Words & Photos by Diane DiMemmo

March 12, 2022

One of the unique music events in Asbury Park for the Light Of Day Foundation was the "Acoustic Carousel" that took place at Langosta Lounge on Friday, March 11th.  Every 15 minutes, a new artist would perform an acoustic set or read original poetry. The performances were all stellar and passionate. Every performer donated their time for LOD's mission which is to raise money and awareness in the continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and its related illnesses ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). For more information on ways to contribute ... visit the LOD website.

The evening was masterfully hosted by Peter Scherer and Gregory Schwartz. Performers were: Ryan Gregg, Patty C & Kevin Daly, Gary Cavico, Sam Tunkel, Alex English, Chelsea Palermo, Keith Roth, Renee Maskin, Marc Muller, Bruce Tunkel, Bone & Marrow, Alexander Simone & WHODAT, Williams Honor, Lindsay Jordan, Mojohand, Pete Scherer, and Gregory Schwartz.

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The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those illnesses, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. The primary fundraising efforts are an annual series of concerts held in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $5.75 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. What began as a single concert in New Jersey has grown into approximately seventy shows in thirteen countries on 3 continents including North America, Europe and Australia!

The 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.

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Diane DiMemmo is an avid concert fanatic who snuck cameras into venues for years before entering the pit as a professional photographer. After her first visit to Asbury Park, she immediately fell in love with its music community and recognized the need for a Jersey Shore publication to highlight the accomplishments of local and national musicians through photos and press. Asbury Park Vibes has been her labor of love ever since, along with her Golden Retriever – Cooper – who you’ll often see walking Diane through the streets of Asbury.

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