Light of Day Festival returns to New Jersey to benefit Parkinson’s research

A music festival that rocks Asbury Park each winter is back with a lineup of shows beginning this week.
The Light of Day Festival raises money for care, treatment and research for Parkinson's disease and other related diseases. The funds are raised at concerts in venues across Asbury Park and New Jersey.
Glen Burtnik says he’s performed at the festival many times, but it has a new meaning since his brother Ron was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the last year.
Light of Day took its name from a song written by Bruce Springsteen. The festival is best known for his unannounced jam sessions at its annual main event, propelling Parkinson’s awareness.
“I think because of our relationship with Bruce Springsteen, that message has been circulated around the world,” says Tony Pallagrosi, the executive director of the Light of Day Foundation.
The concert is normally held in January but was delayed this year due to the Omicron surge.
Light of Day draws dozens of musicians from across the state and country.
Jersey Shore-based artist Emily Grove, of the band Daughter Vision, will perform at House of Independents. She says Light of Day is also special because it reunites so many musicians in Asbury Park.
“We’ll get to sit there and joke and enjoy each other's company and catch up and support the wonderful cause,” Grove says.
Around 30 concerts will be held over 10 days as part of the festival to benefit the cause.
This year's main event will take place March 12 at the Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank.
Light of Day was founded to celebrate the birthday of music industry veteran and New Jersey resident Bob Benjamin, a longtime Parkinson’s patient.
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