The House of Marley, 1Love and Little Kids Rock Help Raise $800,000

While the stars of the rock ‘n’ roll world shined brightly at the 2012 Right to Rock gala, an event celebrating the ten year anniversary of Little Kids Rock, it was the children who shined the brightest. The event, sponsored by the House of Marley and 1Love, saw children from schools benefited by Little Kids Rock playing in front of a packed Manhattan Center Ballroom, and rocking the house like pros.

Many fans in attendance knew how attendees Elvis Costello, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Little Steven Van Zandt could swing an axe, but the smaller performers displayed a musical prowess beyond their years. Proving why musical education is so important for children, the extremely gracious audience was in awe, contributing over $800,000 through live and silent auctions to Little Kids Rock.

Photo by Mark Jaworski

Adding to the night’s festivities, Little Steven was given the Big Man Award, in honor of his tireless work with the Little Kids Rock charity. Named in tribute to his deceased E Street Band-mate Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons, both men have been huge contributors to the Little Kids Rock cause, donating their time, money and musical knowledge. “The kids still love playing music and we still love hearing it,” Van Zandt exclaimed. “The music can’t stop and we won’t let it.”

Photo by Mark Jaworski

The House of Marley, 1Love and event co-chairs Maureen Van Zandt and E Street Band Drummer Max Weinberg brought together a group of Little Steven’s favorite musicians to close out the night with an all-star jam. Ranging from ‘60s artists like Darlene Love and Dion to younger acts like Jesse Malin, the eclectic mix of musicians lit up the stage before Little Steven’s boss Bruce Springsteen hit the stage to team with his old friend on a few songs.

Photo by Mark Jaworski

With $800,000 in donations, we’re are extremely pleased to see so many people offering their time and hard earned money to benefit musical education in schools. Little Kids Rock has already brought music to more than 85,000 students, and with this large sum of money from the gracious donators at the Right to Rock gala, so many more kids will continue to get the music education they deserve.


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