They like it out loud at Winterfest “Light of the Day”.
The first double of the song “Happy Birthday” for festival founder Bob Benjamin on Saturday, March 12, at the Count Basie Arts Center in Red Bank did not have the decibels that rocker Joe Grusheki was looking for.
“You can do better than that, come on,” Joe Pears said. “Once again!”
Take two did the job to close Bob’s birthday show Light of Day at Basie. Benjamin, confined to a wheelchair due to Parkinson’s disease, raised his thumb up.
The festival raises funds and awareness in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and related diseases. The Light of the Day Foundation has donated more than $ 1 million to the Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson’s Foundation chief John L. Lehr said from the scene on Saturday.
“There are a million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease, and the Parkinson’s Foundation is committed to improving their lives by investing in care, improving their health and really investing in research to get the answers we all seek,” Lehr said when the band behind the curtain the scene was tuned.
And they tuned out loud.
It’s about fighting Parkinson’s disease with the “amazing power of music,” as Light of Day president Tony Palagrosi said.
Pears and Housewalkers, Willie Neal, Jesse Malin, Weeklings, Joe D’Ursa and the Stone Caravan, James Maddock, Linda Blackie, Guy Davis, Williams Honor, Remember Jones, Danny Clinch and others were on the bill on Saturday.
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Steve Forbert was scheduled to play on Saturday and the Light of Day show at Asbury Park on Friday, but it didn’t happen. “Complications after kidney removal in 2017 brought me back to the hospital,” he said on his social media.
Bruce Springsteen, who has been an unannounced performer at Birthday Bash for 12 of the previous 22 shows, missed out on Basie this year.
“Anyway, it’s a fun evening and it’s great artists,” said Mark Zingarini of Ocean Grove, who along with his wife Christina Zingarini attended Saturday’s show. “I don’t like to think that people are just because it’s maybe the kind of Bruce. These guys deserve the whole world and they’re great.”
The night was great on the roots rock style bar – skillfully and hotly staged by Pears, Niall, Malin, D’Urso and Maddock.
Neil pretended he wasn’t going to play his classic “One Guitar.”
“Do you want to hear ‘One Guitar’?” said Neil collectively “yes.” “God bless your rock ‘n’ roll hearts.”
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Maddock, an English singer and songwriter, added an extra touch of tune to his set. His keyboardist, Ben Stevers, performed attractive warm tones in songs such as “When the Sun’s Out”.
Maddock also gave a signal to the closed Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, where a birthday party has been held in recent years.
“I wonder what will happen to this place,” Maddock said. “I could buy it.”
Concerts at Paramount and Convention Hall have been canceled or moved to other venues since late August, when Asbury Park issued a default notice to Madison Market, the city’s waterfront developer, due to security concerns at Paramount.
Returning to the Basie stage, Weeklings demonstrated a fantastic rendition of the Beatles and Beatles, and Remember Jones performed happily arranged tunes without straps, culminating in an epic cover of Meat Loaf’s “All Come Alive and Nowhere to Go.”
You could have said it would be something else if frontman Remember Jones Anthony D’Amato came out in a yellow sports coat, high heels and a three-foot exclamation mark on his head.
It was a party. Fans visit the new halls of the Basie Center throughout the night.
“The vibe here is such that people are happy to be on the street,” said Christina Zingarini.
This is the last weekend of the winter festival “Light of the Day” in 2022, which was postponed from January due to the surge in COVID. Last year the festival became virtual.
The light began with a show on Benjamin’s birthday in 1998 at a Downtown coffee shop on Red Bank. He was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
This year’s shows are held mostly in Asbury Park, including in the city’s Stone Pony, where on Friday, March 11, there was an entry into Asbury Angels for musicians and set designers.
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Jonathan T. Richardson, a well-known band leader of the early 1900s from the West Side in Asbury Park; shore blues guitar legend Billy Ryan; Andrew “Hood” Kafafiyan, a longtime assistant to Johnny Southside; and Carrie Leighton, Stone Pony’s “ambassador” and longtime music scene fan, were honored.
“He’d love it,” Leighton’s soulmate Pam DeLisa told Pony on Friday. “He would love it.”
The Light Day crew will have a float in St. Patrick’s Day parade in Asbury Park on Sunday, March 13th. The parade starts at 13.00 on Ocean Avenue.
Visit www.lightofday.org for more information on Sunday shows and daylight.
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Chris Jordan, a native of Jersey Shore, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network of New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; email@example.com