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.”