Light of Day

Light of Day

Bio

Light of Day is a New Jersey-based 501(c)(3) organization which funds research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for persons suffering from Parkinson's disease and related illnesses. The primary fundraising efforts are an annual series of concerts held in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $2.5 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. What began as a single concert in New Jersey has grown into approximately seventy shows in thirteen countries on three continents including the United States, Canada and Australia!

The concerts and the organization began as a birthday party in November 1998 to celebrate the 40th birthday of 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 festival spanning 10 days 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 on three continents, including six shows in Canada, an 18-day late-November-into-December trek through Europe, with stops in England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and a brand new Light of Day event in Australia! Portions of the proceeds from each show are donated to a local Parkinson's organization.

Performers at Light of Day have included Bruce Springsteen (numerous appearances), Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jesse Malin, Alejandro Escovedo, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Jakob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Badly Drawn Boy, Pete Yorn, Gary U.S. Bonds, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, John Eddie and many more local unsigned artists.

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 $80,000, which helped the Walk raise over $3 million for Parkinson's research.

The Light of Day concerts have received print, online and television coverage from many outlets, including the Asbury Park Press, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Billboard, New York Times, NJ Star Ledger, Home News Tribune, Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Backstreets.com, CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, WWOR Channel 9 News and more.

An award-winning documentary about Bob's battle with Parkinson's and the history of Light of Day (with extensive concert footage) was produced by Ohio-based Flat Broke Productions and released on DVD by Virgil Films in 2012. To order, visit the Light of Day Store www.lightofday.org/store or buy directly from Virgil Films. www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product. The documentary is also available through Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and other VOD outlets.

LOD 2014 saw the return of John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls as the headlining act in a rare solo setting, along with an appearance from Springsteen, who performed the Ramones classic "Rock and Roll Radio" with Jesse Malin and "One Guitar" with Willie Nile before joining Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers for an intense 90 minute set featuring rarely played songs "Save My Love," "Frankie Fell In Love" and "Hearts of Stone." The weeklong series of shows featured over 100 artists performing in 50 shows in multiple clubs throughout Asbury Park (plus a show at NYC's Cutting Room), and raised over $425,000 for Parkinson's research.

Light of Day has also increased its presence outside of the United States. The November/December 2013 Europe tour expanded to 15 shows/15 cities in 11 countries, with appearances from Mike Peters, Badly Drawn Boy and Tim 'Ledfoot' Scott McConnell joining Guy Davis, Jesse Malin, Joe D'Urso and Rob Dye at various stops. Light of Day Canada has also grown its presence, with shows in Niagara Falls, Toronto, Halifax, Kingston and Hamilton, featuring solid performances from Sam Roberts Band, Peter Elkas, Anthony D'Amato, John Eddie, Joe Grushecky, Eddie Manion and more. This year saw the first annual Light of Day event in Australia, held this past July in Victoria, raising $4,600.

Other events of note in 2014: The Light of Day organization made several large donations to other charitable Foundations: a matching $138,000 donation to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) and a $50,000 matching donation (in memory of Dolores Pallagrosi, mother to LOD board member Tony Pallagrosi) to the Cure PSP Foundation, which funds research and awareness for progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and other atypical Parkinsonian disorders. LOD board member/recording artist Joe Grushecky and his wife Leeann and family presented LOD with a check donation for $15,000 after Joe's July 11th Stone Pony sellout show. The 5th Annual Happy Together concert held on June 28th at The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, featuring The Turtles, Chuck Negron from Three Dog Night, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels and Gary Lewis and The Playboys generated $10,000 for the LOD Foundation. LOD Board member Joe D'Urso donated $1,000 from his 1st annual Rockland/Bergen Music Fest. LOD also sponsored a 5K Run/Walk in Toms River this past spring.

Over the past several years, Light of Day has experienced significant growth on many levels, including awareness, events and charitable donations raised for Parkinson's awareness and research. We expect continued growth in these areas for the coming year as well. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ross

Press Releases

April 25, 2017
Light of Day WinterFest Raises Over Half Million Dollars for Third Straight Year in Global Battle to Defeat Parkinson's Disease Through Awesome Power of Music

Boxing and Voice Therapy Programs Top Light of Day's 2017 'Boots on the Ground' Agenda

ASBURY PARK, NJ (April 25, 2017) - For the third year in a row, the Light of Day Foundation has raised over a half a million dollars through its annual WinterFest fund raiser, catapulting its 17-year cumulative total past the $4.5 million mark in the global battle to defeat Parkinson's Disease and the Parkinsonisms, ALS and PSP, through the awesome power of music.

Though Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of its 17 years, fundraising momentum continues to flourish despite his absence at the two most recent festivals. Light of Day WinterFest 2017: The Beat Goes On, attracted 12,000 patrons from around the world to witness over 150 acts at more than 50 shows over a 10-day stretch in New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Light of Day WinterFest is the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day affair in Asbury Park, where it still is primarily based. Among the artists who performed in 2017 were Peter Asher, Albert Lee, Jake Clemons, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jesse Malin, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Joey Molland of Badfinger, and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan.

The Light of Day Foundation regrants money to organizations which fund specific research initiatives, including, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, CurePSP, the Parkinson's Foundation (formerly the Parkinson's Disease Foundation), and the Parkinson's Unity Walk. The Light of Day Foundation also supports "boots on the ground" programs designed to help people with these diseases live better lives on a daily basis, including Joan Dancy & PALS, with a mission to help New Jersey residents in nearby Monmouth and Ocean Counties afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families.

"As Maya Angelou once said, 'People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.' I've always believed that at its essence Light of Day was a feeling," said Tony Pallagrosi, executive director of the Light of Day Foundation. "Every year that we produce Light of Day WinterFest, we hope folks come away with a feeling of community, joy, participation in something bigger than themselves, and the anticipation of and hope for what is to come. We utilize the awesome power of music to that end, to help us feel better and bring us together in the way that only music can as we battle to defeat Parkinson's, ALS and PSP in our lifetime."

Leading the Light of Day Foundation's 2017 agenda is the launch of a pair of new Parkinson's therapy programs, Boxing for Bob and the Parkinson Voice Project. Boxing for Bob, already underway in Forked River, NJ, is named for Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

The Light of Day Foundation subsidizes Boxing for Bob, modeled after the Rock Steady program founded in Indiana a decade ago, to enable Parkinson's and PSP patients at the Jersey Shore to participate at no charge. The Foundation is looking to open at least two more locations by the fall.

The Parkinson Voice Project, based outside of Dallas, TX, preserves the voices of individuals with Parkinson's and related neurological disorders through intensive speech therapy, follow-up support, research, education, and community awareness. Its use of music as one therapy to increase the volume and clarity of patients' voices, which deteriorate as Parkinson's progresses, is a natural fit for the Light of Day Foundation. As such, the Foundation is working toward bringing the Parkinson Voice Project to the Jersey Shore by the end of the 2017.

Also in the Light of Foundation's sights is the establishment of a Light of Day storefront location as a resource center "to host seminars, boxing, lectures, films - all having to do with Parkinson's and PSP," says Pallagrosi. "We hope to have programs for caregivers, too, because they're the unsung heroes. In their own way, they've suffered a great deal." Additionally, the Light of Day Foundation is planning a "Park on the Beach," modeled after JT's Grommet Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA, an accessible beach playground and park for children and adults with disabilities that allows everyone to "have their day at the beach."

The next scheduled fundraising event is the Light of Day Mini Golf Classic, Saturday, June 10 from 1pm-8pm at Barnacle Bill's Amusements, Route 35 North, Ortley Beach, NJ (Rain Date: June 11).

The Light of Day Foundation also is presenting Happy Together 2017, starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Association, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Box Tops, The Cowsills, and The Archies starring Ron Dante, Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Tickets are on sale now at www.countbasietheatre.org.

More fundraising events for 2017 will be announced.

Complete information on all Light of Day activity can be found at www.lightofday.org. Donations to the Light of Day Foundation can be made through the website as well.

"Even though my heart breaks for every year that goes by without a cure, I am humbled by the fact that we have been doing what we do for almost 20 years and that Light of Day keeps growing, raising more awareness and money for research and support programs every year," adds Pallagrosi. "I want to thank our sponsors, the venues, the production teams, the great City of Asbury Park, the Light of Day Foundation Board, the wonderful musicians who 'bring it on' year after year after year, all of the amazing folks who attend and support our mission and I want to especially thank Bob Benjamin, our founder and guiding light, who when diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 38 had a feeling to try to do something about it, a feeling that I believe enriches us, energizes us and resides in all of us who participate."

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
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.

January 11, 2017
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: JAKE CLEMONS BAND TO MAKE 2ND 'BIRTHDAY' APPEARANCE, ADDING 'BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH' IN ASBURY PARK TO FOLLOW TONIGHT'S CLARENCE CLEMONS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN NYC

Final 'Birthday Bash' Lineup Also to Include Joe Grushecky, Chuck Prophet, Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Bobby Bandiera, Jesse Malin, Ed Manion, at Sold-Out Paramount Theater as Worldwide Foundation's 17th Anniversary Festival Continues Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease 'Through the Awesome Power of Music'

SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEW CLARENCE CLEMONS DOCUMENTARY ADDED IN ASBURY PARK TO INCLUDE Q&A WITH PRODUCER & DIRECTOR; OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGING ON NJ, NYC AND PHILADELPHIA FOR OVER 50 SHOWS, JAN. 6-16, 2017

"What started as a private party on the Jersey Shore for Bob Benjamin has ballooned into one of rock music's most celebrated charity events." - New York Times

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 11, 2016) - With special appearances scheduled for tonight in New York City and Saturday here in Asbury Park, the Jake Clemons Band is officially on the Birthday Beat as a participant in LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, as the 17th anniversary kicks into high gear this week in the global battle to defeat Parkinson's Disease and related illnesses through the awesome power of music.

Already committed to a special guest performance at the birthday celebration for his late uncle, Clarence Clemons, tonight at the Cutting Room in New York, the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and his band have added Bob's Birthday Bash, three days later (Jan. 14) at the sold-out Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, to their Light of Day Winterfest itinerary. Limited tickets remain for tonight's show at the Cutting Room. Doors open 6 p.m. Show is 6:45 p.m. Tickets $40-$75 at www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

As Clemons told Billboard this week: "Considering how Clarence always loved performing on his birthday, and my aunt (his sister) recently passed away with ALS, I think this is exactly how he'd be celebrating his 75th, and I'm thrilled to be paying tribute to his incredible legacy while also honoring the loss in my family with this show."

On both days, that Clemons appears, Light of Day Winterfest will be hosting exclusive sneak previews of the upcoming Clarence Clemons documentary, Who Do You Think I Am, with never before seen clips. The first will be held tonight in New York as part of the Big Man's birthday celebration at the Cutting Room. The other, in conjunction with the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, will be held Saturday morning in Asbury Park at McLoone's Supper Club and will be followed by a Q&A with producer Joe Amodei and director Nick Mead, hosted by SiriusXM E Street Radio personality Jim Rotolo. For the Asbury screening, doors are at 9:30am; show is 10:30am. All seats are $10 with tickets and further info at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling (732) 774-1155. The Asbury Park Music & Film Festival will be held April 20-23 in Asbury Park.

Between the two birthday events, Clemons, who's been splitting his time since his uncle's passing by touring the world as a solo artist and performing on tenor and baritone saxophone for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, will see the release of his highly anticipated new album Fear & Love.

Also confirmed to perform as Main Stage artists at Bob's Birthday Bash are Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile & Band, Jesse Malin & Band, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, James Maddock & Band, Remember Jones, Bobby Bandiera, and Battery Electric. Those acts will be interspersed with acoustic performances by Jeffrey Gaines, Chuck Prophet, Ed Manion, Porter & Sayles, Emily Grove, Peter Elkas & Terry Lightfoot, Miss Emily, and Rob Dye, with entrance music by The Fireplaces. All are subject to change.

Bob's Birthday Bash, always held the final Saturday night of the 10-day festival, sold out in record time this year - less than a half hour. Springsteen has made surprise performances at Bob's Birthday Bash for 11 of the past 16 years. The Birthday Bash honors Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

In other LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST news:

"The Art Of The Protest Song" has been added for Saturday (Jan. 14) with a performance at McLoone's Supper Club at 2 p.m., headlined by Shannon McNally, along with Arlan Feiles, Joseph Alton Millerand series originator Bill Valenti. "The Art of the Protest Song" celebrates this important and influential role of music in our culture, combining classic anthems/covers with original songs on contemporary topics. During the past two and a half years, there have been a dozen "AOTPS" productions of around the country, all with overwhelmingly positive audience response. Doors are at 1 pm; show is 2 pm. All seats are $10 with tickets and further info at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling (732) 774-1155.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which recently topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Last year's Winterfest raised $525,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 million.

In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards "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 Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 already has presented sold-out shows in Montclair, NJ and Philadelphia - the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park, where it still is primarily based, and has grown to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Here's the complete list of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 shows to date:

Wednesday, JAN 11

LOD "NYC", Celebrating the Life and Birthday of Clarence Clemons - Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Soul Cruisers feat. JT Bowen (Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers),

The Weeklings, Hollis Brown, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan - The Cutting Room, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $75 upfront VIP

Thursday, JAN 12

LOD "FIRST NOTE" - The Mercury Bros, Phoebe Nix, Baron Praxis, M.A. Tappan & The Dirty Shine, Geena & Dragster - The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM DELUXE" - Waiting on Mongo, Jimmy Farkus, Turtle Soup, Chris Rockwell, Members of Shady St. Show Band with Deseree Spinks, Joshua Mark, Mack & Friends, Strumberry Pie, Moroccan Sheepherders, Russell Arcara & Mark Sleifer - Wonder Bar, Thurs., 21+, 7pm, $10 adv/$12 dos

LOD "WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF" - Dramarama, Willie Nile, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Hollis Brown. Sponsored by Badlands, Hosted by WRAT/WDHA anything, anything's Rich Russo - House of Independents, Thurs., 18+, 7:30 pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS" - All Star Jam, Bobby Mahoney & Zack Sandler, Sentimental Gentlemen, Nicole Govel, The Carousers, Subway Babes, The Emily Youth Project, Francesca Rose - Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 8pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 13

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION" - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Miss Emily, Glenn Alexander & Shadowland, RAZ Band with Joey Molland from Badfinger, Boccigalupe & The Badboys, Laura Crisci, Bob Polding Band, Pat Toner, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, Johnny Duk, Bitter Crush, Anthony Basso, Mike Rocket, Frank Get, Antonio Zirilli - Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 7:25 p.m., $25 adv/$30dos

LOD "KASHMIR - THE LIVE LED ZEPPELIN SHOW", with special guest the Matt O'Ree Band - House of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20-$25

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 7pm, $15

LOD "ALBERT LEE & BAND: Up Close and Intimate" with Tangiers Blues Band - McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/Show 8pm, $20-$35

LOD "AT THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Ian Bamberger Trio, Sam Sims Band, Ashley McKinley, with a Late Night Acoustic "Couch Concert" hosted by Bobby Mahoney - Asbury Hotel, 9:30 p.m., FREE

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY: PETER SCHERER'S ACOUSTIC CAROUSEL" - Peter Scherer, Renee Maskin, The May Darlings, Arlan Feiles, Andy Bernstein, Keith Roth, Ray Andersen, Cranston Dean, Stringbean, Keith McCarthy, Leo Sawikin, Russell Arcara, Marc Nuzzi, The Gray Vines, Gregory Schwartz, Karen Mansfield, Steve Delopoulos, SOF, Paul Whistler, Eryn Shewell, David Vargo - Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "REMEMBER JONES IN MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN" The Entire 1970 Joe Cocker Experience Tribute, Performed Live with a Band of 20 - Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 7pm, $29-$49

Saturday, JAN 14

LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH" - Jake Clemons, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Chuck Prophet, Willie Nile & Band, Ed Manion, Jesse Malin & Band, Porter & Sayles, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Emily Grove, James Maddock & Band, Peter Elkas/Terra Lightfoot, Remember Jones, Miss Emily, Bobby Bandiera, Rob Dye, Battery Electric, the Fireplaces - Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205 (SOLD OUT)

LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA

LOD "PETER ASHER: A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE '60S AND BEYOND" FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PETER AND GORDON. Special Guest: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt starring Broadway Singer and Actress Rita Harvey - McLoone's Supper Club, Doors/Dinner 6 p.m./Show 7:30 p.m., $31.50-$45

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY" - Taylor Tote Band, Brielle Von Hugel Band, more - Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "IN CONCERT" - James Maddock & Band, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Kiyomi Valentine with Lisa Bianco - House of Independents, Sat, 1 p.m., $25 adv/$30 dos

LOD "ASBURY UNDERGROUND AFTER-PARTY" - American Trappist, Jesse of Accidental Seabirds, Milly, Dentist, Porter & Sayles, The Sunday Blues - House of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $5 adv/$7 dos

LOD "WOMEN OF SONG" - The Saint, Sat, Noon, $10

LOD "ASBURY BLUES" - Billy Walton Band (Record Premiere), Cigar Box Stompers, Joe Bonanno and the Godsons, Mary McCrink, Mad Kings, Pam McCoy, Stormin' Norman Seldin, J Pat and Sandy Mack, Chuck Lambert, Poppa John, HP & His HOT Take-Out Band - Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH" - Billy Hector Band, Christine Martucci, Colossal Street Jam, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Harry Filkin Band, Dawg Whistle - Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM. Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

LOD "IN THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Stringbean & the Stalkers, DJ Music - Asbury Hotel, 8 p.m., FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TRANSPARENT: DANNY CLINCH PHOTO EXHIBIT" - Tangiers Blues Band - Asbury Hotel Gallery, 1 p.m.

LOD "THE ART OF THE PROTEST SONG" - Shannon McNally, Arlan Feiles, Joseph Alton Miller, Bill Valenti - McLoone's Supper Club at 2 p.m., $10

Sunday, JAN 15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #1" - Isabella Englert, Adam Masterson, Kent Nicholson, Mary McCrink, Hans Ludviggson, Arlon Bennett, Jesse Terry - Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #2" - Dean Friedman, Karen Mansfield, Bruce Tunkel, Sam Sims & Kyle Ward, Don Dilego, Pat Guadagno, Stella Mrowicki, Addie Wuensch - Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 2:45 pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #3" - James Maddock, Emily Grove, Ben Arnold, Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Willie Nile, Joe Gruschecky, Jeffrey Gaines, Jesse Malin, Peter Elkas. Hosted by Joe D'Urso and Joe Rapolla - McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, Dinner/Doors 5 p.m.; Show 6 pm, $20 adv/$25dos

LOD "KID'S ROCK" - Avery Rose and the Thorns, RadioActive, Stone Bullets, Double A, Sound of Fury, Baelfire, Allie and Tristan, School of Rock, Olivia Howell, Blume, Kat Phunk, Victoria Quartararo, Rock'n Music, Amanda Conti, Rockit - Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15 adv/$20 dos

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION" - Penque-Diomede Band, Downstream, Citizens Band Radio, Nick Ryan Band - The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "SUNDAY, FUNKY SUNDAY" - Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why, Dez and the Swagmatics - Asbury Hotel, Sun, 2 p.m., FREE.

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "BRUCE BRUNCH WITH TOM CUNNINGHAM" - LIVE! on 105.7 The Hawk from The Anchors Bends in Convention Hall, Asbury Park, 9am - 11am with many surprise musical guests and performances. FREE

Monday, JAN 16

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," McLoone's Grille, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

December 28, 2016
Just Around the Corner ... LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The British Are Coming! British legends Albert Lee, Peter Asher and Joey Molland of Badfinger, join Dramarama, Bobby Bandiera, Remember Jones, and Glenn Alexander of Southside Johnny & the Jukes Among Dozens of Acts Added to Worldwide Foundation's 17th Anniversary Festival in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease 'Through the Awesome Power of Music'

LINEUPS FOR 10-DAY FESTIVAL'S MULTI-ACT THEMED EVENTS, SUCH AS MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN, ASBURY ANGELS, ANNOUNCED AS OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGE ON NJ, NYC AND PHILADELPHIA, JAN. 6-16, 2017

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 28, 2016) - A British Invasion is headed for the Jersey Shore to help LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, fight the global battle against Parkinson's Disease with special concerts headlined by guitar god Albert Lee and legendary producer-performer-executive Peter Asher; a special guest appearance by Badfinger original Joey Molland; the nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, and a fully orchestrated "Mad Dogs & Englishmen" recreation saluting the late vocal great Joe Cocker.

Those are among the dozens of new acts added to the 10-day festival for its 17th anniversary edition, to either headline or partake in multi-artist concert events from Jan. 6-16, 2017.

Albert Lee, a.k.a. "Mr. Telecaster," makes his second Winterfest appearance when he returns with his band for an "Up Close and Intimate" performance Friday, Jan. 13 at McLoone's Supper Club. Tangier Blues Band, with renowned rock photographer Danny Clinch on harmonica and vocals, opens the show. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m.; show time 8 p.m. Tickets to see the Grammy-winning "ultimate virtuoso" (so dubbed by Eric Clapton) range from $20-$35 at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling 732-774-1155.

The following night at McLoone's (Saturday, Jan. 14), Peter Asher makes his second Winterfest visit with "Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the '60s and Beyond" featuring the music of Peter and Gordon. Asher first came to be known through the global smash "World Without Love" as one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon. The two-time Producer of the Year Grammy winner brings a multimedia experience to the Light of Day stage, reflecting on his multi-faceted career and the era that spawned it. As former Asher protègè and paramour Linda Ronstadt is among the cast of characters, the evening begins with "A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt" starring Broadway Singer and Actress Rita Harvey. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m.; show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $31.50-$45 and Tickets are on sale at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or by calling 732-774-1155.

Badfinger founding member Joey Molland, with his RAZ Band, will be part of the annual Asbury Angels Induction Show, to be held Friday, Jan. 13, at the legendary Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., which honors and memorialize the lives and history of members of the Asbury Park musical community, "including but not limited to, musicians, tech support persons, DJs, journalists, club owners, record company personnel, managers and promoters. The show will feature Main Stage acts topped by Molland, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, and former Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes member Glenn Alexander & Shadowland. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets $24 advance/$30 day of show at www.stoneponyonline.com, Ticketmaster, and at (732) 502-0600.

Kashmir, the nation's #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, takes over the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., on Friday, Jan. 13. The most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modern national touring scene, Kashmir possesses the live stage show, sound and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when the mighty Led Zeppelin ruled the musical landscape. Show. Doors 7 p.m. Tickets $20 advance; $25 day of show.

And at the Paramount Theater, 1200 Ocean Ave., on Friday, Jan. 13, Remember Jones recreates the entire 1970 Joe Cocker Experience Tribute, starring in Mad Dogs & Englishmen with a live band of 20 musicians. Jones, originally from Asbury Park, is a one-of-a-kind soul/pop singer with a throwback vibe and authentic energy known for bringing audiences to another time and place. Jones turned in one of the biggest buzzworthy performances at last year's Winterfest with his Amy Winehouse tribute revue, and he'll no doubt turn it up louder this year with "Mad Dogs." Doors are at 6 p.m.; show time is 7 p.m. Tickets $29-$49 through www.lightofday.org, www.ticketmaster.com, phone charge at 800.745.3000, the Stone Pony Box Office (732.502.0600) or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which recently topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Last year's Winterfest raised $525,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 million.

In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards "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 Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 also will include shows in Montclair, NJ (Jan. 6 @ Outpost in the Burbs), Philadelphia (Jan. 7 @ World Cafè Live), and New York City (Jan. 11 @ The Cutting Room). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park, where it still is primarily based, while growing to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Here's the complete list of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 shows to date:

Friday, JAN 6
LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Artists Up Close and Personal - Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D'Urso, Ben Arnold, Christine Martucci, Rick Winow - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $35-$40

Saturday, JAN 7
LOD "PHILADELPHIA" Songwriters Up Close and Personal - Eric Bazilian, Willie Nile, Chuck Prophet, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D'Urso, Ben Arnold, Soraia, Sharon Little - The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm, $20-$25

Sunday, JAN 8
LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF NEW JERSEY'S BAR BANDS" - Bobby Bandiera & Friends, The Soul Cruisers, The British Invasion Years, Best of the Eagles, Pat Guadagno and Tired Horses performing the music of Bob Dylan, Rockinon, the B Street Band, and Guilty Pleasure - Stone Pony, All Ages, 1pm, $18

Wednesday, JAN 11
LOD "NYC", Celebrating the Life and Birthday of Clarence Clemons - Willie Nile, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Soul Cruisers feat. JT Bowen (Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers), The Weeklings, Hollis Brown, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan - The Cutting Room, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $75 upfront VIP

Thursday, JAN 12
LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs., 18+, 6:30pm, $8 adv/$12 dos
LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM DELUXE" - Waiting on Mongo, Jimmy Farkus, Turtle Soup, Chris Rockwell, Members of Shady St. Show Band with Deseree Spinks, Joshua Mark, Mack & Friends, Moroccan Sheepherders, Russell Arcara & Mark Sleifer - Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10 adv/$12 dos
LOD "WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF" - Dramarama, Willie Nile, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Hollis Brown, Hosted by WRAT's Rich Russo - House of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7:30 pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS" - All Star Jam, Bobby Mahoney & Zack Sandler, Sentimental Gentlemen, Nicole Govel, The Carousers, Subway Babes, The Emily Youth Project, Francesca Rose - Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 8pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 13
LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION" - Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Miss Emily, Glenn Alexander & Shadowland, RAZ Band with Joey Molland from Badfinger, Boccigalupe & The Badboys, Laura Crisci, Bob Polding Band, Pat Toner, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, Johnny Duk, Bitter Crush, Anthony Basso, Mike Rocket, Frank Get, Antonio Zirilli - Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 7:25 p.m. $25 adv/$30dos
LOD "KASHMIR - THE LIVE LED ZEPPELIN SHOW", House of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $20-$25
LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8 adv/$12 dos
LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 7pm, $15
LOD "ALBERT LEE & BAND: Up Close and Intimate" with Tangiers Blues Band - McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $20-$35
LOD "AT THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Ian Bamberger Trio, Sam Sims Band, Ashley McKinley, with a Late Night Acoustic "Couch Concert" hosted by Bobby Mahoney - Asbury Hotel, 9:30 p.m. FREE
LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY: PETER SCHERER'S ACOUSTIC CAROUSEL" - Peter Scherer, Renee Maskin, The May Darlings, Arlan Feiles, Andy Bernstein, Keith Roth, Ray Andersen, Cranston Dean, Stringbean, Keith McCarthy, Leo Sawikin, Russell Arcara, Marc Nuzzi, The Gray Vines, Gregory Schwartz, Karen Mansfield, Steve Delopoulos, SOF, Paul Whistler, Eryn Shewell, David Vargo - Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "REMEMBER JONES IN MAD DOGS & ENGLISHMEN" The Entire 1970 Joe Cocker Experience Tribute, Performed Live with a Band of 20 - Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 7pm, $29-$49

Saturday, JAN 14
LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8 adv/ $12 dos
LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA
LOD "PETER ASHER: A MUSICAL MEMOIR OF THE '60S AND BEYOND" FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PETER AND GORDON. Special Guest: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt starring Broadway Singer and Actress Rita Harvey - McLoone's Supper Club, Doors/Dinner 6 p.m./Show 7:30 p.m., $31.50-$45
LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY" - Taylor Tote Band, Brielle Von Hugel Band, more - Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "IN CONCERT" - James Maddock & Band, Jeffrey Gaines & Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Kiyomi Valentine with Lisa Bianco - House of Independents, Sat, 1 p.m., $25 adv/$30 dos
LOD "ASBURY UNDERGROUND AFTER-PARTY" - American Trappist, Jesse of Accidental Seabirds, Milly, Dentist, Porter & Sayles, The Sunday Blues - House of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $5 adv/$7 dos
LOD "WOMEN OF SONG" - The Saint, Sat, Noon, $10
LOD "ASBURY BLUES" - Billy Walton Band (Record Premiere), Cigar Box Stompers, Joe Bonanno and the Godsons, Mary McCrink, Mad Kings, Pam McCoy, Stormin' Norman Seldin, J Pat and Sandy Mack, Chuck Lambert, Poppa John, GP and the Hot Takeout - Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15
LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH" - Billy Hector Band, Christine Martucci, Colossal Street Jam, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Harry Filkin Band, Dawg Whistle - Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15
LOD "DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION
LOD "IN THE SOUNDBOOTH" - Stringbean & the Stalkers, DJ Music - Asbury Hotel, 8 p.m., FREE ADMISSION
LOD "TRANSPARENT: DANNY CLINCH PHOTO EXHIBIT" - Tangiers Blues Band - Asbury Hotel Gallery, 1 p.m.

Sunday, JAN 15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #1" - Isabella Englert, Adam Masterson, Kent Nicholson, Mary McCrink, Hans Ludviggson, Arlon Bennett, Jesse Terry - Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #2" - Karen Mansfield, Bruce Tunkel, Sam Sims & Kyle Ward, Don Dilego, Pat Guadagno, Francis Lombardi - Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 2:45 pm, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #3" - Emily Grove, Ben Arnold, Chuck Prophet, Anthony D'Amato, Willie Nile, Joe Gruschecky, Jeffrey Gaines, Jesse Malin, Peter Elkas. Hosted by Joe D'Urso and Joe Rapolla - McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, Dinner/Doors 5 p.m.; Show 6 pm, $20 adv/$25 dos
LOD "KID'S ROCK" - Avery Rose and the Thorns, RadioActive, Stone Bullets, Double A, Sound of Fury, Baelfire, Allie and Tristan, School of Rock, Olivia Howell, Blume, Kat Phunk, Victoria Quartararo, Rock'n Music, Amanda Conti, Rockit - Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15 adv/$20 dos
LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION" - Penque-Diomede Band, Downstream, Citizens Band Radio, Nick Ryan Band - The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
LOD "SUNDAY, FUNKY SUNDAY" - Quincy Mumford & he Reason Why, Dez and the Swagmatics - Asbury Hotel, Sun, 2 p.m. $10
LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8 adv/$12 dos

Monday, JAN 16
LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," McLoone's Grille, Mon., All Ages, 10:30am-1:30pm.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
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.

October 27, 2016
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 'THE BEAT GOES ON' FOR MUSIC'S AWESOME POWER IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Light of Day

Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival Returns Jan. 6-16, 2017

Tickets go on Sale SATURDAY, Oct. 29 @ NOON EST

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 27, 2016) - With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking $5.25 million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 17th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 29 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 6-16, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, House of Independents and the new Asbury Hotel, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages - as well as single tickets to each show - will be available.

Albert Lee and Band, Peter Asher, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band, Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock and Band, Milly, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Billy Hector Band, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, Sandy Mack Allstars, Sonny Kenn, the Vansaders, Battery Electric, Kyle Ward, Colossal Street Jam, Tara Tote, and the Billy Walton Band are among the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 2017: The Beat Goes On. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis, including BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2017. Tickets for Bob's Birthday Bash range from $43 to $209.50, and tickets for the other club shows range from Free to $45. Concert goers can purchase a LIGHT OF DAY COMBO TICKET PACKAGE to gain admission to all Asbury Park events (Approximately 50 EVENTS) at five different levels, starting at $159.50. The packages GUARANTEE a reserved seat for BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, capacity permitting, first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which just topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson's Disease.

Last year's event raised $525,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 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, Suzanne Vega, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bryan of Bon Jovi, David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, The Smithereens, Peter Himmelman, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, LaBamba's Big Band, John Eddie. 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. This year, the Foundation was able to proudly establish a $150,000 grant to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, as well as host an incredibly successful matching grant drive with Cure PSP which raised an additional $200,000. CurePSP is the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson's related diseases such as CBD and PSP.

In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "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 Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 11 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 6 in Montclair), and Philadelphia (Jan. 7 @ World Cafè Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

On the radio side, longtime LOD concert host Tom Cunningham will host his Sunday morning "Bruce Brunch" program on 105.7 "The Hawk," live from the Anchor's Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, with very special guests, on Jan. 15, starting at 9 a.m.

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 now take place around the world on three continents, this year including a four-city 10th Anniversary Canadian tour (Nov. 16-19) headlined by Steve Earle & the Dukes, in Toronto, Niagara, London and Kingston; d a 10th anniversary European tour - a 17-day holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 25-Dec. 11). And for the third consecutive year, a Light of Day event was held over the summer in Australia. The two-day festival always takes place in the Australian city of 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.

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 $235,000, which has helped the Walk earn over $4 million for Parkinson's research.

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Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

Platinum "All Access" Combo package: $325 - "very best" orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2016 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2017 T-shirt, and a L'Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Platinum "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $209.50 - same as Platinum "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Gold combo package: $249.50 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 16 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2017 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Gold "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $159.50 - same as Gold "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Silver combo package: $199.50 - includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Silver "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $119.50 - same as Silver "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Bronze combo package: $159.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events. The best seats for the dollar!
Bronze "Bob's Birthday Bash" Paramount Only Ticket: $89.50 - same as Silver "All Access" Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Super Savers - $53 and $43 - Rear upper balcony seating for "Bob's Birthday Bash" only.
***Ticket prices do not reflect Ticketmaster and venue service/facility/convenience charges.
****Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venue.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 6

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 7

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 8

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, All Ages, 1pm, $TBA

Monday, JAN 9

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 11

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, with a special birthday tribute to Clarence Clemons, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 12

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs., 21+, 7pm, $12

LOD "WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 13

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD TBA, House Of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 14

LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205

LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA

LOD TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat.c, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 16

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ross

January 20, 2016
LEGENDARY ROCK DJ ED SCIAKY HEADS ASBURY ANGELS CLASS OF 2016 AS 'GUARDIAN ANGEL' DURING LIGHT OF DAY INDUCTION CELEBRATION AT LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST
Ed Sciaky introduces David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, DAVID BOWIE, BILLY JOEL, MANY OTHERS CREDIT LATE PHILLY AIR PERSONALITY AS GREATLY INFLUENTIAL EARLY CAREER BOOSTER

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 20, 2016) - Legendary rock DJ ED SCIAKY - credited with making Philadelphia pivotal in boosting the early careers of Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Yes, Genesis and others to national stardom in the early ‘70s as a WMMR-FM air personality - topped this year's class of Asbury Angels at the annual Light of Day induction show during the just-completed LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016.

Sciaky (pronounced SHOCK-ee) was named this year's "Guardian Angel" among the following group of 2016 Asbury Angels: sound engineer Jules Aerts; Big Band leader Tommy Tucker; Asbury Park Convention Hall's first organist, G. Howard Scott; Margaret Hogan, owner of the Chez Elle nightclub; and West Side R&B singer Herbert "Tony" Maples.

"The Guardian Angel is someone who did not live in or come from Asbury Park but had a great influence on the scene," said Jean Mikle, Asbury Angels Board member and Light of Day Foundation Board president. "Ed Sciaky's strong support of Bruce Springsteen helped establish him in the Philadelphia market and gave a huge boost to his career. He was also a strong supporter of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes."

Past guardian angels include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame record producer, civil rights activist and music critic John Hammond, who signed Springsteen to Columbia Records, and Walter Reade Sr., theater mogul/developer of the St. James & Paramount Theatres.

The mission of the Asbury Angels is to honor and memorialize the lives and history of members of the Asbury Park musical community, including but not limited to, musicians, tech support persons, DJs, journalists, club owners, record company personnel, managers and promoters. Light of Day WinterFest, with ended its 10-day run for 2016 this week, is the annual celebration of the Light of Day Foundation in its global battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and the Parkinsonisms in our lifetime "through the awesome power of music."

Springsteen alluded to Sciaky in concert last Saturday during "The River" tour opener in Pittsburgh, as part of his tribute to David Bowie. On stage in Pittsburgh, Springsteen recounted his historic 1974 meeting with Bowie in Philadelphia at Sigma Sound Studios, during Bowie's Young Americans recording sessions, noting that he "took the Greyhound bus down to Philadelphia, that's how early it was." Sciaky not only arranged that meeting, but picked up Springsteen at the bus station and allowed him to sleep on his couch that evening.

Springsteen made those comments the same night as Bob's Birthday Bash, the "main event" of Light of Day WinterFest, at which Springsteen performs most years as a surprise guest, but was unable this year due to his touring commitments.

Sciaky spent his entire broadcast career in Philadelphia radio. Though he made his influential mark at WMMR, he later spent significant time at WIOQ-FM, WYSP-FM, and WMGK-FM. He was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame in 2005.

On the night of Sciaky's death from complications of diabetes in 2004, Billy Joel spent 30 minutes on WMGK in a moving tribute. E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg spoke at Sciaky's funeral on behalf of Springsteen and his bandmates. Noting Sciaky's passing, Springsteen called him "the kind of DJ whose passion was the lifeblood for artists like myself. His support for my work brought me to an audience in Philadelphia that has remained one of my strongest to this day. Ed was the DJ as true rock and roll fan, the very spirit of the music he loved. He will be greatly missed."

PHOTO CAPTION: Ed Sciaky, center, introduces David Bowie, left, and Bruce Springsteen, right, at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia during Bowie's 1974 Young Americans recording sessions. Photo © www.johnkalodner.com

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

December 29, 2015
THE SMITHEREENS TO HEADLINE SOLD-OUT "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH" AT PARAMOUNT THEATER IN ASBURY PARK, NJ, AT LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016
The Smithereens

Horn Section and String Section to Boost Official Kickoff of Legendary NJ Power Pop Band's Year-Long 30th Anniversary Celebration of Multi-Platinum Major Label Debut, ‘Especially For You'

Joe Gruschecky & the Houserockers, Mike Peters of The Alarm & Big Country, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Steve Forbert, Jill Hennessey, Dramarama, Among 18 Acts Confirmed for Worldwide Foundation's 16th Anniversary Anchor Event in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ALL OTHER WINTERFEST 2016 SHOWS, AS OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGE ON NJ, NYC, AND PHILADELPHIA FOR MORE THAN 30 LIVE EVENTS, JAN. 8-18, 2016

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 29, 2015) – New Jersey power pop legends THE SMITHEREENS will be bringing a string section and horn section to headline Bob's Birthday Bash, the sold-out all-star anchor event of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 of the Light of Day Foundation's "Sweet Little 16" anniversary celebration in its global battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and the Parkinsonisms in our lifetime "through the awesome power of music."

The Smithereens - Pat DiNizio on lead vocals, Jim Babjak on guitar, Dennis Diken on drums, Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion on bass and special guest Andy Burton (John Mayer Band) on keyboards - will be formally kicking off the yearlong 30th anniversary of the release of its multi-platinum major label debut, Especially For You, on Enigma/Capitol Records as the evening's main attraction, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 here at Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Ave.

"I played Light of Day for the first time last year as a solo acoustic act and it was one of my most memorable performing experiences in that I've seldom seen an audience that responsive to virtually every performer," says Dinizio. "It was simply electric."

Acts confirmed to join the Smithereens at the Paramount are Joe Gruschecky & the Houserockers, Mike Peters of The Alarm & Big Country, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Steve Forbert, Jill Hennessey, Dramarama, the Matt O'Ree Band, Emily Grove, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Luca, Milly, and Rob Dye. This edition of Bob's Birthday Bash sold out in 25 minutes, topping last year's previous record of 37 minutes. Plenty of tickets are available for all other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 events in Asbury Park, Montclair, New York and for the first time, Philadelphia! Complete, up-to-the-minute information on all Light of Day events can be found on the official Facebook events page.

Tickets for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events, with the exception of Bob's Birthday Bash, are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such other fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, the Cutting Room in NYC, and World Café Live in Philadelphia.Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

"We're honored that we're headlining WinterFest," continues Dinizio. "It's some sort of acknowledgement that what we did over the past 35 years as a rock ‘n' roll band from New Jersey meant something, and that it had some sort of impact on a lot of people who love rock ‘n' roll."

Bob's Birthday Bash honors Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events."

"Parkinson's disease could happen to anybody at any time," says Dinizio. "We know people and have supporters of the band who are stricken with this disease who come to the shows. Obviously we have a lot of empathy for anyone who's soffering. This is one of the good events for a good charitable cause."

Presented by the Asbury Park Press, Light of Day Winterfest has gained international notoriety over its 15-year history. Last year's event raised over $500,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $425,000 and bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

December 16, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 EXTENDS GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S INTO PHILADELPHIA FOR 1ST TIME WITH 16TH ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF EVENT

Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Willie Nile, Mutlu, Blake Morgan, and More to Join Host Ben Arnold in Launching Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival in Delaware Valley

LIGHT OF DAY PHILADELPHIA
SONGWRITERS UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016 AT WORLD CAFÉ LIVE
Hosted by Ben Arnold

Over 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY/Philly Metro Area Jan. 8-18

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 16, 2015) – With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking half million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, presented by the Asbury Park Press, is expanding beyond its Asbury Park core to present LIGHT OF DAY PHILADELPHIA: Songwriters Up Close & Personal, the first-ever Philadelphia concert for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation to kick off the LIGHT OF DAY 'SWEET LITTLE 16' CELEBRATION. The 10-day festival will bring over 150 music and comedy acts to 30 venues in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.

Tickets on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY PHILADELPHIA: Songwriters Up Close & Personal, hosted by Ben Arnold and starring Willie Nile, Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Mutlu, Blake Morgan, Lisa Bouchelle, and more to be announced, will be held Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door at www.worldcafelive.com.

Rob Hyman, a Philly Walk of Fame inductee, is a singer/songwriter, keyboardist, and producer who co-founded Philly rock band The Hooters with collaborator and fellow Philly Walk of Famer Eric Bazilian in 1980. Aside from opening the U.S. Live-Aid Concert in 1985, the Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium (1986), Harry Chapin's World Hunger Benefit at Carnegie Hall (1987), and Roger Water's "The Wall" in Berlin (1990), the Hooters have toured the US and abroad extensively and recorded multi-platinum albums with hits such as "And We Danced", "All You Zombies", "Day By Day", "Johnny B", "Satellite", "500 Miles", and "Karla With A K." The band finished up their "35 Years Live" Tour with two sellout shows at the Keswick Theater in the Philadelphia area (Nov. 2015). Rob played keyboards, sang, and co-arranged Cyndi Lauper's debut album She's So Unusual (1983). He also co-wrote and performed on "Time After Time" with Cyndi, which earned them a #1 song on the Billboard Charts and a Grammy nomination for "Song Of The Year" (1985), where Cyndi was voted Best New Artist. He recently toured with Cyndi Lauper again in Japan playing keyboards, marking the 30th anniversary of her debut, as well as part of her house band at her annual True Colors Foundation benefit concert at the Beacon Theater, NYC, in Dec. 2015.

The New York Times called Buffalo, NY-born Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Uncut Magazine called him "A one-man Clash." His album Streets Of New York was hailed as "a platter for the ages" by Uncut. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the "Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011" and BBC Radio called it "THE rock 'n' roll album of the year." His single from that album, "One Guitar," a "Top Pick of the Week" in USA Today, has become an unofficial anthem at Light of Day concert events. And it's no wonder: Willie is one of the few artists to have participated in Light of Day every year since the beginning. In fact, a portion of proceeds from his upcoming album, due in February, will be donated to Light of Day.

Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter. A Philadelphia native and first-generation American of Turkish descent, Mutlu has already built a substantial fan base in his hometown, while winning widespread praise for his prior releases. His local success led to a recording deal with Manhattan/EMI Records, which released his acclaimed 2008 debut album Livin' It, produced by the late, great T-Bone Wolk, and featuring guest appearances by Daryl Hall, Amos Lee, G. Love and Raheem DeVaughn. His latest release is the Hypnotize EP.

Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, record producer, and the founder and owner of ECR Music Group, a global music company which operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings. His #IRespectMusic campaign follows his whistle-blowing victory over Internet radio giant Pandora, which led to the multi-billion dollar company abandoning its own signature Congressional legislation proposal which would have reduced artists' pay by up to 85%.

Ben Arnold is a songwriter, singer, musician, educator and long time fixture of the Philadelphia musical landscape. He has toured regularly throughout the country as well as Europe for the better part of the last 25 years. Originally signed to Columbia Records in the '90s, Ben has since released countless label supported and independent records over the decades. Often compared to many of the music giants of the 70s, most often Randy Newman when he's on piano (although he's not really a fan), Arnold's music is a melodic mash of acoustic rock, soul and blues with detailed and emotive lyrics told with an edgy, world weary voice. Ben will release the Motown, Stax and Philly soul inspired Lost Keys in the top of 2016. With a crusty, curmudgeonly, but loving take on the world around, Ben continues to reveal more of himself with every record and live performance.

Bucks County native Lisa Bouchelle has a style that's been compared to Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow, and Jewel, with an edge reminiscent of classic artists such as Neil Young and Tom Petty. Lisa also hosts the top-rated TV show Rock Star Kitchen, which airs weekly on The Comcast Network in the mid-Atlantic region. As host of the show, she has talked music, and performed with Foreigner, Eddie Money, Chubby Checker, Lita Ford, Candlebox, and many others.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 15 years, including last year's event, which raised over $500,000 — a record amount — to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $425,000 and bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "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 Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Also last year, 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.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room) and North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Complete ticket and additional information for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events at www.lightofday.org and on Facebook.

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
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.

November 6, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 SEASON OFFICIALLY STARTS TODAY WITH SIRIUS/E STREET RADIO SPECIAL, AND CANADA TOUR KICKOFF; WILLIE NILE, JOE D'URSO TO GUEST DJ ON SIRIUS FOR ENTIRE HOUR AS 16th SEASON OF GLOBAL BATTLE VS. PARKINSON'S DISEASE 'THROUGH THE AWESOME POWER OF MUSIC' BEGINS

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 6, 2015) - LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 season officially kicks off today with a special one-hour block of programming on Sirius XM's E Street Radio (Channel 20), and further north, the launch of Light of Day Canada. It's the start of this year's campaign to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases through "the awesome power of music."

Willie Nile and Joe D'Urso, both of whom have been performing at LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST since its launch 16 years ago, will be guest DJs today at 4 p.m. for the full hour on E Street Radio. They'll be playing songs from artists playing this fall in Canada and Europe – including themselves – as well as those scheduled to participate in LIGHT OF WINTERFEST 2016, such as Ed Manion, The Hooters, Joe Grushecky, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, and Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen is a long-time supporter of the Light of Day Foundation, most visible through his annual WinterFest performances 11 of the last 15 years.

LIGHT OF DAY ON E STREET RADIO premieres TODAY (Friday 11/6) at 4 pm ET. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for Saturday 11/7 at 12am ET; Saturday 11/7 at 8am ET; Monday 11/9 at 4pm ET; Tuesday 11/10 at 12am ET, and Tuesday 11/10 at 8am ET.

Meantime, LIGHT OF DAY CANADA gets started today with a five-show, four-day schedule, and artists including Blue Rodeo, Miss Emily with Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers with Eddie Manion of the E Street Horns, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Jason Heath & The Greedy Souls and Bobby Mahoney.

Light of Day Canada Schedule 2015/2016
November 6 - St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada
November 7 - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (day)
November 7 – Toronto, Canada
November 8 - Toronto, Canada
November 14 - Kingston, Canada

In other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 news ...

  • Expect several show announcements throughout November, as Light of Day adds more diversity and performance options than ever before, making 2016 the biggest WinterFest ever.
  • Up next and new this year is Light of Day Westchester, being held Nov. 15 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. It's an evening of rock 'n' roll that includes many popular regional performers from Westchester and Rockland counties and is hosted by Board Vice President Joe D'Urso and his band, Stone Caravan, and Larchmont favorites Sway.
  • Also this month is the launch of Light of Day's 10th anniversary European tour - an 18-day, 16-show holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 27-Dec. 14), including five shows throughout Italy. Artists on board include Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, Rob Dye, and Eric Bazilian (The Hooters). Stay tuned for further details!

Tickets for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events, with the exception of Bob's Birthday Bash, are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis. Tickets range from Free to $45. There will be approximately 50 events just in Asbury Park alone. Beyond Asbury Park, shows will be held in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair), and, for the first time, Philadelphia (Jan. 8 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 8

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., Fri,. Jan. 8, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 9

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 10

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 11

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Tuesday, Jan 12

LOD's "LAUGHSTOCK", The Stress Factory, New Brunswick, NJ; NY Comedy Club, NY, NY, Tues., $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 13

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 14

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10

LOD "SWEET LITTLE' SIXTEEN KICK OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos (All performers have to do a Chuck Berry tune!)

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 15

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD "REMEMBER JONES: THE BACK TO BLACK/AMY WINEHOUSE", House Of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD "NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 16

LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, SOLD OUT!

LOD "ROCK",The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD "ED MANION", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "TBA", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 17

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 18

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30pm

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

November 2, 2015
Just Around the Corner ... LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 OFF TO RECORD-SETTING START IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Tickets to Bob's Birthday Bash & Combo Tickets Sell Out in Record Time!

Tickets for Numerous Other Light of Day WinterFest Events On Sale NOW!

More Shows to be Announced in the Coming Weeks

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 2, 2015) – Returning from a year in which the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation raised a record half million dollars, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 set another record in ticket sales over the weekend, the formal launch to the 16th annual 10-day festival to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases through the awesome power of music.

Tickets to Bob's Birthday Bash, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016 at the 1,623-seat Paramount Theater, as well as all Combo Ticket Packages, went on sale at Noon Saturday and sold out in 25 minutes, topping last year's previous record of 37 minutes. Plenty of tickets are available for numerous other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 events!

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen at Bob's Birthday Bash in 11 of the previous 15 years, including last year's event, which helped raise the Light of Day Foundation's 15-year total above $3 million.

Bob's Birthday Bash honors Bob Benjamin, the artist manager and music industry veteran who has been living with Parkinson's since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson's disease through live music events."

"We are thrilled and overwhelmed by everyone's continued support of our Light of Day mission," said Pallagrosi, "which is to defeat Parkinson's and related neurodegenerative diseases - specifically ALS and PSP - in our lifetime."

In other Light of Day WinterFest 2016 news ...

  • Expect several show announcements throughout November, as Light of Day adds more diversity and performance options than ever before, making 2016 the biggest WinterFest ever.
  • Up next and new this year is Light of Day Westchester, being held Nov. 15 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY. It's an evening of rock ‘n' roll that includes many popular regional performers from Westchester and Rockland counties and is hosted by Board Vice President Joe D'Urso and his band, Stone Caravan, and Larchmont favorites Sway.

Tickets for all LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 events, with the exception of Bob's Birthday Bash, are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis. Tickets range from Free to $45. There will be approximately 50 events just in Asbury Park alone. Beyond Asbury Park, shows will be held in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair), and, for the first time, Philadelphia (Jan. 8 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 8

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., Fri,. Jan. 8, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 9

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 10

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 11

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Tuesday, Jan 12

LOD's "LAUGHSTOCK", The Stress Factory, New Brunswick, NJ; NY Comedy Club, NY, NY, Tues., $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 13

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 14

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10

LOD "SWEET LITTLE' SIXTEEN KICK OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos (All performers have to do a Chuck Berry tune!)

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 15

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD "REMEMBER JONES: THE BACK TO BLACK/AMY WINEHOUSE", House Of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD "NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 16

LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, SOLD OUT!

LOD "ROCK",The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD "ED MANION", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "TBA", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 17

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 18

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30pm

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

October 28, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST CELEBRATES 'SWEET LITTLE 16' IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON'S DISEASE; 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY/Philadelphia Metro Area for Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival, Jan. 8-18, 2016

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 27, 2015) – With a goal of topping last year's record-breaking half million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY ‘SWEET LITTLE 16' CELEBRATION, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 16th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 31 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 8-18, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Steve Forbert, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band; James Maddock and Band, Jesse Malin and Band, Jill Hennessey, Neil Berg's 100 Years Of Broadway, Milly, Marc Ribler & Friends, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Dramarama, Billy Hector Band, Bruce Tunkel and The Red House, Garland Jeffreys, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, Sandy Mack Allstars, Sonny Kenn, and the Billy Walton Band are among the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY ‘SWEET LITTLE 16.' More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis, including the MAIN EVENT, BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2016. Tickets for the Main Event range from $43 to $209.50, and tickets for the other club shows range from Free to $45. Concert goers can purchase a LIGHT OF DAY COMBO TICKET PACKAGE to gain admission to all Asbury Park events (Approximately 50 EVENTS) at five different levels, starting at $159.50. The packages GUARANTEE a reserved seat for BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, capacity permitting, first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.

Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 15 years, including last year's event, which raised over $500,000 - a record amount - to combat Parkinson's disease, topping the previous year record of $425,000 and bringing 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, Suzanne Vega, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, Pat Dinizio (The Smithereens), Peter Himmelman, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, LaBamba's Big Band, and John Eddie. 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. Last year, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City "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 Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi. Also last year, 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.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 13 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 9 in Montclair), and, for the first time, Philadelphia (Jan. 8 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.

For comedy lovers, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 will include, for the first time, "Laughstock," happening Jan. 12 at the Stress Factory in New Brunswick, NJ.

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 now take place around the world on three continents, this year including four shows in Canada (Nov. 6, 7 and 14), and a 10th anniversary European tour — an 18-day, 16-show holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 27-Dec. 14), including five shows throughout Italy. And for the second consecutive year, a Light of Day event was held over the summer in Australia. The two-day festival always takes place in the Australian city of 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.

Also new this year is Light of Day Westchester - an evening of rock ‘n' roll that includes many popular regional performers from Westchester and Rockland counties and hosted by Board Vice President Joe D'Urso and his band, Stone Caravan, and Larchmont favorites Sway - will be held Nov. 15 at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY.

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 has helped the Walk earn over $3 million for Parkinson's research.

Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

(Only ASBURY PARK EVENTS are included in the COMBO TICKET PACKAGES)

Platinum combo package: $325 - "very best" orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2015 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2015 T-shirt, and a L'Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Gold combo package: $249.50 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 16 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2015 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Silver combo package: $199.50- includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Bronze combo package: $159.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events. The best seats for the dollar!

Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 8

LOD "Philadelphia," The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., Fri,. Jan. 8, 7pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 9

LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 10

LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 11

LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA

Tuesday, Jan 12

LOD's "LAUGHSTOCK", The Stress Factory, New Brunswick, NJ; NY Comedy Club, NY, NY, Tues., $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 13

LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 14

LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $10

LOD "SWEET LITTLE' SIXTEEN KICK OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos (All performers have to do a Chuck Berry tune!)

LOD "MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION

Friday, JAN 15

LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos

LOD "REMEMBER JONES: THE BACK TO BLACK/AMY WINEHOUSE", House Of Independents, Fri., 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos

LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos

LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12

LOD "NEIL BERG'S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 16

LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205

LOD "ROCK",The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos

LOD "ED MANION", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "TBA", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA

LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION

LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA

LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15

LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15

LOD "DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION

Sunday, JAN 17

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15

LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Tim McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20

LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15

LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10

LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 18

LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30pm

ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION

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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Ross

January 16, 2015
2nd LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 Online Charity Auctions Features Signed Movie Poster by Springsteen, Michael J. Fox & Joan Jett + Autographeded Classic Rock Photography by Mark Weiss - Fighting Parkinson's 15 Years!

Light of Day

EXCLUSIVE 'LIGHT OF DAY' MOVIE POSTERS SIGNED BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, MICHAEL J. FOX, AND NEWLY INDUCTED ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMER JOAN JETT HIGHLIGHT 2nd CHARITYBUZZ AUCTION TO BENEFIT LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION DURING LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PREVIOUS LIGHT OF DAY PERFORMERS ON THE AUCTION BLOCK INCLUDE SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY, BILLY FALLON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JOHN RZEZNIK, JESSIE MALIN, JOHN EDDIE AND MORE

BID NOW! www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday

Over 150 Music Acts Converging On NJ & NYC NOW through Monday to Support Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 16, 2014) – The first LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 Charitybuzz fundraising auction, just completed, raised $22,000 toward the Light of Day Foundation's global battle against Parkinson's Disease and related illnesses, and with the festival now in full swing, a second online auction has begun at www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday.

The latest auction, closing Jan. 23, spotlights two very special LIGHT OF DAY movie posters signed by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox. These posters are poignantly significant to the theme of the Foundation, as it was named by founder Bob Benjamin after the Springsteen song with the fitting lyrics "Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling okay - I got a little lost along the way - I'm just around the corner to the light of day." Springsteen wrote the powerful anthem "LIGHT OF DAY," performed in the 1987 movie of the same name by Joan Jett, who starred opposite Michael J. Fox. Fox has bravely battled Parkinson's since the early '90s and on one legendary night in November 2003, during the fourth annual LOD festival, he brought the house down when he joined The Boss onstage at the Stone Pony for a rousing rendition of "Light of Day."

This auction spotlights photos of musicians who played past Light of Day performances at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. All photos were donated by renowned photographer Mark Weiss (who shot Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry album covers). The collection also includes an autographed iconic photograph of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett, shot in 1981; an autographed photo of Southside Johnny from 1979, and a 1981 photo of Gary U.S. Bonds with Clarence Clemons, autographed by Bonds. Two classic photos of Springsteen from the '80s also are up for bid, along with photos of previous Light of Day performers including Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Glen Burtnik, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Willie Nile, John Eddie, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Jesse Malin, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, actor Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore of Sopranos fame, and more!

Aside from the photos already auctioned off, one lucky bidder already has won a pair of tickets to the sold out LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 "Main Event" at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ, with headliners LaBAMBA'S BIG BAND featuring Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds, happening Saturday night. Springsteen has been a surprise special guest at the "Main Event," also known as "Bob's Birthday Bash," in 10 of the previous 14 years.

Go to www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday to view photos and bid now! Proceeds again benefit Light of Day Foundation.

Joan Jett and Bruce Springsteen

With a goal of bringing in a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of this 15th anniversary, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, bringing the 15-year total above $3 million!

"Whether helping the people in my hometown with life's basic necessities or helping find a cure for a deadly disease, we all do whatever we can," says Weiss. "I am honored to stand alongside the generous and talented musicians I have worked with for decades to help make this year's LIGHT OF DAY a monumental success. We all remember the great memories of first times, but there also are memories of the first times we've heard disheartening news. I have been humbled and inspired by Bob Benjamin's story and by the powerful snowballing impact LOD has had for the last 15 years."

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 concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the LIGHT OF DAY Foundation was born in 2000.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Except for the Paramount show, tickets are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the remainder of the action is occurring, being held NOW through Monday at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

For more about Light Of Day Foundation, go to www.lightofday.org

For more about Mark Weiss, go to www.WEISSGUYgallery.com

For images for the web, go to www.markweiss.com/light_of_day_charitybuzz_web

For hi-rez print media images, send requests to mark@markweiss.com

All photos should be credited to Mark Weiss

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 fundraiser 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.

January 9, 2015
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 OPENS TONIGHT! 3RD AND FINAL WAVE OF ARTISTS ADDED ON EVE OF 15TH ANNIVERSARY 12-DAY MUSIC FEST

Pat DiNizio, Sam Llanas, Alexis Krauss, Daniel Marques, Jen Chapin, Wesley Stace & The English UK, Big Pussy's Gangster Squad, Vinnie Lopez and More Join Over 150 Music Acts in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Jan. 9, 2015) – Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens, Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans), Alexis Krauss of noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells, esteemed Brazilian classical guitarist Daniel Marques, singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, Big Pussy's Gangster Squad led by Vincent Pastore, former E Street Band drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Vinnie "Mad Dog" Lopez are among the last wave of acts to be announced for the 15th LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, which kicks off tonight in Burlington, NJ.

After the 12-day festival's launches tonight with the first-ever South Jersey edition at the Hebe Music Lounge, the proceedings move to Montclair tomorrow for another first, the North Jersey edition, at the Outpost in the Burbs, where an intimate songwriting circle will take place with acoustic sets from Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls, and Joe D'Urso. The Asbury Park portion, where the bulk of the activity takes place, begins Sunday at the Stone Pony, with the reunion of its legendary house band, Cats on a Smooth Surface, known for springboarding the careers of Bon Jovi guitarist Bobby Bandiera, and Glen Burtnik, among others. The show will also present an opportunity for Cats alumnus Joel Krauss to sing with his famous daughter, Alexis Krauss, one of indie-pop's most prominent faces and voices.

Daniel Marques, the 7-string guitarist and winner of the greatest award in his country, the 'Brazilian Grammy' known as the Prêmio da Música Brasileira, As the leader, producer and arranger of Orquestra Frevo Diabo. Marques will be featured as a special guest at "The Main Event: Bob's Birthday Bash," Jan. 17 at the Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Ave, in Asbury Park. The show, which sold out in 37 minutes, will be headlined by LaBamba's Big Band, starring Jersey Shore legend Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, a late night TV fixture for the past 20 years anchoring the horn section in Conan O'Brien's band, and featuring fellow Shore legends Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds and a 13-piece horn section including the horn players from Conan's Basic Cable Band. Marques will also be featured Monday, Jan. 19 at the Goodbye Breakfast Toast.

Pat DiNizio, of the Smithereens, plays a FREE show Thursday (Jan. 15) at the Asbury Park Yacht Club. Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, will be part of the Main Event as well as Songwriter's By the Sea that following evening (Jan. 19) at McLoone's. Wesley Stace & the UK (formerly known as John Wesley Harding), are on the bill at "Rich Russo's Anything Anything," Fri., Jan. 16 at Asbury Lanes. The night before at Asbury Lanes, Big Pussy's Gangster Squad, fronted by The Sopranos star Vincent Pastore, will be surrounded by fellow Sopranos actors Dan Grimaldi, Lou Martini Jr., Anthony Ribustello and more, all of whom will be bowling while music takes center stage. Headlining that show is the James Maddock Band. Also on hand at the Bowl-a-Thon will be Vinnie Lopez, the previous E Street Band drummer recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the band, and Springsteen's manager in Steel Mill, Tinker West. Lopez is also slated to be among the musicians at the Main Event.

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, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year alone, 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.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the rest of 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.

As previously announced, Guy Davis, Dramarama's John Easdale, Aaron Freeman of Ween, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, and the Billy Walton Band, also will be coming to Asbury Park for LIGHT OF DAY 15 in Asbury Park.

Previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Bruce Springsteen, 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.

The complete lineup and ticket informatoin can be found at www.lightofday.org.

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.

January 5, 2015
ALL-STAR COMEDY LINEUP, LED BY RICK SHAPIRO & ARTIE LANGE, 'CRAWLS' ACROSS MANHATTAN TO BENEFIT LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION DURING WINTERFEST 2015
Rick Shapiro and Artie Lange

New York City's Role Significantly Increases in Light of Day's Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease as Live Comedy adds Laughs while 150+ Music Acts Converge on NJ & NYC for 11-Day Festival's 15th Anniversary Celebration, starting Jan. 9.

STAND UP NY, NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB, AND COMEDY CELLAR @ VILLAGE UNDERGROUND TO HOST NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER – TUE., JAN. 13

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"Let's do it, people." – ArtistDirect.com

NEW YORK (Jan. 5, 2015) – New York City's role in the Light of Day Foundation's global battle against Parkinson's Disease is expanding significantly for the 15th anniversary LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 with the addition of the NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER, led by the first comedian to publicly state he is fighting and beating Parkinson's disease, RICK SHAPIRO, and very special guest ARTIE LANGE, Tuesday, Jan. 13 at three of Manhattan's top comedy venues.

The NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER - starting uptown at Stand Up NY (7 p.m.), moving to Midtown at New York Comedy Club (9 p.m.) and wrapping downtown at the Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground (11pm). – is the second Manhattan event to be announced for the New Jersey-based LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015. Manhattan also is home to LIGHT OF DAY NEW YORK CITY, Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Cutting Room, starring Suzanne Vega, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, John Eddie, Dramarama's John Easdale, and Greg Trooper.

The NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER is bringing together an all-volunteer, all-star lineup of some of New York's funniest comics for the six-hour cross-town standup comedy event. Joining Shapiro and Lange will be Jim Gaffigan, Rich Vos, Robert Kelly, Todd Barry, Big Jay Oakerson, Greer Barnes, Mike Bocchetti, Kurt Metzger, Bonnie McFarlane, Godfrey, Mike Vecchione, Shang Forbes, and host Joey Gay. More comedians continue to sign on and will be announced soon.

Tickets are all reserved seating and on sale NOW for LIGHTOF DAY WINTERFEST 2015: NEW YORK CITY COMEDY CRAWL FUNDRAISER, at $30 per venue. Tickets for Stand Up NY, 236 W. 78th St. (betw. Broadway & Amsterdam), are available at www.standupny.com, or call 212.595.0850. Showtime is 7 p.m. (with mandatory 6:30 arrival). Tickets for New York Comedy Club, 241 E. 24th St. (between 2nd & 3rd), are available at www.newyorkcomedyclub.com, or call 212.696.5233.Tickets for the Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground. 130 W. 3rd St. (betw. 6th & Macdougal) are available at www.comedycellar.com/the-village-underground, or call 212.254.3480.

Shapiro, one of comedy's most innovative and surreal artists, has maintained a multi-faceted career since his 2013 Parkinson's disease diagnosis and refuses to slow down. He's an extraordinary example of determination, strength and perseverance, and an inspiration to all in overcoming stereotypes and assumptions about Parkinson's.

"It's a new life force, a new way of choice," says Shapiro. "The physical hand I've been dealt forces me not only to play my hand, but to realize I HAVE hands. It's unbelievable. Parkinson's can be laughed at, and I've found it to be a damn joke. It's a riot."

The evening is being organized by Shapiro and his wife and manager, Tracy DeMarzo. Shapiro is a 30-year comedy stage veteran and master of long-form comedy and improv who, aside from stand-up, can be seen currently on the hit show MARON on IFC. An actor, comedian, author, poet, and painter, Shapiro is known for playing Louis C.K.'s brother-in-law, Jerry, on HBO's Lucky Louie and appeared in Louis CK's movie Pootie Tang, plus the film Project X, and both TV series' 2 BROKE GIRLS and The League.

The benefit fundraiser has been set up to make it easy for fans and supporters to attend as many of the shows as they want. Shapiro, Lange and the evening's host, Joey Gay, will be performing AT ALL THREE VENUES.

All proceeds benefit the Light of Day Foundation, which uses the power of music – and now comedy – to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses.

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LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015: NYC COMEDY CLUB CRAWL FUNDRAISER
TUESDAY, JAN. 13

STOP # 1: Stand Up NY - 236 W. 78th St. (betw. Broadway & Amsterdam)
Starring Rick Shapiro & Artie Lange
Host: Joey Gay
Also Appearing: Shang Forbes, Kurt Metzger, Mike Vecchione, Godfrey
Showtime: 7 p.m. (mandatory 6:30 p.m. arrival)
Tickets: $30 at www.standupny.com, or call 212.595.0850.

STOP #2: New York Comedy Club - 241 E. 24th St. (between 2nd & 3rd)
Starring Rick Shapiro & Artie Lange
Host: Joey Gay
Also Appearing: Jim Gaffigan, Rich Vos, Bonnie McFarlane, Greer Barnes, Big Jay Oakerson, Mike Bocchetti
Tickets: $30 at www.newyorkcomedyclub.com, or call 212.696.5233.

STOP #3: Comedy Cellar at The Village Underground. 130 W. 3rd St. (betw. 6th & Macdougal)
Starring Rick Shapiro & Artie Lange
Host: Joey Gay
Also Appearing: Robert Kelly, Todd Barry, and surprise guests
Tickets $30 at www.comedycellar.com/the-village-underground, or call 212.254.3480.

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With a goal of bringing in a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of this 15th anniversary, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, bringing the 15-year total above $3 million.

Bob 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 concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D'Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the LIGHT OF DAY Foundation was born in 2000. Benjamin named the Foundation after the Springsteen anthem.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST has gained international acclaim for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year's event, and always at the Paramount since "The Main Event" was added to the festivities.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THESE LIGHT OF DAY EVENTS, TOO!

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST NYC 2015, starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama's John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol' Band, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, and more to be announced, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC. Tickets are $45 for General Admission Seats; $75 for Limited VIP Upfront Table Seats. Doors 6 p.m.; Show time 7 p.m. For info and tickets, call (212) 691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

In Asbury Park, tickets are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others.Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – are available.

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NORTH JERSEY, and LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – SOUTH JERSEY. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – South Jersey, starring Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, Ben Arnold, 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 www.brownpapertickets.com. More info at www.hebemusic.com. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – North Jersey, a Songwriter's Circle starring Willie Nile (just added!), Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte (New York Dolls guitarist), and Joe D'Urso, 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.

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.

More information on Light of Day Foundation at www.lightofday.org

More on Rick Shapiro at www.rickshapiro.tv

December 30, 2014
SPECIAL PAIR OF TICKETS TO SOLD-OUT 'MAIN EVENT' PLUS LIMITED EDITION, AUTOGRAPHED, CLASSIC ROCK PHOTOS BY MARK WEISS BEING AUCTIONED EXCLUSIVELY AT CHARITYBUZZ.COM TO BENEFIT LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION AS WINTERFEST 2015 FESTIVAL APPROACHES

BID NOW! www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday

Southside Johnny & Gary U.S. Bonds signed photos up for auction!

Over 150 Music Acts Converge On NJ & NYC Jan. 9-19, 2015 To Support Worldwide Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Festival In Global Battle Against Parkinson’s Disease

"Let’s do it, people." – ArtistDirect.com

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 30, 2014) – A pair of tickets to the sold-out LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 "Main Event" at the Paramount Theater, with headliners LaBAMBA’S BIG BAND featuring Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds kicks off the first of two Charitybuzz fundraising auctions benefiting the Light of Day Foundation, 15 years strong in its global battle against Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses.

Also on Light of Day's Charitybuzz auction block are 35 limited edition, autographed, classic Rock & Roll photographs from the '70s and '80s, donated by renowned photographer Mark Weiss (who shot Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry album covers). Photo sales are moving briskly at www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday. The auction ends Jan. 8, 2015.

Charitybuzz will kick off a second online auction Jan. 9, 2015 for two weeks only. This second auction will spotlight two very special LIGHT OF DAY movie posters signed by Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox. Springsteen wrote the powerful anthem "Light Of Day," performed in the 1987 movie of the same name by Joan Jett, who starred alongside Michael J. Fox. Fox has bravely battled Parkinson's since the early '90s, and on one legendary night in November 2003, at the fourth annual LOD show, he brought the house down when he joined Springsteen on stage at the Stone Pony for a rousing rendition of "Light of Day." Also featured in this auction is a signed photograph of 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Joan Jett, shot by Weiss in 1981; along with photos of previous Light of Day performers including Springsteen, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, Glen Burtnik, John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Willie Nile, John Eddie, Garland Jeffreys, Jesse Malin, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem and Joe Grushecky.

Proceeds from all auctions solely benefit the Light of Day Foundation.

With a goal of bringing in a record half million dollars for its 15th anniversary edition, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson’s disease last year alone, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of this 15th anniversary, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, bringing the 15-year total above $3 million!

Mark Weiss is passionate about his photo campaign, FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME, which he started to benefit Lunch Break, the soup kitchen in Red Bank, NJ. When his photographs raised over $25,000 for Lunch Break after just two annual Charitybuzz auctions, Weiss realized another foundation close to his heart and hometown could benefit as well.

"I never imagined when I was 16 and sneaking my camera into concerts, that I could make a living out of it, much less help out those in need by donating the sales of these photos some three decades later," says Weiss. "My career as a photographer has been a dream come true, and it’s time to give back."

His campaign is a selection of photographs from the first time Weiss shot the artists, going back to the '70s. He has pulled the photos from his extensive archives and reached out to the musicians to sign a few to help these amazing organizations. Some highlights of the collection include Aerosmith live at Madison Square Garden in 1976, signed by all five band members. Also up for grabs are three KISS photographs which actually changed Mark's life: In 1977, while still in high school, he was arrested for selling his photos outside the Garden for a buck a piece. After a night in jail, he headed over to Circus Magazine with his portfolio, and within six months he’d become a staff photographer.

Other classic photos up for auction are Ozzy Osbourne taking a bath at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1981; Debbie Harry of Blondie in 1978; Ted Nugent in 1978 and Johnny Winter from his 1991 album cover shoot Let Me In; plus 30 more, all signed by the actual artists.

"Whether helping the people in my hometown with life's basic necessities or helping find a cure for a deadly disease, we all do whatever we can," Weiss continues. "I am honored to stand alongside the generous and talented musicians I have worked with for decades to help make this year's LIGHT OF DAY a monumental success. We all remember the great memories of first times, but there also are memories of the first times we’ve heard disheartening news. I have been humbled and inspired by Bob Benjamin's story and by the powerful snowballing impact LOD has had for the last 15 years."

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 concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D’Urso. Benjamin put together the first fundraiser show on his 40th birthday at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ, and raised $2,000. From that small event, the LIGHT OF DAY Foundation was born in 2000. Benjamin named the Foundation after the Springsteen anthem with the fitting lyrics: Well I'm a little down under, but I'm feeling okay - I got a little lost along the way - I'm just around the corner to the light of day.

Light of Day Winterfest has gained international acclaim for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 10 of the previous 14 years, including last year’s event, and always at the Paramount since "The Main Event" was added to the festivities. LaBamba, an original member of Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes and a late night TV fixture for the past 20 years anchoring the horn section in Conan O’Brien’s house band, has assembled a 20-piece unit that will include a 13-piece horn section. LaBamba’s Big Band will feature the horn players from Conan’s Basic Cable Band, and nine other current and former members of the Jukes – among them Mark "The Love Man" Pender, Rick "G the G" Gazda and Stan Harrison – for a night LaBamba promises "is going to be legendary."

Bob Benjamin & Bruce Springsteen - Light of Day in 2012, Paramount Theater

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Except for the Paramount show, tickets are on sale NOW for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – NORTH JERSEY, and LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 – SOUTH JERSEY. Light of Day WinterFest 2015 – South Jersey, starring Dramarama’s John Easdale, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, Ben Arnold, 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, a Songwriter’s Circle starring Willie Nile (just added!), Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte (New York Dolls guitarist), and Joe D’Urso, 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.

Tickets are on sale NOW for LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST NYC 2015, starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama’s John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, and more to be announced, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC. Tickets are $45 for General Admission Seats; $75 for Limited VIP Upfront Table Seats. Doors 6 p.m.; Show time 7 p.m. For info and tickets, call (212) 691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

For more about Light of Day Foundation, go to www.lightofday.org.

For more about Mark Weiss, go to www.WEISSGUYgallery.com.

For images for the web, go to www.markweiss.com/light_of_day_charitybuzz_web.

For hi-rez print media images, send requests to mark@markweiss.com.

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.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Top photo: Bruce Springsteen makes a surprise appearance at Light of Day Winterfest 12.

Lower left: Southside Johnny backstage in 1979.

Lower right: Clarence Clemons and Gary U.S. Bonds backstage in 1981.

Bottom photo: Bruce Springsteen and Bob Benjamin appearance at Light of Day Winterfest 12.

All photos should be credited to MARK WEISS.

December 22, 2014
LaBAMBA's BIG BAND featuring SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and GARY U.S. BONDS TO HEADLINE SOLD-OUT PARAMOUNT THEATER 'MAIN EVENT' IN ASBURY PARK, NJ, AT LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015

Aaron Freeman of Ween, The Weeklings feat. Glen Burtnick, Among More Than 2 Dozen New Acts Added to Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary Festival in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

LINEUPS FOR 12-DAY FESTIVAL'S MULTI-ACT THEMED EVENTS, SUCH AS ASBURY ANGELS, MUSICIANS ON A MISSION, AND CLASSIC COUNTRY TRIBUTE CONCERT ANNOUNCED AS OVER 150 MUSIC ACTS CONVERGE ON NJ & NYC JAN. 9-19, 2015

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Dec. 22, 2014) – Jersey Shore legend RICHIE "LaBAMBA" ROSENBERG, a late night TV fixture for the past 20 years anchoring the horn section in Conan O'Brien's band, will return to his roots to lead a very special version of his big band as host of the anchor event of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 for its 15th anniversary edition in the battle against Parkinson's disease.

LaBAMBA'S BIG BAND, featuring fellow Shore legends SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and GARY U.S. BONDS and a 13-piece horn section including the horn players from Conan's Basic Cable Band, will be the headline attraction at "The Main Event: Bob's Birthday Bash," Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Paramount Theater, 1300 Ocean Ave. 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, and always at the Paramount since "The Main Event" was added to the festivities. LaBamba, an original member of Southside Johnny's Asbury Jukes, has assembled a 20-piece unit that will include nine other current and former members of the Jukes for a night he promises "is going to be legendary." The show sold out within 37 minutes of going on sale in early November.

Two tickets to the Paramount show are on the auction block at Charitybuzz.com, as are 35 limited edition classic Rock & Roll photographs from the ‘70s and ‘80s donated and signed by the musicians and photographer Mark Weiss (who shot Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album art). With photo sales moving briskly at http://www.charitybuzz.com/lightofday, proceeds will benefit The Light of Day Foundation.

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, has set the lineups for several of its multi-act themed events. Light of Day Winterfest, raised a record $425,000 to combat Parkinson's disease last year, 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.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the rest of 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.

The Asbury Angels Show, to be held Friday, Jan. 16, at the legendary Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., will honor and memorialize the lives and history of members of the Asbury Park musical community, "including but not limited to, musicians, tech support persons, DJs, journalists, club owners, record company personnel, managers and promoters. Hosted by Sirius XM's Jim Rotolo (Tent Live Broadcast), the show will feature Main Stage acts topped by the Willie Nile Band, Bocciagalupe and the Bad Boys and The Weeklings featuring Glen Burtnick. Others on the bill include Pat Toner, Steve Conte's NYC (led by the New York Dolls guitarist), Laura Crisci. Milly, Frank Get, Bobby Mahoney's Seventh Son, John Strada, Ten Ton Mojo, Cesare Carugi & Daniele Tenca, and the Fireplaces. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25 advance/$30 day of show at www.stoneponyonline.com, Ticketmaster, and at (732) 502-0600.

First Note kicks off with An Evening with Aaron Freeman (of Ween), presented by Light of Day and The Saint, Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Saint, 601 Main St., at 8 p.m. (Doors 7 p.m.). Tickets are $22 at www.thesaintnj.com. A late show will be announced soon.

Also on Thursday, Jan. 15, Sandy Mack's Wonder Jam Deluxe takes over the Wonder Bar, 1231 Ocean Ave., with alternating Main Stage and acoustic Side Stage acts. The Hive-Mind, Turtle Soup, Karmic Juggernaut, Mack & Friends of (featuring Ronnie Penque and Mark Diomede of the Juggling Suns Project), and Dead Bank helm the Main Stage. The acoustic stage will host Joe Miller & Sam Sims, Joshua Mark, Strumberry Pie, and Papa John. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at www.wonderbarasburypark.com, Ticketmaster, and at (732) 502-8886.

LOD's Classic Country brings Carter Calvert's Tribute to Patsy Cline and Michael Patrick's Ring of Fire Band – A Tribute to Johnny Cash on Jan. 16 to McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., at 8:15 p.m. Tickets and info at (732) 774-1155 and www.timmcloonessupperclub.com.

Also on Jan. 16, Langosta Live brings Slim Chance and The Gamblers, with special guest vocalist Lisa Sherman, to Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., in a FREE event at 9:30 p.m. More info at (732) 455-3275.

Musicians On A Mission, Sunday Jan.18 at the Saint, uses the power of music to create connection and inspire giving, raise awareness and funds for local charitable organizations through planned musical events showcasing New Jersey performers, and support the local music community by creating opportunities for musicians to connect, share and make a difference through music. The event stars Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth, Thomas Wesley Stern, Glimmer Grass Band, Cranston Dean, and Matt Scuteri and Jive Stewards. Doors at Noon. Tickets $10 at TicketMaster.com, Ticketmaster and Phone Charge at 800-754-3000, as well as the Saint box office. More info at(musiciansonamission.org and www.thesaintnj.com.

Happy Mondays, a weekly staple of the Wonder Bar, supports Light of Day in a special event Monday, Jan. 12, with Thomas Wesley Stern, the Villanelles, and the Mockingbirds. Doors 8 p.m.; music 9 p.m. Suggested donation $5 at the door.

Langosta Lounge Late Night Live stars the Stringbeans Roots Reggae Jam on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., starting at 10 p.m. More info at 732-455-3275.

For the Kids, Kids and Family takes over McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 17 from Noon-3 p.m. with Mr. Ray with special guests Layonne Holmes and the Little Sunshine Kids, Yosi, and Miss Sherri and the Little Animal Band, plus face painting and yoga by Leslie Miller throughout the show. Info and Tickets: $10 at www.timmcloonessupperclub.com or call 732-774-1155. Kids Under 1 & Over 100 FREE!

Now that the holiday season tours of Europe and Canada are completed, 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 next month. The Canadian leg completed its 8th annual edition over the weekend, with three sold-out shows over three days in Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Kingston, ON. Light of Day Europe 2015, just finished a wildly successful 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries.

As previously announced, Guy Davis, Dramarama's John Easdale, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, James Maddock, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, Billy Hector, Bruce Tunkel, and the Billy Walton Band, also will be coming to Asbury Park for LIGHT OF DAY 15 in Asbury Park. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

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 presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City in November "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.

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.

November 21, 2014
Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Honors Light of Day Foundation and Co-Founder Bob Benjamin with 2014 Humanitarian Award

NEW YORK (November 21, 2014) – Billboard Magazine honored BOB BENJAMIN and the LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION with the Humanitarian Award last night at the 2014 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, honoring the concert industry’s top artists, venues and professionals of the year. The 11th annual event was held at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and also featured an appearance by Lionel Richie to accept the Legend of Live Award, and a rousing performance by Kool & the Gang to close out the evening.

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 Tony Pallagrosi president of UMT PRESENTS, and musician Joe D’Urso. Pallagrosi accepted the award last night with Benjamin and fellow board member Jean Mikle.

The Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals whose vision and leadership have helped address the world’s greatest challenges and make a difference through live entertainment. Light of Day Foundation Founder Bob Benjamin is “thequintessential music fan and he was enthusiastic about the music back when I met him and he's still the same way today," as his friend Bruce Springsteen has said. "He's a great man."

Benjamin has roots as a manager and founder of his own label, Schoolhouse Records. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1996, Benjamin turned his annual birthday celebration into a marquee Asbury Park, NJ music festival raising funds to benefit research into the cure and treatment for Parkinson’s disease and ALS. The event has raised more than $2 million since 2000, drawing the biggest names in the industry, including Springsteen, Michael J. Fox and Jakob Dylan. Springsteen has brought the organization international notoriety with surprise appearances in 10 of the previous 14 years.

The Award caps a year in which Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation raised a record $425,000 at LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2014 to combat Parkinson’s disease, by far the most of any previous year. In honor of the 15th anniversary LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, being held Jan. 9-19, 2015 in Asbury Park with additional shows in New York and North and South Jersey, the push is on to exceed a half million dollars, which would bring the 15-year total above $3 million. LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST is the anchor event of a global initiative that brings benefit concerts annually to Canada, Australia, and all throughout Europe.

“The Light of Day Foundation and I are proud to be recognized by the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards,” says Benjamin. “Live music has been an inspirational force in my life for nearly 40 years. With the help of the Light of Day board members, we have turned the power of live music into a healing force in the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Our concerts in Asbury Park this January will mark our 15th year of bringing people together with live music. We hope to continue rocking the world and raising awareness of Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders for many years to come.”

The Billboard Humanitarian Award is the second major honor for the Light of Day Foundation this fall. In October, 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.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City. Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, 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 the Asbury Park shows. Suzanne Vega will be headlining the multi-act New York City event (Jan. 14 at the Cutting Room); Garland Jeffreys tops the bill for the North Jersey show (Jan. 10 in Montclair), and Dramarama’s John Easdale heads the cast for the South Jersey concert (Jan. 9 in Burlington).

Tickets for Light of Day Winterfest 2015 in Asbury Park are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available. Further ticket information and more on the Light of Day Foundation at www.lightofday.org.

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.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

#1 - Light of Day Foundation team on the red carpet at the Billboard Touring Awards. L-R, Tony Pallagrosi, co-founder; Jean Mikle, board member; Bob Benjamin, co-founder; Joe D’Urso, board member, Robin Elliott, executive director, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, and Humanitarian award presenter.

#2 - Bob Benjamin makes his acceptance speech last night at the Billboard Touring Awards.

#3 - L-R: Light of Day Foundation board members Jean Mikle, Bob Benjamin and Tony Pallagrosi display their Humanitarian Award last night at the Billboard Touring Awards.

Photo Credit: Randex Communications

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November 13, 2014
Just Around ANOTHER Corner ... Suzanne Vega To Headline Light of Day Winterfest NYC 2015

WITH DRAMARAMA'S JOHN EASDALE, JOHN EDDIE, JOE D'URSO, MORE!

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
THE CUTTING ROOM
44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. EST

Over 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY Metro Area Jan. 9-19, 2015 for Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary 12-Day Festival in Global Battle Against Parkinson’s Disease

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." - Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 13, 2014) - 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, reaches to New York City in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease with LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST NYC 2015, starring Suzanne Vega with Dramarama's John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol' Band, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, and more to be announced, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., NYC.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 14 @ 10 a.m. EST @ $45 for General Admission Seats; $75 for Limited VIP Upfront Table Seats. Doors 6 p.m.; Show time 7 p.m. For info and tickets, call (212) 691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.

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 in Asbury Park. 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.

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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November 10, 2014
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 EXTENDED 2 MORE DAYS THROUGHOUT THE GARDEN STATE

TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY @ 10 a.m. EST FOR WINTERFEST SOUTH JERSEY & NORTH JERSEY STARRING GARLAND JEFFREYS, DRAMARAMA'S JOHN EASDALE, MANY MORE!

Over 150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY Metro Area Jan. 9-19, 2015 for Worldwide Foundation's 15th Anniversary 12-Day Festival

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Nov. 10, 2014) – 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.

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 (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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Debra L Rothenberg/DebraRothenberg.com

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October 29, 2014
Just Around The Corner... Light of Day Winterfest Marks 15th Anniversary in Global Battle Against Parkinson's Disease

150 Music Acts to Converge on NJ/NY Metro Area for Worldwide Foundation's 10-Day Festival, Jan. 11-19, 2015

Tickets go on Sale SATURDAY @ NOON EST

"A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas." – Rolling Stone

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 29, 2014) – With a goal of raising a record half million dollars in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 15th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities and New York City in January, following holiday season Europe and Canada.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 1 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 11-19, 2015 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Walmart stores). A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

Willie Nile, Gary US Bonds, Guy Davis, 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 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.

"That would be magical," says Tony Pallagrosi, the Light of Day Foundation's co-founder and Board Director, and president of UMT PRESENTS. "We're going to produce a festival that's worthy of the 15th anniversary. We're going to pull out the stops, with lots of surprises. The support we've gotten for the past 15 years has been humbling and immensely gratifying. Our hope, as it has been since the beginning, is to defeat Parkinson's disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS in our lifetime. Using the power of music to raise awareness and funds is a gift that we're proud to share around the world. Our mission has remained unchanged. We hope someday that we don't have to do this anymore."

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. The Light of Day Foundation is proud to announce that 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. And 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.

LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2015 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 14 @ The Cutting Room), South Jersey (Jan. 9 in Burlington), and North Jersey (Jan. 10 in Montclair), are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows, that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park into a 10-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 now take place around the world on three continents, this year including six shows in Canada, a 17-day, 15-show holiday run in 11 European countries (Nov. 28-Dec. 14), and 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.

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, including the main event, Bob's Birthday Bash, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 17. Tickets for the Main Event range from $43 to $205. Concertgoers can purchase 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.

Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

Platinum combo package: $315 - "very best" orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2015 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2015 T-shirt, and a L'Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Gold combo package: $240 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 17 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2015 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Silver combo package: $190 - includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events.

Bronze combo package: $149.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2015 events. The best seats for the dollar!

Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venues.

Individual event ticket prices:

Friday, JAN 9
LOD "SOUTH JERSEY," Hebe Music Lounge @ Big Shots Bar & Grill, Burlington, NJ, Fri,. Jan. 9, 21+, 7pm, $10adv/$15dos

Saturday, JAN 10
LOD "NORTH JERSEY" Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, Sat, Jan. 10, 7pm, $TBA

Sunday, JAN 11
LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, Sun, Jan. 11, All Ages, 1pm, $20adv/$25dos

Monday, JAN 12
LOD "HAPPY MONDAYS", Wonder Bar, Mon., Jan. 12, 21+, $TBA

Wednesday, JAN 14
LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, Weds., Jan 14, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing

Thursday, JAN 15
LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs., Jan 15, 18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs., Jan 15, 21+, 7pm, $10
LOD "ROCKIN' BOWL-A-THON", Asbury Lanes, Thurs., Jan 15, 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD "BLUE HAWK RECORDS LIVE", Langosta Lounge, Thurs., Jan. 16, All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADM

Friday, JAN 16
LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., Jan 16, All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos
LOD "ANYTHING, ANYTHING hosted by RICH RUSSO", Asbury Lanes, Fri., Jan 16, 18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri., Jan 16, 18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., Jan 16, 21+, 6pm, $12
LOD "TBA", McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., Jan 17, All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA
LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, Jan 16, 21+,
LOD "TBA" Paramount Theater, Fri., Jan 16, All Ages, 8pm, $TBA

Saturday, JAN 17
LOD "THE MAIN EVENT: BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos
LOD "KIDS and FAMILY", McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "TBA," McLoone's Supper Club, Sat. 1/17, 18+, 7pm, $TBA
LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "TBA", Asbury Lanes, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA
LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15
LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15
LOD "DOWNTOWN" curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. FREE ADM

Sunday, JAN 18
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20
LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., Jan 19, All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos

Monday, JAN 19
LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH", Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p, FREE ADM with brunch

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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Light of Day

Randy Alexander

President & CEO
906 Jonathan Lane
Marlton, NJ 08053
856.596.1410

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