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Will the `Light of Day’ Benefit See the Boss?
It has become an Asbury Park tradition, the annual
"Light of Day Concert" at the Stone Pony to benefit the
Disease Foundation (PDF). The multi-band bash that takes its title
from a Bruce Springsteen song, has become a favorite with music lovers
who happily shell out $45 to $100 to hear good music for a good cause.
When the fourth annual benefit, set for Saturday, November 1, sold
out in a matter of hours, a second show was added, Sunday, November
2, and that show has sold out, too. It’s an open secret that
of Day" fans will be keeping a traditional eye open for the Boss,
Asbury Park’s favorite rocker, Bruce Springsteen, who has been known
to make unscheduled appearances at the concert that raises funds to
fight some fearsome diseases.
Featured musicians on November 1 include Boccigalupe and the Bad Boys,
Joe Bonanno and the Godsons of Soul, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan,
Exit 105, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Garland Jeffreys and
the Coney Island Playboys, the Danny White Band, and others. There’s
also an acoustic stage this year where fans can hear Mimi Cross, Rob
Dye, Charlie McIntosh, Jason Shain, Bobby Strange, and Mike Wurtele.
The Sunday, November 2, lineup features Gary US Bonds, John Eddie,
Dan Bern, Highway 9, Marah, Jesse Malin, Garland Jeffreys, and
Boccigalupe and his band.
Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali, and Janet Reno are among the estimated
1.5 million Americans suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. The first
three Light of Day concerts culminated with appearances by Bruce
who sat in with Joe Grushecky and his band at all three shows. Last
year, Springsteen also jammed with Gary US Bonds. The events have
raised over $100,000 for Parkinson’s research. Benjamin and others
in the Parkinson’s community feel that with all the new research,
the lyrics, "We’re just around the corner to the light of
from Bruce Springsteen’s song "Light of Day," could well be
their battle cry as research presses on.
The PDF is a national, non-profit organization, founded in 1957, with
offices in New York City and Chicago. The PDF is dedicated to
and promoting the highest-quality research worldwide into the causes
and cure of Parkinson’s and for better symptomatic treatments. A
of the concert proceeds are also donated to the Muscular Dystrophy
Association of Monmouth County to be used in their ALS programs.
Reflecting the success of the annual live shows is the September
of the album "Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen,"
on Schoolhouse Records. Weighing in with more than two hours of music,
"Light of Day" contains 37 tracks of Springsteen music, as
performed and interpreted by his fellow songwriters and musicians.
The double CD set now in the stores features Springsteen songs covered
by artists that include Elvis Costello ("Brilliant Disguise"),
Pete Yorn ("New York City Serenade"), Joe Grushecky
of Day"), Garland Jeffreys ("Streets of Philadelphia"),
and Joe Ely ("Working On The Highway"). Also donating their
musicianship are Nils Lofgren, Cindy Bullens, Dan Bern, Jennifer
Marc Broussard, Jason Ringenberg, and Rosie Flores.
The record company’s net proceeds and all artists’ royalties from
the album sales will be split evenly between the Parkinson’s Disease
Foundation (www.pdf.org) and the Kristen Ann Carr Fund which fights
sarcoma, a rare cancer (www.sarcoma.com).
Avenue, Asbury Park, 732-502-0600. Fourth annual Light Of Day concerts
to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. $45 in advance; $100
for VIP seats. Sold out. Saturday, November 1, at 6 p.m. ,
and Sunday, November 2, at 3 p.m.
Auditions are held at Mercer County College, West
campus. Check the Kelsey Theater for room location. For more
the Night Before Christmas." Auditions are Saturday, November
1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa Claus, townspeople, narrators, and
dancers are needed.
Auditions are Saturday, November 1, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Auditioners
must be 18 or older.
Steinbeck’s "Of Mice and Men." Auditions are Saturday and
Sunday, November 1 and 2, noon to 3 p.m. by appointment. Visit
to download an audition form.
to people with visual impairment. The ticket offer is valid for all
eight venues including Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, the War
Memorial in Trenton, and the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
in Plainsboro. Call Mark Heimerdinger at 973-624-3713.
sold by the Princeton Chapter of AFS for $14.50 per carton of oranges
and $15.50 per carton of grapefruit. Order by Tuesday, November 11,
and pick up the fruit at Princeton High School Thursday through
December 11 to 13. Proceeds provide scholarships for participants
in the AFS international exchange program. Contributions may also
be made to the Joan Nielsen Scholarship Fund. Call Linda DeAngelis,
for S.A.V.E. through November. The group seeks food bowls, cat litter,
collars, leashes, pet beds, old pillow cases, blankets, towels, and
pet toys, as well as paper towels, dish detergent, bleach, laundry
soap, and antibacterial hand soap. Dog and cat food should be only
Hill’s Science Diet.
at 92 North Main Street, Windsor. They will dry clean and distribute
them to others in need. Call 609-426-4600 for information.
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