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Music and Baseball Heat Up Hardball Off Season at 2018 Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert

Performances by Music and Baseball Stars Support Theo and Paul Epstein’s
Foundation To Be Named Later; Tickets on Sale Now

BOSTON, MA – Hot Stove Cool Music returns to the Paradise Rock Club February 3 as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, co-founder of Foundation To Be Named Later Paul Epstein and Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons bring music and baseball heavy hitters together for the annual concert to benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) and the Red Sox Foundation. The weekend will kick off on February 2, with the Business of Baseball Champions Lunch, a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of baseball luminaries.

Presented by Ipswitch, the Hot Stove, Cool Music concert features performances by a wide variety of notable Boston and Chicago musicians including Boston Music Award winning Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Some Girls, The Lemonheads and Minor Alps), Bronson Arroyo (member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship team), Band of Their Own featuring Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and members of Belly and the Blake Bellies, and the Boston and Chicago Hot Stove All Stars with a special youth performance by Zumix.

Peter Gammons and the Boston Hot Stove All Stars featuring Latin Grammy Nominated jazz musician Bernie Williams (former New York Yankee) and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars will take the stage with ensemble performances. Actor Joel Murray (Mad Men, Shrink) and MLB Network Studio Host Greg Amsinger will emcee the event. Additional special guest performances will be announced at a later date.

General admission tickets are on-sale on now for $50.00 at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of passes to the pre-concert VIP party will also be available starting next week.

“We are so humbled by the amazing group of musicians and athletes who join together to ensure that Hot Stove Cool Music is one of the premier entertainment events of the off-season in Boston,” said Gammons. “We are grateful for the support of the performers, sponsors and fans who make Hot Stove Cool Music happen year after year, allowing us to give back to youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Boston.”

In addition to the all-star music lineup, the evening will include performances by TBA several special guests, as well as live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

“We are looking forward to another great night of baseball, music and giving back,” said FTBNL Co-Founder Paul Epstein. “These events serve as the backbone of the foundation’s fundraising efforts and we’re grateful that once again we have such an incredible line-up of artists and athletes who are willing to invest so much of their time effort and energy to provide opportunities for students in Boston and Chicago.”

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Ipswitch and sponsored by a&g, Andrew Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MA, Biogen, Boston Business Journal, Comcast Business, CVS, Durant Family Foundation, Eaton Vance, Element, Elevate, Greenberg Traurig, Engie, Harpoon Brewery, Hotel Commonwealth, Improper Bostonian, Ipswitch, Jam Spot, JNG Consulting, KPMG, Mintz Levin, Paradise Rock Club, Rasky Partners, Suffolk Construction, Walmart, Tesconi Family Foundation and The Boston Foundation.

About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 17 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.  Headliners who donate their time and talent include, Eddie Vedder, James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Tom Morello, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Dropkick Murphys and more.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
FTBNL was launched in 2005 by brothers Paul Epstein to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families. Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and donated grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 non-profit organizations, 71 Peter Gammons College Scholars and has sent approximately 6,500 children to Cubs and Red Sox games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 71 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. For more information on visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate
617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com

Foundation To Be Named Later Launches BASE Chicago at Special Wrigley Field Ceremony

FTBNL co-founders Paul & Theo Epstein Award a $150,000 grant for Chicago Expansion of
Critically Acclaimed Urban 
Baseball Program focused on Youth Mentoring and Training

CHICAGO – Foundation To Be Named Later co-founders Paul and Theo Epstein gathered with Chicago business and community leaders for a special Wrigley Field ceremony to launch the Chicago expansion of The BASE, a program that combines baseball, academics and mentoring to transform the lives of urban youth. Notable baseball luminaries included Hall of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons and representatives of Chicago’s Garfield Park Baseball Program Frank Brim and Malik Seaton who were joined by The BASE Founder Robert Lewis Jr. for the special announcement.

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his brother Paul Epstein, a social worker, funded the program’s expansion to Chicago with a $150,000 grant from The Foundation To Be Named Later, a nonprofit organization they launched in 2005 to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago.

“We’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand the results BASE has delivered and the impact the program has had on the lives of students through our annual Urban Classic, and the work they do both on and off the field is impressive,” said FTBNL co-founder Paul Epstein. “Partnering with results driven organizations that have a proven track record of making a tangible difference in the lives of youth in our cities is precisely what we had in mind when we launched the foundation, so helping to extend The BASE program to student athletes in Chicago is perfectly aligned with our mission.”

The BASE is a premier national urban youth training academy that provides student athletes in Boston with year-round, superior baseball and academic training. The program leverages the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth by providing opportunity, education, training and encouragement to create a winning game plan for life and reach their fullest potential.

Since its inception, the program has served more than 8,000 boys and girls on more than 600 teams, playing not just at home in Boston, but in tournaments across the country — from Florida to Nevada and in between. Hall of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons called The BASE Astros “hands down, the best urban baseball team in America.”

“The BASE aims to shift the national mindset about what it takes for urban youth to succeed and to build a movement of citizens who are committed to their success,” said The BASE Founder and President Robert Lewis Jr. “Through high quality baseball, academics, and training, we operate a premier national urban youth training academy with a methodology that cultivates excellence, belief and love. We are making the invisible, visible and shining a spotlight on the limitless potential of our young people.”

With the grant in hand, The BASE, which began in Boston will expand their program to Chicago’s greater West Side, leveraging the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth through a focus on baseball, academics and mentoring. For the past six (6) years FTBNL has collaborated with The BASE and created the Urban Classic baseball game, which brings together elite youth urban Boston and

Chicago teams at the University of Illinois Chicago Curtis Granderson Field. The Urban Classic baseball game has become a staple of FTBNL’s Chicago’s Hot Stove Cool Music weekend, celebrating music, baseball and giving back. The official opening of The Base Chicago will take place at the Foundation To Be Named Later’s annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago weekend, June 8-9, 2018.

The Foundation To Be Named Later raises funds and awareness for local nonprofits that work with youth in Chicago and Boston from disadvantaged neighborhoods. FTBNL raises funds through fun and unique events that focus on baseball and music, two of Paul and Theo’s passions. FTBNL has raised more than $9 million for Boston and Chicago nonprofit organizations since 2005.

In addition to the $150,000 grant from Foundation To Be Named Later, Good Sports has announced a $50,000 equipment donation to The BASE Chicago after officials were able to determine immediate equipment needs for 2018. Toby Emms, Chicago Market Director for Good Sports was on hand to make the special announcement.

With a 7,100 square-foot training and studying facility in Boston, The BASE continues to achieve its goal of becoming a nationally recognized and certified training academy, combining sports and academic opportunities to transform the lives of African-American and Latino boys and girls throughout the country. Thanks to this grant and the donation from Good Sports, student athletes in Chicago will benefit from The BASE program.

The BASE Astros also were named “2013 Triple Crown Sports’ US Baseball Champions,” and “2012 Team of The Year”- standing alone among 40,000 other teams across the country. Six former BASE – and Astros – student athletes have competed at the Major League Baseball level: Manny Delcarmen (Boston Red Sox), Juan Carlos Portes (Minnesota Twins), Nelfi Zapata (New York Mets), Eddy Morrobel (Texas Rangers), Jamill Moquete (Baltimore Orioles) and Calvin Graves (Chicago Cubs). Since 2014, more than 130 BASE school athletes have matriculated to college.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by brothers Paul Epstein to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families. Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and donated grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 non-profit organizations, sent 80 Peter Gammons Scholars to college and has allowed approximately 6,500 children to Cubs and Red Sox games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 80 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar also gets an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

About the BASE
The BASE uses the power and passion of sports to transform the lives of urban youth by providing opportunity, education, training, and encouragement to create a winning game plan for life and reach their fullest potential. With a 7,100 square-foot training and studying facility, The BASE continues to achieve its goal of becoming a nationally-recognized and certified training academy, combining sports and academic opportunities to transform the lives of African-American and Latino boys and girls throughout the country. For more information, visit www.thebase.org.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate
617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com

 

Theo Epstein and Peter Gammons’ 6th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago Benefit Concert To Feature Championship Lineup of Music and Sports All-Stars

Cubs’ voice Len Kasper takes stage with ensemble cast of Chicago and Boston musicians at
Wrigleyville’s Metro on June 2 to raise money for youth and families from disadvantaged
neighborhoods 
Concert presented by Chicago Trading Company and GE Capital;
Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, May 6, at Noon CDT

Chicago, IL – Music and baseball are set to collide at Wrigleyville’s iconic Metro June 2, when Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper bring Hot Stove Cool Music back to Chicago after recently hosting an exciting Boston show. They join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the 6th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert, presented by Chicago Trading Company and GE Capital.

Benefiting Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by Peter Gammons and the Boston Hot Stove All-Stars, Theo Epstein, Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All-Stars, Daxx Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Scott Lucas of Local H, Jason Narducy of Split Single, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Gerald Dowd, Freda Love Smith of Blake Babies, as well as other special guests. Joining the night will be WXRT-FM host Lin Brehmer and former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who will serve as the evening’s emcees.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, May 6 at noon CDT at www.etix.com. General admission tickets are $75. VIP tickets also are available for $400 and include a pre-show reception with early entrance, complimentary food and beverages.

“It’s shaping up to be a great weekend of baseball, music and giving back,” Epstein said. “I’m thankful and humbled by the generosity of the players, bands and sponsors who donate their time, energy and most importantly their passion to help raise money to create opportunity for underserved kids in our communities.”

In addition to the All-Star music lineup, the evening will feature a number of special guests and surprises and a live and silent auction featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.  Foundation To Be Named Later was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his twin brother Paul as a means to create positive change and important opportunities for youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Everyone who participates in Hot Stove Cool Music donates their time and talent, which allows concert proceeds to go directly to supporting youth and families.

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Chicago Trading Company and GE Capital and sponsored by Atlantis Cars and Limousines, Victory Park Capital, Key Bank, Metro, Grosvenor Capital, Google, Ironwood Cancer and Research Center, KPMG, Greenberg Traurig, Lollapalooza, Walmart, Belvedere Trading, Scott and Ella Goldstein, Athletes on the Move, Rich Bergman, Craig and Rebeca Huffman, WXRT, William Blair and Vienna Beef.

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About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 17 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.  Headliners who donate their time and talent include, Eddie Vedder, James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Tom Morello, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Dropkick Murphys and more.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. The mission of FTBNL is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and donated grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 non-profit organizations, 71 Peter Gammons College Scholars and has sent approximately 6,500 children, who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a game, to Cubs and Red Sox home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 71 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar also gets an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

About Cubs Charities
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org.

About Metro
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues.  Established in July 1982, Metro has become a playground for new and developing local artists as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for over twenty-five years.  For more information, visit http://www.metrochicago.com.act

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com
Shannon Shreibak, Metro: 773-549-4140 ext 212, Shannon@metrochicago.com

Liz Phair to Headline Theo Epstein’s Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert at Wrigleyville’s Metro June 17

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 6 at Noon; Event benefits Foundation To Be Named Later,
serving youth & families from disadvantaged neighborhoods    

Chicago, IL – Music and baseball share the stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 17, when  Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, which will be emceed by “Mad Men” actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer. The fifth annual event is presented by Chicago Trading Company with proceeds benefiting youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL).

The fundraiser also will feature musical acts JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Avid Dancer, and ensemble performances by Chicago and Boston rockers, Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Jennifer Hall, Max Crawford (Poi Dog Pondering), Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering), Gerald Dowd (Robbie Fulks), Scott Stevenson (Robbie Fulks), Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Hilken Mancini (Fuzzy), Liam Davis (Justin Roberts), Steve Frisbie (Frisbie), Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus), Will Dailey, Chris Cote (Upper Crust), Jen D’Angora (Downbeat Five, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents), Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit), Paul Ahlstrand, Phil Aiken, Gerald Dowd, Jen Trynin and more. Gammons and Kasper will perform with the bands.

“It’s been gratifying to see Hot Stove Cool Music take root in Chicago and this year’s line-up of talented musicians will ensure we continue the tradition with another great night of music, baseball and giving back,” said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations/FTBNL Co-Founder Theo Epstein. “We’re humbled by the generosity of all the musicians, sponsors, fans and volunteers who come together to help us raise funds to support Chicago youth and families.”

General admission tickets go on sale Friday, May 6, at noon CDT and can be purchased online at www.metrochicago.com, etix.com, or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark St. VIP tickets, which include entry to a pre-concert reception, are on sale now at www.ftbnl.org.

The evening also will include several special guests, along with live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

As part of the weekend’s Hot Stove Cool Music events, Foundation To Be Named Later will host The Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at 11 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park located at 10700 S. Morgan St. The event, which shines a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, features urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, Garfield Park Baseball and The Boston Astros face-off. The event is free and open to the public.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $8 million for the Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other causes. FTBNL was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his brother, Paul Epstein, as a means to create positive opportunities for disadvantaged youth and families.

Hot Stove Cool Music, Chicago is presented by Chicago Trading Co. and sponsored by CBRE, Atlantis Cars & Limos, Cars.com, Chicago Cubs, Citi, elevate, Ella & Scott Goldstein, Rebecca & Craig Huffman, Freedom Boat Club, Grosvenor Capital Mgmt., KPMG, Metro, The Alter Group, Victory Park Capital, Walmart, etix, WGN-TV and WXRT-FM and Lettuce Entertain You, Stanley’s Tap & Restaurant, Vienna Beef, Hope Family Wines & Budweiser.

Foundation To Be Named Later’s nonprofit beneficiaries in Chicago include Chicago Children’s Choir, Intonation Music, Marwen, Wapiti Youth, City Year Chicago, Garfield Park Little League, Girls in the Game, SkyART, Family Reach at Lurie Children Hospital, Special Olympics IL, Jackie Robinson West, Flying Kites, Cubs Charities and more.

About Liz Phair  
Liz has sold nearly three million records worldwide and has had two Grammy nominations. More than two decades after the release of her debut, Exile in Guyville, in 1993, Phair’s influence over female voices in alternative music can still be felt today. Exile in Guyville has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This spring, Liz has been touring with Smashing Pumpkins on their North American “In Plainsong” tour.

About Hot Stove Cool Music 
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 15 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $8 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other beneficiaries.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Named after the MLB trade term, player to be named later, the mission of FTBNL is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

FTBNL has given $8 million in grants and in-kind donations to more than 220 nonprofit organizations in Chicago and Boston and has sent approximately 6,000 children, who would not otherwise have the chance to attend a Cubs or Red Sox home game. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship (named in honor of Hall of Famer and FTBNL champion, Peter Gammons) is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent more than 60 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar gets an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success.

For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

About Cubs Charities 
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org.

About Metro
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues. Established in July 1982, Metro has become a hub for new and developing local, regional and national artists, as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for more than thirty years.  For more information, visit www.metrochicago.com.

Media Contacts
Nicole Pare, Metro: 773-549-4140, ext., 212, Nicole@metrochicago.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: Keith@elevatecom.com