Steven Van Zandt to Receive the Big Man of the Year Award From Little Kids Rock

Steven Van Zandt has been selected to receive the Big Man of the Year award from the Little Kid's Rock organization. The award is named after the late Clarence Clemons of the E-Street Band and is presented by the non-profit organization that transform's children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in public schools.

The award will be given at the 10th Anniversary Right to Rock Celebration sponsored by the House of Marley and 1Love on October 18 at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom in New York. Van Zandt's wife Maureen and E-Street Band drummer Max Weinberg are co-chairs of the event.

The show will include Van Zandt performing with such musical luminaries as Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, NYC Hit Squad and more surprise guests expected to attend.

"Putting instruments in [children's] hands is empowering," Van Zandt said after personally delivering guitars to Little Kids Rock students in the Bronx last year. "We're the only country in the world that thinks that art is a luxury. It's not a luxury; it's a necessity of life."

"It is a privilege to honor Steven Van Zandt," said David Wish, Little Kids Rock's Founder and Executive Director. "To do so with the company of the E Street Band friends and family is just thrilling." Wish added, "Steven Van Zandt is a great artist, philanthropist and humanitarian who has provided tremendous support for Little Kids Rock students and for many people around the world. No wonder so many other artists are coming out and paying tribute to him."

A key part of the evening will be the live and silent auctions (opening online in the weeks leading up to the event and concluding live at the October 16th event) featuring hard-to-find treasures like a keyboard signed by Lady Gaga, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (with Jake Clemons making the piece a "first of a kind"), a tour of NFL Films and the set of Inside the NFL with Phil Simms, a custom guitar featuring Bob Marley hand painted by famed tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, an exclusive dinner with Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, a 5-night stay at one of the Hard Rock All-Inclusive Collection Resorts and much more. The funds raised by this once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza and unique auction will help Little Kids Rock bring the gift of music education to disadvantaged youth across the United States. The funds from this event and auction will enable Little Kids Rock to bring free lessons and instruments to over 100,000 disadvantaged public school students in 12 states.

Previous honorees are Lady Gaga and Clarence Clemons.

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