Events

Big Kids Rock Chicago, 2017

On the heels of the major announcement that Chicago Public Schools is adopting Modern Band programming in 85% of it's music classes in the next five years, Big Kids Rock Chicago certainly hit a high note for the city. Nearly $100,000 was raised at the third annual Chicago-based benefit through ticket sales, donations, and a live auction that included items like a personalized, private dinner from Eddie V’s, Cubs vs. Yankees field level tickets and access to batting practice with Ryan Dempster, and an autographed guitar, amplifier, and meet-and-greet with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and club owner, Buddy Guy! 

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2016 Little Kids Rock Benefit, Honored Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6, 2016 Rock and roll royalty filled the majestic Capitale Wednesday night as the national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock, hosted its eighth annual benefit in Lower Manhattan to support public school students and music teachers with donated instruments, curricular resources, and training. The sold-out event featured performances from musical greats led by Musical Director Will Lee and generated over one million dollars in donations.

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Spring Jam NYC 2016

 On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Stolar, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and Little Kids Rock Students welcomed warmer weather with some fresh music! Little Kids Rock's at its second annual Spring Jam, a rockin’ evening with live music, networking and the opportunity to make a difference, was held at The Cutting Room in New York City. 

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Big Kids Rock Chicago, 2016

Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit with the mission to revitalize music programs in public schools across the US, hosted its second annual Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago on Wednesday, March 2.

With support from many in the Chicago area community, including former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster who participated in the live auction, the charity raised nearly $100,000, which will provide free instrumental music lessons for up to 4,000 children in under-served Chicago public schools, where Little Kids Rock currently provides free instruments and music education resources, curricula and training for nearly 27,000 students in 115 Chicago area schools, teaching kids to play the popular musical styles that they know and love.

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Little Kids Rock Benefit, NYC, 2015

Our seventh annual benefit concert, hosted by Maureen Van Zandt, at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom, was a tremendous success. The event generated over one million dollars in donations to help support students and music teachers in public schools with donated instruments, curricular resources and training. Honored guests and performers included Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Paul Shaffer, Darlene Love Marc Cohn and David Letterman and others also appeared as part of the star-studded night.

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Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands, NYC, 2015

Little Kids Rock held its third annual Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Thursday, June 18. The back to back reigning champs, The London Wail, took home the title once again.  We also had a special performance from some local Little Kids Rock students as well as Guns 'N' Roses Guitarist, Bumblefoot!

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Family Jam, San Francisco, 2015

Little Kids Rock's Family Jam Benefit at Facebook headquarters was an incredible success! Hundreds of our closest friends came out with their families to enjoy Facebook's amazing campus, delicious food, and a lot of fun. The stage was rocking all day with inspiring performances from three of Little Kids Rock's Bay Area student bands as well as Oracle's band Scope Creep, LinkedIn's band, Next Play, and our pals Coverflow who brought the energy to new heights in their third annual performance! Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers accepted the Livin' The Dream Award, an honor given annually in memory of the late Facebook head chef, Josef Desimone. To celebrate, Chad hopped behind the drumset and rocked out with our students!

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Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands, Chicago, 2015

Little Kids Rock brought its annual Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser to the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago after successful events in both New York and San Francisco. Big Kids Rock is a battle of the bands-style event, which showcases three bands that feature prominent business leaders, and one student band, all of whom will perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges. The event was a huge success and will help expand music education programs in Chicago area schools.

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Little Kids Rock Benefit, NYC, 2014

Little Kids Rock hosted its sixth annual benefit at the Hammerstein Ballroom at The Manhattan Center, and it generated over one million dollars in donations to help support students and music teachers in public schools with donated instruments, curricular resources and training. Honored guests and performers included Joan Jett, Jake Clemons, Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Kathleen Hanna with Ad-Rock, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Mike Ness, Jesse Malin and Brody Dalle.

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Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands, SF, 2014

Little Kids Rock hosted its first annual Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall.  Big Kids Rock is a battle of the bands-style event, which showcased five bands that feature prominent business leaders, and one student band, all of whom performed in front of a panel of judges. The event raised more than raised more than $70,000 to expand music education programs in Bay Area public schools.

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