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Light of Day 2018
By Gary Wien
originally published: 12/26/2017
The annual Light of Day concerts roll into the tri-state area in January with shows in Montclair, Asbury Park, New York City, and Philadelphia.
The concerts and the organization began as a birthday party in November 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjami who had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
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.
Utilizing 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, Light of Day shows are now presented on 3 continents, including North America, Europe and Australia.
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Here are some of our picks:
January 5 at Outpost In The Burbs, Montclair, NJ. This North Jersey Songwriters By The Sea show is billed as a tribute to Tom Petty, the lineup includes Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jeffrey Gaines, Joe D’Urso, and Emily Grove.
January 6 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. The LOD Philly show includes performances upstairs and downstairs.
Full bands are downstairs. The lineup includesWillie Nile & Band, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Remember Jones, Ben Arnold & Band, and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan) while solo artists perform upstairs.
The upstairs lineup includes Jim Boggia, Graham Alexander, John Byrne, Nalani & Sarina, Vini Lopez, and Lisa Bouchelle.
January 11 at House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ. The lineup for LOD Winterfest 2018 Kick-Off includes Dramarama, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Bobby Bandiera presenting a tribute to Tom Petty, and UK
artist Mark Wright presents “The King Sings the Boss” - an interesting look at what might have been if Elvis Presley had covered songs written by Bruce Springsteen.
January 13 at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ. The Asbury Blues show features a strong lineup from 12:30 to 6:30pm including sets by Papa John Bug & The Jam Band, Stringbean, RB3, Joe Whyte, Norman Seldin, Pam McCoy, Chuck Lambert, James Dalton, Tony Tedesco & Full Fathom 5, Karen Phillips, and Billy Walton Band.
January 13 at House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ. The night opens with originals by Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why and then moves into a special tribute to Prince.
January 14 at Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park, NJ. Songwriters By The Sea #2 includes sets by Jersey singer-songwriters including Bruce Tunkel, Karen Mansfield, Pat Guadagno, Sam Sims/Kyle Ward, Frank Lombardi, Joshua, and Scott Elk.
Stormin’ Norman Seldin spoke with us about his set on January 13 during the Asbury Blues show. He will be presenting a tribute to the legendary Fats Domino who passed away in October.
“Fats Domino changed my total outlook on piano, vocals, and his New Orleans happy style was infectious and I had to listen over and over,” said Seldin. “He was only heard on the black r&b stations while Pat Boone or Ricky Nelson were given the top spots on radio because they were white, leaving many people were uneducated on how great this New Orleans artist really was. His first recording ever I believe was way back in 1951 with Dave Bartholomew (his life long friend, co-writer, and musician) it was called ‘The Fat Man’ and was simple rock/blues, but amazing to jam on piano with a great horn section which we’ll have at the Light of Day show.”
Seldin said he has done partial sets of Fats Domino in the past and younger audience members quickly fall in love with the music.
“Many of them were not born yet,” continued Seldin. “They say Fats sold something like 80 million records worldwide which for a time with no computers and online, which is pretty amazing! If someone had never heard Fats Domino before there are 2-3 very telling recordings. ‘Ain’t That A Shame’ (which has been recorded by many other groups), ‘I’m Walkin’ ( the great piano and in some versions that amazing New Orleans sax stuff, and of course the one that started it all ‘Blueberry Hill’ which is identified immediately by the piano intro.”
Stormin’ Norman will have a full band for the show, including Gerry Gironda (bass), Ed Dougherty (drums), Ray Johnson (guitar), Vic Cappetta (sax), Rich Taskowitz (sax) and likely will have special guests adding a third sax, trump, and trombone for some songs. In addition to celebrating the music of Fats Domino, they might include a song by some of his friends and contemporaries as well - artists like Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
“Fats Domino is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a giant at getting it all started, and also broke a color barrier!” added Seldin. “I have now been playing, performing, and still learning after 67 years and his simple happy style still drives me nuts!”
All of the Light of Day shows feature incredible artists helping to raise money for a good cause. These selections are only a fraction of the great music taking place in January at LOD. For more information on the shows or the organization visit www.lightofday.org
Pioneer Productions Presents Wendy-Lane Bailey Women's Work (DENVILLE, NJ) -- Pioneer Productions kicks off its new Living Room Series with Women’s Work - an evening of songs by female songwriters on September 16 at 6:00pm at the Arthur Murray Studios in Denville. Conceived and performed by singer/storyteller Wendy-Lane Bailey & composer/pianist Michele Brourman it has a funny, sometimes challenging but always defiantly feminine viewpoint that brings the worlds of Broadway, pop, and country together in one show.Stone Pony To Honor Butch Pielka (ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- A special day of music to honor the legacy of the original Stone Pony co-owner and manager, Robert “Butch” Pielka, will be held Sunday, October 7, from 2:00 to 9:00pm at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The lineup includes reunions of Cats on a Smooth Surface and The Shakes, and Lance Larson. More names are expected to be added.Victor Wainwright & The Train To Perform At Lizzie Rose Music Room (TUCKERTON, NJ) -- The Lizzie Rose Music Room presents Victor Wainwright and the Train on Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30pm. A 3 time BMA Piano Award winner, BB KING Entertainer of the Year Award Winner, and Band of the Year Award winner, Victor Wainwright is at the top of his game right now. The band is touring in support of their latest record, The Train, on Ruf Records. Tickets are 30 in advance and $35 at the door.State Theatre presents Lost 80's Live (NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Lost 80’s Live on Saturday, September 20, 2018 at 8:00pm. The Lost 80’s line-up features some of the most iconic bands from the 1980s including A Flock of Seagulls; Wang Chung; Bow Wow Wow; Farrington and Mann, Original Vocalists of When in Rome UK; Naked Eyes; and Animotion. Tickets range from $48-$98.White Eagle Hall Presents Sloan (JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- White Eagle Hall presents Sloan, one of Canada's best power-pop bands, on Friday, September 7 at 8:00pm. The band recently released their first album in four years, 12, which has become their highest-charting album in their long career. Tickets are $25.
Let’s Hang On’s Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons LIVE! at The Strand Q: So what do four guys from Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Massachusetts — and all currently based out of Florida — have in common with four guys from “Joisey” this summery August 3, 2018 evening at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, NJ?80's Tribute Band Almost Journey Rocks iPlay America I never in a million years would have thought about iPlay America in Freehold as being an event venue. To me, it's a place to ride bumper cars, have kids' birthday parties and play video games. Never been there.The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine LIVE! at Toms River’s Grunin Center As we make our way inside the Grunin Center of the Arts located on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ, this Saturday, July 28, 2018, we see music lovers of all ages. Some of them are wearing street clothes but some are decked out in outfits from the 1970s and ’80s for tonight’s concert by the ’70s and ’80s tribute band, The Great Rock N Roll Time Machine.Classical Guitarists Alex and Wesley Park LIVE! at The Great Auditorium The bucolic seashore town of Ocean Grove, NJ is a place designed for quiet reflection and spiritual renewal.
An artist sketches in the lush green park off Pilgrim Pathway.
Still others read or meditate in the heart of this picturesque village which features gingerbread houses and colorful gardens, all just steps away from the fresh salt air wafting off the blue Atlantic Ocean.“Rock and Roll Icons!” Hippiefest LIVE! at BergenPAC A light summer rain is falling outside Englewood, NJ’s BergenPAC this Wednesday July 25, 2018, as music lovers decked out in peace signs, tie-dyed shirts, and bell-bottomed jeans arrive for tonight’s Hippiefest concert event starring Vanilla Fudge, Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder, and Badfingers’ Joey Molland.