Thirteen years ago at the Stone Pony in
, a benefit for Parkinson’s disease was first held. Since then, the event run by the Light of Day organization has grown to include thirty-five shows in twelve countries in the US, Canada, and Europe. Asbury Park, NJ
|The iconic Tilly was reproduced for the Chevy Corvette’s |
50th anniversary advertising campaign and has now
become a permanent part of the building.
Photo courtesy of the Wonder Bar
The Light of Day Foundation's mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for Parkinson’s patients, their families and their caregivers. In 2012, the
shows raised nearly $300,000. “I believe in helping the cause for finding a cure. Parkinson’s is a terrible disease that needs to be stopped,” said Matt O’Ree, whose band, the Matt O’Ree Band, is just one of the acts who volunteer their talents each year. Asbury Park
With ten venues, twenty-five events, and well over one hundred musicians from all over the country, there was something for everyone. Many shows ran simultaneously, and blues, rock, covers and original music, mixed with the unusually warm salt air on a beautiful January weekend. Click here for a full schedule and list of artists.
Down the street, The Wonder Bar featured “Mixed Bag One,” presenting local favorites like the Sonny Kenn Band and The Laura Crisci All Stars. Owned by Lance and Debbie Larson, the Wonder Bar has been an
staple for as long as most of us can remember. The Wonder Bar was recently renovated, and now sports two stages, so during the weekend the live music never stopped. Local blues legend Billy Hector, who played at the Wonder Bar on day two, will be holding his CD release party on at the Wonder Bar on March 23. Not only does the legendary venue present great talent, the bartenders are polite and efficient, and the hamburgers are known to be some of the best in the area. Asbury Park
|Sonny Kenn at the Wonder Bar|
|Denny Laine at McLoone's Supper Club|
Open Mic Night at the Wonder Bar
Rob Dye and Cook Smith hosted an Open Mic on Friday that showcased over forty musicians in one evening. Anyone with a song in their heart was able to sign up for a spot to rock the stage. A good time was had by all.
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For the old school fans, LOD Remembers the Fast Lane at Asbury Lanes was hosted by “Anything, Anything’s” Rich Russo. Dramarama and The Red House (who reunited especially for Light of Day benefit) performed. Located next to Asbury Lanes, The Fast Lane was a popular venue featuring the best in original rock. It closed in 2007.
Rock fans were treated to a special event when Godspeed took the stage at The Saint with their blend of hard rock and heavy metal. Godspeed toured with Black Sabbath and Dio before breaking up to do individual projects. The 2012 reunion and upcoming tour promise to bring back some of the heavy metal magic this band is known for.
Thursday and Friday were an exciting prelude to the fabulous music to come on Saturday and Sunday. Watch for Part II of the 2013 Light of Day Benefit next week! - Debbie Miksiewicz (Special Nightlife and Dining Correspondent to Inlets and Outlets)
Photographs © 2013 John Posada except where noted.