Events

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

Sam Moore, Tracy Morgan, Tom Papa, Paul Shaffer, Nathan Sykes, and the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Broadway musical, School of Rock – The Musical are joining the nonprofit organization, Little Kids Rock to honor Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins at the 8th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit, presented by The Hot Topic Foundation. The sold out event, produced by Mark Krantz and Michael Matuza, is set to light up the stage at New York City’s Capitale (130 Bowery) on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30 pm.  Hosted by comedian, Tom Papa, the evening will feature several musical performances led by Musical Director, Will Lee. All proceeds will benefit Little Kids Rock’s work of restoring, expanding and innovating music education in economically challenged public schools across the country through teacher trainings, instrument donations, and offering curricula rooted in popular music.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5

WHERE:  CAPITALE (130 Bowery, NYC)

TICKETS and SPONSORSHIPS
Spring Jam NYC 2016

Join Little Kids Rock at its second anual Spring Jam, a rockin’ evening with live music, networking and the opportunity to make a difference! Together, we can help kids unlock their inner music makers and build a world where kids live rich, purposeful lives.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6:30pm

WHERE: The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10010

LIVE MUSIC LINEUP: Stolar, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Little Kids Rock Students

READ MORE
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.

READ MORE
Little Kids Rock Benefit, NYC, 2015

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.

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!

READ MORE
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!

Photos and Video
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.

READ MORE
Little Kids Rock Benefit, NYC, 2014

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.

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.

READ MORE
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.

READ MORE