The Light of Day Foundation’s live shows, dedicated to the cause of raising money and awareness to defeat Parkinson’s disease and its related illnesses such as PSP and ALS, started in Red Bank, NJ, before becoming a primary part of the annual Asbury Park, NJ music scene. Asbury means Springsteen, and now, every time there is a Light of Day effort, everyone thinks that The Boss will be at the one they’re attending. Then again, who’s to say he won’t? Hard nose punk folkie Willie Nile is always on the bill for Philly, however, and that will make the City Winery charitable event on January 11 a treat.
Plus, remember, even though the Light of Day Foundation started in 2000 with its first official gig at Asbury Park’s Stone Pony, it only kicked into full effect for Philly in 2016 with Nile, Philly soul-folkie Ben Arnold and cats like Mutlu, Lisa Bouchelle, and men with close band associations (the Hooters’ Rob Hyman, ex-E Street drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez) to pass the time in the name of charity and camaraderie.
January 11, look for Philly City Winery to welcome Nile, James Maddock, Glen Burtnik of The Weeklings (whose new album drops this month), and Joe Grushecky, one of the Light of Day Foundation’s earliest prime movers and shakers. It should be said that if anyone can draw Springsteen like honey it’s Joe Grushecky’s music. He’s been doing the Iron City Houserockers thing since 1979, and his Pittsburg-ian brand of working-class bar rock is as good as it gets.