Steven Van Zandt to Host Virtual Roadshow Series to Benefit his TeachRock Education Charity Pilot “In Cleveland”
show features the legendary songwriter Neil Giraldo, and from-Ohio
celebrities Michael Stanley, Kid Leo, and Conya Doss.
Streaming Live Thursday July 16, 8pm ET
NEW YORK CITY, NY – Steven Van Zandt, a multi-platinum artist, producer, songwriter,
actor, entrepreneur, and founder of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and its
TeachRock arts integration program, will be holding a series of living-room style talks with
special musical and celebrity guests and education heroes from those cities discussing
music, education, and national issues.
The Little Steven TeachRock Roadshow premieres on Thursday July 16 th from 8-9pm ET
“in Cleveland,” and features songwriter and longtime Pat Benatar collaborator Neil Giraldo,
legendary radio DJ Kid Leo, musicians Michael Stanley and Conya Doss, as well as
Hough Reads founder Rhonda Crowder and a reunion of Little Steven and young activists
from the Columbus, OH Mosaic program. More guests are expected as well.
More stops to follow this pilot episode will be announced soon.
Proceeds from and donations to the RoadShow series will benefit TeachRock, the
nonprofit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s national K-12 curriculum initiative.
TeachRock provides teachers with no-cost interdisciplinary, arts-driven materials and
lesson plans designed to keep students engaged and in school. TeachRock lesson plans
are used by more than 30,000 registered teachers in all 50 states and offer distance
learning materials too.
To register for the Little Steven TeachRock Roadshow visit TeachRock.org/Roadshow . A
donation to TeachRock is appreciated but not required to view.
Chegg is the presenting sponsor of the TeachRock Roadshow. Additional sponsorships
and underwriting opportunities are available.
For additional information, please contact Michael-Ann Haders at
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About the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and TeachRock
Launched by Little Steven Van Zandt and the Rock and Roll Forever Founders Board of
Bono, Jackson Browne, Martin Scorsese, and Bruce Springsteen, TeachRock.org has
provided free, standards-aligned resources to help teachers, students, and families
succeed for more than a decade.
TeachRock empowers teachers and engages students by using popular music to create
interdisciplinary, culturally responsive education materials for all 21st-century classrooms.
The more than 200 lesson plans in the TeachRock curriculum foster genuine learning
through arts integration in areas including social studies, language arts, STEAM, general
music, and more. From The Beatles to Beyoncé, from early elementary to AP History, in
the classroom or safely distanced—TeachRock offers engaging and meaningful material,
all at no cost to teachers, students, and families.
To access these materials and learn more visit www.teachrock.org
About the Guests
Neil "Spyder“ James Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and
songwriter for over four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the
1980s with his collaborator, muse and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel
bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar
sound, from its inception.
His impressive back catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged
and recorded for Benatar, as well as many hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick
Springfield (Number One, Grammy-winning classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Top Ten hit “I’ve
Done Everything For You” included), Kenny Loggins (Top Twenty hit “Don’t Fight It” – also
Grammy-nominated), Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless others.
Conya Doss’s voice reflects the sounds of the past, present, as well as what is yet to
come. Ms. Doss makes it no secret that her musical taste is a mix of genres (classical,
soul, blues etc…), in which she describes good music as being “Like Gumbo, it taste better
with time, the next day and the next….” Doss also holds a graduate degree in education
and teaches in the Cleveland public school system.
Kid Leo is a famed radio personality who is currently a disc jockey on Little Steven's
Underground Garage on Sirius XM Radio (channel 21). He first began in radio in 1973 at
noted Cleveland rock station WMMS (100.7 FM, "The Buzzard"); during his 16-year
tenure, WMMS was consistently one of the highest-rated radio stations in the country. In
1988 he left to work as an executive at Columbia Records, where he served until 2002.
Since 2004, Travagliante has been involved with Underground Garage. He also currently
operates his own consultancy, LJT Entertainment.
Michael Stanley is a singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Both as a solo
artist and with the Michael Stanley Band (MSB), his brand of heartland rock has been a
staple of Cleveland, Ohio, and around the American Midwest since the 1970s.
Steven Van Zandt is a Musician, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Music Producer, Music
Supervisor, TV Producer, Actor, Director, Broadway Producer, TV and Film Composer,
Live Event Producer, International DJ, Activist, Historian, Teacher, member of the New
Jersey Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is recognized internationally as one
of the world’s foremost authorities on both Contemporary and Traditional Rock and Roll.
After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the Asbury Jukes he became a
founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and went on to become a
successful solo artist in his own right recording and performing solo with his band Little
Steven and the Disciples of Soul. In 2017 he released his first new album in over 15 years
returning to his Rhythm and Blues roots entitled “Soulfire” which Rolling Stone named one
of its “Best Albums of 2017.” In 2018 he released the “Soulfire LIVE CD / Vinyl box sets,
and 2 disc Blu-Ray recorded live during the “Soulfire Tour.”
This year Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul have released “Summer of Sorcery” his
first album of all original material in 20 years.
His songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy
Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian
Setzer, Black Uhuru, and more.
Steven Co-Produced the seminal Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band albums “The
River”, and “Born in the U.S.A.” He has also produced albums for Southside Johnny and
the Asbury Jukes, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Demolition 23, Majek Fashek, and
more. He Arranged and Produced “Introducing Darlene Love”, the critically acclaimed
album for the legendary Darlene Love, star of the Oscar winning documentary "Twenty
Feet From Stardom".
In 1985, Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid and wrote “Sun City,” a song
featuring over 50 major recording artists protesting the Apartheid system and considered
by many political experts to be one of the fatal blows to Apartheid, leading to Nelson
Mandela being freed only a few years later. He has twice been honored by the United
Nations for his political activism, including the “Sun City” project and film, and his
involvement in “International Peace Day” along with Peter Gabriel. He also established the
Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and to foster
economic development in harmony with the earth.
Steven Co-Starred in all seven seasons of the Sopranos, playing the principal character
"Silvio Dante,” a character that he created. He Starred in, Co-Wrote, Executive Produced,
provided the music supervision and scoring, and Directed (the final episode) for the award
winning series "Lilyhammer”, which was the FIRST original programming for Netflix.
In 2001 he launched “Little Steven’s Underground Garage”, his internationally syndicated
radio show and the most successful syndicated Rock music radio show in the past 40
years. Steven also created and continues to produce the first two channels of original
content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw
Country (Channel 60). In 2006 he launched his record label, Wicked Cool Records, to
further support new Rock and Roll.
In 2018 Little Steven and the Disciples of Tour went back on the road with their “Soulfire
Teacher Solidarity Tour.” The landmark live tour benefited The Rock and Roll Forever
Foundation’s TeachRock program and reached the incredible goal of registering over
18,000 teachers (and counting) to use the TeachRock Music History Curriculum.
Established by Dr. Van Zandt (he gave the commencement speech to the Class of 2017
and received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rutgers University), the Foundation
creates education materials that use the history of popular music to create engaging,
multicultural lesson plans for history, social studies, language arts, music, and science
classrooms, all of which are available to educators at NO COST.
It marked the first-ever Rock tour specifically geared towards addressing this crucial
societal need. At each stop of the tour, The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation hosted
FREE TeachRock Professional Development Workshops, with educators and a guest who
attend also receiving a complimentary ticket to that evening’s concert.
“Music will forever be humanity’s most effective and consistent source of inspiration and
motivation, and, we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for
establishing communication between teachers and students which is where education
begins.” - Stevie Van Zandt
LITTLE STEVEN: ACTIVISM
- In 1985, forms Artists United Against Apartheid and wrote “Sun City,” an anthemic
Rock/Hip Hop/R&B song protesting the Apartheid system symbolized by the South African
resort, Sun City. Over 50 artists including Gil Scott-Heron, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Bono,
Keith Richards, Run DMC, and Miles Davis, performed on the track which spawned a
conscious raising album of the same name. It was described by rock critic Dave Marsh as
"the most diverse line up of popular musicians ever assembled for a single session.”
As one of the first collaborations among major recording stars to support a political, rather
than a social cause, it is considered by most political experts to be a fatal blow to
Apartheid, leading to Nelson Mandela being freed only a few years later.
-Produces "Sun City: The Making of Sun City" which won the prestigious International
Documentary Association award for "Distinguished Documentary Achievement”.
-Twice honored by the United Nations for the “Sun City” project and film, and his
involvement with “International Peace Day” along with Peter Gabriel.
-In 1983 establishes the Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous
peoples and to foster economic development in harmony with the earth.
-Releases the single and video "Leonard Peltier" to raise awareness and try to free Native
American activist Leonard Peltier 1989
- Releases the single “Trail of Broken Treaties” to raise awareness about the U.S
governments continuing breaking of treaties made with Native Americans
- Releases “Native American” the subject of which was living in harmony with the earth and
the universality of Native American philosophy
- Solidarity Foundation pressures the Quebec government to cancel the Grande-Baleine
hydroelectric project due to its environmental impact and social impact on First Nations
- Solidarity Foundation publishes magazine "Native Nations" that deals exclusively with
Native American rights 1997
- Solidarity Foundation creates "The Language Project" documenting Native American
- Solidarity Foundation creates the "Encyclopedia of the American Indian in the Twentieth
Century" a comprehensive overview of Native American culture through profiles of key
individuals, organizations, government policies, and events that have defined Native
history since 1900. 2015
- Performs at the “No Nukes” concert in New York City
- Performs at the “Vietnam Veterans of America” concert
- Produces and performs at “LaBamba's Christmas Show for the Benefit of Missing
- Performs at the “Anti-Apartheid” concert in Central Park
- Performs in New Jersey for Passaic Fire Victims
- Performs at the “Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope” concert
- Performs at Hurricane Irene concert; a benefit in Tokyo for the University for Peace
- Performs at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium.
- Co-writes “Maria” a song about Mexican migrant workers in Texas for Brian Setzer
- Co-writes “You Don't Have to Cry”, about the gasoline riots in Jamaica, for Jimmy Cliff for
the soundtrack of the Jonathan Demme film, “Something Wild”
- Releases “Solidarity” single for the union movement in Poland
- Releases “Vote!”, a thematic 12" single for the 1984 Presidential Election