Light of Day executive director Tony Pallagrosi and president Jean Mikle visited Tom Cunningham’s “Bruce Brunch” radio show today on 105.7 The Hawk, and revealed some details about next year’s festival.
The festival — now in its 17th year — and related shows and tours that take place all over the world have raised more than $4 million for research about Parkinson’s Disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases. The driving force behind it, through the years, has been Bob Benjamin, a musicians’ manager who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease.
“I always say he’s the toughest guy I know,” said Mikle.
The Light of Day Winterfest will take place Jan. 6-16, said Pallagrosi. Shows will take place at the Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair, Jan. 6; The World Cafe Live Upstairs in Philadelphia, Jan. 7; The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Jan. 8 (a cover bands show); and The Cutting Room in New York, Jan. 11.
From Jan. 12 to Jan. 16 all the action will be at various Asbury Park venues, including The Paramount Theatre (where the main concert will take place on Jan. 14), The Stone Pony, House of Independents, The Saint, The Langosta Lounge, The Wonder Bar, Watermark, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club and the Asbury Hotel.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 29 at noon; visit ticketmaster.com.
There will be a new poetry event, film “sneak peaks,” and a goodbye breakfast June 16 at Toast, said Pallagrosi. Also, Cunningham will do his “Bruce Brunch” program live from the Anchor’s Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, on Jan. 15.
Pallagrosi said he couldn’t talk about festival headliners. But he did tell Cunningham this, about the lineup:
We’re going to have a lot of the same suspects, great suspects, like Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Willie Nile. Mr. Bobby Bandiera will be gracing us this year with a performance, or performances. James Maddock. The incredible Remember Jones will actually be doing a tour through Asbury Park, doing different aspects of his character and career.
Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan. Matt O’Ree Band. Dramarama, of course, will be back. Some cool new bands in Asbury Park. The Morgan Freemasons. Battery Electric. The Vansaders. Of course, someone that both of us love: Emily Grove will be back with some interesting things.
From England, the Albert Lee Band will be playing in their entirety, so we’ll get to hear Albert Lee, on his famous Telecaster, really shred. He’s one of the world’s best guitarists. And “Peter Asher Reminisces,” where Peter’s going to talk about his life as a producer — (for) James Taylor, and Linda Ronstadt, who’s suffered from Parkinson’s — and he’s gonna talk about his time as Peter from Peter & Gordon, and as Paul McCartney’s roommate! And Jane Asher’s brother.
Bruce Springseen has performed at some many of the past Light of Day main concerts, though his participation is never announced or confirmed ahead of time.
For updates, visit lightofday.org.
In addition, a Light of Day Europe tour is scheduled from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11, with D’Urso, Ben Arnold, Jeffrey Gaines, Eddie Manion, Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, Rob Dye and others. Details are at lightofday.org.
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