E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt offers free concert, workshop to Louisville teachers

Steven Van Zandt is stopping at Mercury Ballroom on Monday, Nov. 12, and teachers get in free. | Courtesy of Steven Van Zandt

This is way better than an apple.

Steven Van Zandt, a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is making a pit stop in Louisville on Monday, Nov. 12, with his TeachRock initiative geared at area teachers. While the concert that night at Mercury Ballroom is open to everyone, teachers will receive free tickets to the show, as well as an hour-long workshop the day before that counts as continuing education hours.

Van Zandt started TeachRock 10 years ago after learning about rising drop-out rates in American schools. The project brings educational materials — from lesson plans to multimedia tools — to teachers throughout the country during his tour with his band the Disciples of Soul.

The free workshop before the show will take place in the Crosley Cruiser. | Courtesy of Crosley

So far, he’s connected with more than 10,000 teachers.

Van Zandt has enlisted some prominent musicians and artists to help with the cause. A quick look at the Founder’s Board turns up names like Springsteen, Bono, Jackson Browne and Martin Scorsese.

“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,” he says in a TeachRock informational video.

The workshop, which will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, is free for all area K-12 teachers and features material that relates the history of popular music to classroom work across all disciplines. The event includes arts integration techniques, group activities, an introduction to the free content at TeachRock.org, a visit from Van Zandt, networking, food, a Teacher Solidarity Tour T-Shirt, a certificate of attendance and tickets for an educator and a guest to the Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul concert that starts at 8 p.m.

Teachers must register for the event online.

The workshop is being co-hosted by Louisville company Crosley Radio, which will provide the workshop’s classroom inside its 20-foot Crosley Cruiser that’ll be parked out front of Mercury Ballroom.