YDKJ Cares: New Jersey Charity of the Month – Light of Day Foundation

by Alice Magdziak • January 12, 2015 • Charity, MusicComments (0)1353

The Light of Day Foundation is a NJ non-profit which raises money to fund research for Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses. Since 2000, the organization has been holding a series of benefit concerts and have raised over $2 million. Since the beginning in Asbury Park, the concert series has grown into more than forty shows in twelve countries throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

It all began as a birthday party in November 1998 for artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin. Benjamin had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, and in lieu of gifts, asked that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Over $2,000 was raised that night. Spurred by the generosity and support, Benjamin reached out to friends, including concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D’Urso, and formed the Light of Day charity, taking its name from a Bruce Springsteen song.

The first official Light of Day concert was held at Asbury Park, NJ’s legendary Stone Pony in November 2000 and primarily featured local, unsigned artists. The critically acclaimed Pittsburgh-based band Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (managed by Benjamin) headlined the show, which featured a surprise appearance by local hero Bruce Springsteen, who joined the Houserockers for a raucous hour-long set.

Over the years Light of Day has grown from a one-day event into a twelve-day festival in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area. More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows take place around the world, including six shows in Canada and a two week December trek through Europe, with stops in England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and more. Portions of the proceeds from each show are donated to a local Parkinson’s organization.

Join us at the Wonder Bar tonight!

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the events this month in New Jersey and New York:

Monday January 12, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST “HAPPY MONDAYS” presented by Dark City Entertainment

The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park

www.wonderbarasburypark.com

Tickets: Suggested $5 donation at the door

Doors: 8 pm

Bands: Adam Bird solo set (of Those Mockingbirds), The Villanelles, Thomas Wesley Stern

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Wednesday January 14, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST NYC

The Cutting Room NYC, 44 East 32nd Street, New York

www.thecuttingroomnyc.com

Ticket link: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/722401?__utma=1.1092939977.1415147049.1419262579.1419271975.5&__utmb=1.1.10.1419271975&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1419271975.5.5.utmcsr=thecuttingroomnyc.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/&__utmv=-&__utmk=109474053

Doors: 6 pm (show 7 pm)

Price: $45 GA/ $75 VIP TABLE SEAT

Artists: 7:00-7:30 Greg Trooper, 7:40-8:20 Dramarama’s John Easdale, 8:30-9:15 John Eddie and his Dirty Ol’ Band, 9:30-10:15 Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, 10:30-11:30 Suzanne Vega

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST ‘ROCK AND BOWL-A-THON WITH THE SOPRANOS Presented by Badlands

Asbury Lanes

www.asburylanes.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-bowlathon-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-15-2015/event/00004D5C97C92AD9?artistid=1519370&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=search_msg-0_00004D5C97C92AD9

Doors: 7 pm

Price: $20

Artists: 7:30-8:00 Mike Rocket, 8:15-8:50 HANKANDBEZZY, 9:05-9:40 Big Pussy’s Gangster Squad w/ special guest Killer Joe, 9:55-10:35 Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, 10:50-12:00 James Maddock Band

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST FIRST NOTE: An Evening with Aaron Freeman of WEEN (early show)

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5499645

Doors: 7 pm

Price: $22

Artist: Aaron Freeman of WEEN

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST FIRST NOTE: LATE SHOW

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5517495

Doors: 10 pm

Artists: (10:15) Dark City Strings, (11:15) The Bones Of LayLow Jones Featuring Chris Fay / Kevin Kopack / Sean Watson

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS BLUE HAWKS RECORDS SHOWCASE

Langosta Lounge

1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

www.langostalounge.com

Ticket link: FREE

Doors: 8 pm

Artists: Jessica Leigh, Natalie Zeller, Ice House Gallery, The Trusties, Flammable Animals, Blue Hawks Jam Session

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SANDY MACK’S WONDER JAM DELUXE

The Wonder Bar

1213 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park

www.wonderbarasburypark.com

Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004D5BB1EC47AD

Doors: 8 pm

Price: $10

Artists: 7:30-8:15 Dead Bank, 8:15-8:30 Papa John, 8:30-9:15 Mack & Friends (featuring Ronnie Penque and Mark Diomede), 9:15-9:30 Strumberry Pie, 9:30-10:15 Karmic Juggernaut, 10:15-10:30 Joshua Mark, 10:30-11:15 Turtle Soup, 11:15-11:30 Joe Miller and Sam Sims, 11:30-12:15 The Hive-Mind

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS PAT DINIZIO

Asbury Yacht Club

1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Doors: 8 pm

Ticket link: FREE

Artists: Arlan Fieles, Pat DiNizio

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Friday January 16, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “ASBURY ANGELS”

The Stone Pony

http://stoneponyonline.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-asbury-angels-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-16-2015/event/00004D58D2428DD8?artistid=2054291&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=search_msg-0_00004D58D2428DD8

Price: $25 advance/ $30 day of show

Doors: 6:30 pm

Artists: 6:50-7:00 tbd, 7:00-7:25 The Fireplaces, 7:25-7:35 Cesare Carugi/ Daniele Tenca, 7:35-8:00 Ten Ton Mojo, 8:00-8:10 John Strada, 8:10-8:35 Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, 8:35-8:45 Frank Get, 8:45-9:10 Milly, 9:10-9:20 Pat Toner, 9:20-9:50 Steve Conte NYC, 9:50-10:00 Laura Crisci, 10:00-10:30 The Weeklings featuring Glen Burtnik, 10:30-10:40 Bruce Tunkel, 10:40-10:55 Asbury Angels Roll Call, 10:55-12:00 Willie Nile Band, 12:00-12:10 James Maddock, 12:10-END Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys

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Friday January 16, 2014

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS ROB DYE AND COOK SMITH’S OPEN MIC

The Wonder Bar

www.wonderbarasburypark.com

Tickets: $12 at the door

Doors: 6 pm

Artists: Open mic format (advance signup required- see LOD Facebook page)

Featured band: Lost Romance

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Friday January 16, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS RICH RUSSO’S ANYTHING, ANYTHING

Asbury Lanes

www.asburylanes.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-rich-russo-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-16-2015/event/00004D5F9E7432A9?artistid=1519370&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=search_msg-0_00004D5F9E7432A9

Price: $20 advance/ $25 day of show

Doors: 7 pm

Artists: 7:30-8:00 Glycerine Queens, 8:15-8:45 Lieder, 9:00-9:30 Karen Mansfield, 9:45-10:15 Remember Jones, 10:30-11:30 Wesley Stace & The English UK (the artist formerly known as John Wesley Harding), 11:45-END Dramarama’s John Easdale

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Friday January 16, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS ROCK HEAVY

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-rock-heavy-asbury-park-new-jersey

Price: $8 advance/ $12 day of show

Doors: 10 pm

Artists: 8:30-9:10 The Naturals NYC, 9:25-10:05 Geena and Dragster, 10:20-11:00 Judgement, 11:15-11:55 Ronin, 12:10-12:50 Common Wealth, 1:05-1:45 Ipswich Down

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Friday January 16, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “CLASSIC COUNTRY TRIBUTE”

McLoone’s Supper Club

1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park

Dinner/Doors: 6 pm

Tickets: https://public.serviceu.com/Ticketing/Event/7814453?OrgKey=1a54a971-8c87-4150-a07a-e684f68c228b

Price: $15-$30

Artists: Carter Calvert’s Tribute to Patsy Cline, Michael Patrick’s Ring Of Fire Band – A Tribute to Johnny Cash

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Friday January 16, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LANGOSTA LIVE

Langosta Lounge

www.langostalounge.com

Ticket link: FREE

Artists: Slim Chance and the Gamblers

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS MAIN EVENT “BOB’S BIRTHDAY BASH”

Paramount Theater

1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park

Ticket link: SOLD OUT

Artists: La Bamba’s Big Band and Friends (with special guests Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds), Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Willie Nile, Pat DiNizio, Garland Jeffreys, John Eddie and His Big Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, James Maddock Band, Guy Davis, Sam Llanas (formerly of the Bodeans), Dawg Whistle (Vinnie Lopez and Paul Whistler), John Easdale and Peter Wood, Williams Honor, Billy Hector, Christine Martucci, Rob Dye and more to be announced

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “KIDS AND FAMILY”

McLoone’s Supper Club

Dinner/Doors: 12 noon

Tickets: https://public.serviceu.com/ticketing/event/?OrgKey=1a54a971-8c87-4150-a07a-e684f68c228b

Price: $10 (children 1 and under free)

Featuring: 12:30-1:05 Miss Sherri and The Little Animal Band, 1:15-1:50 Yosi, 2:05- 2:45 mr.Ray with special guests Layonne Holmes and The Little Sunshine Kids, Leslie Miller (face painting throughout the show)

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “ASBURY BLUES”

The Wonder Bar

www.wonderbarasburypark.com

Tickets: $12 advance/ $15 day of show

Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-asbury-blues-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-17-2015/event/00004D5C93772763?artistid=1519370&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=search_msg-0_00004D5C93772763

Doors: noon

Artists: 12:30-1:05 Cigar Box Stompers, 1:05-1:20 Ronnie Brandt, 1:20-1:55 RB3, 1:55-2:10 Mary McCrink, 2:10-2:45 Stormin’ Norman’s ASB, 2:45-3:00 Guadagno/Blackwell, 3:00-3:35 Billy Walton Band, 3:35-3:50 Stringbean, 3:50-4:25 Pam McCoy, 4:25-4:40 James Dalton, 4:40-5:15 Tangiers Blues Band, 5:15-5:30 Gary Wright, 5:30-6:05 Upstage Jam Band

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “WOMEN OF SONG”

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Price: $10

Doors: 12 noon

Artists: 12:15-12:40 Maxine Dawn, 12:40-1:10 Candace Schur, 1:10-1:40 Courtney McManus, 1:40-1:45, Poet Chelsea Palermo, 1:45-2:25 April Kelly, 2:30-2:35 Poet Mary Cae, 2:35-3:15 Jo Wymer, 3:25-4:05 Beth Anne Clayton, 4:10-4:15 Poet Mary Cae, 4:15-4:55 Rosemary Conte

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “LOD DOWNTOWN”

Multiple venues in the Downtown Asbury Park area – click here to see the full list

Time: 12 noon-6 pm

Price: Free

See schedule and artists below and at www.asburyunderground.com

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LOD ROCK

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Ticket link: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5517685&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeed&crosssite=TM_US:2070388:267

Price: $8 advance/ $12 day of show

Doors: 7 pm

Artists: 7:30-8:10 Keith Monacchio/Dust Up Troubadours, 8:25-9:05 The Way Out, 9:20-10:00 Autumn City, 10:15-10:55 Hallowed Roots, 11:10-11:50 disappear fear, 12:05-12:45 Casino Sundae, 1:00-1:40 Ghostdog

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “FULL TILT BOOGIE”

The Wonder Bar

www.wonderbarasburypark.com

Tickets: $12 advance/$15 day of show

Ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-full-tilt-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-17-2015/event/00004D5C95C9291A?artistid=1519370&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1&tm_link=search_msg-0_00004D5C95C9291A

Doors: 7 pm

Artists: 7:30-8:15 Matt O’Ree Band, 8:15-8:40 Sharon Lasher, 8:30-9:15- HP and the Hot Takeout Band, 9:15-9:30 Virago, 9:30-10:30 Christine Martucci Band, 10:30-10:45 Danny White, 10:45-11:45 Billy Hector Band, 11:45-12:00 Eryn Shewell, 12:00-12:45 Bob Polding Band

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LANGOSTA LIVE

Langosta Lounge

www.langostalounge.com

Ticket link: FREE

Showtime: 10 pm

Artists: Stringbean Roots Reggae Jam

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LOD INDIE

Asbury Lanes

www.asburylanes.com

Artists: Metalachi, Somewhat Relative

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS MARC RIBLER’S SOULTOWN REVUE

McLoone’s Supper Club

Dinner/Doors: 7 pm

Tickets:$15 at the door

Featuring Marc Ribler and friends

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “KIDS ROCK”

The Stone Pony

http://stoneponyonline.com

Ticket link:$12 in advance from bands/ $15 at the door (plus service charge)

Doors: 12 noon

Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-rock-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-17-2015

Artists: 12:15-12:30 Ashley Cucchiara, 12:30-1:15 Rockit Live performing Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run, 1:15-1:30 Sofia Nicole, 1:30-2:10 Catalyst and No Reason, 2:10-2:25 Mikey Butler, 2:25-2:50 Jake Tavill Band, 2:55-3:20 Noah’s Arc, 3:25-3:50 Crimson Sky, 3:50-4:05 Rachel Knecht, 4:05-4:30 Taylor Tote Band, 4:30-4:45 This New Day, 4:45-5:10 The Machines, 5:10-5:25 Pair of Dolls, 5:25-5:50 Stone Bullets, 5:50-6:10 Victoria Quartararo, 6:10-6:35 Radio Active, 6:40-7:05 The Catching, 7:10-7:35 Flowers To Flames, 7:40-8:05 Mildly Medicated

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS MUSICIANS ON A MISSION

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5517835&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeed&crosssite=TM_US:2070392:267

Price: $10

Doors: 12 noon

Artists: Matt Scuteri and Jive Stewards, Cranston Dean, Glimmer Grass Band, Thomas Wesley Stern, Caroline Reese and The Drifting Fifth

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA #1

Watermark

800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park

Doors: 12 noon

Tickets price: $15 at the door

Artists: Jen Chapin, Anthony D’Amato, Arlon Bennett, Johnny Duk, Hans Ludvigsson, Lisa Bianco and Frank Lombardi

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA #2

Langosta Lounge

www.langostalounge.com

Doors: 2:45 pm

Price: $15 at the door

Artists: Pat Guadagno, Serena Pyne/ Nick Lesyk, James Dalton, Sunday Blues, Lisa Bouchelle, Superfriends

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA #3

McLoone’s Supper Club

Dinner/Doors: 6 pm

Tickets: $20 at the door

Artists: Sam Llanas(formerly of the Bodeans), Peter Elkas, Guy Davis, Joe D’Urso, Joe Grushecky, John Eddie, James Maddock, Joe Rapolla, Paul Whistler, Emily Grove, Quincy Mumford, Miss Emily

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LAST NOTE

The Saint

www.thesaintnj.com

Price: $10

Doors: 7 pm

Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/light-of-day-2015-last-note-asbury-park-new-jersey-01-18-2015

Artists: Matt Wade Band, Stolen Rhodes, The Ripples, Quincy Mumford

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