This year’s Little Kids Rock Benefit concert has just added a few more artists to an already packed bill.
The event, which will pay tribute to Joan Jett, recently announced that Cheap Trick, Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Kathleen Hanna featuring Ad-Rock as additions to their list of performers (Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Glen Hansard were already on the bill).
Besides Jett, Jake Clemons will also be honored at the event. Clemons, nephew of the late E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons, is a singer/songwriter who is also now part of E Street’s horn section.
Ad-Rock, aka Adam Horovitz, has not performed often in the years since his bandmate Adam Yauch’s passing in 2012, ending the career of their group, Beastie Boys.
Little Kids Rock is an organization dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. Per their press release announcing the event, the gala “will honor Joan Jett as the ‘Rocker of the Year’ for the impact that her career, influence, and music have had on the charity’s ‘Modern Band’ music program, which equips public school music teachers with the instruments, training, and curricular resources they need to teach popular musical styles that kids know and love, like rock, hip hop, country, blues and funk.”
The event is produced by Little Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen; Steven often serves as musical director.
Last year’s gala honored Darlene Love and featured performances by Elvis Costello, Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers and Beach Boy Brian Wilson. In 2012, Van Zandt was honored via performances by Love, Costello, Tom Morello and a not-too-surprising “surprise” performance by Bruce Springsteen.
Learn more about Little Kids Rock, and get ticket info for the event, at the organization’s website: www.littlekidsrock.org/2014benefit
The concert takes place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 23.