More Than 100 Artists For The 12th Annual Light Of Day Concert Series
The following info was sent over Roots music legend David Bromberg will be among the performers at Paramount Theatre show on Jan. 14, 2011, that serves as the centerpiece for the 12th annual Light of Day concert series, now expanded to four-day weekend of activities in Asbury Park, NJ.
The Light of Day series of concerts, which also includes performances in Canada and several countries in Europe, raises money for the ongoing fight against Parkinson's disease by supporting research into more effective treatments and a cure for people who suffer from Parkinson's and other degenerative neuromuscular disorders.
Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson and the City Council have proclaimed Jan. 12 to 16th as "Light of Day Week" in Asbury Park, in honor of the concert series which annually brings several thousand music fans to the city.
Multi-instrumentalist Bromberg is known for his eclectic style, and his ability to mix blues, folk, country, rock n'roll and jazz into a unique musical stew. In addition to releasing several solo albums, including 2011's "Use Me," Bromberg has performed with a renowned roster of artists, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker. He co-wrote the song "The Hold-Up" with former Beatle George Harrison. Harrison made an appearance on Bromberg's self-titled 1971 album.
Joining Bromberg on the Paramount Theatre bill, which will be hosted once again by Vincent Pastore, who played Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO show "The Sopranos," will be long-time Light of Day supporters Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Willie Nile, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Garland Jeffreys and John Eddie. Up and coming group the RockNRoll Chorus will also perform.
Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
On January 15, 2011, Bruce Springsteen joined his old friend Grushecky and the Houserockers on stage at the Paramount for a sizzling set that was the highlight of the 11th annual Light of Day concert series. The show closed with an emotional rendition of "Thunder Road," that had the whole audience singing along. Springsteen also shared the stage with Jesse Malin, Willie Nile and Alejandro Escovedo during their sets at the Paramount that night and performed a solo acoustic set before Grushecky and the Houserockers came onstage. Springsteen has played at eight of the 11 Light of Day events.
Light of Day's New Jersey weekend will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Asbury Lanes on Fourth Avenue, with a Rock N Bowl-a-Thon that will pair participants with celebrity bowlers for a night of fun that will also include lots of music.
Also on Thursday night, The Saint, a legendary original music venue located at Main Street and Monroe Avenue in Asbury, will host its first Light of Day event.
On Friday, Jan. 13, Asbury Park's legendary Stone Pony, the oceanfront club where Light of Day got its start 11 years ago, will feature a tribute to the "Asbury Angels," the musicians and other members of the Asbury Park music scene who have passed on in recent years. Those being honored include Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Kevin Kavanaugh, Donnie Bertleson and John Luraschi.
The concert will be headlined by the Sensational Soul Cruisers, featuring J.T. Bowen, and will also feature the Nick Clemons Band, Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls, featuring Jason Federici, Boccigaluple & The Bad Boys and Jo Bonnano and the Godsons of Soul, along with many other artists.
Light of Day board member Rob Dye will also host an open mic event on Friday night at the Wonder Bar, located right down the treet from the Pony at the corner of Ocean and Fifth Avenues in Asbury Park, and Asbury Lanes will have its second Light of Day event.
On Saturday, the 14th, the Light of Day shows start at noon at the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar. Performers at the Wonder Bar will include Stormin' Norman Seldin with Pam McCoy. There will be music at both venues from noon to 5 p.m.
A children's show, featuring family-friendly music, will be held at McLoone's Supper Club in the afternoon Saturday.
In addition to the main event at the Paramount Theatre Saturday night, the Stone Pony will host a country night, The Saint will also host another night of original music, and Asbury Lanes will hold its third Light of Day event.
Throughout the weekend, the documentary "Just Around the Corner" will be shown at the Showroom, an independent movie house on at 708 Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park. The documentary, produced by Flat Broke Productions, focuses on Light of Day Foundation founder Bob Benjamin, and how he has used music in the fight against Parkinson's disease.
Light of Day 11 will wrap up on Sunday, Jan. 15 with three "Songwriters by the Sea" acoustic singer-songwriter shows at three boardwalk venues: The Watermark at noon; Langosta Lounge at 3 p.m., and McLoone's Supper Club at 6 p.m. McLoone's Supper Club will feature performers on both levels of the venue. Half-way through the show, in the Light of Day version of musical chairs, the performers will switch places, so audience members will see all performers no matter where they are sitting.