of my CD releases. He performed at all three Positively Pikes Peak concerts and was the most generous man in everything he did. He was an incredible guitar player who specialized in alternate tuning fingerstyle techniques and performed on many of my own songs on my CD's, including "Mindchange" and many others.
He performed regularly in Manitou Springs at the Mona Lisa Wine Cellar and many other local venues. I had the pleasure of performing with him a number of times. Chuck had many of his own CD releases which highlighted his incredible guitar talents. His band Simpleman put out a great CD called "LeBeaux's Dance" a few years back.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to Chuck's wife Katie and the entire Haas family. Every time I've been to the Haas home it is always full of fun, music and wonderful people.
We'll be celebrating Chuck's life at Woodmen Valley Chapel next Thursday, May 8th at 1 pm.
I've attached a picture of our concert at the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Chuck is on the far right. You can also see Chuck perform Bob Dylan's, "Girl From the North Country" at the PPP concert here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JGMCNt1a4
Thank you Chuck for all the gifts you shared with us. You will be greatly missed.