OCEAN Grove joined the international Light of Day family on Saturday night – rocking against Parkinson’s Disease and raising more than $4600 during a sell-out show.
A smouldering line up of musicians – all donating their time for the cause – belted out more than five hours of solid music to an intimate audience of 100.
The New Jersey–based Light of Day Foundation has been running shows for 15 years in the USA, Canada and Europe. Saturday’s Light of Day Australia show at the Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill was the first event Down Under.
Half of the proceeds will go the Light of Day Foundation and the global fight against Parkinson’s and the other half will go to Parkinson’s Victoria towards its support, advocacy and research programs.
During the evening, organisers Richard Grimmett and Alan Barber hoped to raised awareness and build on the event for future years.
“It was a great success,” said Richard.
“All the acts just melded together to create one memorable moment, a milestone really to bring the Light of Day Foundation that has grown out of Asbury Park, New Jersey, and gone to the UK and Canada. For us to be able to bring it here in Australia is amazing.
“I think the feeling in the room was that they were experiencing something special and this is the foundation for successful future Light of Day and Parkinson’s Victoria events.”
The event was opened by the great Nick Barker who played a mixture of his old, new and cover songs – including a memorable duet of the Stones’ Dead Flowers with Rebecca Barnard.
Rebecca then took to the stage and charmed the audience with her song, acoustic and down to earth humour.
The next set saw Jackie Marshall rock onto the stage with her band – upbeat momentum maintained by the all-star Pirates of Beer – featuring Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson and Tim Neal and the band.
Marshall Okell and stomp box added grunge to the rock and roll show – providing a perfect segue to the Bash Big Band – taking up a quarter of the venue with their musicians it was more like a street party than a concert.
Alan added his thanks to the wide range of artists and suppliers who helped out or gave their time and services to make the event a success.
The organisers hope to make an announcement on another type of event shortly as well as making plans to build on this event and make 2015 even bigger.