With music education waning in the public school system, the House of Marley and 1Love.org have teamed up with Little Kids Rock to bring the instruments back to music classrooms. In celebration of a musical icon who has been working toward the same goal, the House of Marley, 1Love and Little Kids Rock will be presenting Steven Van Zandt with the “Big Man of the Year Award” at this year’s Right to Rock Celebration on October 16.
Past honorees of the Little Kids Rock “Big Man of the Year Award” include Lady Gaga and Steven Van Zandt’s fellow E Street Band member, Clarence Clemmons, who the award was named after following his untimely passing in 2011.
As for this year’s award winner, “Little” Steven Van Zandt has been an avid philanthropist, radio show host and Bruce Springsteen’s right-hand man in the E Street Band for four decades now. His involvement with Little Kids Rock has helped the charity bring free music lessons and instruments to over 100,000 school children from all over the United States.
In addition to honoring Little Steven, the event will also function as a live and silent auction with proceeds going to Little Kids Rock. Offering up incredible collectible items including a custom guitar featuring Bob Marley painted by Mister Cartoon, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, a keyboard signed by Lady Gaga, and so much more. The House of Marley, 1Love and Little Kids Rock are hoping to pull some big funds in to help further develop the public school system’s take on music education.
Taking place at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom on October 16, the House of Marley and 1Love.org sponsored Right to Rock Celebration will also include a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza featuring Van Zandt’s accomplished music friends. Performers including Elvis Costello, Tom Morello, Dion, Darlene Love and many members of the E Street Band will take to the stage to salute Van Zandt and Little Kids Rock commitment to sharing the power of music with children around the world.
Whether you can or can’t attend the Right to Rock Celebration in person, join the House of Marley and Little Kids Rock in the fight to put music back into our schools. Helping can be as simple as monetary donations, offering up your time or even giving up used music equipment. If you’re in New York on October 16, check out the Right to Rock Celebration and join the House of Marley in honoring one of the most active members of the music education movement: Steven Van Zandt.