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N.J. 'Light Of Day' Benefit Expands

For its fifth installment, the New Jersey-based Light of Day Foundation's annual concert benefit has expanded to three nights of music. Already on board for the Nov. 5-7 concerts at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park are Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers, Jesse Malin, Marshall Crenshaw, Soozie Tyrell, Jeffrey Gaines, Willie Nile, Bruce Tunkel, Boccigalupe & the Bad Boys and JoBonanno & the Godsons of Soul.

Proceeds from the concerts will benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS research programs. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Oct. 2 via Ticketmaster and the Stone Pony box office.

Artist manager and former Billboard staffer Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996, organizes the yearly event. In each of the past four years, Bruce Springsteen has performed with Grushecky, who is managed by Benjamin. In addition to the growing concert program, the 2004 Light of Day event will run simultaneously with auctions hosted by Lelands and eBay. Among the items up for grabs will be several stemming from E Street Band members, including a signed saxophone used by Clarence Clemons on Springsteen's 1999-2000 tour and an acoustic/electric guitar signed by Nils Lofgren. A drum head signed and used by Max Weinberg will be auctioned with a program from the 2003 Rising summer tour program signed by Springsteen.

By Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Reference:

Three Nights of Light: 5th Annual Light Of Day Concerts To Benefit the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association for their ALS research programs to be held at The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ) November 5-7 www.lightofday.org

Source Date: Oct 01 2004
Source Publication: Billboard
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