A legend of the comedy world will salute an icon of the music realm this fall when Tracy Morgan presents Smokey Robinson with the “Rocker of the Year” honor at the eighth annual Little Kids Rock benefit on Oct. 5 in Manhattan.
For Morgan, Robinson’s music goes back to the very beginning. The Saturday Night Live/30 Rock alum once informed reporters that his mother told him he was conceived while a Smokey Robinson song played on the radio.
Sam Moore of legendary soul duo Sam & Dave is scheduled to perform, as well as Nathan Sykes, Paul Shaffer and the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit School of Rock.
Kenny Loggins will also be honored as “Humanitarian of the Year” at the 8th annual Little Kids Rock event on Oct. 5 for his long-running commitment to children’s causes.
Another long-running comedian, Tom Papa, will emcee the benefit/concert/auction. All the proceeds from the evening help Little Kids Rock bring instruments and free lessons to more than 250,000 disadvantaged public school kids in 30 cities.
Last year’s benefit — featuring performances from Rocker of the Year Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Paul Shaffer, Jake Clemons, Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado (duetting with kids’ a cappella group Sharkapella) and special guest David Letterman — helped raise more than $1 million for underfunded public school kids.
Limited tables and individual tickets are available at various sponsorship levels. Reserve your seats here or call 973-746-8248.