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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RIP Jared Sletager

Posted by on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Jared Sletager, who played in local bands Pregnant and Elphaba, and also helped Adam Paysse co-found Rome Plow Records, passed away Sunday night. He was 29. In October the vehicle he was driving was struck by a drunk driver, putting him in a coma for a number of weeks. "He fought incredibly hard to live," says his friend and bandmate Matt Doctor, "but after many complications his body began to shut down and the decision was made to let him go. He was surrounded by many friends and family at his passing."

Elphaba was a great band, and Jared has been a proud supporter of the local all-ages music scene for many years. It was partly because of them that local label Rome Plow ever existed (and went on to release albums by the Assailant, Helms Alee, Blues and more). In an Underage column in 2006, Paysse said: "I had no intention of starting a label, but after hearing the songs Elphaba had recorded, I just couldn't stand by and let a record that brilliant go unreleased and unappreciated. So I offered to put it out."

Rome Plow has since stopped releasing records, but Paysse is bringing back the label to release a limited vinyl run of Elphaba's last record, a record that the band never got to release themselves. "Jared was particularly proud of the record and sad it was never released," says Matt.

Friends are also organizing benefit shows to help his family cover the costs of the funeral or to donate money to one of Jared's favorite charities. The first one is December 5th at the Black Lodge with Navigator vs. Navigator, Stres, and Happy Birthday Secret Weapon. The others have yet to be confirmed, but I'll definitely post details once they're worked out.

This is an incredibly sad story, and sincere condolences go out to his friends, family, and bandmates.

RIP, Jared.


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You were a beautiful person, Jared. RIP indeed.
Posted by Benj on November 17, 2009 at 6:28 PM · Report this
miss you brother.
Posted by jfresh on November 17, 2009 at 11:17 PM · Report this
A total sweetheart. He will be missed. He was taken way too soon.
Posted by notfair on November 18, 2009 at 1:27 AM · Report this
Elphaba was a GREAT band. Especially live. I never got to see Pregnant. RIP
Posted by Jeddrock on November 18, 2009 at 1:29 AM · Report this
bunnypuncher 5
My band played with Pregnant out at Ground Zero last month (Jedd - they were fantastic). I never knew Jared personally, but in the few social interactions I had with him and his group of friends, he was always really friendly and genuine, definitely seemed like a great guy. RIP
Posted by bunnypuncher on November 18, 2009 at 6:05 AM · Report this
There will be a gathering of friends this Friday at 7pm to honor Jared, all of his friends are family are invited. Please email for further details.
Posted by arwen on November 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM · Report this
Adam Superfan 7
Jared Forever...
Posted by Adam Superfan on November 21, 2009 at 6:09 PM · Report this
I just found out, and this is heartbreaking. What another incredible being whose live presence this world has lost. This is especially tough in light of our common loss last September. May you be resting in peace Jared; thinking of you often.
Posted by MZB on December 2, 2009 at 4:19 PM · Report this

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