Light of Day update: Willie Nile, LaBamba, Ben Arnold and more


Willie Nile will perform at Light of Day shows Jan. 10 in Montclair and Jan. 16 in Asbury Park.

There are still more additions to be announced, but the lineups for the Light of Day benefit shows scheduled for Jan. 9 to 19 throughout New Jersey are being solidified. Events will take place mostly in Asbury Park, though there are also shows in Montclair, Burlington and New York. All proceeds will go to Parkinson’s Disease research; visit for more information and to get tickets.

Here’s where the lineups stand, right now. Events are in Asbury Park unless otherwise stated.

JAN. 9

• Richard Bush of The A’s has dropped out, due to health reasons, but he has been replaced by Ben Arnold at the Light of Day: South Jersey show at Hebe Music Lounge at Big Shots Bar and Grill, Burlington. John Easdale, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, Stone Baby, Soraia and NYTROUS also perform, veteran disk jockey Michael Tearson will host.

JAN. 10

• Willie Nile has been added to the Light of Day: North Jersey show at the Outpost in the Burbs in Montclair. This will be a “Songwriters Circle” show also featuring Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock, Steve Conte and Joe D’Urso will also perform.

JAN. 11

Cover Me — Best of the Jersey Bar Bands at Stone Pony.

JAN. 12

• Happy Mondays at Wonder Bar. With Thomas Wesley Stern, the Villanelles, the Mockingbirds.

Suzanne Vega performs at Light of Day's Jan. 14 event at the Cutting Room in New York.

Suzanne Vega performs at Light of Day’s Jan. 14 event at the Cutting Room in New York.

JAN. 14

• Light of Day: New York at the Cutting Room. With Suzanne Vega, John Easdale, John Eddie and His Dirty Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan.

JAN. 15

First Note at The Saint. With Aaron Freeman of Ween.
Rockin’ Bowl-a-Thon at Asbury Lanes.
Sandy Mack’s Wonder Jam Deluxe at Wonder Bar. With The Hive-Mind, Turtle Soup, Karmic Juggernaut, Mack & Friends (featuring Ronnie Penque and Mark Diomede of the Juggling Suns Project), Dead Bank, Joe Miller & Sam Sims, Joshua Mark, Strumberry Pie, Papa John.

JAN. 16

Asbury Angels at the Stone Pony, honoring members of the Asbury Park music community. Performers will include the Willie Nile Band, Bocciagalupe and the Bad Boys, The Weeklings (featuring Glen Burtnick), Pat Toner, Steve Conte NYC, Laura Crisci, Milly, Frank Get, Bobby Mahoney’s Seventh Son, John Strada, Ten Ton Mojo, Cesare Carugi & Daniele Tenca, and the Fireplaces.
• Langosta Live at Langosta Lounge. With Slim Chance and The Gamblers, Lisa Sherman.
• Open Mic at Wonder Bar.
“Anything, Anything,” hosted by Rich Russo, at Asbury Lanes. With John Easdale and Peter Wood of Dramarama, Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding) and The English UK, Lieder, Karen Mansfield.
• Rock Heavy at The Saint. With Mark Cusa and the Naturals, Geena and Dragster, Judgement, Ronin, Common Wealth.
Classic Country at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. With Carter Calvert’s Tribute to Patsy Cline and Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band – A Tribute to Johnny Cash.

Southside Johnny will perform with LaBamba's  Big Band at the Paramount Theatre on Jan. 17.

Southside Johnny will perform with LaBamba’s Big Band at the Paramount Theatre on Jan. 17.

JAN. 17

• Main Event at Paramount Theatre. With LaBamba’s Big Band (featuring Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds), others.
• Late Night Saturday at Langosta Lounge. Stringbean’s Roots Reggae Jam.
Asbury Blues, noon at Wonder Bar.
• Full Tilt Boogie Bash at Wonder Bar.
• Kids and Family at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. Mr. Ray, Layonne Holmes and the Little Sunshine Kids, Yosi, Miss Sherri and the Little Animal Band.
Women of Song, noon at The Saint. With Courtney McManus, April Kelly, Jo Wymer, Beth Ann Clayton, Maxine.
Light of Day: Rock, 7 p.m. at The Saint. With  Keith Monacchio and the Dust Up Troubadours, The Way Out, Autumn City, Hallowed Roots, Casino Sundae, Ghostdog.

JAN. 18

• Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl at Tim McLoone’s Supper Club.
• Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl at Langosta Lounge.
• Songwriters by the Sea Boardwalk Crawl at Watermark.
• Kids’ Rock at Stone Pony. With Ashley Cucchiara, Rockit, Sofia Nicole, Catalyst, No Reason, Mikey Butler, Jake Tavill, Joe Salk School, Crimson Sky, Rachel Knecht, Taylor Tote Band, This New Day, The Machines, Pair of Dolls, Stone Bullets, Victoria Quartararo, Radio Active, The Catching, Flowers to Flames, Mildly Medicated.  
• Musicians on a Mission, noon at The Saint. With Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth, Thomas Wesley Stern, Glimmer Grass Band, Cranston Dean, Matt Scuteri and Jive Stewards.
• Last Note at The Saint. With Diego Allesandro and Lot 25, Stolen Rhodes, others.

JAN. 19

• Goodbye Brunch at Toast.

Also, rock photographer Mark Weiss is selling  vintage photos of Clarence Clemons, Southside Johnny, Kiss, Aerosmith and others in support of Light of Day. Visit for information. Also being auctioned off on is a pair of tickets for the entire festival.

Light of Day has raised about $2.5 million in its first 14 years.

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