Light of Day WinterFest 23

The Weeklings

Billy Walton Band, Ben Arnold

Saturday, January 07, 2023
Doors: 6pm | Show: 7pm

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THE WEEKLINGS
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The Weeklings: Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, John Merjave & Joe Bellia (JEM recording artists) – America’s most unique celebration of the music and muse of THE BEATLES, features former members of Styx, Dave Mason, the original Beatlemania on Broadway, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia,  Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s Jukebox  and BeatleFest house band Liverpool. The band performs and records explosive renditions of  The Beatles album and Top 40 classics, uniquely arranged nuggets such as “Paperback Writer”, “Baby You’re a Rich Man” and “I Am the Walrus”, 60’s classic remakes like The Easybeats 1966 garage rock hit  “Friday On My Mind” featuring Peter Noone of Herman Hermit’s fame on lead vocals plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like “Little Elvis”, “In the Moment” and “3” the title track from their latest album chosen the #1 Coolest Song in the World 2020 on Sirius/XM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage. THE WEEKLINGS bring their music to life through their extraordinary energy and musicianship, exceptional vocals, and charming stage presence.

Billy Walton Band
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Billy Walton is an accomplished guitar master from the vibrant New Jersey Shore music scene. He earned his stripes in the rock & roll trenches, playing lead guitar for many years with Jersey icon, Southside Johnny. He has also shared the stage with music legends; Little Steven, Gary US Bonds and Steven Tyler, to name a few. The Billy Walton Band grew out of this rich musical heritage, and found its groove when Billy connected with bassist William Paris. With the addition of Tom Petraccaro on sax, Eric Safka on Hammond B3, Bruce Krywinski Jr on trumpet, and Shane Luckenbough; the band has truly hit its stride. More recently, the arrival of vocalist extraordinaire Destinee Monroe has brought the band to a whole new level.

Ben Arnold
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Glen Burtnik is a platinum/gold record awarded singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work with Styx, Electric Light Orchestra and John Waite. Burtnik appeared in the Broadway production of Beatlemania as Paul McCartney, and continues his love of The Beatles playing a variety of national tribute festivals. Bob Burger is a gold record awarded singer/songwriter who shares a lifelong Beatles influence, and who has performed with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Southside Johnny and many others. John Merjave is a longstanding member of the “BeatleFest” house band and other national shows performing with Billy Preston, Donovan, Denny Laine and many others. Joe Bellia is a master of the “Ringo” drumming style, and is a highly sought studio/live drummer having performed with such greats as Dave Mason, Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen and many more.
The Weeklings: Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, John Merjave & Joe Bellia (JEM recording artists) - America’s most unique celebration of the music and muse of THE BEATLES, features former members of Styx, Dave Mason, the original Beatlemania on Broadway, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia,  Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s Jukebox  and BeatleFest house band Liverpool. The band performs and records explosive renditions of  The Beatles album and Top 40 classics, uniquely arranged nuggets such as "Paperback Writer", "Baby You're a Rich Man” and “I Am the Walrus”, 60’s classic remakes like The Easybeats 1966 garage rock hit  “Friday On My Mind” featuring Peter Noone of Herman Hermit's fame on lead vocals plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like “Little Elvis”, "In the Moment" and "3" the title track from their latest album chosen the #1 Coolest Song in the World 2020 on Sirius/XM's Little Steven's Underground Garage. THE WEEKLINGS bring their music to life through their extraordinary energy and musicianship, exceptional vocals, and charming stage presence.
Billy Walton is an accomplished guitar master from the vibrant New Jersey Shore music scene. He earned his stripes in the rock & roll trenches, playing lead guitar for many years with Jersey icon, Southside Johnny. He has also shared the stage with music legends; Little Steven, Gary US Bonds and Steven Tyler, to name a few. The Billy Walton Band grew out of this rich musical heritage, and found its groove when Billy connected with bassist William Paris. With the addition of Tom Petraccaro on sax, Eric Safka on Hammond B3, Bruce Krywinski Jr on trumpet, and Shane Luckenbough; the band has truly hit its stride. More recently, the arrival of vocalist extraordinaire Destinee Monroe has brought the band to a whole new level.
Ben Arnold is reintroducing himself. A songwriter, musician, performer and producer, he remains longtime fixture on the Philadelphia musical landscape. He has toured regularly throughout the country as well as Europe for the better part of the last 25 years. Originally signed to Columbia Records in the 90's, Ben has since released countless label supported and independent records over the decades. Always down for the challenge of re-invention and experimentation, you will see him constantly visiting far-flung points on the musical map. He has for many years been involved in collaborative projects such as 4 Way Street (Sanctuary/BMG), US Rails (Blue Rose/Europe) who will be touring extensively throughout Europe in spring 2023 in support of their new record “Live For Another Day”, the Los Angeles based indie rock band Pistol For Ringo which is also releasing a new record this year “Audio Surrender” in tandem with a major film release (“Rumination”) as well as continuing to support David Uosikinnen's In The Pocket: Essential Songs Of Philadelphia. His constant output of new material is a testament to the continual growth of his creative muscles as well as a product of the many worlds in which Ben Arnold operates. His most recent releases "Lost Keys” and “Sunday Morning Meltdown” explore the feel, culture and politics of American music of the 60s-70s thru the lens of the questions of the here and now. He has also just released a full band live show titled “Go Play In The Backyard!” With a crusty, curmudgeonly, but loving take on the world around, Ben Arnold continues to reveal more of himself with every record and live performance. Always a different day, another mood and another view on the human condition. This is not an artist who has simply paid his dues. Ben Arnold is compelled to doing what he does, and does so with one of the most unique, if little known voices in music today.