On Saturday, January 7th, the Light of Day Philadelphia: Songwriters Up Close & Personal event was held at World Café Live in Philadelphia. The event was part of the larger Light of Day Winterfest, which has raised raised nearly $4 million to benefit the fight against Parkinson’s disease since its inception in 2000. The 2017 festival will be held from January 6th through the 16th and features over 150 music acts performing at 30 venues in the geographic area which includes New Jersey, New York and Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Below are some of the artists who performed at the Philadelphia event on January 7th.
Best known as co-founder, guitarist and vocalist for The Hooters, Bazlilian has also had a very successful career as a solo artist and composer for other artists such as Joan Osbourne and Ricky Martin. 2017 is his first time participating in Winterfest, although Bazilian did tour with Light of Day Europe in Novewmber and December
Eric Bazilian online
Another alum from the from Light of Day Europe, Jeffrey Gaines, has earned his reputation as a captivating performer through his multi-decade career. Through that career, Gaines has released several solo studio albums along with a live CD/DVD and is expected to have a new record out in early 2017.
Jeffrey Gaines online
Ben Arnold performs shows both solo and with his live band, US Rails. His sound, at differing times, been compared to acts as diverse as John Hiatt, Randy Newman, and Bruce Springsteen while his musical style incorporates elements of Motown, Stax, and The Sound of Philadelphia.
Ben Arnold online
Singer/songwriter Willie Nile is a critically acclaimed artist who has been producing music for over three decades. His folk-rock approach perfectly straddles the line between delicate folk and strong rock n’ roll.
Willie Nile online
Mutlu Onaral incorporates R&B and the fundamentals of old school soul music into his original singer/songwriter style. With much local success in the Philadelphia area, Mutlu has had the opportunity to collaborate and tour with some headlining acts.
Asbury Park, NJ
Dawg Whistle is made up of of Vini “Maddog” Lopez, the original drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, along with veteran blue-eyed soul artist Paul Whistler. Together, they perform and advance the Jersey Shore sound to audiences well beyond New Jersey.
Dawg Whistle online
Lisa Bouchelle has gained fame with her series of duets and music placed in movies and on television. She is also the host of the top-rated TV show Rock Star Kitchen, which is seen twice weekly on The Comcast Network from Philadelphia down to Virginia.