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LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST - Final Lineups Announced as World-Renowned Music Fest to Fight Parkinson's

“Raising money and awareness through the awesome power of music in order to defeat

Parkinson’s and the Parkinsonisms, ALS and PSP, in our lifetime, since 2000”


10-Day Festival Hits Stride Midweek in NYC, Then Settles into Asbury Park

for 4-Day Weekend as Thousands Descend Upon Jersey Shore Resort

LaBamba’s Big Band & Friends, Gary U.S. Bonds, Greg Kihn, The Verve Pipe, Willie Nile,

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, James Maddock, Dramarama,

Guitar Army featuring John Jorgenson, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson; Jeffrey Gaines,

Ben Arnold, Remember Jones, The Doughboys, The King Sings The Boss

among 150 Acts Performing NOW through Jan. 15


“This is destination event, folks…. To rock, and to raise money for Light of Day, and they do a hell of a job at both. And that’s pure poetry.” – Elmore Magazine

With three incredible concerts taking place over the weekend in Philadelphia, Montclair, and here in Asbury Park,LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2018 is officially under way and closing in on its goal of raising $5 million over its 18-year battle against Parkinson’s disease and the Parkinsonisms through the awesome power of music.

The 10-day festival hits stride starting Wednesday night (Jan. 10) in New York City at the Cutting Room, then returns to Asbury Park Thursday(Jan.11), as the WinterFest 2018 Kickoff concert at the House of Independents formally ignites a four-day stretch of more than two dozen shows in this world-renowned Jersey Shore town, led by the main event, “Bob’s Birthday Bash,” starring LaBamba’s Big Band & Friends, Featuring Special Guest Gary U.S. Bonds, Saturday at the Paramount Theater. “Bob’s Birthday Bash” honors artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, co-founder of the Light of Day Foundation, who has been living with Parkinson's disease since 1996.

Other artists slated to appear in Asbury Park during the four-day stretch include Greg Kihn, The Verve Pipe, Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky and theHouserockers, James Maddock, Dramarama, Guitar Army featuring John Jorgenson, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson; Jeffrey Gaines, Ben Arnold, Remember Jones, The Doughboys, Led Zeppelin and Prince tribute concerts, and dozens more acts, as thousands of music lovers from all over the world descend upon Asbury Park to experience live music in every venue imaginable, including the fabled stages of the legendary Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, the Saint, and McLoone’s.

Tickets for ALL shows during LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2018 – including “Bob’s Birthday Bash” – are on sale NOW. Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST events at and on Facebook.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, presented by the Asbury Park Press, has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 17 years. Last year’s event raised $555,000 — a record amount — to combat Parkinson’s disease, topping the previous year record of $525,000, with the 17-year total approaching $4.5 million.

Here's the complete and final list of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2018 shows to date:

Wednesday, JAN 10

LOD "NEW YORK CITY" – Gary U.S. Bonds, Dramarama, Johnny Pi’s Punk Rock Pizzeria, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, The King Sings The Boss -The Cutting Room, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 11

LOD "FIRST NOTE" – The Double Negatives, Dentist, Lemats, Zaritza, JAHK, Special Mats, The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM" – Karmic Juggernaut, Keith Kenny, Waiting on Mongo, Joe Miller, Mack Jamily Allstars, Strumberry Pie, Secret Sound, Acoustic Juggling Suns, Predator Dub Assassins, Stu Coogan (90.5 The Night) - Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $12

LOD “WINTERFEST 2018 KICK-OFF" – Bobby Bandiera Tribute to Tom Petty, Dramarama, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, The King Sings The Boss - House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, All Ages, $20

LOD “MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY’S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS” – Vini Lopez (E Street/Upstage Jams), Dan Amato and the Sentimental Gentlemen, Zach Sandler and Bobby Mahoney, Ernest, Nicole Govel, Antonio Gonzalez, Olivia Rohlfs - Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION. Sponsored by Leon Hess Business School at Monmouth University

Friday, JAN 12

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION" – Willie Nile, The Verve Pipe, Boccigalupe & the Bad Boys, Miss Emily, Laura Crisci, Bobby Mahoney, Ten Ton Mojo, Pat Toner, Bob Polding Band, Miss Emily, Mad Kings, Peter Hogklint, Mike Rocket - Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD KASHMIR – The Live Led Zeppelin Show with Colossal Street Jam, Bitter Crush - House Of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $20 adv/$25 dos

LOD “A NIGHT OF COVER SONGS” – Moroccan Sheepherders, Billy’s Fault, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan with Guests, Tim Donahue & TMU Band – SilverballMuseum, Fri, 7:30 p.m., FREE ADMISSION with LOD Combo Ticket.

LOD "ROCK HEAVY" – Uncrated, Lower The Veil, Dead Fish Handshake, Ropetree, The Walk Arounds -The Saint, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD “OPEN MIC” – Larry Bee, Bobby Syvarth, Carnival of Shadows, Mark Arsenault, Random Notes, Danny Van Orden,Jim Ferrante and the Starlites, Swamp Eddy, Deb and Paul, Cook Smith, Adam Bro, Jonathan Tea, Dan Hall, Roberta Rinocchiearo,Bruno Lucarelli, David Vargo, Jenny Barnes Great Unknown, Kevin Horn, Ken K. Brian McGlynn, Vynt Edge, Pat Foran, Helen O’Shea and Shanakee, Kenny Brown, Brian Gilett, Thomas Murphy, Out of Bounds, Ron Maletich, Cigar Box Stompers, Jeff McPherson, Glenn Lykes, Mary Ann Conway, Flatleaver (Ray Hurley), Rony Clark, Just Six Hours, Fred Rcks, Barbara Paskin, Bente, Ken Lippowitz – Wonder Bar, Fri., 6:30 p.m. $15

LOD AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ALBERT LEE BAND, Special Guest Bobby Bandiera Band - McLoone’s Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ACOUSTIC CAROUSEL" – Rick Winowski, Sofia Khorosh/SØF, Peter Scherer, The Maydarlings, Helen O’Shea, Reagan Richards & Gordon Brown aka Williams Honor, Paul Whistler, Eryn & Matt O’Ree, Renee Maskin, Colton Kayser, Ray Anderson, Lauren Patti & Kyle Ward, Ashley DeLima, Dana Rae, CaisyFalzone, George Wirth, Hosted by Peter Scherer (Highway 9, Mr. Reality) - Langosta Lounge, Fri, All Ages, 8:30pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD “APYC” – Cranston Dean Band, Jessie Lee Herdman, American Trappist feat. Joe Michelini, Fri, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD “SOUND BOOTH” – Acoustic Couch Concert with Bobby Mahoney, Dark City Strings, Sam Sims Band, Ashley McKinley – Asbury Hotel, Fri, 9:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION

Saturday, JAN 13

LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH" – LaBamba’s Big Band, Featuring Special Guest Gary U.S. Bonds, Willie Nile Band, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, James Maddock Band, Garland Jeffreys, Remember Jones, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Jeffrey Gaines, John Easdale, Rob Dye, Ben Arnold, Emily Grove, Luke Elliot, Isabella Rose - Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205

LOD "ROCK" - Guitar Army featuring John Jorgenson, Lee Roy Parnell and Joe Robinson - The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7pm, $25

LOD “ROCK LATE NIGHT” – Hank and Bezzy – The Saint, Sat, 10pm, $8

LOD GREG KIHN, Special guests the Ben Arnold Band, McLoone’s Supper Club, Sat., 18+, 7pm, $22.50-$30

LOD "LATE NIGHT LIVE" – The Doughboys (garage rock legends) - Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 13, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD TRIBUTE TO PRINCE, STARRING QUINCY MUMFORD & THE REASON WHY, House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $15 adv/$20 dos

LOD "ASBURY BLUES" – Billy Walton Band, Karen Phillips, Tony Tedesco & Full Fathom 5, James Dalton, Chuck Lambert, Pam McCoy, Normin Seldin, Joe Whyte, RB3, String Bean, Papa John Bug & The Jam Band - Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH" – Billy Hector, Laura Crisci, Christine Martucci, Colton Kaiser, Des & the Swagmatics, Mike Miz, Slyders, Sharon Lasher, Dawg Whistle, Strumberry Pie - Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD “WOMEN OF SONG” – Layonne Holmes, Tara Elliott, Maureen McCrink, Rosemary Conte, Jo Wymer, Pam McCoy, Debbie Gangemi – The Saint, Fri, 12:40pm, $10.

LOD “WOMEN WHO ROCK” – Rene Maskin, Tara Dente, Mack, Pamela Flores – Asbury Yacht Club, Sat, 8:30pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD “DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Various performers throughout Downtown Asbury Park restaurants, galleries and stores. Sat, Noon – 7pm Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

LOD “SOUND BOOTH” – Stringbean & the Boardwalk Social Club, The Haven – Asbury Hotel, Fri, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 14

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL" – Roberta Finicchiaro, John Sonntag, Taylor Tote, David Vargo, Jersey Budd, Hans Ludviggson, Arlon Bennett, Rachel Dobken, Luke Elliot - Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL" – Bruce Tunkel, Karen Mansfield, Pat Guadagno, Sams Sims/Kyle Ward, Frank Lombardi, Joshua, Scott Elk - Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL" – James Maddock, Joe Grushecky, Joe D’Urso, John Easdale, Peter Elkas, Emily Grove, Joe Rapolla, Williams Honor, Ben Arnold, Mary McCrink, Miss Emily, Vini Lopez, Rob Dye - McLoone’s Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD “ASBURY HOTEL MATINEE (Music Hall)” – British Invasion Years, Brother John Band, Sun, 2pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "KIDS ROCK" - Calling Avery, Sonic Blume, Jake Sfraga, Slapjack, Lauren Gill, Lakehouse Hand Drawn Owls, Lakehouse Junior Pros, Sophia Montalbano, Marel Hidalgo and the Stone Feathers, Radioactive, Indigo Mane, Georgia Owen, Julia Yolanda, School of Rock Red Bank, Amanda Conti, Rock’N Music Academy, Rockit, more - Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15adv/$20dos

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION" – The Wag, The Cucumbers, Downstream, Nick Ryan Band, Ty Mares & The Running Dog Band -The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE" – Random Test, Funktion, Dez & The Swagmatics - The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD “BRUCE BRUNCH LIVE BROADCAST” - Longtime LOD concert host Tom Cunningham hosts his popular Springsteen program on 105.7 “The Hawk,” live from the Anchor’s Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, with very special guests. 9 am. FREE ADMISSION.

Monday, JAN 15

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH"- Kristian Rex & Friends - Robinson Ale House, Mon., All Ages, 10:30am-1:30pm


The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (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 diseases, 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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