Light of Day-Bob’s Birthday Bash

Light of Day 2019, Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ

from concerts and the organization began as a birthday party in November 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank, NJ to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin. Benjamin had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, and in lieu of gifts, asked that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Over $2,000 was raised that night. Spurred by the generosity and support, Benjamin reached out to friends, including concert promoter Tony Pallagrosi and musician Joe D’Urso, and formed the Light of Day charity, taking its name from a Bruce Springsteen song.

This year’s sold out show featured performers Willie Nile & Band, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, Dean Friedman, Jesse Malin, Low Cut Connie, Steve Forbert & The Renditions, James Maddock & Band, Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, Ben Arnold, and John Eddie & HIs Dirty Ol Band, Gordon Brown and Reagan Richards of Williams Honor.

A wonderful time was had by all, while raising funds for such an important cause.

Photos by Melissa Lawlor