Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth University’s student-run record label, will be hosting a benefit concert Thursday, Jan. 16 at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are part of the Light of Day WinterFest in support of the Light of Day Foundation, an organization that produces music events worldwide to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Towards the end of the night, Monmouth students and alumni will be performing with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer and original founder of the E Street Band, Vini “Maddog” Lopez. This event has become a highlight of the festival, drawing fans from all around the world, according to senior music industry major Zack Sandler, who is the musical director and producer of the show. Monmouth students and alumni will join Lopez for the finale at 11 p.m.
The Monmouth University Department of Music and Theatre Arts, in partnership with the Leon Hess Business School and Blue Hawk Records, produce a show each year as part of the festival. Named one of the Asbury Park Press’ “Can’t Miss Shows,” nearly 20 Monmouth University students and alumni have contributed to the jam session over the years, with many more university students, parents, alumni, and faculty in attendance.
The festival, now in its 20th year and the premier fundraising event for Light of Day Foundation, showcases over 150 musical acts at 30 venues over 10 days to raise money and awareness for the battle against Parkinson’s and related diseases.
The Asbury Park portion of the festival is the Light of Day flagship event, featuring over 100 local, regional and national artists performing in every venue during every hour of the day and night. The Light of Day WinterFest began Friday, Jan. 10 in Montclair, New Jersey and will finish over the weekend in Asbury Park.
In 15 of the last 20 years, Bruce Springsteen has been a special guest at the festival.