Friday night 01/01/13 at The Gramercy Theater in NYC was a sold out show with Rubix Kube. The show was an amazing array of 80’s classic hits that brought out people of all ages. Most everyone dressed the part and sang along to every song on the set list. I was very impressed that they played for almost two and a half hours straight. Dee Snider was Rubix Kube’s guest and performed I Wanna Rock and We’re Not Gonna Take It. I was blown away by the continuous change of retro style outfits in a telephone booth/changing room on stage. The band made me and everyone there feel like we were right back in the 80’s watching our favorite artists perform live on stage. It was definitely one of the best performances I have seen and hope to see them again soon. The set list in order was : Jump/Walking On Sunshine/Danger Zone/Don’t You Want Me/Take Me Home Tonight/In A Big Country/Your Love/Mickey/Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic/Holiday/Get Into The Groove/Billie Jean/Hurts So Good/If I Could Turn Back Time/Lets Go Crazy/99 Red Balloons/Come On Eileen/Africa/Under Pressure/Still Of The Night/Photograph/Shadows Of The Night/Bon Jovi Medley/Talk Dirty To Me/Video Killed The Radio Star/Don’t Stop Believing.
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.
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.
Asbury Park’s Historic Downtown and the Asbury Park Boardwalk will come alive! 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.
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.
Light of Day Ticket Pick Ups This Week
All Light of Day APNJ2013 ticket/package pickups will be at the Paramount Theater ‘5th & Ocean’ except Friday after 6pm which will be at the Stone Pony…The days and times are indicated below.
Friday…. 1-5pm and 6pm @ Pony
Saturday. 10:30am – 9pm
On Jan. 4th at the legendary Stone Pony Scarlet Carson headlined a show with some awesome supporting acts. A few days after the show frontman Santino Noir announced that he will no longer be part of the band that according to his blog created and worked his ass off to get where they were. He envisioned the band taking the show on the road and touring but the other band mates had jobs and circumstances that didn’t allow that to happen. Santino has pursued a solo career musicaly very different from Scarlet Carson but has been successful in doing so. I fell in lovewith Scarlet Carson a few years back when I saw them for the first time at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville N.J. I enjoyed the energy they brought to the table as that dirty jersey Rock n Roll band. I have had the pleasure of getting to know each one of them over the years as being a huge supporter of their music. Each one of them had a cool quality that seemed to work well together on stage. Unfortunately things aren’t always what they seem behind the scenes as was the case here. If you are a Scarlet Carson fan like me lets remember them as the band we always went to see and enjoy. I wish each and everyone one of them the best of luck in whatever project they pursue going forward. I’m sure we will hear soon what direction the band will be going in when they are ready. The supporting acts were a combination of established bands and some great young up and coming bands. Cashmier led by frontman Vince showed off that old school Rock n Roll sound with hits like Crazy Bitch. You can check out Cashmier at https://www.facebook.com/#!/CashmierNY?fref=ts .A Criminal Risk another one of my favorites brings a high energy punk rock style. I saw A Criminal Risk for the first time at a local VFW show and was very impressed with their sound. They made a few lineup changes along the way but never lost sight of what frontman Tom Kunzman wanted to bring to the table. Their album The Art Of Dropping Names is a staple in my collection. You can check out A Criminal Risk at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/A-Criminal-Risk/183899938707?fref=ts .I was most impressed with a young up and coming band called Anomaly. Fronted by Amanda Lewis this band rocked the house. Amanda’s vocals sent chills down my spine. They are an alternative rock band out of Hamilton, N.J. You can check them out at https://www.facebook.com/#!/anomalytheband . Another cool band I saw for the first time was Dead End, they are a hard rock band from Howell, N.J. led by Don Tracy and Aaron Martin. After a very short time they performed their first gig and won a battle of the bands. They have since played First Engergy Park in Lakewood, Rootfest in Jackson and the Bamboozle Festival at the Meadowlands in 2011. You can check them out at https://www.facebook.com/deadendnj#!/deadendnj/info . Last but definitely not least was Uncharted Waters a Post-Hardcore/Melodic Hardcore band out of Cranbourne. You can check them out at https://www.facebook.com/#!/UnchartedWatersMelb?fref=ts .
So I had the pleasure of attending the Revolution In Just Listening Habitat For Humanity Benefit show held at McDonagh’s Pub in Keyport. This event was created by to raise funds to help rebuild some of the shore towns directly effected by hurricane Sandy, (Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, Port Monmouth, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands). The band Elevator Art has been such a positive force in lending a hand with the clean up from hurricane Sandy led by guitarist Elizabeth Dayback who is from Union Beach. This night was about seeing everyone not just from the towns mentioned but decent good hearted people in general who wanted to be part of something special. Not everyone has the means to give back financialy, physically or emotionally but I believe all of us have the capacity to give back in at least one or more of these ways. Being supportive and understanding of what has happened is where it begins for someone like myself who wasn’t directly hit but I can tell you that every single one of us has or will be hurt in some way going forward. The show went on like a well oiled machine, I was there from the time the show started but I know there were so many people there hours before getting everything set up and ready to go. There was an awesome heated tent set up in the parking lot to accomadate more people as well as bands that were performing. The list of bands that performed were an amazing selection of area jam bands : Moon Motel, Free Beer, Julian Fulton, Thanks, Accidental Seabirds, James Arlowe and the Ruffian Circus, Mad Feather Group, Love Assassin, The Shady Street Show Band, Elevator Art, Almost There. There was also tables set up with people selling artwork, food and raffles to raise money. I myself enjoy capturing those moments that people will be able to share as memories for ever. All the pictures from the event can be seen in my photo galleries at http://mediaqbkk.onlineview.it/GalleryThumbnails.aspx?gallery=3431835
Friday night at The Stone Pony its Scarlet Carson with Cashmier, A Criminal Risk, Dead End, Anomaly, Uncharted Waters. Saturday night there will be the Revolution in Just Listening Habitat for Humanity Benefit show in Keyport at McDonagh’s Pub.
Let’s show Sandy how we roll in the Bayshore. This benefit is for the Bayshore, IN the Bayshore and run by the Bayshore.
Much like McDonagh’s set up for St Patty’s, there will be a heated tent outside and beer served. $2.50 bottles outside. Live music inside AND outside. And the dining room will be open.
We will be raising money for Habitat for humanity to buy supplies to rebuild as well as signing up volunteers to get out and actually rebuild the houses.
Matawan local PBA’s RESTORE THE BAYSHORE will also be there with a table full of awesome stuff for sale! http://www.facebook.com/RTBSandy
Let’s take care of our own and get these houses rebuilt!
NO COVER CHARGE. Just suggested donations and a 50/50 raffle.
100 percent of the proceeds are going directly to Habitat For Humanity.
Towns benefiting from this show are:
ARTISTS SELLING ART FOR CHARITY:
Amanda Bateman – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-By-Amanda-Bateman/487471997951617
Allison Kolarik – http://www.comicbookafterlife.com/
BANDS PERFORMING ARE:
Julian Fulton and the Zombie Gospel
James Arlowe and the Ruffian Circus
Mad Feather Group
The Shady Street Show Band
That’s 11 bands in ONE show running back to back between the tent outside and the bar inside! I hope you’re all ready!