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This weekend was originally going to the centerpiece of this year’s Light of Day WinterFest, but the recent COVID surge put the kibosh on that.
Most fans seem relieved.
“Thank you. As difficult as I'm sure this is, some of us truly appreciate your keeping us safe!” commented a fan on the Light of Day Instagram account.
The Light of Day raises funds in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases. Most of this year's proceedings have been postponed to March 4 through 13, and it's reverted back to its classic format of Bob's Birthday Bash, aka the Main Event, which takes place Saturday, March 12, at the Count Basie Center for the Arts’ Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre in Red Bank.
The Birthday Bash had taken place at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park the last several years, but concerts at the Paramount and Convention Hall have been canceled or moved to other venues since late August when Asbury Park issued a notice of default to Madison Marquette, the retail developer of the city's boardwalk, over safety concerns and other issues.
A new event has been added to the rescheduled lineup: Bobby Mahoney, Johnny Grushecky and Zack Sandler at the Transparent Clinch Gallery, 210 5th Ave., Asbury Park, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12. Stop on over before the big show at the Basie.
Speaking about the big show, Bruce Springsteen has performed at 12 of the previous 20 live Light of Day Main Events, all unannounced.
The roots of the Light of Day go back to a 1998 birthday show for artist manager Bob Benjamin at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank. He had been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's, a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly 1 million people in the United States and over 10 million worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. It’s the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s, and is the 15th leading cause of death in the U.S. There are also Light of Day events in Canada and Europe.
This year, it’s looking like Benjamin will be serenaded with “Happy Birthday” in March.
The Light of Day show Wednesday, Jan. 12, at City Winery in New York City with Max Weinberg's Jukebox, Steve Forbert & The New Renditions, Guy Davis, Jeffrey Gaines and Jeff Slate was still on as originally scheduled as of press time.
Check out the updated schedule, according to the Light of Day and venue websites, below. More events are expected to be added. Last year's festival was virtual due to the outbreak. Visit www.lightofday.org for more info.
Light of Day 2022 revised schedule
Wednesday, Jan. 12
Light of Day WinterFest New York City at City Winery, 25 11th Ave. at 15th St., 7 p.m., with Max Weinberg's Jukebox, Steve Forbert & The New Renditions, Guy Davis, Jeffrey Gaines and Jeff Slate. Info: citywinery.com
Friday, March 4
Songwriters in the Round at Outpost In The ‘Burbs, First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair, 8 p.m., with Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, Guy Davis, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Glenn Alexander & Oria Aspen and Joe D’Urso. Info: outpostintheburbs.org
Sunday, March 6
LOD Next Generation, Stone Pony, 913 N. Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, noon, with students of the Lakehouse Music Academy, Rock 'n Music Academy, Rockit, Double A, Green Planet Band, Jake Ryan, The Nobodies and Clay Kunego. Info: stoneponyonline.com
Cover Me, Wonder Bar, Fifth and Ocean avenues, Asbury Park, 1 p.m., with Best of The Eagles, Bob Burger & The Red Shoes (The music of Elvis Costello & British Pub Rock) Line Drive, Matt O’Ree Band’s Tribute to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Sharon Lasher’s Heatwave! (music of Linda Ronstadt). Info: wonderbarasburypark.com
Thursday, March 10
Light of Day Asbury Park Kickoff, 7 p.m., House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, with Williams Honor “eX” Album Pre-Release Party, Daughter Vision, Big Hix, the Weeklings and more. Info: houseofindependents.com
Light of Day Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Deal Lake Bar + Co., 601 Main St., Loch Arbour. Free. Info: deallakebarco.com
Bluehawk Records Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Langosta Lounge, 1000 N. Ocean Ave., Asbury Park. Free. Info: langostalounge.com
Friday, March 11
Asbury Angels, 7 p.m., Stone Pony, with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Jesse Malin, Fantastic Cat, Kulick, Linda Chorney, Jon Caspi, April Rose Gabrielli and Mike Rocket. Info: stoneponyonline.com
Acoustic Carousel, 8 p.m., Langosta Lounge, with Keith Roth, Ryan Gregg, Bruce Tunkel, Renee Maskin, Mojo Hand, Peter Scherer, Patty C, Cranston Dean, Lindsay Jordan, Bone and Marrow, Alexander Simone, Marc Muller, Quincy Mumford, Williams Honor, Chelsea Palermo, Alex English, Sam Tunkel, Gregory Schwartz and the Vaughns. Free. Info: langostalounge.com
Hi-Tide and Last Wave Brewing, 9 p.m., Asbury Park Yacht Club, 1000 N. Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, with Black Flamingos and DJ Hi-Tide. Info: langostalounge.com
Saturday, March 12
Asbury Blues, noon, Wonder Bar, with Norman Seldin, Bocci & The Bad Boys, Anthony Krizan Band, Pam McCoy, Billy Walton Band, Joe Bonnano & the GOS, Indigo Mane, Peter V Blues Band, Sharon Lasher & the Flashers, Karen Phillips and Town & Country Band, James Dalton and Ben Arnold. Info: wonderbarasburypark.com
Women of Song, noon, the Saint, 601 Main St., Asbury Park, with Strumberry Pie, Natalie Farrell, The Wag, Lisa Bouchelle, Jo Wymer, Pam McCoy, Dawn Hopkins and Maxine Snow. Info: thesaintnj.com
Transparent Clinch Gallery, 1 p.m., with Bobby Mahoney, Johnny Grushecky, Zack Sandler and more.
Bob’s Birthday Bash, Count Basie Center in Red Bank, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Jesse Malin and more to be announced. Info: theBasie.org
Sunday, March 13
Musicians On A Mission, noon, the Saint, with Stringbean and Paul Whistler, Renee Maskin & Mike Noordzy, Brian Molnar & Slow Rolling Low, Jackson Pines and Part-Time Custodian. Info: thesaintnj.com
Songwriters By The Sea III, 5 p.m., McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 N. Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, with Joe Grushecky, Willie Nile, Danielia Cotton, Anthony D’Amato, James Maddock, Jeffrey Gaines, Miss Emily, Ben Arnold, Joe D’Urso, Joe Rapolla, Ronstadt Brothers and Glenn Alexander & Oria Aspen. Info: timmcloonessupperclub.com
Saturday, April 23
Bettie's Bombshells Bowie Ball, 7 p.m., Stone Pony. Info: stoneponyonline.com.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Light of Day 2022 WinterFest shows taking shape, see the schedule