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Tuesday, 04.12.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
Light of Day
As sure as X-mas is coming every year, this benefit is taking place for the third time after Thanksgiving and right before Santa Claus is coming to town. Great music - just to hear it feels good and in turn seems to help create a better world all by itself. But whats's more, it  benefits people with Parkinson's disease, as well as their loved ones, because that's where all the proceeds from this evening are going. More specifically, we're asking for your contribution on behalf of Light of Day because it'll be going towards the financing of research, the development of new therapies and treatments and support for the sick and their families. Once again, it's going to be a very special evening with a show of superb music that'll turn The Last Island Left into an Island of Hope.
In this year's show, Light of Day Europe 2012, in collaboration with Vereinigung Parkinson Schweiz (, presents the forever young Julian Pollina and the foreverandever young Sauterelles alumni Toni «Hong Kong» Vescoli, in addition to the American singer/songwriters Joe D'Urso, Willie Nile, Israel Nash Gripka, Rob Dye and James Maddock. And surprise guests could always surprise you...

The current album by Joe D'Urso & Stone Caravan clearly leaves their opening band status for the likes of Wilco, The Allman Brothers Band and Bruce Springsteen way in the distant past. Their style is located somewhere in the vicinity of Southside Johnny,  Wilco, Dylan and Tom Petty, in «Down Here By The River» and after so many visits here, he must be crooning about our Mississihl for sure, isn't he? For real, how many other rivers of equal importance and unparalleled natural beauty are there on earth?

Nothing like the proof of the pudding: On May 12 of this year, the former Ozark mountain devil and current Brooklynite Israel Nash Gripka
showed what's what on our stage and made it as clear Ozark moonshine why he's become an untouchable in the field of Americana songwriting. He expresses himself and his art with touching ballads and pedalsteeled guitar orgies. Steve Shelly from Sonic Youth produced his sensational second album «Barn Doors & Concrete Floors.»

Rob Dye's coming in from (New) Jersey, his debut «Days To Here» is a fantastic journey through the American landscape in 10 illustrative songs, helped along by illustrious musicians who in turn lent their talent to names of the caliber of B.B.King, John Scofield, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, and Boss Springsteen. He mixes elements of Rock with Country, R&B, Gospel and explains:«I wanted the right player to bring out the best in each song. Everyone involved delivered beyond my wildest expectations. It was a collaborative effort with an eclectic cast of musicians.»

The name's John Maddock and in 2010 the former frontman of the much praised Band Wood received the prestigious NY Music Award
for Best Americana Album for his work «Sunrise on Avenue C» and then went on back on his way with «Wake Up And Dream». In July he told us on his website he was working on a new album that will turn out to be more intimate and melodic than his earlier creations. Musicians like Toni Scherr (Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Norah Johns), Larry Campell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon) as well as the jazz producer Matt Pierson (Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman) will make sure of that.

Willie, you gonna wanna be the next Bob Dylan? Willie Nile, straight from NYCity brings his songs to life like no other. The Who insisted he tour with them and his fans include Lou Reed, Jim Jarmusch, Little Steven and Lucinda Williams. About the 11 songs on his current album
«The Innocent Ones» he says: «It's an album with a number of songs dedicated to the downtrodden, the outcasts, the hopeless, the innocent and the forgotten

Our event is about not forgetting about people with Alzheimer's. We're not begging: We're giving you great music when you give generously to this cause. A cause best illustrated in the pictures and appearances of Muhammed Ali, who suffers from this vicious disease that knows no difference in class. Ali can say «I had a good life before and I have a good life now».  We know it's because he got help. It's just that he doesn't know it.
It is there, the better world - you just have to live it:
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