Words & Photos by Diane DiMemmo

March 12, 2022


Waiting on Mongo

Ten bands. Five+ hours. And the performers and crowd could've gone five hours more! That was the scene on March 10th for Sandy Mack's "Wonder Jam Deluxe," which helped kick off the Light Of Day Foundation's fundraising weekend in Asbury Park at the Wonder Bar

All night long performances ping-ponged between the main and side stage, providing "jam-tastic" music that kept fans dancing and singing ... even after the event was over! Jam bands Desert Jellies, Waiting On Mongo, Abandoned Outcasts, Fungkshui, and the Pete Tonti Band wowed with their improvisation, technical acumen and overall musicality. Solo artists Maggie McCuiston, Mack & Flynn, Chris Siblia, Kevin Hill, and Doug Mikula mesmerized us with their superb chops from genres as varied as rhythm & blues, funk, beach tunes, and pop. All artists generously donated their time in support of the LOD Foundation.

The Light Of Day Foundation's mission is to utilize the power of music 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). LOD is tireless in its quest 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.


Sandy Mack

The primary fundraising efforts are this annual series of concerts  in Asbury Park, New Jersey. 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! Click here for ways you can donate and visit this link for the other musical events happening this weekend.

Between the camaraderie of the audience and musicians; the amazing  Wonder Bar staff, food & drink; and the exceptional music ... there was nowhere else we would've wanted to be to assist and be a part of this honorable cause. The evening was a true testament to the heart of gold in each and every member of the Asbury Park community!

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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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