Light of Day WinterFest 2023 schedule, lineup released: Fighting Parkinson's with music

A big Bob's Birthday Bash, a Clarence Clemons tribute and more than 100 artists will be a part of the upcoming 2023 Light of Day WinterFest, which raises funds in the fight against Parkinson's and related diseases.

The 2023 schedule, which appears below, has just been released. The Birthday Bash, so named for festival founder Bob Benjamin, will feature performances by John Waite, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Dave Hause, Jesse Malin, The Weeklings, Joe D’Urso, Jill Hennessy, Williams Honor, Fantastic Cat and more on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.

The bash often includes an unannounced appearance by Bruce Springsteen. He's performed in 12 of the previous 21 Light of Days.

The 2023 Light of Day WinterFest.
The 2023 Light of Day WinterFest.

Jarod Clemons and the Late Nights, Glenn Alexander and Shadowland, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Jeffrey Gaines and Jeff Slate will perform a birthday tribute to the late Clarence Clemons on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the City Winery Loft in New York City.

Clarence Clemons was born Jan 11, 1942, in Norfolk, Va. Jarod is his youngest son.

Parkinson's 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. The Light of Day Foundation funds research into possible cures, improved treatments, and support for patients (and their families and caregivers) who suffer from Parkinson's and the related diseases. Light of Day programs include Boxing for Bob, which uses boxing exercises to help with mobility.

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The 2022 Winterfest was postponed from January to March due to a surge of COVID cases. In the past, the Birthday Bash took place at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, but concerts at the Paramount and Convention Hall have been canceled since August 2021. Asbury Park issued a notice of default to Madison Marquette, the retail developer of the city's boardwalk, over safety concerns and other issues at the Paramount.

Visit www.lightofday.org for more information and tickets.

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Light of Day WinterFest 2023 Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 7

LOD Philadelphia with the Weeklings, Ben Arnold, 7 p.m., World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St.; worldcafelive.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

LOD Clarence Clemons Birthday Tribute with Jarod Clemons and the Late Nights, Glenn Alexander and Shadowland, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Jeffrey Gaines and Jeff Slate with Band, 7 p.m., City Winery Loft, 25 11th Ave., New York; citywinery.com/newyork.

Thursday, Jan. 12

LOD Kickoff with Steve Forbert, Williams Honor, James Maddock, Fantastic Cat, Adam Ezra Band and Lisa Bouchelle and The Bleu, 6:55 p.m., Asbury Lanes, 209 4th Ave., Asbury Park; asburylanes.com.

LOD Sandy Mack’s WonderJam Deluxe, 7:15 p.m., Wonder Bar, Fifth and Ocean avenues, Asbury Park; wonderbarasburypark.com.

LOD WinterFest 2023 Bluehawk Records Showcase, 8 p.m., Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave. at Second Ave., Asbury Park. Free; langostalounge.com.

LOD Open Mic, 8 p.m., Sound Booth at The Asbury hotel, 210 Fifth Ave., Asbury Park; theasburyhotel.com.

Friday, Jan. 13

LOD at the Wonder Bar with Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Weeklings, Bobby Mahoney & Seventh Son and The Wag, 6:55 p.m. Wonder Bar, Asbury Park; wonderbarasburypark.com.

LOD at the Asbury Park Yacht Club, with Stringbean & The Boardwalk Social Club, 8 p.m. Asbury Park Yacht Club, on the Boardwalk adjacent to Langosta Lounge; apyachtclub.com.

LOD Asbury Angels Induction with Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Willie Nile, Tangiers Blues Band, Miss Emily, Jarod Clemons, Kulick, Adam Ezra, Ben Arnold, Evan Rotella and Ian Seaholm, 6:55 p.m., Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park; stoneponyonline.com.

LOD Acoustic Carousel with Pete Scherer, Cara Smith, Alex English, Chelsea Palerno, Paul Whistler, Quincy Mumford, Ryan Gregg, Joshua Mark, Lilly Marshall, Renee Maskin, Mojo Hand and Sunlight, 8 p.m. Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park; langostalounge.com.

LOD Silverball Night of Covers with Joe D’ Urso & Stone Caravan, Dead Air, Kenny K, Me and Bobby D, and Freddy & The Phantoms, 7:30 p.m. Silverball Museum Arcade, 1000 Ocean Ave., Abury Park; silverballmuseum.com/asbury-park.

LOD at the Supper Club with Albert Lee and The Billy Hector Band, 7:30 p.m. Tim McLoones Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park; timmcloonessupperclub.com.

LOD Best of National Touring Tribute Bands with Tusk (tribute to Fleetwood Mac) and Late For The Sky (celebrating the music of Jackson Browne), 7:30 p.m., Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank; thebasie.org.

Saturday, Jan. 14

LOD Bob’s Birthday Bash: The Main Event with John Waite, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Willie Nile, Dave Hause, Jesse Malin, The Weeklings, Joe D’Urso, Jill Hennessy, Williams Honor, Fantastic Cat and more, Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. 6:30 p.m.; thebasie.org.

LOD Asbury Blues with Billy Walton Band, Norman Seldin Band, Jobonanno & Godsons of Soul, Peter V Blues Train, Indigo Mane, Pam McCoy, Ian Seaholm, Boccigalupe & the Badboys, 12:30 p.m., Wonder Bar, Asbury Park; wonderbarasburypark.com.

Light of Day All Together Now Beatles Acoustic with Bob Burger, James Maddock, Jeffrey Gaines, Adam Ezra, Emily Grove, Pam McCoy, Jillian McCoy and Ron Haney, John Kasun and Ben Arnold, 12:30 p.m. Location to be announced.

LOD Songwriters in the Round hosted by Johnny Grushecky, Bobby Mahoney and Zack Sandler, noon, Transparent Clinch Gallery, 210 Fifth Ave., Asbury Park; transparentclinchgallery.com.

Sunday, Jan. 15

LOD Cover Me with Marc Ribler’s Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Bob Burger & The Red Shoes (Elvis Costello), Eddie Testa Band, The One Hit Wonders and more, 1:30 p.m., Wonder Bar, Asbury Park; wonderbarasburypark.com.

LOD Next Generation with Rockit, Double A, Jake Ryan Band, Maddie, Rock’n Music Academy, Green Planet Band, Atomic Battery, School of Rock and more, 12:15 p.m. Stone Pony, Asbury Park; stoneponyonline.com.

LOD Songwriters By The Sea I with Stella Mrowicki, Jake Mathison, Mary McCrink, Joe Alton Miller, Chuck DeBryan, Sean Tobin, Arlon Bennett and more, 12:15 p.m., Watermark, 800 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park; watermarkap.com.

LOD Songwriters By The Sea II with Nick Ryan, Dave Vargo, Jeffrey Campbell, Gerry Perlinski, Victoria Taylor, Kyle Ward, Jake Thistle, Taylor Tote, Arlan Feiles, Tess Cameron and Jeff Slate, 3 p.m., Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park; langostalounge.com.

LOD Songwriters By The Sea III with Joe Grushecky, Willie Nile, James Maddock, Marc Ribler, Jeffrey Gaines, Miss Emily, Ben Arnold, Joe D’Urso, Lisa Bouchelle, Joe Rapolla, Glenn Alexander & Oria Aspen, Fantastic Cat, Emily Grove and Christine Martucci, 6:15 p.m., Tim McLoone’s Supper Club, Asbury Park; timmcloonessupperclub.com.

Friday, Jan. 20

LOD Songwriters In The Round with Willie Nile, Guy Davis, Jill Hennessy, Jeffrey Gaines, James Maddock, Joe D’Urso, Daniella Cotton, Jake Thistle, Rick Winowski, Williams Honor and Jon Caspi, 8 p.m., Outpost In The Burbs, 40 S. Fullerton Ave., Montclair; outpostintheburbs.org.

Schedule and lineups subject to change.

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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; cjordan@app.com.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Light of Day Winterfest 2023 schedule released, first shows Jan. 7