Smokey Robinson to be Honored at 8th Annual Little Kids Rock Benefit: Exclusive

Smokey Robinson
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Smokey Robinson

When the annual Little Kids Rock benefit hits New York City this fall, one of music's most prolific, influential singer-songwriters will be on hand to spearhead fundraising for the nonprofit's efforts to help low-income public school districts expand their tragically underfunded music programs.

The Little Kids Rock 2016 "Rocker of the Year" is Smokey Robinson, the man who changed the shape of R&B, rock and pop as the leader of the Miracles, as a solo performer and as a songwriter for other hitmakers. Robinson's music and influence will be honored at the benefit concert/dinner/auction on Oct. 5, 2016 at Capitale in Manhattan (130 Bowery). Previous honorees include Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Lady Gaga, Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, Darlene Love, Paul Shaffer, Jake Clemons and Bernie Williams.

“Music is a gift and I believe that every child should have access to it,” says Robinson. “I’m honored to be able to join Little Kids Rock in furthering its mission.”

"We are so excited about the prospect of honoring such an iconic songwriter and musician," says David Wish, CEO and Founder of Little Kids Rock. "It is our mission to help kids unlock their inner music makers and there are few, if any, in the music industry who can inspire this more than Smokey Robinson."

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Paul Shaffer will return to the stage to head the organization's star-studded musical roster, which in the past has included luminaries like Bruce Springsteen, Billie Joe Armstrong, Brian Wilson, Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Kathleen Hanna and more.

Last year, Miller, Nash, Shaffer, Clemons, Pentatonix's Kirstin Maldonado (duetting with kids' a cappella group Sharkapella) and special guest David Letterman all performed and helped raise more than $1 million for underfunded public school kids. Aside from ticket prices, the event also raises money via auctions of items (signed guitars, memorabilia, etc.) and opportunities, such as dinner with a music luminary or the chance to play on stage with a legendary musician.

All the proceeds help Little Kids Rock bring instruments and free lessons to more than 250,000 disadvantaged public school kids in 30 cities.

Limited tables and individual tickets are available at various sponsorship levels. Reserve your seats here or call 973-746-8248.