New lineup, date for Light of Day Winterfest at Outpost in the Burbs
Outpost in the Burbs has announced a new lineup for Light of Day Winterfest 2022 North Jersey — “Songwriters in the Round.”
The show, originally scheduled for Jan. 7, was postponed amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Tickets will be honored at the new date: March 4, at 8 p.m., the First Congregational Church, 40 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair.
The evening of songs will be performed “up close and personal” in round-robin fashion, with all artists together on stage, “each artist performing stripped-down to their song, their voice, their story and their guitar,” Outpost wrote in an announcement of the event. Sometimes, other artists will join in.
This year’s lineup: James Maddock, Grammy nominee Guy Davis, Danielia Cotton, Williams Honor (Acoustic), Blue Americana (with Glen Alexander of the Asbury Jukes and Oria Aspen) and host Joe D’Urso.
The show will benefit the Light of Day Foundation, which raises money and awareness in the battle against Parkinson’s disease and the related conditions of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and PSP (progressive supranu clear palsy).
The primary fundraising efforts are an annual series of concerts that started in Asbury Park, but now include 70 annual shows in 13 countries. Since its inception in 2000, Light of Day has raised more than $5.75 million in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, Outpost said in an announcement of the show.
Tickets for this show can be purchased via TicketLeap at outpostintheburbs.org.
To gain entry, every patron mush show a completed vaccination record dated at least 14 days before the show. A photocopy, a photo on a phone or proof via the DOCKET app (for New Jersey residents) or Excelsior Pass (for New York residents) will be accepted. A negative coronavirus test will not be accepted for entry.
Masks are required at all times during the show. Unvaccinated children may not attend. Photo ID is required for Patrons 18 and over.
About the artists
The following descriptions of the performers are provided by Outpost:
A rock and roll lifer, James Maddock has been carving his unique path since the 1980s, when the British-born, now Brooklyn-based 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 those 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 placement on Dawson's Creek — before transforming himself into an independent solo artist with numerous critically acclaimed albums during the decades that followed. James’ most recent release (2021) is entitled “Little Bird in the Neighborhood.”
Grammy-nominated artist Guy Davis’ parallel careers — as an author, a teacher, and a Broadway and film and television actor—mark him as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love. Growing up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. Guy’s one-man play, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues, premiered off-Broadway in the ‘90s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star off- Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil, winning the Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive award. Never an artist who fit any narrow definitions of the blues, Davis regularly finds new outlets for his warm singing and deft acoustic playing. Both are evident on his new album, “Be Ready When I Call You.” But this time it’s his songwriting that really comes forward. For the first time in over a dozen-album career he wrote nearly everything on the disc, Howlin’ Wolf’s classic “Spoonful” being the sole exception. At the same time he’s broadened his musical reach to include everything from modern electric blues to banjo shuffles, even a touch of rap on one number. “I call it Americana, but I slip a little world music in there too,” he says. “When you’re trying to create beautiful music, you don’t think too much about categories. You know, I came up in the Pete Seeger tradition– Folk songs, topical songs, the Woody Guthrie kind of tunes. And then the delightful entertaining kind of tunes, songs like ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine’. I have all that in me and I tried to let it flow a little bit in this opus.” Tying all his work together is his love of a good story, and a willingness to speak out when there’s a point to be made. “That’s what I consider myself, a mu sical storyteller. I tend to create music but even if I didn’t, I would use somebody else’s music — and if I didn’t have that, I would speak poems or prose. I think that all these things increase me as a performer….The songs, the plays, the de scriptions, everything I do with words. They’re all part of each other.”
Hopewell, N.J. native Danielia Cotton, who first picked up a guitar at age 12, re leased her debut album in 2005 and has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bon Jovi—is still looking for fresh ways to say hello to audiences. Though she's constantly evolving as an artist, Cotton's quick to point out that she's always managed to remain herself. Throughout her career, the long time New Yorker from Hopewell, NJ, has drawn praise from the New York Times, Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and USA Today, among many others. She continues to inhabit a song, turning it inside and out to create transcendent music and lyrics, and carry us higher and higher with her in her musical flights.
American Songwriter describes her latest release, “A Different War,” as “stirring and stunning.” In it, “she shares that insistence with an uncompromising urgency that transforms its songs into anthems for our times. Always a fierce warrior and driven singer and songwriter, Cotton has never been more forthright than she is here, solidly defiant and consistently determined even in the face of an ever widening social, political and racial divide. There’s no shortage of attitude and amplitude borne here, and on songs such as “Forgive Me,” “A Different War” and “Cheap High,” she not only speaks her mind, but also speaks for all those marginalized by an unholy variety of suffocating shortfalls.”
Country duo Williams Honor, comprised of Reagan Richards and Gordon Brown, hails from Asbury Park, New Jersey. Each member spent several years in Nashville writing, recording and touring with other artists until their fateful meeting at a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims in 2014. Their chemistry was undeniable and the two knew it was time to start a new venture together- and Williams Honor was born.
The New Jersey influence plays a huge part in Williams Honor's music, combining modern country sounds with Nashville country music traditions. Individually, Reagan and Gordon bring years of professional music experience to Williams Honor. Reagan's resume includes working with artists like Lisa Loeb, David Gray and Les Paul. Gordon has been on the road or working with Jessie James Deck er, Audrey Kate and Jackson Harris. As a group, Reagan and Gordon opened for Bon Jovi at Madison Square Garden in 2018.
Glenn Alexander and Oria Aspen, who are the core of Blue Americana, have a repertoire that touches all eras and genres of music — jazz standards, blues, rock, pop. Glenn’s virtuoso guitar prowess combine flawlessly with Oria’s passionate, soaring vocals and impeccable flute skills. Separately, they are both accomplished musicians. He is a respected and acclaimed guitarist who has traveled the world with some of the biggest names in music (including being a member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), while she is a talented young singer-songwriter who released her first album at the age of 17.
Singer-songwriter Joe D’Urso serves as President of the Board of the Light of Day Foundation. Joe has released 14 records since 1991 with his band Stone Caravan, including 2018's "Jersey Diner,” and recently released two records "What Would Pete Do?" with Acoustic Excursion and
a live solo show recorded in Germany called "Live From The Upstage". Joe has performed in 27 countries and with his band Stone Caravan have created a worldwide grassroots network of fans. Joe's catalog of music is released on his own label, SCR/Schoolhouse Records. Joe and Stone Caravan are currently working on their 15 release.
D'Urso remains true to an ideal inspired by the late Harry Chapin: that it is essential to help the less fortunate. In addition to his role as President of the Light of Day Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for Parkinson's disease re search, 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 hard ships.