Light of Day Concert – Bedford 9th December

The Light of Day concert series is now in it’s 11th year.  What began as a single concert at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey has grown into 23 shows in thirteen countries in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The funds raised are donated to the fight against Parkinson’s Disease and related illnesses by funding research into better treatments, cures and support for patients. Artists associated with this even have included Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nile, Jesse Malin, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jimmy LaFave, Badly Drawn Boy, Mike Peters (The Alarm), Pete Yorn, Max Weinberg, Marah, Southside Johnny, Buddy Miller and the list goes on.

On Thursday 9th December it’s makes it’s return to The Civic Theatre in Bedford and once again organised by East West Promotions and again another stunning line up is in store. The main event of the night will be taken up by five headline artists and the format is usually to sing in “the round”, though anything can happen on these nights.

Alejandro Escovedo is one of those singers you may not have heard of and after coming away from one of his shows you have to think to yourself, why should this be? His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.

Willie Nile more than a quarter century has passed since the release of Willie Nile’s first album, accompanied by press notices comparing him to Dylan and Springsteen. The enthralling new Streets of New York finds the artist in his mid-fifties, his youthful energy unflagging, and he’s never sounded more committed to the themes he’s tackled. With his band performance here in Bedford still fresh in the memory, it’s great to see him back so soon.

New York-based Joe D’Urso was an agency contractor in the music industry prior to his personal rock & roll gig, he has been critically acclaimed for being a passionate songwriter and an earnest performer with a deep love for making music. Joe along with his band Stone Caravan independently released their debut, Rock-Land, in 1993. Mirrors, Shoestrings & Credit Cards followed three years later and led the band to opening spots for, Wilco, Joan Osborne, the Allman Brothers, and Bruce Springsteen.

Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and composer.  Since his beginnings at age seven as “The Littlest DJ” on top-forty radio in Tampa, Florida, and later fronting indie-pop icons The Bongos, Barone has produced countless studio recordings. He has collaborated with world-class artists in every musical genre – from Lou Reed and Moby to Liza Minnelli and Tiny Tim. As musical and theatrical director, he scores shows and stages all-star concert events at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and New York’s Central Park.

Sid Griffin is that rare artist who has distinguished himself in a number of contexts and on two continents. While best known as the leader the Long Ryders, as a musician, songwriter, producer, author, and archivist, Griffin has become a pivotal member of the roots rock movement, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. While Griffin’s musical enthusiasms continued to be rooted in the 1960s, he began to nurture a passionate interest in folk-rock and country-rock, in particular the sounds of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

with support supplied by New Jersey’s, Rob Dye, from London Micky Kemp and a firm favourite of Bedford and local singer Dan Raza this looks like being a very memorable night of music and it all kick off at 7.30pm and at £20 don’t leave it to long to get your tickets as this is bound to be selling quickly.

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