Global Foundation's 19th Annual Winterfest to Feature Steve Forbert, The Weeklings, John Eddie, and More
With a goal of pushing its 19-year total past $5.5 million in its ongoing battle against Parkinson's disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2019, presented by the Asbury Park Press, is returning to New York City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for LIGHT OF DAY NEW YORK CITY for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation.
LIGHT OF DAY NEW YORK CITY, starring Steve Forbert & The Renditions, The Weeklings, John Eddie & His Dirty Ol' Band, and Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., New York City. Doors 6:30 p.m.; Showtime 7 p.m. Tickets ON SALE NOW at $45 General Admission; $75 Gold Circle at www.thecuttingroomnyc.com.
The 10-day festival will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues in two New Jersey cities, New York City, Philadelphia, and Rockland County, NY, January 11-21, following a holiday season European tour.
In 2018, Light of Day WinterFest raised enough money to catapult its 18-year cumulative total past the $5 million mark. Light of Day WinterFest 2019 is expected to push the 19-year total past $5.5 million. The festival has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of its 18 years, including his most recent appearance, in 2015.
Beyond Asbury Park and NYC, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2019 will include shows in North Jersey (Jan. 11 in Montclair), Philadelphia (Jan. 12 @ World Café Live) and Rockland County, NY (Jan.13 @ Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point). Those lineups are listed below. They are the culmination of a worldwide series of shows that began as a one-day event in Asbury Park and grew in the U.S. to a 10-day festival in the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metropolitan area.
More than four decades have passed since Steve Forbert made his way to New York City from his Meridian, Mississippi birthplace in quest of a career in music. It was the most unlikely time and place for a folk singer to leap into the fray in a burgeoning scene where new wave and punk were emerging while he took the stage as the archetypal folkie, armed with just an acoustic guitar and sheaf of very personal songs. After busking on the street for change from passers-by, he rose to sharing bills at CBGB's with the likes of Talking Heads, The Shirts and John Cale as well as headlining more traditional venues such as The Bitter End and Kenny's Castaways. Against staggering odds, he found blazing success early on. His career had its share of triumphs as well as stumbles and disappointments as did his private life. Through it all, over the course of a marriage, divorce, raising three children, writing and recording 18 studio albums and fronting an ever-changing line-up of supporting musicians, he persevered and stayed true to his roots and the folk ethos. Now, he has chronicled those life-changing experiences in Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock, co-written with Therese Boyd. The memoir, originally conceived as a stage play, offers a uniquely introspective view of a life and career during a period of cultural upheaval and the author's emerging self-awareness. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, Forbert weaves an absorbing narrative that fully addresses the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40+ year career.
The Weeklings are America's most unique celebration of the music and muse of The Beatles, performing explosive renditions of Beatles classics, uniquely arranged Beatles nuggets such as "Paperback Writer", "Baby You're a Rich Man" and "I Am the Walrus" plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like their newest, "In the Moment" and "Running Away". The Weeklings bring The Beatles to life through their extraordinary musicianship, exceptional vocals and charming stage presence. Comprised of Jersey Shore veterans Glen Burtnik aka "Lefty Weekling" (bass and vocals), Bob Burger aka "Zeek Weekling" (rhythm guitar and vocals), John Merjave aka "Rocky Weekling" (lead guitar and vocals), and Joe Bellia aka "Smokestack Weekling" (drums and vocals), the Weeklings are currently, for the third year in a row, in the running to be voted The Coolest Song in the World on Little Steven's Underground Garage, this time for their song "In the Moment."
Virginia born, New Jersey raised, Nashville based John Eddie is a singer/songwriter/semi-professional drinker who fronts a kickin' little combo called The Dirty Ol' Band. They play their own brand of deep fried, gas guzzling, heart breaking, liver killing rock 'n' roll smothered in twang. They've put food on the table and tequila in the fridge for the last hundred years by playing everywhere from crummy bars to stadiums, backyard barbecues to Jay Z and Beyonce's wedding (OK, that last one didn't happen.)
And even though a lifetime on the road has guaranteed John Eddie has never had a healthy, steady relationship, it has allowed him to share the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, U2, Bob Seger, Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Jamey Johnson, and many more. So if you get the chance to catch John Eddie and His Dirty Ol Band don't let it pass you by. It might not change your life but you will definitely raise your bottles and raise your glasses, you will shake your heads and shake your butts and maybe your life don't need changing anyway.
Just returning from Light of Day Europe, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, an Americana/Jersey Shore/Rock & Roll band, are a Light of Day fixture who, like Willie Nile, have played Winterfest every year since its inception. Their brand new 14th CD, Jersey Diner, features 11 songs written by D'Urso and three tunes penned by Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and Sandy/Harry Chapin.
Here's the complete list of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2019 shows to date:
Friday, JAN 11
LOD NORTH JERSEY - Willie Nile, James Maddock, Danielia Cotton, Williams Honor, Joe D'Urso, Jon Caspi, Christine Martucci, Laura Crisci, Rick Winowski - Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ, 7pm, $35-$75.
Saturday, JAN 12
LOD PHILADELPHIA - Willie Nile Band, Jesse Malin Band, James Maddock Band, The Weeklings, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan, - The World Cafe, Downstairs, Philadelphia, Pa., 7pm doors; 8 p.m. Show, Doors 6:30 p.m.; Show 7 p.m.; $30 adv/$35dos
Sunday, JAN 13
ALBERT LEE -- McLoone's, 21+, 7:30pm, $20-35
COVER ME: BEST OF THE JERSEY BAR BANDS" - Best of the Eagles, CSN Songs, Bob Burger's Tom Petty Tribute, Bell Bottom Blues, Carl Gentry Band - Stone Pony, All Ages, Doors 2pm, $18
LOD ROCKLAND - Penguin Rep Theatre, Stony Point, NY, 3 pm, $30-$50
Wednesday, JAN 16
LOD NEW YORK CITY - Steve Forbert & Band, The Weeklings, John Eddie & His Dirty Old Band, Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan - The Cutting Room, Doors 6:30 p.m.; Show 7 p.m., $45
Thursday, JAN 17
WINTERFEST 2019 BADLANDS KICK-OFF - Remember Jones; Marc Ribler's Red, White & Brit Tribute to The Who feat. Little Steven's Disciples of Soul members Andy Burton, Jack Daly, Rich Mercurio; Williams' Honor; Johnny Piasano's Rock 'n Roll Pizzeria; Thurs.,18+, 7pm, $20adv/$25dos
FIRST NOTE, The Saint, 18+, 6:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
THE SENSATIONAL SOUL CRUISERS - McLoone's Supper Club, Fri., All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 7:30pm, $20
SANDY MACK's WONDER JAM - Karmic Juggernaut, Kevin Hill, Waiting on Mongo, Peter Tonti, Dogs in a Pile, Strumberry Pie, Cosmic Jerry, Resurrextion, Predator Dub Assassins, Stu Coogan (90.5 The Night) - Wonder Bar, 21+, 7pm, $12
MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY'S BLUE HAWK RECORDS PRESENTS, Langosta Lounge, All-Ages, 7pm, FREE ADMISSION
Friday, JAN 18
ASBURY ANGELS INDUCTION - The Ventures, The Weeklings, Black Flamingoes, Billy Walton Band, Milly, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son - Stone Pony, Fri., All Ages, Doors 7pm, $28adv/$33dos
NIGHT OF COVERS - Silverball Museum, $TBA
ACOUSTIC CAROUSEL WITH PETER SCHERER Langosta Lounge, 21+, 8pm, FREE ADMISSION
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE - Dramarama, The Grip Weeds, The Easy Outs - House of Independents, All Ages/21 to Drink; $20 adv/$25dos
ROCK HEAVY - Kenny K and the Way, Steve Conte NYC, Colossal Street Jam - The Saint, Fri.,18+, 8pm, $8adv/$12dos
TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, All Ages, Doors/Dinner 6pm/ Show 8pm, $TBA
SOUND BOOTH - Jackson Pines, Sam Sims Band, The Burns - Asbury Hotel, 9 p.m., FREE ADMISSION
MAKIN' WAVES WITH BOB MAKIN - Little Vicious, Molly Rhythm, Erotic Novels, Rachel Ana Dobken - Asbury Yacht Club, Showtime TBA, FREE ADMISSION
Saturday, JAN 19
BOB'S BIRTHDAY BASH - Paramount Theater, Sat, All Ages, 6pm, $43-$205
THE WEIGHT BAND - Featuring songs from The Band's treasured catalog, plus original tracks that complement The Band's legacy; Illegally Blind; The Unknowns - Stone Pony, $25 adv/$32dos
A NIGHT OF FUNK & SOUL WITH QUINCY MUMFORD AND THE REASON WHY - Very Special Guests: Colossal Street Jam - House of Independents, Doors 7 p.m.; Show 7:30 pm., $18 advance; $20 day of show.
DOWNTOWN - ASBURY UNDERGROUND, curated by Pat Schiavino and Asbury Underground. Noon - 7PM Over 20 venues! FREE ADMISSION
WOMEN OF SONG -Mary McCrink, Taylor Tote, Strumberry Pie, Jo Wymer, The Wag, Pam McCoy, Martin Howth (Audra), Jennifer Santamaria -The Saint, Noon, $TBA
FULL TILT BOOGIE BASH - Popa Chubby, Billy Hector Band, Christine Martucci, - Wonder Bar, Sat., 21+, 7pm, $TBA
ASBURY BLUES - Joe Bonanno, Mary McKrink, Wonderful Winos, Norman Seldin, Sharon Lasher Trio, RBN3, Pappa John Bug - Wonder Bar, 21+, Noon, $12/$15
TBA, House of Independents, evening, 18+, 8pm, $TBA
TBA, House of Independents, afternoon TBA., 18+, $TBA
JEFFREY GAINES - Special guests Miss Emily, Kiyomi with Lisa Bianco on guitar - McLoone's Supper Club, All Ages, Noon, $15-$25
TBA, McLoone's Supper Club, Sat., 18+, 7pm, $TBA
ROCK HEAVY, The Saint, Sat., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/ $12dos
LANGOSTA LIVE - Levy & The Oaks, Lowlight - Langosta Lounge, 21+, 9pm, FREE ADMISSION
MAKIN' WAVES WITH BOB MAKIN - Nalani & Sarina, American Trappist, Avery Mandeville and the Man Devils - Asbury Yacht Club, Showtime TBA, FREE ADMISSION
LOD SOUND BOOTH - Virago, Pam Flores, Hideaway - Asbury Hotel, 9 p.m., FREE ADMISSION
Sunday, JAN 20
KID'S ROCK - Indigo Mane, Vendetta Rose, Ham by the Pound, Marel Hidalgo, Avery Rose, Radioactive, Jake Sfraga, School of Rock, The Nobodies, Julia Fleming, Dress Code 50, Double A, Rock'n Music Academy, Evan Rotella, Rockit - Stone Pony, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
MUSICIANS ON A MISSION - Dan Amato & The Sentimental Gentlemen, High Season, The Well Wish, The Extensions, Sonic Blume - The Saint, Sun., 18+, Noon, $10
SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #1, Watermark, Sun., All Ages, Noon, $15
SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #2 - Bruce Tunkel, Lisa Bouchelle, Pat Guadagno, Sams Sims/Kyle Ward, Frank Lombardi, Steve Delopoulos, Deirdre Forrest, Colton Kayser - Langosta Lounge, Sun., All Ages, 3pm, $15
SONGWRITERS BY THE SEA BOARDWALK CRAWL #3 - Danielia Cotton, Guy Davis, Anthony D'Amato, Joe D'Urso, Emily Grove, Joe Grushecky, Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors), Quincy Mumford, Willie Nile, Joe Rapolla, and more artists to be announced! - McLoone's Supper Club, Sun., All Ages, Doors 4pm; Show 6:15pm, $25
ASBURY MUSIC HALL - Dez & the Swagmatics, Shady Street Show Band - Asbury Hotel, 2 pm, $TBA
LAST NOTE, The Saint, Sun., 18+, 7:30pm, $8adv/$12dos
Monday, JAN 21
GOODBYE BRUNCH, McLoone's Supper Club, All Ages, 10:30a-1:30p.