You may have Holidays on the brain, but it’s time to think ahead if you want to nab prime tickets to the Light of Day Winterfest, taking place mostly in Asbury Park Jan 5-15, 2018.
The music festival — in cool clubs through Asbury Park — benefits the Light of Day Foundation which “utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime.”
According to the Foundation’s website, “Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $3 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.” What began as a birthday party fundraiser at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank in 1998, then expanded to its first Asbury Park concert at the Stone Pony in 2000, “has grown into approximately seventy shows in thirteen countries on 3 continents including North America, Europe and Australia!”
This year, the Light of Day Winterfest 2018 aims to top last year’s record-breaking $550,000 raised with more than 150 music acts in 30 venues over 10 days in two New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following a holiday season European tour.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 25 at NOON EST for the Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2018, where the bulk of the action will occur, being held Jan. 5-15, 2018 at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, the Saint, the Wonder Bar, House of Independents and the Asbury Hotel, among others. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and all Ticketmaster outlets. A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.
Albert Lee and Band, Greg Kihn, Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, Willie Nile and Band, Garland Jeffreys, James Maddock and Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Billy Hector Band, Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show, Bobby Bandiera and his popular Tom Petty tribute, Jeffrey Gaines, Christine Martucci, Bruce Tunkel, the Slyders, Sandy Mack Allstars, Kyle Ward, Billy Hector Band, Colossal Street Jam, Tara Tote, and the Billy Walton Band are among the first wave of acts to be announced for LIGHT OF DAY 2018. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.
Concert goers can purchase tickets for individual shows, on an a la carte basis, including BOB’S BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Paramount Theater, scheduled for Jan. 13, 2018. Tickets for Bob’s Birthday Bash range from $43 to $209.50, and tickets for the other club shows range from Free to $35. Concert goers can purchase a LIGHT OF DAY COMBO TICKET PACKAGE to gain admission to all Asbury Park events (Approximately 50 EVENTS) at five different levels, starting at $159.50. The packages GUARANTEE a reserved seat for BOB’S BIRTHDAY BASH at the Paramount Theatre, along with admission to all shows, capacity permitting, first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices DO NOT include any fees and/or service/convenience charges.
The complete festival schedule and array of ticket packages are below:
Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):
Platinum “All Access” Combo package: $325 – “very best” orchestra seats, including pit seats and first 10 rows at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2018 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2018 T-shirt, and a L’Oreal gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Platinum “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $209.50 – same as Platinum “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Gold combo package: $249.50 – includes great front and mid-orchestra in rows 11 to 16 and the loge, and closer seats on the left and right sides at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day 2018 laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Gold “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $159.50 – same as Gold “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Silver combo package: $199.50 – includes great mid- and rear orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Silver “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $119.50 – same as Silver “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Bronze combo package: $159.50 – includes rear orchestra and balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events. The best seats for the dollar!
Bronze “Bob’s Birthday Bash” Paramount Only Ticket: $89.50 – same as Silver “All Access” Combo package except it DOES NOT INCLUDE admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park 2018 events.
Super Savers – $53 and $43 – Rear upper balcony seating for “Bob’s Birthday Bash” only.
***Ticket prices do not reflect Ticketmaster and venue service/facility/convenience charges.
****Please note: All combo tickets guarantee your seat at the Main Event. However, admission to all other Light of Day Asbury Park events is subject to capacity restrictions at their respective venue.
Individual event ticket prices:
Friday, JAN 5
LOD “NORTH JERSEY” Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $TBA
Saturday, JAN 6
LOD “Philadelphia,” The World Cafe, Upstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm, $TBA
Sunday, JAN 7
LOD “COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS”, Stone Pony, All Ages, 1pm, $TBA
Monday, JAN 8
LOD “HAPPY MONDAYS”, Wonder Bar, Mon., 21+, $TBA
Wednesday, JAN 10
LOD “NYC”, The Cutting Room, 18+, 7pm, $75 VIP Reserved Seating, $45 GA Reserved Seating, $25 GA Standing
Thursday, JAN 11
LOD “FIRST NOTE”, The Saint, Thurs.,18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD “SANDY MACK’s WONDER JAM”, Wonder Bar, Thurs.,21+, 7pm, $12
LOD “WINTERFEST 2018 KICK-OFF”, House Of Independents, Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
LOD “MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY’S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS”, Langosta Lounge, Thurs., All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION
Friday, JAN 12
LOD “ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION”, Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, 6:30pm, $25adv/$30dos
LOD TBA, House Of Independents, Fri.,18+, 7pm, $TBA
LOD “ROCK HEAVY”, The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos
LOD “OPEN MIC”, Wonder Bar, Fri., 21+, 6pm, $12
LOD TBA, McLoone’s Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA
LOD “LATE NIGHT FRIDAY” Langosta Lounge, l, Friday, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD “TBA” Paramount Theater, Fri., All Ages, 8pm, $TBA
Saturday, JAN 13
LOD “BOB’S BIRTHDAY BASH”, Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
LOD “ROCK”, The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos
LOD TBA, McLoone’s Supper Club, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $TBA
LOD TBA, McLoone’s Supper Club, Sat., 18+, 7pm, $TBA
LOD “LATE NIGHT SATURDAY”, Langosta Lounge, Sat., Jan. 17, 21+, 10pm, FREE ADMISSION
LOD “TBA”, House Of Independents, Sat., 18+, 8pm, $TBA
LOD “ASBURY BLUES”, Wonder Bar, Sat., All Ages, Noon, $12/$15
LOD “FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH”, Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $12/$15
LOD “DOWNTOWN – ASBURY UNDERGROUND,” curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon – 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION
Sunday, JAN 14
LOD “SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL”, Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD “SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL”, Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15
LOD “SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL”, McLoone’s Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, 6pm, $20
LOD “KID’S ROCK”, Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
LOD “MUSICIANS ON A MISSION”, The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
LOD “LAST NOTE”, The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
Monday, JAN 15
LOD “GOODBYE BRUNCH,” Toast, Mon., All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.
Light of Day WinterFest has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of the previous 17 years. In his recent autobiography, Born to Run, which topped the New York Times Best Sellers List as well as in several countries worldwide, Springsteen revealed that his father suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.
Last year’s event raised $555,000 – a record amount – to combat Parkinson’s disease, topping the previous year’s record of $525,000, with the 17-year total approaching $4.5 million.
Aside from Springsteen, previous LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST performers have included Michael J. Fox, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), Darlene Love, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), Jakob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, Max Weinberg (E Street Band), Jake Clemons (E Street Band), Lucinda Williams, Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country), David Bryan of Bon Jovi, David Bromberg, Alejandro Escovedo, Pete Yorn, The Smithereens, Peter Asher, Chuck Prophet, Joey Molland (Badfinger), Peter Himmelman, Gary U.S. Bonds, Southside Johnny, LaBamba’s Big Band, John Eddie. Michael J. Fox starred with Joan Jett in the 1987 film titled after the Springsteen song (and live concert favorite) of the same name, which Fox and Jett sang in the movie.
LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2018 also will include shows in New York City (Jan. 10 @ The Cutting Room), North Jersey (Jan. 5 in Montclair), and Philadelphia (Jan. 6, @ World Café Live). They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew in the U.S. to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.
On the radio side, longtime LOD concert host Tom Cunningham will host his Sunday morning “Bruce Brunch” program on 105.7 “The Hawk,” live from the Anchor’s Bend restaurant, in the Convention Hall/Paramount Theatre complex, with very special guests, on Jan. 15, starting at 9 a.m.
These are heady times indeed for the Light of Day Foundation. In October, Gold’s Gym in Howell, NJ, became the second location for BOXING FOR BOB Classes, FREE to Parkinson’s disease patients, with participation fully funded by the Light of Day Foundation. The full-body, non-contact boxing therapy workout ? which also utilizes strength training, flexibility and balance drills – continues at its original location, Gladiator’s Gym in Forked River, NJ, as well. Combined, the two locations are serving over 100 Parkinson’s patients with thrice weekly instruction.
In 2016, the Foundation was able to proudly establish a $150,000 grant to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, as well as host an incredibly successful matching grant drive with Cure PSP which raised an additional $200,000. CurePSP is the foremost organization working toward curing and preventing Parkinson’s related diseases such as CBD and PSP.
More significantly, Light of Day has expanded into an internationally recognized tour, through a true grassroots effort of musicians, music fans and benefactors. Light of Day shows now take place around the world on three continents, this year including the 11th annual European tour – a 16-day holiday run in 9 countries (Nov. 24-Dec. 11). And for the fourth consecutive year, a Light of Day event was held over the summer in Australia. The two-day festival always takes place in the Australian city of Ocean Grove, Victoria, a sister city to Asbury Park neighbor Ocean Grove, NJ. Portions of proceeds from all shows are donated to local Parkinson’s organizations.
Light of Day also fields a team in the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. Over the years the Light of Day team has raised over $275,000.