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It's no longer just around the corner... Light of Day Winterfest 2024 is HERE!

January 19, 2024


Fantastic Cat rocks Asbury Lanes @ the Jan. 18 kickoff event for Light of Day Winterfest 2024 - photo by Mark Krajnak - @jerseystyle_photography on Instagram - used with permission

Our contributing photographer Mark Krajnak checks in with his photo-report from last night's kickoff event for Light Of Day Winterfest 2024:


LOD Winterfest 2024 officially kicked off on Thursday night at the historic Asbury Lanes when a dozen strummers and fiddlers and singers and even a Fantastic Cat - oh, my! - took the stage. Despite the bitter cold and the icy conditions - and the threat of another approaching snowstorm - the place was packed with folks looking to get the LOD weekend started early.


Jarod Clemons @ the Jan. 18 kickoff event for Light of Day Winterfest 2024 - photo by Mark Krajnak - @jerseystyle_photography on Instagram - used with permission

Asbury Park, NJ’s own Jarod Clemons kicked it all off with a bluesy-based set that included his version of a song made famous by his late father, the immortal Clarence "Big Man" Clemons: "You’re A Friend of Mine." The night alternated between bands on the main Lanes stage and the soloists “in the round” so to speak – playing with just their guitars.


Emily Grove @ the Jan. 18 kickoff event for Light of Day Winterfest 2024 - photo by Mark Krajnak - @jerseystyle_photography on Instagram - used with permission

The Adam Ezra Group @ the Jan. 18 kickoff event for Light of Day Winterfest 2024 - photo by Mark Krajnak - @jerseystyle_photography on Instagram - used with permission

Williams Honor @ the Jan. 18 kickoff event for Light of Day Winterfest 2024 - photo by Mark Krajnak - @jerseystyle_photography on Instagram - used with permission

Tom Cunningham, who hosts Springsteen On Sunday at 107.1 The Boss, emceed the event, with a number of other local celebs and luminaries in attendance, including Light of Day's Executive Director Tony Pallagrosi, John Easdale of Dramarama, and rock photographer Danny Clinch. A great night of music inside to kick off one of the best music weekends of the year.


Stay tuned for more Letters To You coverage of Light of Day Winterfest 2024, including tomorrow night's "Main Event: Bob [Benjamin]'s Birthday Bash" at Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Center for the Arts.


All photographs by Mark Krajnak; used with permission. Click here to follow Mark and his work on Instagram.

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