Events

Little Kids Rock Benefit, NYC, 2014

The annual Little Kids Rock Benefit is the nation’s premier annual benefit event supporting music education in public schools. This year, Steven Van Zandt produces another epic musical performance in honor of iconic rocker Joan Jett! Presented by Guitar Center and hosted by the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center, this year's benefit promises to inspire. The event has been Little Kids Rock’s largest fundraising event each year since 2009. That year, Clarence Clemons was honored for his devotion to helping Little Kids Rock build a world, via music, where children can lead rich, purposeful lives. Since then, millions of dollars have been raised, dozens of musical luminaries have come out to support, and hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren have received the transformational gift of music education. With your support and attendance, you have the opportunity to become a critical part of our mission to give every child the right to rock!

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

Little Kids Rock hosted its second annual Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser in New York City, and the event was so successful that they'll be hosting another one in the San Francisco Bay Area! Big Kids Rock is a battle of the bands-style event showcasing five bands that feature prominent business leaders, and one student band, all of whom will perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges to raise $150,000+ to help Little Kids Rock serve 7,000 Bay Area youth, giving them the access to the transformational gift of music education.

WHEN: Tuesday September 16, 2014 (7:00 – 11 pm)

WHERE: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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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