Music and Baseball Heat Up Off Season at 2016 Hot Stove Cool Music Concert

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

BOSTON (December 3, 2015) – Hot Stove Cool Music returns to the Paradise Rock Club January 9 as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons bring music and baseball heavy hitters together to benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Presented by Ipswitch, the concert features a wide variety of notable Boston and Chicago musicians and MLB stars including Bronson Arroyo (member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship team) and Jake Peavey (member of the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Championship team).

General admission tickets and a limited number of passes to the pre-concert VIP party are on-sale now at Doors open at 6 p.m.

Gammons will once again lead Boston’s Hot Stove All Stars Epstein, Will Dailey, Red Sox organist Josh Kantor, and a collection of Boston musicians including Ed Valauskas, Phil Aiken and Tom Polce. Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Sean Casey will emcee the event.

New to this year’s lineup is the addition of Chicago’s Hot Stove All Stars, featuring Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper, Cheap Trick’s Daxx Neilsen and Chicago-based rockers Scott Lucas (Local H) and Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies). Additional special guest performances will be announced at a later date.

“Hot Stove Cool Music has long been the premier entertainment event of the off-season,” said Gammons. “We bring together an amazing group of musicians, athletes and personalities, who selflessly donate their time to help the city’s disadvantaged youth and families. Anything can happen at Hot Stove and anyone who’s been there in the past typically walks away with an I-can’t-believe-I-saw-that memory or two. We’re grateful for all of the continued support of our sponsors, performers and fans.”

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

Hot Stove Cool Music is sponsored by Ipswitch, Walmart, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harpoon Brewery, Athletes on the Move, JEM Luxury, Improper Bostonian, Paradise Rock Club, Elevate Communications and Allen & Gerritsen.

Hot Stove Cool Music is a benefit concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and Chicago in the summer. 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 previous 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.

Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in the Brookline public school system, and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox EVP and GM and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein. Named after the MLB trade term “player to be named later,” Foundation To Be Named Later raises funds and awareness for non-profit agencies, working on the front lines, serving disadvantaged youth in Greater Boston and Chicago and gives direct grants to highly under-resourced college students through its Peter Gammons College Scholarship program. FTBNL concentrates on programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families.

FTBNL has given $8 million in grants to over 200 non-profit organizations and has sent 4,000 children who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a game, to Red Sox, Cubs and Celtics home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 50 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to college.

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

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