It's called The Light of Day and it's all about raising money through music in the fight against Parkinson's Disease.

It's been an annual event for years, with the originating concert held at The Stone Pony. Now the event is held in several places but primarily based throughout Asbury Park with concerts in all of the music venues, restaurants, and other places through this weekend and into Martin Luther King Day on Monday.

My son and the band he is in (Marel Hidalgo and The Stone Feathers) will be playing at The Stone Pony at 4:30 pm this Sunday, and are happy to donate their time for such a great cause. Having lost a very close relative recently to Parkinson's, this cause is personal.

The Light of Day has raised millions of dollars to help fund research into this devastating illness, as well as ALS, (just as horrific a disease) and the concerts, of all genres, are plentiful. Since many musicians and music fans strongly believe that music heals...this is a great way to see some shows and know you are supporting something so necessary.

Even Bruce Springsteen believes in and supports these events, having shown up to jam over ten times at this event throughout the years, always as an unexpected and welcome surprise. (But don't get your hopes up for a Bruce sighting this time around since he's doing a Broadway show these days.)

Some of the concerts include Winterfest with Bobby Bandiera's tribute to Tom Petty at House of Independents this Thursday at 7 pm, Bob's Birthday Bash with LaBamba's Big Band and special guest Gary US Bonds, Joe Grushecky and many more at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night, a Prince Tribute with Quincy Mumford at House of Independents on Saturday night, and shows at McLoone's Supper Club, The Saint, Wonder Bar, Langosta Lounge, and so much more.

If you'd like to bring your kids out, the event at The Stone Pony this Sunday is for all ages and is called Kid's Rock. It starts at Noon and admission is $20, or you can get $15 tickets in advance by emailing or calling 732-682-8262.

For more info on Light of Day and the concerts, CLICK HERE.



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