Events

Big Kids Rock: Battle of the Bands, NYC, 2014

Little Kids Rock hosted its second annual Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square on Thursday, June 12. More than $92,500 was raised through ticket sales, raffles, and a “sponsor-a-school” donation portion of the program. The reigning champs The London Wail, defended their title against Zero Recall and Big House Groove and took home the trophy once again. A special performance by students enrolled in Little Kids Rock’s free music program at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens inspired the crowd into a giving frenzy, helping expand music programming in schools through the city.

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Right to Rock Benefit, NYC, 2013

The 2013 Right To Rock Benefit was an incredible success for Little Kids Rock students and soon-to-be Little Kids Rock students all across the nation!"Big Man of the Year" Darlene Love gave awesome performance after awesome performance, joined by special guests including Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Paul Shaffer, Steven Van Zandt, Bill Medley, Jake Clemons and a backing band that rocked Cipriani Wall Street! Our kids performed their original music, and helped honor Darlene and Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. Lots of supporters were in attendance and were treated to some first class music... so they treated our kids to some first class treatment! Over $800,000 was raised to help transform music education for thousands of children over the next school year.

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Rockin' the Bay Benefit, Menlo Park, CA, 2013

Little Kids Rock held it's second annual "Rockin' The Bay Benefit" at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA, but this year was extra special. In memory of Facebook's executive chef Josef Desimone, who spearheaded this event last year, Little Kids Rock presented the Livin The Dream Award to Metallica frontman James Hetfield! The event, which featured performances by Moonalice, Coverflow, and a star-studded rendition of Enter Sandman by Hetfield, Guitar Hero's Marcus Henderson, famed drummer Jeff Campitelli, Little Kids Rock board member Tim Chang and local students, raised more than $225,000 to restore and revitalize music education programs in Bay Area public schools.

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Big Kids Rock: Battle of the Bands, NYC, 2013

On July 23, 2013, lots of "big kids"from some major corporations plugged in their instruments and rocked the Cutting Room in NYC to raise money to support Little Kids Rock. The nearly 500 supporters who packed the room helped raise more than $30,000 for Little Kids Rock to restore and revitalize music education programs in underfunded public schools. The 5th grade Little Kids Rock class from Mott Hall Community School in the Bronx opened the night with a lively set, followed by performances by The Regressions, Fifth of Bourbon, and the victors, London Wail.

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Right to Rock Benefit, NYC, 2012
The fourth annual Right to Rock Benefit commemorated Little Kids Rock's 10th anniversary of bringing music education into the lives of disadvantaged children. This year's Big Man of the Year honoree was none other than Clarence's bandmate and friend, Steven Van Zandt! The award was presented by a surprise E Street Band guest - Bruce Springsteen. An epic lineup of musicians came out to celebrate Little Kids Rock and honor the Big Man of the Year, including our own students, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dion, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary US Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, the Midtown Men and NYC Hit Squad. READ MORE
SF Bay Area 10th Anniversary Benefit, Menlo Park, CA, 2012
The inaugural SF Bay Area Benefit event commemorated Little Kids Rock's 10th anniversary of bringing music education into the lives of disadvantaged children since forming in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. The event was hosted at Facebook's brand new headquarters in Menlo Park, CA and featured performances by our students, Sammy Hagar, Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) and Coverflow. READ MORE
Right to Rock Benefit, NYC, 2011
The third annual Right to Rock Benefit was extra special because it was the first one after Clarence Clemons passed away. In proper fashion, his bandmate Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen hosted the event, and Clemons' wife Victoria presented the "Big Man of the Year Award" to Lady Gaga. Clemons' nephew and current sax player for the E Street Band, Jake Clemons, performed with Little Kids Rock students, as did Van Zandt, Billy Squier and Matt Whtie. READ MORE
Right to Rock Benefit, NYC, 2010
The second annual Right to Rock Benefit featured performances by former New York Yankees icon and Grammy-nominated guitarist, Bernie Williams, who also accepted the "Big Man of the Year Award", Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen, Vanilla Fudge, and Little Kids Rock students. A custom, celebrity painted guitar auction also helped make the second Right to Rock a great success. READ MORE
Right to Rock Benefit, NYC, 2009
The inaugural Right to Rock Benefit, held at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan, featured the late Clarence Clemons, legendary saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Clemons performed with Little Kids Rock students and was awarded the first annual "Big Man of the Year Award." The gala and auction were a tremendous success. READ MORE