Marty Chilla and two of his bands, Concrete Loveseat and Strange Desserts celebrate his birthday with a benefit concert for the World Vision missions of longtime friend, philanthropist, and world health activist Dr. John Haines.
The concert is preceded by "A Night For Sight" Benefit Gala Dinner
, which includes a concert ticket in the price (see Associate Events below right).
Originally beginning as a simple duo and some nostalgic reverie, Concrete Loveseat is now a vibrant band of seven with a big sound to match. Living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Concrete Loveseat breathes fresh air into American jazz standards and sprinkles in a mix of original material and inspiration from a more global sound (think French, Portuguese, gypsy, Spanish...they leave nothing untouched). They move effortlessly from vigorous and gripping high energy pieces to delicately nuanced ballads. Concrete Loveseat is Cynthia Valentine ~ vocals, Marty Chilla ~ rhythm guitar, Austin Bowles ~ piano, Daniel Gallo ~ guitar, Bob Schlichting ~ bass, Beau Eastlund ~ drums, Rick Cobian, percussion, and Paul Biondi ~ winds.
Strange Desserts is Marty Chilla, John Haines, and Michael Leeds.