Lovers of animals and music will be able to support both this Sunday at CoChilla 2015, set at Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach. The event was started three years ago by local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi.
“I wanted to host an event where musicians could share their original music,” she said. “Most of the venues in this area are looking for cover bands, but there are a lot of talented songwriters that are eager to share their own work. And, of course, it always feels good to support a good cause.
“When the Big Chill said they would be happy to host the event, I thought it would be the perfect place for people to come and relax and appreciate original music at the benefit, and they could also bring their dogs with them.
“The first event was a big success as a fundraiser. The musicians had a blast sharing their originals, and the audience thought it was really special and different to get to hear music that you don’t hear every day.”
The event will be held at the Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth, on Sunday, April 12, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will support the Georgetown SPCA, with 10 percent of sales during the event being donated to the shelter.
Alesi said dogs are welcome to attend the event with their owners and will be able to enjoy treats and water.
“It’s important to raise money to help animals because they have no voice. Sometimes they are simply dependent on good people to keep them safe and give them love, and we are helping to raise money to cover some of the costs associated with that. The Georgetown SPCA is close to home and does a great job of rescuing and adopting out animals in our area.”
Local artists who will be performing include Alesi, Mike Anthenelli, Bryan Scar, Tyler Greene, Adam Ask and Timothy Cooney.
“The artists in the event are very happy to donate their time for the event and have a lot of fun playing their original music. The vibe is very light-hearted and friendly, and we are all just there to have a good time, meet new people and enjoy the music for a good cause.
“The Big Chill is a 21+ establishment, but other than that, everyone is welcome!” she said. “It’s such a warm, inviting day, and we love to have all the dogs around, so if you want to bring your dogs out that day, it makes for a special treat for everyone!”
Along with great tunes, attendees have the chance to win great prizes from local businesses through a silent auction and raffle. Alesi said prizes include services and gift baskets from Oasis Wellness Spa on Rehoboth Avenue, and gift cards to redeem from 16 Mile Brewery, Gallery Espresso in Lewes, the Cultured Pearl and for drop-in classes at Crossfit Rehoboth.
“The raffle tickets will be sold at the event, and the drawings will take place around 8. The business community has been very generous in donating goods and services to the event,” she emphasized.
Alesi said the Big Chill Cantina has been a great partner in organizing the event over the last three years.
“I have been working as a musician at the Big Chill for about four years now, playing in the evenings about once a month. The owners are awesome, and they have built a place with a really cool energy and ambiance that people just love to go to and relax.
“For the CoChilla event, they basically leave the lineup and event details in my hands, and then I reach out to the local musicians and businesses that donate their time and money.”
Alesi said she hopes the event will be well-attended, and people will enjoy good local music while supporting a worthy cause.
“We just hope the event continues to be successful and we can continue to raise money through our original music. A lot of musicians in the area don’t feel that original music is completely welcomed at most places, so we just love the fact that this whole day is about raising support through our own creations, and that the people listening are really enjoying it too!”
Big Chill Surf Cantina is located at 19406 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call (302) 727-5568.