1/18/13 The Light Of Day show with Godspeed, Lords Of Mercy, Set It Free, Only Living Boy and Ether Sunday was held at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ.
The Light of Day concert series is now in its 13th year. What began as a single concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey has grown into 35 shows in twelve countries in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
This year Light of Day concerts in Asbury Park, New Jersey will take place from Thursday. January 17 through Monday, January 21, 2013.The nearly weeklong run of events are about to formally declared as Light of Day Week by the Asbury Park City Council for the second consecutive year The concerts have become a full-fledged festival.
The Asbury Park Boardwalk, usually barren with ocean winds whipping the wind chill factor to sub-zeros levels in January, will come alive over next year’s Martin Luther King Day weekend. The hotels, clubs, restaurants and shops along the Boardwalk and in Downtown Asbury Park will be bustling with visitors from nearly ten countries.
This year’s events in Asbury Park will kick off with a Rock ‘n’ Bowl night at Asbury Lanes through Monday morning’s Light of Day Brunch. In between there will be multiple events scheduled each day and evening at venues including the Stone Pony, the Wonder Bar, the Saint, the Paramount , McLoone’s Ocean Grille, the Langosta Lounge and Watermark. Music performed will include rock ‘n’ roll,
acoustic songwriters’ circles, Broadway show tunes, family music and open-mic.
Last year’s year the Paramount show was hosted by actor Vincent Pastore and radio jocks Rich Russo, Tom Cunningham, Jeff Raspe and Rick Skelly.
Blues legend David Bromberg headlined the 2012 show which also featured sets by Garland Jeffreys, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Southside Johnny and the Poor Fools, Willie Nile with Bruce Springsteen sitting in for cameo performances with Jeffreys and Nile and finally joining Grushecky and the Houserockers for an over two-hour set . The night ended with a rollicking “Twist and Shout” anchored by the E Street Band’s Max Weinberg on drums. Springsteen has now racked up surprise appearances at 9 of the first 12 years of Light of Day.
The funds raised are donated to help the fight against Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses by funding research into better treatments, cures and support for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses.
The Asbury Park shows in 2012 raised nearly $300,000.
The 2012/13 concert series will kick off in Niagara Falls, Canada on November 9 and run through the weekend of January 17th to 21th, 2013 with our flagship shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey. There will be shows in Scotland, Wales and the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and the Hard Rock Café in New York’s Times Square in between.
New events and projects in 2012 included the first annual Light of Day “Run While You Can” 5K Race organized by Joan Russo and held in Toms River, New Jersey.
September of 2012 saw the release on DVD and VOD of Just Around The Corner.
The documentary tells the story of Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation.
You can order a DVD at the Light of Day Store http://www.lightofday.org/store/index or directly from Virgil Films. http://www.virgilfilmsent.com/store/product.php?pid=588,
Light of Day fields a team in the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. Over the last five years the Light of Day team has raised $80,000 which helped the Walk raise over $3 million for Parkinson’s research.
Light of Day has received press coverage in/on NBC Nightly News, CBS New York TV News, Talk Philly on CBS TV Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rolling Stone, Billboard, the New York Times, Backstreets.com, NJ Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, the Home News Tribune, the Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and many other regional, local and trade outlets.