Pop-Press: Light of Day 2015

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Over the next nine days, the city of Asbury Park, N.J. — one of America’s rock ‘n’ roll meccas — will a host a sprawling music festival for a good cause. There will be concerts featuring national headliners, cover bands, regional acts and Asbury locals at venues all over the Jersey Shore town. [Note: This year there will be events happening in New York City as well as Montclair and Burlington, New Jersey]

The event is called Light Of Day, named after a 1987 Bruce Springsteen track, and proceeds help fight Parkinson’s disease and similar illnesses — funding research and support for patients.

Now in its 15th year, Light Of Day has grown significantly since its conception. The idea was sparked by a birthday party and fundrasier in 1998 for noted artist manager and music industry vet Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Two years later, Light Of Day held its first event: a single show at The Stone Pony, the most famous of Asbury’s rock clubs, and one of the most noted venues in the country.

There have also been Light Of Day-sponsored concerts across the world this past year — in Canada, Scotland, Wales, the U.K., Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy.

The events in Asbury will run today through next Sunday. Performers include: Dramarama frontman John Easdale, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Allison Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Suzanne Vega (NYC only), Aaron Freeman of Ween, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Sam Llanas (formerly of the Bodeans), Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, and more to be announced.

For more details and a full schedule of events, visit LightOfDay.org.

Light of Day 2015 Complete Schedule

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Friday January 9th, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST SOUTH JERSEY

Hebe Music Lounge at Big Shots Bar and Grill

Address: 835 U.S. 130, Burlington, NJ 08016 | Phone: (609) 387-7468

Doors: 6pm, Price $15, Ticket link or pay at the door

Artists:

7:10-7:40 Nytrous

7:55-8:35 Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan

8:50-9:30 Stone Baby

9:45-10:30 Ben Arnold

10:45-11:45 Dramarama’s John Easdale

12:00-12:45 Soraia

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Saturday January 10, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST NORTH JERSEY

Outpost in the Burbs

40 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 | (973) 744-6560 | www.outpostintheburbs.org

Ticket link  or buy at the Outpost box office

Doors: 8 pm show- 2 sets with intermission, Price: $35 GA/ $75 VIP

Artists:  Steve Conte, James Maddock, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys, Joe D’Urso

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Sunday January 11, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS COVER ME: THE BEST OF NJ’S BAR BANDS: CATS SUNDAY NIGHT REUNION

The Stone Pony

913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 | 732-502-0600 |http://stoneponyonline.com

Ticket link or buy at the Stone Pony box office

Price: $20 advance/ $25 day of show, Doors: 1 pm

1:30-2:05 Eddie Testa

2:20-2:55 Jobonanno & The Godsons

3:10-3:45 Edgar Cayce Band

4:00-4:40 Brian Kirk & The Jirks

4:55-5:35 So Watt

5:50-6:30 The Nerds

6:45- 7:25 Holme

7:40-8:20 Joey and the Works

8:35-10:00 Cats On A Smooth Surface: Glen Burtnik, Joel Krauss, Harry Filkin, Peter Schulle, Vinny Daniele, Tommy LaBella, Stiff Reed, Brian Wiley, Dave Nunez, Joe Belia and more including Special Guest- Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss.

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Monday January 12, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST “HAPPY MONDAYS” presented by Dark City Entertainment

The Wonder Bar

1213 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

www.wonderbarasburypark.com

Tickets: Suggested $5 donation at the door, Doors: 8 pm

Bands: The Mockingbirds, The Villanelles, Thomas Wesley Stern

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Wednesday January 14, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST NYC

The Cutting Room NYC

44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY | Phone: 212-691-1900 | www.thecuttingroomnyc.com

Ticket link

Doors: 6 pm (show 7 pm), Price: $45 GA/ $75 VIP TABLE SEAT

Artists:

7:00-7:30 Greg Trooper

7:40-8:20 Dramarama’s John Easdale

8:30-9:15 John Eddie and his Dirty Ol’ Band

9:30-10:15 Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan

10:30-11:30 Suzanne Vega

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Thursday January 15, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST ‘ROCK AND BOWL-A-THON WITH THE SOPRANOS Presented by Badlands

Asbury Lanes

209 4th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 | Phone: 732-776-6160 | www.asburylanes.com

Ticket link Or at Asbury Lanes door.

Doors: 7 pm, Price: $20

Artists:

7:30-8:00 Mike Rocket

8:15-8:50 HANKANDBEZZY

9:05-9:40 Big Pussy’s Gangster Squad w/ special guest Killer Joe

9:55-10:35 Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan

10:50-12:00 James Maddock Band

LOD WINTERFEST FIRST NOTE: An Evening with Aaron Freeman of WEEN (early show)

The Saint

601 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 | www.thesaintnj.com

Ticket link or buy at The Saint box office

Doors: 7 pm, Price: $22

Artist: Aaron Freeman of WEEN

LOD WINTERFEST FIRST NOTE: LATE SHOW

The Saint

Ticket link Or at The Saint box office

Doors: 10 pm

Artists:

(10:15) Dark City Strings
(11:15) plus The Bones Of LayLow Jones Featuring Chris Fay / Kevin Kopack / Sean Watson

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS BLUE HAWKS RECORDS SHOWCASE

Langosta Lounge

1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 | www.langostalounge.com

Free Show | Doors: 8 pm

Artists: Jessica Leigh, Natalie Zeller, Ice House Gallery, The Trusties, Flammable Animals, Blue Hawks Jam Session

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SANDY MACK’S WONDER JAM DELUXE

The Wonder Bar

Tickets or at the Wonder Bar door.

Doors: 8 pm, Price: $10

Artists:

7:30-8:15 Dead Bank

8:15-8:30 Papa John

8:30-9:15 Mack & Friends (featuring Ronnie Penque and Mark Diomede)

9:15-9:30 Strumberry Pie

9:30-10:15 Karmic Juggernaut

10:15-10:30 Joshua Mark

10:30-11:15 Turtle Soup

11:15-11:30 Joe Miller and Sam Sims

11:30-12:15 The Hive-Mind

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS PAT DINIZIO

Asbury Yacht Club

1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Doors: 8 pm | Free Show

Artists: Arlan Fieles, Pat DiNizio

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Friday January 16, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “ASBURY ANGELS”

The Stone Pony

Ticket link or at the Stone Pony box office

Price: $25 advance/ $30 day of show, Doors: 6:30 pm

Artists:

6:50-7:00 tbd

7:00-7:25 The Fireplaces

7:25-7:35 Cesare Carugi/ Daniele Tenca

7:35-8:00 Ten Ton Mojo

8:00-8:10 John Strada

8:10-8:35 Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

8:35-8:45 Frank Get

8:45-9:10 Milly

9:10-9:20 Pat Toner

9:20-9:50 Steve Conte NYC

9:50-10:00 Laura Crisci

10:00-10:30 The Weeklings featuring Glen Burtnik

10:30-10:40 Bruce Tunkel

10:40-10:55 Asbury Angels Roll Call

10:55-12:00 Willie Nile Band

12:00-12:10 James Maddock

12:10-END Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS ROB DYE AND COOK SMITH’S OPEN MIC

The Wonder Bar

Tickets: $12 at the door, Doors: 6 pm

Artists: Open mic format (advance signup required- see LOD Facebook page)

Featured band: Lost Romance

Check out Lost Romance’s Spotify Playlist Specially Curated for LOD

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS RICH RUSSO’S ANYTHING, ANYTHING

Asbury Lanes

Ticket link or at the Asbury Lanes box office

Price: $20 advance/ $25 day of show

Doors: 7 pm

Artists

7:30-8:00 Glycerine Queens

8:15-8:45 Lieder

9:00-9:30 Karen Mansfield

9:45-10:15 Remember Jones

10:30-11:30 Wesley Stace & The English UK (the artist formerly known as John Wesley Harding)

11:45-END Dramarama’s John Easdale

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS ROCK HEAVY

The Saint

Ticket link or at The Saint box office

Price: $8 advance/ $12 day of show

Doors: 10 pm

Artists:

8:30-9:10 The Naturals NYC

9:25-10:05 Geena and Dragster

10:20-11:00 Judgement

11:15-11:55 Ronin

12:10-12:50 Common Wealth

1:05-1:45 Ipswich Down

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “CLASSIC COUNTRY TRIBUTE”

McLoone’s Supper Club

1200 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Dinner/Doors: 6 pm

Tickets | Price: $15-$30

Artists: Carter Calvert’s Tribute to Patsy Cline,  Michael Patrick’s Ring Of Fire Band – A Tribute to Johnny Cash

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LANGOSTA LIVE

Langosta Lounge

Artists: Slim Chance and the Gamblers (free show)

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Saturday January 17, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS MAIN EVENT “BOB’S BIRTHDAY BASH”

Paramount Theater

1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Artists: La Bamba’s Big Band and Friends (with special guests Southside Johnny and Gary U.S. Bonds), Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Willie Nile, Pat DiNizio, Garland Jeffreys, John Eddie and His Big Ol’ Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, James Maddock Band, Guy Davis, Sam Llanas (formerly of the Bodeans), Dawg Whistle (Vinnie Lopez and Paul Whistler), John Easdale and Peter Wood, Williams Honor, Billy Hector, Christine Martucci, Rob Dye and more to be announced

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “KIDS AND FAMILY”

McLoone’s Supper Club

Dinner/Doors: 12 noon

Tickets | Price: $10 (children 1 and under free)

Featuring:

12:30-1:05 Miss Sherri and The Little Animal Band

1:15-1:50 Yosi

2:05- 2:45 Mr.Ray with special guests Layonne Holmes and The Little Sunshine Kids

Leslie Miller (face painting throughout the show)

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “ASBURY BLUES”

The Wonder Bar

Tickets: $12 advance/ $15 day of show

Ticket link or at the door | Doors: noon

Artists:

12:30-1:05 Cigar Box Stompers

1:05-1:20 Ronnie Brandt

1:20-1:55 RB3

1:55-2:10 Mary McCrink

2:10-2:45 Stormin’ Norman’s ASB

2:45-3:00 Guadagno/Blackwell

3:00-3:35 Billy Walton Band

3:35-3:50 Stringbean

3:50-4:25 Pam McCoy

4:25-4:40 James Dalton

4:40-5:15 Tangiers Blues Band

5:15-5:30 Gary Wright

5:30-6:05 Upstage Jam Band

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “WOMEN OF SONG”

The Saint

Price: $10 |Doors: 12 noon

Artists:

12:15-12:40 Maxine Dawn

12:40-1:10 Candace Schur

1:10-1:40 Courtney McManus

1:40-1:45 Poet Chelsea Palermo

1:45-2:25 April Kelly

2:30-2:35 Poet Mary Cae

2:35-3:15 Jo Wymer

3:25-4:05 Beth Anne Clayton

4:10-4:15 Poet Mary Cae

4:15-4:55 Rosemary Conte

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “LOD DOWNTOWN”

Multiple venues in the Downtown Asbury Park area

Time: 12 noon-6 pm | Price: Free

Web

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LOD ROCK

The Saint

Ticket link or at the door.

Price: $8 advance/ $12 day of show

Doors: 7 pm

Artists:

7:30-8:10 Keith Monacchio/Dust Up Troubadours

8:25-9:05 The Way Out

9:20-10:00 Autumn City

10:15-10:55 Hallowed Roots

11:10-11:50 disappear fear

12:05-12:45 Casino Sundae

1:00-1:40 Ghostdog

 

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “FULL TILT BOOGIE”

The Wonder Bar

Tickets: $12 advance/$15 day of show

Ticket link or at the door. | Doors: 7 pm

Artists:

7:30-8:15 Matt O’Ree Band

8:15-8:40 Sharon Lasher

8:30-9:15- HP and the Hot Takeout Band

9:15-9:30 Virago

9:30-10:30 Christine Martucci Band

10:30-10:45 Danny White

10:45-11:45 Billy Hector Band

11:45-12:00 Eryn Shewell

12:00-12:45 Bob Polding Band

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LANGOSTA LIVE

Langosta Lounge

Artists: Stringbean Roots Reggae Jam (Free Show) – 10pm

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LOD INDIE

Asbury Lanes

Tickets: at the Asbury Lanes box office

Artists: Metalachi, Opening act: Somewhat Relative

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS MARC RIBLER’S SOULTOWN REVUE

McLoone’s Supper Club

Dinner/Doors: 7 pm |Tickets:$15 at the door

Featuring Marc Ribler and friends

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Sunday January 18, 2015

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS “KIDS ROCK”

The Stone Pony

Ticket link:$12 in advance from bands/ $15 at the door (plus service charge)

Doors: 12 noon | Tickets or at the door.

Artists:

12:15-12:30 Ashley Cucchiara

12:30-1:15 Rockit Live performing Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run

1:15-1:30 Sofia Nicole

1:30-2:10 Catalyst and No Reason

2:10-2:25 Mikey Butler

2:25-2:50 Jake Tavill Band

2:55-3:20 Noah’s Arc

3:25-3:50 Crimson Sky

3:50-4:05 Rachel Knecht

4:05-4:30 Taylor Tote Band

4:30-4:45 This New Day

4:45-5:10 The Machines

5:10-5:25 Pair of Dolls

5:25-5:50 Stone Bullets

5:50-6:10 Victoria Quartararo

6:10-6:35 Radio Active

6:40-7:05 The Catching

7:10-7:35 Flowers To Flames

7:40-8:05 Mildly Medicated

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS MUSICIANS ON A MISSION

The Saint

Tickets or at the door

Price: $10 | Doors: 12 noon

Artists: Matt Scuteri and Jive Stewards, Cranston Dean, Glimmer Grass Band, Thomas Wesley Stern, Caroline Reese and The Drifting Fifth

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA #1

Watermark

800 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Doors: 12 noon | Tickets price: $15 at the door

Artists: Jen Chapin, Anthony D’Amato, Arlon Bennett, Johnny Duk, Hans Ludvigsson, Openers: Lisa Bianco and Frank Lombardi.

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA #2

Langosta Lounge

Doors: 2:45 pm | Price: $15 at the door

Artists: Pat Guadagno, Serena Pyne/ Nick Lesyk, James Dalton, Sunday Blues, Lisa Bouchelle, Superfriends

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA #3

McLoone’s Supper Club

Dinner/Doors: 6 pm

Tickets: $20 at the door

Artists: Sam Llanas (formerly of the Bodeans), Peter Elkas, Guy Davis, Joe D’Urso, Joe Grushecky, John Eddie, James Maddock, Joe Rapolla, Paul Whistler, Emily Grove, Quincy Mumford, Miss Emily

LOD WINTERFEST PRESENTS LAST NOTE

The Saint

Price: $10 | Doors: 7 pm

Tickets or at the door.

Artists: Matt Wade Band, Stolen Rhodes, The Ripples, Quincy Mumford

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** Combo ticket allows you access to all Asbury Park –based events (first come, first serve basis)

** All artists and time slots subject to change

venue age restrictions:

Stone Pony: all ages to enter/ 21 to drink

The Saint: 18 to enter/ 21 to drink

Wonder Bar: 21 and over except for Open Mic and daytime events

Langosta Lounge: all ages/ 21 to drink

McLoone’s: all ages

Watermark: all ages

Asbury Lanes: 18 to enter/ 21 to drink

Paramount Theater: all ages

Asbury Yacht Club: all ages/ 21 to drink

LOD Downtown events: all ages

* Ticket prices do not include service charges and facility fees.

 

 

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