Light of Day 2016 in full swing

Eddie Manion with Bruce Springsteen

Eddie Manion with Bruce Springsteen

Last year Shake It Up Australia was delighted to be selected as one of the nominated charities for Light of Day Australia in Ocean Grove. The event is back this year and Shake It Up has again been chosen as a beneficiary. It will take place over two days on July 22 & 23.

Event Details

What: Light of Day Australia Winter Gigs

When: Friday July 22 and Saturday July 23 

Where: Three venues in Ocean Grove, Victoria – the Piping Hot Chicken shop & Burger Grill, the Driftwood Café and the Olive Pit Delicatessen

Format: Book and stay in your café, while the musicians rotate between venues.


Here is the most recent press release from the organisers:

LIGHT of Day Australia is proud to announce that saxophonist Eddie Manion – an original member of Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band and an E Street member of Springsteen’s recent Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours will headline this year’s shows in July.

The third annual Light of Day Australia Winter Gigs – which raises money and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease – will take place in Ocean Grove on July 22 and 23.

The organisers are also delighted to have secured the generous support of 20 artists appearing at three Ocean Grove venues over the two nights.

They include Aussie icons Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll, Spectrum, Gallie, Sassy Soul Sister, Dave Wright and the Midnight Electrics, Evangeline, Dangerous Curves, Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar), Craig (Hornets), Victoriana Gaye, Steve McEwan and the Yesmen, Luke Legs, Brooke Allen and more.

Tickets are on sale and Manion’s inclusion has already prompted ticket sales from E Street fans as far as WA, Queensland and South Australia.

Manion, who was an original member of the Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, a member of Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul and a former member of the Robert Cray Band.

Also on the bill for the shows will be local favourites Andrea Robertson, Narelle and Uke Carnivale, Wayne Heard and the formidable Bash Big Band which traditionally closes the show with an all-in finale on the last night.

Further acts are expected to be announced.

Light of Day Australia Winter Gigs in Ocean Grove are the only ones in all of Australia and they are now in their third year.

President of Light of Day Australia, Richard Grimmett, said “these Winter Gigs for Parkinson’s research bring warmth to the town in the middle of winter. Our team works toward another successful event and the line-up of fantastic musicians are preparing to perform free of charge to help the search for a cure to this degenerative disease. An event not to be missed!”

Our Australian events are supported by the New Jersey American based organisation.

The Light of Day shows in the USA have now been running for 16 years and have since spread to Canada and throughout Europe before kicking off in Ocean Grove Australia in 2014.

The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., utilises the power of music to raise money and awareness in its continuing battle to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses such as PSP and ALS within our lifetime.

It’s founder was music manager Bob Benjamin who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s himself but decided he wanted to use his birthdays as a way to raise funds and awareness to fight the disease.

The first official Light of Day concert was held at Asbury Park, NJ’s legendary Stone Pony in November 2000 and primarily featured local, unsigned artists.

The critically acclaimed Pittsburgh-based band Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (managed by Benjamin) headlined the show, which featured a surprise appearance by local hero Bruce Springsteen, who joined the Houserockers for a raucous hour-long set.

Over the years Light of Day has grown from a one-day event into a festival spanning 10 days in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area.

Last year Light of Day Australia split the $10,000 it raised between the Shake it up Foundation in Australia and it USA partners.

Tickets can be purchased through the website here:

For more information contact Tony Armstrong-Carrig (0418 125 488) or Glenis Cook (0428 330 315)

If you are passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson’s why not contact our Events Manager, Melanie to see what you could do to raise funds and awareness.