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National Nonprofit Little Kids Rock Hosts Annual Battle of The Bands Fundraiser at Hard Rock Café Chicago

Prominent business leaders will battle it out to raise money to revitalize music education in under-served public schools in Chicago.

Chicago, IL – Jan. 12, 2016 – Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit with the mission to revitalize music programs in public schools across the US, will host the annual Chicago Big Kids Rock! Battle of the Bands fundraiser at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago on Wednesday, March 2. This year’s fundraising goal is $85,000, which will provide free instrumental music lessons for up to 2,800 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. This benefit event has been held annually in New York City, San Francisco and Chicago and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore and revitalize music programs within each city’s public schools. This year’s bands include Uncle Jam, Square Feets and Deep Cool Jam. “Uncle Jam is pumped to be part of this year’s Big Kids Rock event supporting Little Kids Rock,” says Dave Petersen, Guitarist from Uncle Jam.

WHO: Three adult bands battling for the Big Kids Rock trophy, along with performances by local Chicago Public School students who participate in Little Kids Rock’s free music program. The show is open to all ages.

WHAT: Little Kids Rock’s annual Big Kids Rock Battle of the Bands fundraiser. There will be appetizers, live music and a raffle for some great prizes!

WHERE: Hard Rock Café – 63 W. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (6:30pm – 10:30pm)

TICKETS and INFO: www.littlekidsrock.org/bigkidsrockchi

Media are invited to attend and film. Please contact keith@littlekidsrock.org

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to unlocking children’s inner music makers by revitalizing music education in public schools. The organization partners with school districts to train public school teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum and donates all of the accompanying instruments and resources necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. Little Kids Rock started as a schoolteacher’s vision to give his students access to music education while diminishing budgets for the arts made that more and more difficult to do. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that is bringing free, weekly music lessons to more than 200,000 public school children due to the efforts of more than 1,500 teachers in 29 cities nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served over 400,000 students.