Musician Tony Pallagrosi Keeps Light of Day Winterfest Concerts on Track

ASBURY PARK, NJ (SBN)—For the 19th year, the Light of Day Foundation will present “Light of Day Winterfest 2019,” a 10-day music festival (Jan. 11-21, 2019), to raise money and awareness for research hoping to defeat Parkinson’s disease and related neurological illnesses “through the awesome power of music,” according to LOD Foundation executive director Tony Pallagrosi.

The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from those diseases, their families and their caregivers, to help improve their quality of life.

Pallagrosi, a trumpeter who once played with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, has gone on to a musical career that includes promoting concerts worldwide.

Pallagrosi visited the SBN studios in December to chat about the Light of Day Foundation and the Winterfest concerts.

Tony Pallagrosi, left, and Carlo Novi, toasting the announcement of their new group, "The Main Street Shots," in June 1977 in Asbury Park, NJ. (Steve Lubetkin photo/Asbury Park Press)

Tony Pallagrosi, left, and Carlo Novi, toasting the announcement of their new group, “The Main Street Shots,” in June 1977 in Asbury Park, NJ. (Steve Lubetkin photo/Asbury Park Press)

It was a reunion of sorts: In 1977, when Pallagrosi and musician Carlo Novi were leaving the Asbury Jukes to start a new band called “The Shots,” they approached SBN correspondent Steve Lubetkin, then a music writer for the Asbury Park Press, to break the story. You can download a PDF with the original interview from the Asbury Park Press at the link below.

Asbury Park Press – Main Street Shots 1977-06-28.

Listen to the interview with Pallagrosi and music publicist Randy Alexander in the podcast player below.


In 2018, Light of Day WinterFest raised enough money to catapult its 18-year cumulative total past the $5 million mark. Light of Day WinterFest 2019 is expected to push the 19-year total past $5.5 million. The festival has gained international notoriety for surprise performances by Bruce Springsteen in 11 of its 18 years, including his most recent appearance, in 2015.



UPDATED 12/30/2018

Fabrizio Fontanelli of the band Mardi Gras contacted SBN after this podcast was released, and told us about the song “One Guitar,” written by Willie Nile and recorded by Mardi Gras. Proceeds from sales of recordings go to the Light of Day Foundation. You can hear the song in the player below.

You can purchase the recording here.

More information about the Foundation and the concert schedule are available on the Light of Day Foundation website.


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Steve Lubetkin is the news director for Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. In May 2019, he began anchoring and reporting for the new weekly podcast, "The CRE News Hour," a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry. From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta. He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced audio podcasts on CRE topics for the NAR Commercial Division and the CCIM Institute. Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies. Steve also reports on-camera and covers conferences for, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC. Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996. Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional. You can email Steve at