Light of Day: Dublin
The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinsons disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime.
Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised over $3 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinsons 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!
Making Dublin their first pit stop of a 15 gig European Tour, Featured musicians this year include; Joe DUrso, Ed Manion, Jeffrey Gaines, Rob Dye, Mad Dog Vini Lopez, and local talent Na Leanai, & Rebecca Ryan.
Joe DUrso: one of the founding members of the Light of Day organization, Joe fronts his own band Joe DUrso & the Stone Caravan, an Americana/Jersey Shore/Rock & Roll band, they released their 13th CD on SCR/Schoolhouse Records, titled “Sway” in January 2013.
Eddie Manion: Eddie Manion has provided a steady stream of big open ‘Texas Tenor’ R&B / Rock & Roll sounds for long-time friends Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and Southside Johnny for many years.
Jeffrey Gaines: Gaines was one of the artists invited to contribute vocals to the benefit CD We are Family, produced by Nile Rodgers after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He has toured with artists including Paula Cole, Tori Amos, Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Sting, Shawn Colvin, Edwin McCain, The Bacon Brothers, Joe Jackson and Stevie Nicks.
Rob Dye: Music has always been a part of New Jersey native Rob Dyes life. He logs over 150 shows a year, whether its as a duo or with a band playing covers along the Jersey Shore to touring the country and overseas. With feet firmly planted in the rich landscape of American musics roots, Dyes music incorporates elements of rock, old school country, Stax-influenced R&B, gospel and more while remaining true to the essence of each style.
Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez: Between 1968 and 1974 Lopez backed Bruce Springsteen in several bands, including Steel Mill and the E Street Band. He also played on Springsteen’s first two albums, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle. After leaving the E Street Band, Lopez went on to play drums with numerous Jersey Shore bands, including The Lord Gunner Group. In April 2014, Lopez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band.
Na Leanai: Growing up performing songs and tunes learned from their musical parents The Sands Family and from other renowned musicians, this new folk group are taking the Irish music scene by storm. Described as trad with a twist, incorporating fiddles, flutes, guitars and percussion they play haunting airs that speak to the soul, lively jigs to set the feet tapping and enthrall with close vocal harmonies that will give you goose bumps.
Rebecca Ryan: A singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for piano, Rebecca has been playing guitar since the age of 5, taught by her mother (Imelda Nagle-Ryan, a concert classical guitarist). Today, her sound is strongly influenced by R&B and Soul. She has just released her first EP.