(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Light of Day Foundation has announced WinterFest 2022, the annual music festival taking place January 7-17 in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Montclair, New York City and Rockland County. “Bob’s Birthday Bash” will take place on Friday, January 14 at the Count Basie Center’s Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre.
Tickets for “Bob’s Birthday Bash” and various All-Access combo packages go on sale on Friday, December 3 at 10:00am and will be available via theBasie.org, the Basie Center box office onsite at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, and through Ticketmaster.com.
Ticket prices for Bob’s Birthday Bash range from $55-$405 with various All-Access combo packages being offered: “On-Stage All-Access”, “Platinum All-Access”, Gold All-Access”, “Silver All-Access”, “Bronze All-Access and “Super Savers Bob’s Birthday Bash Only”. All-Access tickets will guarantee a reserved seat for “Bob’s Birthday Bash” plus admittance to all other WinterFest Asbury Park 2022 events on a first-come, first-served basis, capacity permitted at each respective venue. Events in Montclair, New York City and Rockland County are not included in any of the All-Access packages. Tickets can be purchased for all shows individually, including Bob’s Birthday Bash. For more details on lineups, performances and ticket packages, please visit LightofDay.org.
Other venues hosting LOD WinterFest 2022 shows include: Asbury Park’s Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, House of Independents, The Saint, McLoone’s Supper Club, Langosta Lounge, Watermark, AP Yacht Club; The Vogel at The Count Basie Center; Montclair’s Outpost In The Burbs; Manhattan’s City Winery and Stony Point’s Penguin Rep Theatre. COVID-19 policies and entry requirements for all 2022 WinterFest events can be found here.
All performances and events will raise money and awareness for its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and its related illnesses ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) within our lifetime.
“I'm looking forward to Light of Day's return to a vibrant Jersey scene,” said Bob Benjamin, Founder, Light of Day Foundation. “The shows will heat up the cold, winter nights in Asbury Park, Red Bank, Montclair, Rockland County and New York City with hot live music. The January shows will be our 22nd year of fighting Parkinson's with music and will also mark 22 years of celebrating my birthday with a concert.”
Over the course of 22 years, Light of Day has raised approximately $6 Million to combat Parkinson’s disease, ALS and PSP. The first official Light of Day concert was held at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony in November 2000 and primarily featured local, unsigned artists. The critically acclaimed Pittsburgh-based band Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (managed by Bob Benjamin) headlined the show, which featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who joined the Houserockers for a raucous, hour-long set.
Light of Day has grown from a one-day event into a multi-day festival in the 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 have taken place around the world on three continents, with shows in Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Australia. Portions of the proceeds from each show are donated to a local Parkinson’s organization.
"The Light of Day Foundation is a small group of caring, thoughtful civilians and passionate, talented musicians who committed themselves to making a difference, galvanized into action by the courage, resilience and determination of our founder Bob Benjamin,” said Tony Pallagrosi, Executive Director, Light of Day Foundation. “We are overjoyed that after the trials and tribulations of the last two years we’re able to once again utilize the awesome power of live music to raise money and awareness in our 22 year battle to defeat Parkinson’s, ALS and PSP in our lifetime. We are so very grateful for the support that the Light Of Day Foundation has received throughout the years and we hope to see you all, old and new, and YES, LIVE AND IN PERSON, at WinterFest."
Light of Day WinterFest performers have included Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny Lyon, Michael J. Fox, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Joe D’Urso, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Max Weinberg, LaBamba’s Big Band, Jakob Dylan, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Suzanne Vega, Jake Clemons, David Bryan (Bon Jovi), David Bromberg, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Asher, Joey Molland (Badfinger), Garland Jeffreys, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Lowell, Linda Chorney, Nicole Atkins, The Smithereens, Mike Peters and Pete Yorn.
"The return of Light of Day WinterFest is a tangible step in the right direction of getting life closer to normal and getting the LOD Foundation back to our yearly endeavors of raising funds and awareness in our fights against Parkinson's, PSP and ALS,” said Joe D’Urso, Board President, Light of Day Foundation. “The determination Bob Benjamin and others have is a daily reminder to keep up the fight as one day we will get to where we want to be. Being able to be a small part in this battle, with music, is an honor as a musician and a long time LOD member".
“We are back to let you know we can really shake 'em down,” said Joe Grushecky, Board Member, Light of Day Foundation. “There will be live music once again at the WinterFest. We are excited to be able to continue our mission to use music to raise money and awareness in the continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s, PSP and ALS while having a damn good time doing it. It's just around the corner.”
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.