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LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017 ‘THE BEAT GOES ON’ FOR MUSIC’s AWESOME POWER IN GLOBAL BATTLE AGAINST PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Worldwide Foundation’s 10-Day Festival Returns Jan. 6-16, 2017
Tickets go on Sale SATURDAY, Oct. 29 @ NOON EST
“A stunning number of people raised their hands when an emcee asked the crowd if anyone flew into the event from overseas.” – Rolling Stone
ASBURY PARK, NJ (Oct. 27, 2016) – With a goal of topping last year’s record-breaking $5.25 million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson’s disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 17th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 29 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 6-16, 2016 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, House of Independents and the new Asbury Hotel, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.
Albert Lee and Band, Peter Asher, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band, Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock and Band, Milly, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Remember Jones, Billy Hector Band, Bruce Tunkel, Slim Chance and The Gamblers, Sandy Mack Allstars, Sonny Kenn, the Vansaders, Battery Electric, Kyle Ward, Colossal Street Jam, Tara Tote, and the Billy Walton Band are among the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 2017: The Beat Goes On. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.
Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis, including BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2017. Tickets for Bob’s Birthday Bash range from $43 to $209.50, and tickets for the other club shows range from Free to $45. Concert goers can purchase a LIGHT OF DAY COMBO TICKET PACKAGE to gain admission to all Asbury Park events (Approximately 50 EVENTS) at five different levels, starting at $159.50. The packages GUARANTEE a reserved seat for BOB’S BIRTHDAY BASH at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, capacity permitting, first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.
Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 16 years. In his new autobiography, Born to Run, which just topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson’s Disease,
Last year’s event raised $525,000 — a record amount — to combat Parkinson’s disease, topping the previous year record of $500,000, with the 16-year total approaching $4 million.
Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Max Weinberg, Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bryan of Bon Jovi, David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, The Smithereens, Peter Himmelman, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, LaBamba’s Big Band, John Eddie. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.
These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. This year, the Foundation was able to proudly establish a $150,000 grant to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, as well as host an incredibly successful matching grant drive with Cure PSP which raised an additional $200,000. CurePSP is the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson’s related diseases such as CBD and PSP.
In 2015, Billboard Magazine presented the Humanitarian Award to Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation at the Billboard Talent & Touring Conference & Awards in New York City “for their 15 years of bringing awareness and support for Parkinson’s disease through live music events.” Benjamin, an artist manager and music industry veteran, has been living with Parkinson’s since 1996, two years before he co-founded Light of Day with Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, whose mother, Dolores, died in 2002 from the effects of PSP.
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2016 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 11 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 6 in Montclair), and Philadelphia (Jan. 7 @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.
On the radio side, longtime LOD concert host Tom Cunningham will host his Sunday morning “Bruce Brunch” program on 105.7 “The Hawk,” live from the Anchor’s Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, with very special guests, on Jan. 15, starting at 9 a.m.
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 now take place around the world on three continents, this year including a four-city 10th Anniversary Canadian tour (Nov. 16-19) headlined by Steve Earle & the Dukes, in Toronto, Niagara, London and Kingston; d a 10th anniversary European tour — a 17-day holiday run in 10 countries (Nov. 25-Dec. 11). And for the third consecutive year, a Light of Day event was held over the summer in Australia. The two-day festival always takes place in the Australian city of Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson's organizations.
Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson's Unity Walk in New York's Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $235,000, which has helped the Walk earn over $4 million for Parkinson's research.
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Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):
Platinum “All Access" Combo package: $325 - “very best” orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2016 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2017 T-shirt, and a L’Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Platinum “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $209.50 – same as Platinum “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Gold combo package: $249.50 - includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 16 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2017 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Gold “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $159.50 – same as Gold “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Silver combo package: $199.50 - includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Silver “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $119.50 – same as Silver “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Bronze combo package: $159.50 - includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events. The best seats for the dollar!
Bronze “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $89.50 – same as Silver “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2017 events.
Super Savers - $53 and $43 – Rear upper balcony seating for “Bob’s Birthday Bash” only.
***Ticket prices do not reflect Ticketmaster and venue service/facility/convenience charges.
****Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venue.
Individual event ticket prices:
Friday, JAN 6
LOD “NORTH JERSEY” Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $TBA
Saturday, JAN 7
LOD “Philadelphia,” The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm, $TBA
Sunday, JAN 8
LOD "COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS", Stone Pony, All Ages, 1pm, $TBA
Monday, JAN 9
LOD “HAPPY MONDAYS”, Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA
Wednesday, JAN 11
LOD "NYC", The Cutting Room, with a special birthday tribute to Clarence Clemons, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing
Thursday, JAN 12
LOD "FIRST NOTE", The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD "SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM", Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $12
LOD “WINTERFEST 2017 KICK-OFF", House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD “MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY’S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS”, Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION
Friday, JAN 13
LOD "ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION", Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos
LOD TBA, House Of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $TBA
LOD "ROCK HEAVY", The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD "OPEN MIC", Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12
LOD TBA, McLoone’s Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA
LOD "LATE NIGHT FRIDAY" Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "TBA” Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA
Saturday, JAN 14
LOD "BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH", Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
LOD "ROCK", The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos
LOD TBA, McLoone’s Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA
LOD TBA, McLoone’s Supper Club, Sat.c, 18+, 7pm, $TBA
LOD "LATE NIGHT SATURDAY", Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD "TBA", House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA
LOD "ASBURY BLUES", Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15
LOD "FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH", Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15
LOD “DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND," curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon – 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION
Sunday, JAN 15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15
LOD "SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL", McLoone’s Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20
LOD "KID'S ROCK", Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD "MUSICIANS ON A MISSION", The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
LOD "LAST NOTE", The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
Monday, JAN 16
LOD "GOODBYE BRUNCH," Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.
ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION
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.
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