Thursday 7th December 2023 - Smokey Joe's Cafe Bar, Bennington Street, Cheltenham
LIGHT OF DAY EUROPE 2023 RETURNS ON NOVEMBER 24 TO BATTLE PARKINSON’S DISEASE, ALS AND PSP
ASBURY PARK, NJ (September 28, 2023) – The Light of Day Foundation has announced Light of Day Europe 2022, taking place November 24 - December 10, with 14 shows scheduled in nine countries. Tour stops will include Ireland, England, Wales, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Performing on Light of Day Europe Tour 2023 are Joe D’Urso, James Maddock,
and Williams Honor with support from Rob Dye and various friends along the way
The annual tradition of Light of Day Europe began in 2007 with the Foundation’s President Joe D’Urso bringing the power of LOD overseas.
“16 years ago we set out to bring Light of Day to the great music fans across Europe and I could not be more excited to be back again this year alongside James, Gordon, Reagan and Rob” said D’Urso. “I have a deep belief that one day, be it this coming year or down the line, one of the brilliant scientists that is supported by the whole Parkinson's disease community will find a cure. I am sure Bob Benjamin, my friend and longtime music manager, could never have dreamed that one little show would become global.”
Joe D'Urso - Joe D'Urso has released 17 records overall since 1991, the most recent being 2023's "Thurman" which is his 15th release with his long-time backing band, Stone Caravan. “Thurman” features nine original D’Urso songs along with odes by American legend Bob Seger and Norway’s Trond Svendsen. Joe has performed in 30 countries over the years and along with his band Stone Caravan, an Americana, Jersey Shore, Rock & Roll band, they have created a worldwide grassroots network of fans. Joe's catalog of music is released on his own label, SCR/Schoolhouse Records.
D'Urso remains true to an ideal inspired by the late Harry Chapin: that it is essential to help the less fortunate. He currently is the President of the board of directors for The Light of Day Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for Parkinson's disease research as well as ALS and PSP. Joe also sits on the board of WhyHunger and is a founding member of Artists Against Hunger and Poverty. In his home area of Rockland and Bergen counties (NY/NJ), Joe is a member of the Dan Sullivan Foundation, which raises money for college scholarships and folks who have experienced medical hardships.
Joe is the founder/owner of the Rockland-Bergen Music Festival (RBMFestival.com) which takes place every June on the borders of New York and New Jersey and is a minority owner of the legendary C.B.G.B. - jdcaravan.com
James Maddock - A rock & roll lifer, James Maddock has been carving his unique path since the 1980s, when the New York City based, British-born singer/songwriter kicked off his career with a raw, soulful voice; a storyteller's sense of narrative; and the ability to blur the lines between folk, classic pop, and rock.
Since his early days in London, he's ridden the wave of a music industry that's ebbed, flowed, peaked, and crashed. Maddock has stayed afloat throughout the entire ride, enjoying a brush with commercial success during the late 1990s - including a major-label record deal, a Top 5 AAA radio hit, and a song placements on major TV Series - before transforming himself into an independent solo artist during the decades that followed.
After fronting the Columbia Records band Wood, whose debut Songs From Stamford Hill was featured prominently on TV shows such as “Dawson’s Creek,” Maddock moved from England to New York City in 2003. His 2009 album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while the follow-up Wake Up And Dream ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV's (NYC) Listener Poll. With the release of Another Life (2013) and a 5 further albums over the following 7 years, two of them created over the Corona Virus pandemic - No time to Cry (2020) and Little Bird in the Neighbourhood (2021) - which garnered critical acclaim and extensive radio play.
His latest release in 2023 ‘Night Work’ is a beautiful collection of songs reminiscent of The Eagles and Credence Clearwater Revival - no imitation, simply landing effortlessly in the space between. Recorded with close musical friends including Steve Jackson (drums) and James O’Malley (bass) from his days in the band Wood. As well as Aaron Comess, Drew Mortali, Ben Stivers, Brian Mitchell, James Hallawell, Jack Daley, Heather Hardy and Olivier Durand. Mixed by the great Dave O’Donnell (Keith Richards, James Taylor, John Mayer). Amongst the first reviews, Dan French from ‘Point Blank’ wrote - ‘James’s remarkable talent for capturing the kaleidoscope of life in superbly crafted, heartfelt songs - ranging in mood from poignant heartbreak to upbeat joy, with the promise to nourish your spirit’. James Maddock continues to demonstrate why many consider him to be one of the best singer/songwriters working today.
As a songwriter, James had three songs co-written with Mike Scott on the Waterboys album Modern Blues (which appeared in the Top 50 on the UK Albums Chart) and a co-write with Gary Barlow (“Actress”) on Barlow’s album (2X Platinum). Songs from Another Life have been featured on NBC’s Parenthood and ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. Maddock is a constant live presence in the U.S. and Europe.
Williams Honor is the Jersey Shore's first ever country duo. Their first performance on stage was in Asbury Park with Bruce Springsteen.
After releasing their debut album and having their first top 30 radio single "No Umbrella”, they circled the country with radio and tv appearances while doing direct support slots for Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, LoCash, Jessie James Decker, Eric Paslay, Logan Mize, John Eddie, Tony Jackson, and Natalie Stovall (of Runaway June) …and ended up performing at Madison Square Garden opening for fellow Jersey neighborhood heroes Bon Jovi.
While making their second album and pivoting during the pandemic, “The Willi Ho Show”, their weekly livestream, became Pollstar's #24 Year End International Livestream of 2020. Their newly released sophomore effort, "eX" is an empowering Jersey Country breakup album, and is available now to download and stream everywhere.
They have created a unique sound all their own, and define Jersey Country, bringing together the roots and evolution of the genre while mixing it with the grit of their hometown influence. Imagine Carrie, Miranda, Carly, Dolly as if backed up by The E Street Band, The Stones, or Aerosmith with lots of big harmonies and rock and roll energy. The new single, "Can't Wait 2 B Ashamed" is out now.
Video: www.wsmv.com/video/2023/06/07/williams-honor-performs-cant-wait-2b-ashamed/ ---- For everything WH: https://linktr.ee/williamshonor
ABOUT THE LIGHT OF DAY FOUNDATION: The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilizes the awesome power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neuro-degenerative diseases, specifically Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), within our lifetime. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers to help improve their quality of life. Gifts to the Light of Day Foundation, Inc. are tax-deductible to the full extent of the Internal Revenue Code. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc. is designated by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Light of Day Foundation, Inc.'s Federal ID # is 20-1560386. Light of Day - the concerts and the organization - grew from a birthday party and fund-raiser held in 1998 at the Downtown Cafe in Red Bank to celebrate the 40th birthday of artist manager and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996.