Steven Tyler, Dropkick Murphys and The Nielsen Trust added to Virtual Hot Stove Cool Music Concert Lineup
Join all-star lineup with appearances by Common, James Taylor, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, Nada Surf, Nick Lowe and featuring MLB Legends Peter Gammons, Bronson Arroyo, David Ortiz, Bernie Williams and David Ross
Tickets on sale now, starting at $5 donation, for June 25th virtual event benefiting Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later; Presented by Google, Sloan & Beam Suntory
CHICAGO (June 19, 2020) – Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys and The Nielsen Trust (featuring Rick & Daxx Nielsen from Cheap Trick) have been added to the all-star lineup of musicians taking part in the first ever virtual Hot Stove Cool Music concert on June 25.
The event will raise critically needed funds for youth and families from Chicago and Boston neighborhoods that have been significantly impacted by recent events. Grammy Award-winning artists Common, James Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were previously announced as anchors to the HSCM lineup, which will begin at 8:00 pm EDT on YouTube.
Other participants include Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and Baseball Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons, as well Band of Their Own (featuring Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley and Belly’s Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood); MLB pitching standout Bronson Arroyo; New York Yankee legend Bernie Williams; Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Len Kasper; Sunshine Boys; Nick Lowe; Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom); Will Dailey; Eli “Paperboy” Reed; Nada Surf; and Jason Narducy (Bob Mould/Superchunk).
The event will be emceed by actor/comedian/writer/producer Mike O’Malley and will include an online auction of very special and rare sports and music memorabilia, and “not to be missed” experiences. The auction goes live today on www.ftbnl.org and ends on June 26.
Cubs manager and Dancing With the Stars alum David Ross, actor Joel Murray, NESN sportscaster Tom Caron, Chicago Cubs play by play announcer, Len Kasper, Boston Red Sox Announcer Jerry Remy, Boston Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, MLB greats Ryan Dempster, Lenny DiNardo, David Ortiz and Eduardo Perez along with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Celtics’ CEO Wyc Grousbeck headline the list of sports personalities scheduled to participate. Additional performances will be announced soon.
Hot Stove Cool Music was launched in 2000 by Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sportswriter Jeff Horrigan and this year’s virtual concert is part of a special partnership between the Red Sox Foundation, Cubs Charities and FTBNL. HSCM participants donate their time and talent, which allows concert proceeds to go directly to supporting the youth and families that have, over the last few months, seen their neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Tickets are on sale now at ftbnl.org and start at a $5 donation. VIP tickets are available for $350 and include a pre-show virtual reception at 7:30 p.m. EST hosted by O’Malley and some of the Hot Stove Stars.
All proceeds from the event, will benefit Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). The Epsteins founded Foundation To Be Named Later in 2005 as a means to create positive change and provide important opportunities for youth and families from underserved neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago. In addition to its signature program – The Peter Gammons College Scholarships – which has invested in 170 young people’s college education, FTBNL also supports important, innovative, front line non-profit partners including: Red Sox Foundation, Cubs Charities, The BASE, City Year, Chicago Children’s Choir, Common Ground Foundation, Beacon Academy, West End House Boys and Girls Club, Roxbury Youthworks, Zumix and others. Ticket sales from the show will allow FTBNL to continue their work getting food, tuition grants, laptops, internet, housing, transportation, emergency grants and care packages to those who have been affected by the pandemic.
“We are grateful to be able to move our concert online this year,” said Peter Gammons, co-founder of Hot Stove Cool Music. “There are so many organizations and individuals in Boston and Chicago that count on the fundraising done through Hot Stove Cool Music and the need is greater than ever this year. We are honored by the musicians, athletes, sponsors and fans who are making this possible and are excited to expand our Hot Stove community as we bring music, baseball and giving back to you virtually.”
Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Google, Sloan & Beam Suntory and sponsored by a&g, Alter Group, Athletes on the Move, Bank of America, Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Trading Company, Draft Kings, Elevate Communications, Greenberg Traurig, Harpoon, Mintz Levin, Novaya, Salesforce, The Parsley Family, Tracelink, Vienna Beef, Wintrust and yot.me.