Light of Day Foundation WinterFest – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – January 12th, 2019

Light of Day Foundation WinterFest

Light of Day Foundation WinterFest

Willie Nile, Jesse Malin, James Maddock, The Weeklings, Joe D'Urso

Sat · January 12, 2019

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$30 ADV - $35 DOS + FEES

Light of Day Foundation WinterFest
The Light of Day Foundation WinterFest returns to the World Cafe Live Philadelphia with 5 great LOD family artists under one roof, featuring the great Willie Nile along with special guests Jesse Malin, James Maddock, Asbury Park faves The Weeklings and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, all playing in full band configuration for a great night of music with some of America’s best rockin’ singer/songwriters!” The Light of Day Foundation is a 501-C(3) charity organization which funds research into possible cures, improved treatments, education and support for persons suffering from Parkinson’s disease, ALS and PSP. Since it’s inception 19 years ago, the LODF has raised over $5,000,000 utilizing the awesome power of music!
Willie Nile
Willie Nile
The New York Times called Willie Nile “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.”

Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises. His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on over one hundred year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America.”

In November 2014 he released an album of piano-based songs, If I Was A River, to universal critical acclaim. “One of the most brilliant singer-songwriters of the past thirty years” said The New Yorker. No Depression raved “Willie Nile’s artistic renaissance continues unabated.”

His 2016 album World War Willie appeared on numerous year end top ten lists as did hid his live shows. As American Songwriter said "Nile cranks up the volume and tears into these tunes with the same hunger, passion and exuberance he displays in his legendary sweat-soaked shows." World War Willie was voted “Album Of The Year” by Twangville Magazine and the song Forever Wild was named “Coolest Song In The World” by Little Steven’s Underground Garage.

Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. As the induction program from the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame says: “His live performances are legendary.” In the summer of 2017 Willie Nile released his 11th studio album Positively Bob – Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan to rave reviews. He is currently bringing his electrifying live show to audiences worldwide.
Jesse Malin
Jesse Malin
American singer-songwriter.

He was born 26 January 1968 in Whitestone, Queens, New York, USA.
James Maddock
James Maddock
The best singer-songwriters serve the song. The songwriter’s songwriter, James Maddock, who has earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, has built his acclaimed legacy on humbly honoring purity of expression. Many albums in his beloved catalog are elegantly spare, conveying his songs and sentiments in the most direct possible way. But for his latest album, The Green, the songs guided him into recording the most eclectic, exhilaratingly soulful, and imaginatively produced album in his career.

“This is my best album. It’s an upbeat record with really strong songs and a lot of surprises,” the British transplant reveals. “It all happened really naturally. I just listened to where the songs where going and allowed myself the time to give each one a proper sonic home.”

Since 1999, James Maddock’s boldly vulnerable songwriting, honeyed rasp, and distinct folk and Americana aesthetic have garnered acclaim from icons, peers, and tastemaking outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Relix Magazine, and CMT Edge. Relix notes: “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in, craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages. Fortunately, he doesn’t need to do that because his compositional skills are a match for his delivery.” His consistency as a recording artist and a captivating live performer have attracted a devoted fanbase engaged and generous enough to fan fund the last two entries in his six-album oeuvre. He’s performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), sang on an album with Susan McKeown, and has built a respected international profile through tireless touring from the Northeast US to Europe to Australia.

Previous to his solo career, James was the frontman for the Columbia Records band Wood. It was in this context that he was first introduced to a mainstream audience when songs from the group’s debut, Songs From Stamford Hill, were prominently featured in Dawson’s Creek. In 2003, Maddock relocated from England to New York, and, soon after, launched his solo career. His 2009 solo album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for “Best Americana Album,” while its follow-up, Wake Up And Dream, ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll.

The Green truly captures NPR’s accolade that “his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy.”

The album is bookended by “Once There Was A Boy Part 1” and “Once There Was A Boy Part 2.” Version one has a gospel-folk gait recalling Van Morrison and the more pastoral moments of The Pogues, and version two is a fresh rendition with stately strings and dreamy vocals. The track “Speaking For The Man” recalls the silken soul of Jimmy Ruffin (“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”). The title track finds James revisiting the political commentary songwriting style of his formative days. And the sleek and euphoric “Driving Around With the Win” and the simmering sensuality of “Let’s Get Out Of Here” are revelations in James’s catalog, showcasing the gorgeous patina of James’s vocals within an ultra modern sophisticated pop context.

The Green was produced by Iestyn Polson (David Gray, Patti Smith, and David Bowie) and boasts a more lush production aesthetic and more ambitious arrangements than any previous James Maddock records. The album features rich gospel-tinged backups courtesy of Cindy Mizelle (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran), tasteful drum loops, elegant string arrangements courtesy of Alan Grubner, and contributions from Aaron Comess (The Spin Doctors), Tony Shanahan (Beck, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega), and Brian Mitchell (Bob Dylan, Al Green, B.B. King).

This summer Maddock will be taking entries from The Green, as well as fan favorites from his back catalog, on the road. Live, Maddock imaginatively reinterprets his oeuvre to keep it fresh for him and his audience. “I love how songs reveal themselves differently in the live setting,” James says. “I’m grateful I have such a large body of work and an audience to share a creative dialogue with. It’s all a luxury and just a really beautiful thing—I feel very lucky.”
The Weeklings
The Weeklings
“THE WEEKLINGS are America’s most dynamic touring celebration of the music and inspiration of THE BEATLES, performing explosive renditions of Beatles classics, uniquely arranged Beatles nuggets such as "Paperback Writer", "Baby You're a Rich Man" and “I Am the Walrus” plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like their newest, “In The Moment”. The Weeklings bring The Beatles to life, not through costumes and gimmicks, but through their extraordinary musicianship, exceptional vocals and charming stage presence. “They show their audiences both what The Beatles were, and what they might have been if they were performing today.”

**The Weeklings are annually featured at premier Beatles festival events like Abbey Road on The
River and The Fest for Beatles Fans.

**Three members of The Weeklings, Glen, John and Bob, tour as the backup band for
Springsteen drummer “Max Weinberg’s Jukebox” project.

**You can hear The Weeklings on Sirius XM’s The Beatles Channel, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, where they have scored a number of “Coolest Song” designations, 90.5 The Night, WBJB- FM, 105.7 The Hawk as well as on terrestrial radio stations such as the nationally syndicated Joe Johnson’s Beatles Brunch Club syndicated on 70 stations, WMGK’s Andre Garner (Philadelphia), Rich Russo’s syndicated “anything, anything” show and WXPN’s Helen Leicht (Philadelphia) Breakfast with The Beatles and many other internet and terrestrial stations around the world.

*THE WEEKLINGS are comprised of Glen Burtnik aka "Lefty Weekling" (bass and vocals), Bob Burger aka "Zeek Weekling" (rhythm guitar and vocals), John Merjave aka "Rocky Weekling" (lead guitar and vocals) and Joe Bellia aka “Smokestack Weekling" (drums and vocals).

• Glen Burtnik - singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work with Styx, Electric Light Orchestra, the Broadway production of Beatlemania as Paul McCartney, The Summer of Love Concert and “The Fest for Beatles Fans house-band Liverpool. He has
composed songs for the likes of Don Henley and Patty Smyth, the Hot 100 #2 mega-hit “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Good Enough”, John Waite, Randy Travis, the #2 Hot Country hit, “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man”, Styx including the bands last Top 40 hit “Love at First Sight” and their last Gold album, Edge of The Century and many others.

• Bob Burger - singer, guitarist and gold record songwriter whose credits include Styx, Donnie Iris, HBO pictures, Kasim Sulton and others. He’s long performed Beatle and other tribute shows with Glen Burtnik and Bobby Bandiera of Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Burger has also appeared with the likes of Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.

• John Merjave - long standing member of “The Fest for Beatles Fans” house band Liverpool and other national shows having performed with Billy Preston, Donovan, Denny Laine among others.

• Joe Bellia - master of the “Ringo” drumming style and is a highly sought studio/live drummer having performed, recorded and toured with such greats as Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Dave Mason.
Joe D'Urso
Joe D'Urso
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/