Casablancas is the lead singer of The Strokes, a rock band based in New York City that has won critical acclaim worldwide. He released his first solo album in November 2009 which features “11th Dimension,” the first single from Phrazes for the Young.
Rock for Riley was founded and managed by Indiana University School of Medicine students. As the medical school’s largest student-run philanthropic group, Rock for Riley gives students a unique opportunity to donate their time and energy to pediatric patients in a creative way. Rock for Riley’s primary mission is to organize an annual benefit concert in support of the Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.
Each year, the Rock for Riley show features a nationally recognized band at an established Indianapolis music venue. Rock for Riley’s inaugural concert in 2004 featured Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and raised nearly $25,000.
Subsequent concerts have featured well-known musical acts from Grammy award-winning Wilco, and Bonnaroo headliners My Morning Jacket to local rising stars Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s.
Rock for Riley’s 2009 event, named by MetroMix as the tenth best concert of 2009, featured The Avett Brothers and raised $85,339 bringing the grand total to an astonishing $650,383 in only five years.
Rock for Riley is one of the many IU School of Medicine’s Office of Medical-Service Learning programs. OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit https://medicine.iu.edu/md for more information.