New Jersey Stage

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Light of Day Tickets Go On Sale October 29

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Roots music legend David Bromberg will be among the performers at at Paramount Theatre show on Jan. 14, 2011, that serves as the centerpiece for the 12th annual Light of Day concert series, now expanded to four-day weekend of activities in Asbury Park, N.J.

More than 100 artists will play at at least 16 different events to be held at nine different venues in the city on Jan. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 for the series of shows, sponsored by the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. (, the Asbury Park Press (, Aerosoles (, Ansell, Grimm & Aaron (, ShopRite ( and CBGB (

Tickets are available  through Ticketmaster (, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets (including selected Walmart stores), the Stone Pony box office, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park.

A wide variety of combination ticket packages – as well as single tickets to each show – will be available.

The Light of Day series of concerts, which also includes performances in Canada and several countries in Europe, raises money for the ongoing fight against Parkinson's disease by supporting research into more effective treatments and a cure for people who suffer from Parkinson's and other degenerative neuromuscular disorders.

Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson and the City Council have proclaimed Jan. 12 to 16th  as "Light of Day Week" in Asbury Park, in honor of the concert series which annually brings several thousand music fans to the city.

Multi-instrumentalist Bromberg is known for his eclectic style, and his ability to mix blues, folk, country, rock n'roll and jazz into a unique musical stew. In addition to releasing several solo albums, including 2011's "Use Me," Bromberg has performed with a renowned roster of artists, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker. He co-wrote the song "The Hold-Up" with former Beatle George Harrison. Harrison made an appearance on Bromberg's self-titled 1971 album.

 Joining Bromberg on the Paramount Theatre bill, which will be hosted once again by Vincent Pastore, who played Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO show "The Sopranos," will be long-time Light of Day supporters Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers,  Willie Nile, Joe D'Urso and Stone Caravan, Garland Jeffreys and John Eddie. Up and coming group the RockNRoll Chorus will also perform.

Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

On January 15, 2011, Bruce Springsteen joined his old friend Grushecky and the Houserockers on stage at the Paramount for a sizzling set that was the highlight of the 11th annual Light of Day concert series. The show closed with an emotional rendition of "Thunder Road," that had the whole audience singing along. Springsteen also shared the stage with Jesse Malin, Willie Nile and Alejandro Escovedo during their sets at the Paramount that night and performed a solo acoustic set before Grushecky and the Houserockers came onstage. Springsteen has played at eight of the 11 Light of Day events.

Light of Day's New Jersey weekend will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Asbury Lanes on Fourth Avenue, with a Rock N Bowl-a-Thon that will pair participants with celebrity bowlers for a night of fun that will also include lots of music.

Also on Thursday night, The Saint, a legendary original music venue located at Main Street and Monroe Avenue in Asbury, will host its first Light of Day event.

On Friday, Jan. 13, Asbury Park's legendary Stone Pony, the oceanfront club where Light of Day got its start 11 years ago, will feature a tribute to the "Asbury Angels," the musicians and other members of the Asbury Park music scene who have passed on in recent years. Those being honored include Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Kevin Kavanaugh, Donnie Bertleson and John Luraschi.

The concert will be headlined by the Sensational Soul Cruisers, featuring J.T. Bowen, and will also feature the Nick Clemons Band, Jason Heath and the Greedy Souls, featuring Jason Federici, Boccigaluple & The Bad Boys and Jo Bonnano and the Godsons of Soul, along with many other artists.

Light of Day board member Rob Dye will also host an open mic event on Friday night at the Wonder Bar, located right down the street from the Pony at the corner of Ocean and Fifth Avenues in Asbury Park, and Asbury Lanes will have its second Light of Day event.

On Saturday, the 14th, the Light of Day shows start at noon at the Stone Pony and the Wonder Bar. Performers at the Wonder Bar will include Stormin' Norman Seldin with Pam McCoy. There will be music at both venues from noon to 5 p.m.

A children's show, featuring family-friendly music, will be held at McLoone's Supper Club in the afternoon Saturday.

In addition to the main event at the Paramount Theatre Saturday night, the Stone Pony will host a country night, The Saint will also host another night of original music, and Asbury Lanes will hold its third Light of Day event.

Throughout the weekend, the documentary "Just Around the Corner" will be shown at the Showroom, an independent movie house on at 708 Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park. The documentary, produced by Flat Broke Productions, focuses on Light of Day Foundation founder Bob Benjamin, and how he has used music in the fight against Parkinson's disease.

Light of Day 11 will wrap up on Sunday, Jan. 15 with three "Songwriters by the Sea" acoustic singer-songwriter shows at three boardwalk venues: The Watermark at noon; Langosta Lounge at 3 p.m., and McLoone's Supper Club at 6 p.m. McLoone's Supper Club will feature performers on both levels of the venue. Half-way through the show, in the Light of Day version of musical chairs, the performers will switch places, so audience members will see all performers no matter where they are sitting.

Performers at the Sunday acoustic shows will include Pat Guadagno, Jess Klein, Emily Grove, Christine Martucci, Willie Nile, John Eddie, Joe D'Urso and Lisa Bianco.

On Monday, Jan. 16, an official Light of Day breakfast will be held. Stay tuned for further details.

Concert-goers can purchase a Light of Day ticket package to gain admission to all Light of Day events at one low price. Single tickets will also be available for individual shows.

Ticket packages include (all seat descriptions are approximate):

Platinum combo package: $250, include pit or "very best" orchestra seats in the first seven rows at the Paramount. The ticket package includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2012 VIP laminate; a Light of Day New Jersey 2012 t-shirt, and a gift bag worth more than $200, plus admission to all Light of Day New Jersey 2012 events.

Gold combo package: $175, includes great front orchestra seats in rows 8 to 13 and the loge at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes a commemorative Light of Day New Jersey 2012 VIP laminate, plus admission to all Light of Day New Jersey 2012 events.

Silver combo package: $145, includes great mid-orchestra and lower side orchestra seats at the Paramount. The ticket package also includes admission to all Light of Day New Jersey 2012 events.

Bronze combo package: $109, includes rear orchestra and lower balcony seats at the Paramount, plus admission to all other Light of Day New Jersey 2012 events. The best seats for the dollar!

Individual event ticket prices are:

Paramount Theatre, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, Saturday, Jan. 14: $175 (first seven rows, including the pit), $125 (rows 8 to 13 and the loge), $89 (mid-orchestra and lower side orchestra), $69 (rear orchestra and lower balcony), and Super Saver seats, $39 and $29, in the rear balcony.

Asbury Lanes, 209 Fourth Ave., Thursday, Jan. 12, $15.

The Saint, 601 Main St., Thursday, Jan. 12, $12, 18 to enter, 21 to drink.

Stone Pony, 913 Ocean Ave., Friday, Jan. 13: $25 in advance, $30 day of show; all ages, 21 to drink.

Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Ave., Rob Dye's open mic, Friday, Jan. 13, $10, 21 and over.

Wonder Bar, Saturday, Jan. 14: $15, all ages, 21 to drink.

Stone Pony, Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14: $15, all ages, 21 to drink.

McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., children's show, Sat., Jan. 14, noon to 3 p.m., $10, all ages.

Stone Pony, Saturday night, Jan. 14 (country show):  $20 day of show, all ages, 21 to drink.

The Saint, Saturday, Jan. 14, $12 day of show, 18 to enter, 21 to drink.

The Showroom, 708 Cookman Ave., "Just Around the Corner…" documentary, produced by Flat Broke Productions: $10.

Songwriters by the Sea shows, Sunday, Jan. 15. These tickets will be sold as part of the ticket combo packages, by advance reservations directly with the venue, or at the door on the day of the show:

Watermark, 800 Ocean Ave., noon to 3 p.m.: $15.

Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., 3 to 6 p.m., $15.

McLoone's Supper Club, 1200 Ocean Ave., 6 to 10 p.m.: $15.

Combo tickets save more than $100 on admission to Light of Day New Jersey 2012, and guarantee your seat at Saturday evening's Paramount Theatre show. Admission to all other events is on a capacity-dependent, first-come, first-serve basis.