More specifics have been announced for this year’s 16th annual Light of Day Festival, which will raise money for Parkinson’s disease research via 35 different events, Jan. 8-18.
There will be shows in Montclair, New York and Philadelphia before the main action gets underway in Asbury Park. The Smithereens will headline the main concert, Jan. 16 at the Paramount Theatre, and play their Especially for You album in its entirety. Elsewhere, Remember Jones will perform Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album in its entirety, and Steve Forbert, Eddie Manion and the duo of Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon) and Albert Lee will headline shows of their own. There will be an “Asbury Underground” series of free shows at downtown Asbury Park galleries, restaurants and other venues on Jan. 16 and 17 (for information, visit asburyunderground.com), and three different venues will be involved in the “Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl” on Jan. 17.
Willie Nile should get some kind of most valuable player award, as he’s signed up to perform at five different festival events. But more than 150 artists have volunteered their services, and by the time all the lineups fill out, it could be over 200.
Light of Day has raised more than $3 million over the years. Bruce Springsteen has made unbilled appearances at many of the main Light of Day events over the years, but will not be able to do so this year, as he is kicking off a tour that night (Jan. 16) in Pittsburgh.
Here is the schedule, as it now stands; others performers will be added later. Shows are in Asbury Park unless otherwise noted.
For information, visit LightOfDay.org/events.
8 p.m.: “Light of Day Philadelphia” at World Cafe Upstairs. With Rob Hyman, Ben Arnold, Mutlu, Willie Nile, Blake Morgan, Lisa Bouchelle, Dawg Whistle.
7:30 p.m.: “Songwriters Up Close and Personal” with Willie Nile, Richard Barone, Jill Hennessy, Joe D’Urso and John Easdale and Peter Wood of Dramarama, Chrissi Poland, Loretta Hagen at Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair.
1:30 p.m.: “Cover Me — Best of NJ’s Bar Bands” at Stone Pony. With Cats on a Smooth Surface, Big Pink, The Best of The Eagles, Brian Kirk and the Jirks, So Watt, The Motor City Revue, NRG and Enjoy!
8 p.m.: “Happy Mondays” at Wonder Bar. Bands TBA.
7 p.m.: “Light of Day New York” at Cutting Room. With Willie Nile, Dramarama, The Weeklings, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, The Gary Douglas Band.
7 p.m.: “Sweet Little Sixteen Kickoff Party” (each band will play at least one Chuck Berry song) at House of Independents. With Willie Nile, Dramarama, The Weeklings, Jill Hennessy, The Billy Walton Band.
7 p.m.: “First Note” at The Saint. With Dan Matlack, Geena and Dragster, The Overgrowns Rose Boulevard, Dark City Strings.
7 p.m.: “Blue Hawk Records Showcase” at Langosta Lounge. With Brittany Cannarozzi (with Vinnie Espinoza and Steve Fillipone), The Emily Youth Project, The Ramparts Rebel (Joey Affatato), Dan Amato (with Bass and Flanagan), Jackson Weippert.
7:15 p.m.: “Sandy Mack’s Wonder Jam Deluxe” at Wonder Bar. With Karmic Juggernaut, James Dalton, Turtle Soup, Joe Miller, The Matt O’Ree Band, Strumberry Pie, Mack and Friends, Goodnightmorning, The Union, Virago.
6 p.m.: Open Mic Night at Wonder Bar.
7 p.m.: “Asbury Angels” at The Stone Pony. With Jesse Malin and Band, Mike Peters, James Maddock and Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys, Mike Rocket, Peter Elkas, Milly, Laura Crisci, Bobby Mahoney, Tim O’Donohue, Jon Caspi and First Gun, Pat Toner, Ten Ton Mojo, Jorgen Johansson, The Catching, plus announcement of 2016 inductees.
7 p.m.: “Rock Heavy” at The Saint. With Age-9 and Friends, New Theory, Negative Sky, USSLS.
8 p.m.: Remember Jones performs Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album, at House of Independents. With Nik Greeley & The Operators, and Kiirstin Marilyn opening.
8 p.m.: “Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway” at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. With Rita Harvey, Carter Calvert, Craig Schulman, Richard Todd Adams, Danny Zolli.
9 p.m.: “Acoustic Carousel” at Langosta Lounge. With Pete Scherer, Joe Harvard, Jennifer Matthews, Jenny Pilot, Danny White, Gregory Schwartz, James Dalton, Colossal Street Jam, Keith Roth, Andy Bernstein, Karen Mansfield, May Darlings, Cranston Dean, Keith & Lindsey McCarthy, Rick Barry, Salvatore Boyd, Chris Falzone, Chris Brown, The Chordaes, Ray Anderson, Mimi Cross, Steve Delopoulos, George Wirth, Jerzy Jung.
9 p.m.: The Incinerators at Asbury Park Yacht Club.
Noon: “Asbury Blues” at Wonder Bar. With JoBonanno and the Godsons of Soul, JPat, Christine Martucci, Stringbean, Slim Chance and the Gamblers, Norman Seldin, Miss Emily, Dawg Whistle, Gary Cavico, RB3, Sharon Lasher, Cigar Box Stompers, Chuck Lambert.
Noon: “Eddie Manion: Up Close and Personal,” with the Henry Filkin Band and Karen Mansfield, at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
Noon: Beth Anne Clayton, Karen Phillips Band, Jo Wymer, The Voodudes and the Women of Song performers at The Saint.
Noon: “Asbury Underground” with 30 free performances in 16 downtown venues. Performers TBA.
1 p.m.: Steve Forbert, Mike Peters of The Alarm and Kiyomi Valentine with Lisa Bianco, at House of Independents.
6 p.m.: “Bob’s Birthday Bash” at Paramount Theatre. With The Smithereens (performing Especially for You in its entirety), Joe Gruschecky and the Houserockers, Mike Peters of The Alarm and Big Country, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Jesse Malin, Steve Forbert, Jill Hennessey, Dramarama, the Matt O’Ree Band, Emily Grove, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Luca, Milly, Rob Dye.
7 p.m.: “Surfer’s Garage Show” at Wonder Bar. With The Beachnuts, The Doughboys, Black Flamingos, The Ribeye Brothers, Full Blown Lounge, Lenny Lounge, Robbie with Dj Elle von Skele.
7:30 p.m.: “Rock” at The Saint. With Stolen Rhodes, The Billy Hector Band, Colossal Street Jam, Bob Polding Band, Hankandbezzy.
8 p.m.: “Peter Asher and Albert Lee: Up Close and Personal” at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. With Arlan Feiles.
9 p.m.: Sonny Kenn at Asbury Park Yacht Club.
10 p.m.: “Late Night” at Langosta Lounge. With Taylor Tote, April Kelly, This New Day.
Noon: “Kids Rock” at The Stone Pony. With Olivia Howell, Rockit, Allison and Tristan, No Reason, Unwind, Amanda Marino, Victoria Quartararo, Nick Piescor Band, Radio Active, Audrey Cho, Baelfire, Rachel Knecht, Noah’s Arc, Amanda Conti, Stone Bullets, School of Rock, Lakehouse Music Academy, Keith Egan, Kat Phunk.
Noon: “Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl #1” at Watermark. With Arlon Bennett, Hans Ludviggson, Miss Emily, Mike Sponza.
Noon: Musicians on a Mission at The Saint. With Running Dog Band, Accidental Seabirds, Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth, Justina and Alina, Me And Bobby D.
Noon: Dub Proof, Danny White Band and Sunday Blues at Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten.
1 p.m.: Stringbean, Lowlight and Cat London at Cross and Orange.
2:45 p.m.: “Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl #2” at Langosta Lounge. With Pat Guadagno, Joshua, Pam McCoy, Bruce Tunkel, Quincy Mumford, Frank Lombardi, Sam Sims.
6 p.m.: “Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl #3” at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. With Garland Jeffreys, Peter Elkas, Joe D’Urso, Joe Rapolla, Joe Grushecky, James Maddock, Marc Ribler, Ben Arnold, Emily Grove, Laura Crisci, Salli Boyd.
7:30 p.m.: “Last Note” at The Saint. With Des And Swagmatics, The Flow & Friends, The Shady Street Band, Black Suburbia.
11 a.m. Goodbye Brunch at Toast.