With a goal of raising a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, is expanding its New Jersey presence well beyond its Asbury Park core with additional events in South and North Jersey that expand the length of the festival to 12 days and bring the entire state together in the ongoing battle against Parkinson’s disease.
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Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 12 @ 10 a.m. EST for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – SOUTH JERSEY, and LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NORTH JERSEY.
Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – South Jersey, starring Dramarama’s John Easdale, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, the Peace Creeps (featuring Richard Bush of the A’s), Soraia, and NYTROUS, hosted by radio legend Michael Tearson (Sirius XM), will be held Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Hebe Music Lounge at Big Shots Bar and Grill, 835 Route 130 South, Burlington, NJ. Tickets are $10 in advance; $14 day of show at Brown Paper tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/946073.More info at www.hebemusic.com. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – North Jersey, starring Garland Jeffreys and Band, James Maddock and Band, Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Outpost in the Burbs @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church St., Montclair, NJ. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door; $75 VIP at Outpost Ticketleap, www.outpost.ticketleap.com, and all other Outpost in the Burbs ticket outlets. More info at www.outpostintheburbs.org.
The 15th anniversary edition of the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 12 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada. The Canadian leg just completed its 8th annual edition over the weekend, with three sold-out shows over three days in Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Kingston, ON. (The Toronto show had been scheduled as the final show at the legendary club – which had hosted Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, U2 and countless others – until renown investment banker Michael Wekerle rescued the club from closure with a last-minute purchase the same weekend). Light of Day Europe 2015, a 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries (Nov. 28-Dec. 14), from Nov. 28 through Dec. 14.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, from Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others, through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, Dramarama’s John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers,Steve Conte NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance & the Gamblers, and the Billy Walton Band, comprise the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 15. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.
Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year’s event, which raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson’s disease, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million.
Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Jesse Malin, and Peter Himmelman. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.
These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Billboard Magazine will present the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City on Nov. 20 “for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson’s disease through live music events.” Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson’s since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi and musician Joe D’Urso. Earlier this fall, the non-profit foundation was honored by CurePSP, the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson’s related diseases such as CBD and PSP. Pallagrosi’s mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.
An announcement is coming soon with details of the LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NEW YORK CITY (Jan. 14 @ The Cutting Room).
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 now take place around the world on three continents, this year also including a brand new Light of Day event held earlier this year in Australia. The Australian event took place in Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson’s organizations. The worldwide series of shows – which also includes a spring event in Australia – is a quite a long way from the festival’s origins as a one-day event in Asbury Park.
Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $200,000, which helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson’s research.
Concertgoers can purchase tickets for individual shows and a Light of Day combo ticket package to gain admission to all Asbury Park events at five different levels, starting at $149.50. The packages guarantee a seat for the main event at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, on a space available, first-come, first-served basis. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.
ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.’s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day – the concerts and the organization – grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1996.
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