Light of Day 2023 schedule: John Waite, Willie Nile, Joe Grushecky and more

light of day 2023 schedule


John Waite — best known for ’80s hits such as “Missing You,” “Tears” and “Every Step of the Way” — will join Light of Day veterans such as Joe Grushecky, Willie Nile and Jesse Malin at next year’s Light of Day WinterFest, taking place Jan. 7-20 in Asbury Park and other cities.

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Here is the current schedule, with venue links. I will update as more information becomes available. Shows are in Asbury Park unless otherwise noted.

JAN. 7

7 p.m.: “Light of Day Philadelphia” with The Weeklings and Ben Arnold at World Café Live, Philadelphia.

JAN. 8

3 p.m.: “Asbury Park and Me” featuring James Dalton at Stephen Crane House.

JAN. 11

7 p.m.: “Clarence Clemons Birthday Tribute” with Jarod Clemons & Band, Glenn Alexander & Shadowland, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Jeffrey Gaines, Jeff Slate & Band at City Winery Loft, New York.

JAN. 12

6:55 p.m.: “Light of Day Kickoff” with Steve Forbert, Williams Honor, James Maddock, Fantastic Cat, Adam Ezra Band, Lisa Bouchelle & The Bleu at Asbury Lanes.

7 p.m.: Open Mic at The Sound Booth at The Asbury Hotel.

7:15 p.m.: “Sandy Mack’s WonderJam Deluxe” at Wonder Bar. With Fungkshui, Waiting on Mongo, Hump Day Trio, Desert Jellies, Kevin Hill, Gab & Fran, Mack & Flynn, Maggie McCuiston.

7:30 p.m.: Morningside Lane, Babie Julez, The Break Plans, Nick Ryan at House of Independents.

8 p.m.: “Bluehawk Records Showcase” at Langosta Lounge. With Matt O’Ree & Eryn with Joe Rapolla & the Blue Hawk Record All-Star Band, Bryan & Alexa Haring, Samantha Spano, Jenaé Louis-Jacques and Max Wolf, White Wing, Butterfly Garden.

JAN. 13

6:55 p.m.: “Asbury Angels Induction” with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Willie Nile, Tangiers Blues Band, Miss Emily, Jarod Clemons, Kulick, Adam Ezra, Ben Arnold, Evan Rotella, Ian Seaholm at Stone Pony.

6:55 p.m.: Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Weeklings, Bobby Mahoney & Seventh Son, The Wag at The Wonder Bar.

7 p.m.: “Soundbooth” with Strumberry Pie Trio, Poppa John Jam Band, James Dalton Band at Asbury Hotel.

7:30 p.m.: Albert Lee, The Billy Hector Band at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.

7:30 p.m.: Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute), Late for the Sky (Jackson Browne tribute )at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

7:30 p.m.: The Brothers Union, The Extensions, The DT’s, Rivva at House of Independents.

7:30 p.m.: “Night of Covers” with Joe D’ Urso & Stone Caravan, Dead Air, Kenny K, Me & Bobby D, Freddy & the Phantoms at Silverball Museum Arcade.

8 p.m.: “Acoustic Carousel” with Pete Scherer, Cara Smith, Alex English, Chelsea Palermo, Paul Whistler, Quincy Mumford, Ryan Gregg, Joshua Mark, Lilly Marshall, Renee Maskin, Mojo Hand, Sunlight at Langosta Lounge.

8 p.m.: Stringbean & the Boardwalk Social Club at Asbury Park Yacht Club.

JAN. 14

Noon: “All Together Now: The Beatles Acoustic” with Bob Burger (host), James Maddock, Jeffrey Gaines, Emily Grove, Adam Ezra, Black Ties, Ben Arnold, Dave Vargo, Jillian McCoy/Ron Haney, Johnny Kasun at Langosta Lounge.

Noon: “Songwriters in the Round” with Johnny Grushecky, Bobby Mahoney and Zack Sandler at Transparent Clinch Gallery.

Noon: “Women of Song” with The Outcrops, Strumberry Pie, Jo Wymer Band, Pam McCoy, Niki Arrowsmith at R Bar.

12:30 p.m.: “Asbury Blues” with Billy Walton Band, Norman Seldin Band, JoBonanno & the Godsons of Soul, Peter V Blues Train, Indigo Mane, Pam McCoy, Ian Seaholm, Boccigalupe & the Badboys at Wonder Bar.

6:30 p.m.: “Bob’s Birthday Bash” with John Waite, Joe Gruschecky & the Houserockers, Willie Nile, Dave Hause & the Mermaid, Jesse Malin, The Weeklings, Fantastic Cat, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, An Intimate Moment featuring Remember Jones and Jeremy Kaplan (of Dogs in a Pile), Jill Hennessy, Jeffrey Gaines, Williams Honor, Adam Ezra, Ben Arnold, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise at Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

7 p.m.: “Soundbooth” with Alex Biese of Somewhat Relative, Kevin Hill of Secret Sound, The Sam Sims Band at Asbury Hotel.

8:30 p.m.: Hooper, The Well Wish at Langosta Lounge.

9 p.m.: Via Ripa, Lightheaded at Asbury Park Yacht Club.

JAN. 15

12:15 p.m.: “Songwriters by the Sea I” with Stella Mrowicki, Jake Mathison, Mary McCrink, Joe Alton Miller, Chuck DeBryan, Sean Tobin, Arlon Bennett at Watermark.

12:15 p.m.: “Musicians on a Mission” with Framing Dakota, Part-Time Custodian, The Rivera, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise, Redbird at The Saint.

12:15 p.m.: “Next Generation” with Rockit, Double A, Jake Ryan Band, Maddie, Rock’n Music Academy, Green Planet Band, Atomic Battery, School of Rock at Stone Pony.

1 p.m.: “Shake the Foundation” at 1503 Comstock St. With Alexander Simone and WHODAT? Live Crew, Doug Zambon, Sean Tobin & the Boardwalk Fire, Jake Mathison & Danny Gochnour.

1:30 p.m.: “Cover Me” with Marc Ribler’s Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Bob Burger & The Red Shoes (Elvis Costello), Eddie Testa Band, The One Hit Wonders at Wonder Bar.

3 p.m.: “Songwriters by the Sea II” with Nick Ryan, Dave Vargo, Jeffrey Campbell, Gerry Perlinski, Victoria Taylor, Kyle Ward, Jake Thistle, Taylor Tote, Arlan Feiles, Tess Cameron, Jeff Slate at Langosta Lounge.

6:15 p.m.: “Songwriters by the Sea III” with Joe Grushecky, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Marc Ribler, Jeffrey Gaines, Miss Emily, Ben Arnold, Joe D’Urso, Lisa Bouchelle, Joe Rapolla, Glenn Alexander & Oria Aspen, Fantastic Cat, Emily Grove, Christine Martucci at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.

JAN. 20

8 p.m.: “Songwriters in the Round” with Willie Nile, Guy Davis, Jill Hennessy, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Joe D’Urso, Daniella Cotton, Jake Thistle, Rick Winowski, Williams Honor, Jon Caspi at Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair.


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