January 16th, 2013
Baseball and music stars descended on the Boston area last weekend for the 14th Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Event, celebrating music, baseball and giving back by raising over $200,000 for Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.
The annual Hot Stove Roundtable kicked off this winter’s Hot Stove Cool Music festivities, presenting an in-depth discussion at Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion on Changing a Culture in Baseball.
An expert panel of distinguished baseball luminaries, moderated by Hall of Fame Writer Peter Gammons, an original founder of Hot Stove Cool Music, included: Epstein, Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, Manager John Farrell and Assistant General Manager Mike Hazen, and Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter
Some of the biggest names in the Boston music scene joined Boston baseball and entertainment all-stars on the Hot Stove Cool Music stage at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday night.
The concert, presented by Ipswitch Inc., featured performances by Boston Music Award winners Christian McNiell & Sea Monsters, two-time Grammy nominee Tanya Donelly, the dynamic multi-instrumentalists Parkington Sisters, Surf Punk Band The Reigning Monarchs and Billboard Music Songwriting winners the Chad Hollister Band.
The event series’ house band, the Hot Stove All-Stars, featured Gammons, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz and special appearances by Robin Lane, Tim Gearan, Jesse Dee and Epstein, taking its traditional position in the heart of the order. Between sets, comedian and TV star Mike O’Malley entertained the crowd, serving as emcee and auctioneer. The evening also included special appearances by Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and Foundation To Be Named Later co-founder and brother of Theo Epstein, Paul Epstein.
Peter Gammons weighs in on the event: “I’m humbled by everyone’s continued support and enthusiasm for good music and giving back, and thankful for all who came together for an evening of music and fun, while raising much-needed funds for disadvantaged youth.
A pre-concert VIP party featured food and beverages provided by The Sausage Guy, Lincoln, Abby Park, Church, Legal Seafood, Sweet Cheeks, Harpoon Brewery, Amberhill Winery, Nestle Water and Tito’s Homemade Vodka.
On Saturday afternoon, Hot Stove Cool Music teamed up with Walmart and Boston chefs to provide a warm meal to homeless families at the Horizons for Homeless Children’s headquarters in Roxbury. Tremont 647, Lincoln, Roche Brothers and Nestle Water joined Theo and Paul Epstein, Gammons, O’Malley, Janovitz and Kasper to cook and serve meals for those in need. Walmart’s contribution was part of a donation to the Foundation to Be Named Later.
Hot Stove Cool Music events are sponsored by: Ipswitch Inc., Comcast Business Class, Mintz Levin, Walmart, Hotel Commonwealth, Harpoon Brewery, Amberhill Wine, Greenberg Traurig, the Improper Bostonian, Distrigas GDF Suez, RISO, Aramark, Boston Scientific, Victory Park Capital, Cleveland Circle Travel, elevate, a&g, The Alperin Family, The Bardeen Family, Nestle Water, Hollister Staff, Athletes on the Move, Jam Spot, The Boston Red Sox and The Boston Foundation.
About Hot Stove Cool Music: A biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in the winter and summer months, 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 11 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $4 Million for the Jimmy Fund and Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation to be Named Later, a branch of the Red Sox Foundation.
About Foundation to be Named Later:(FTBNL) Has given over $4 Million dollars in grants and in-kind donations to more than 150 non-profit organizations and has sent approximately 3,000 children, who would otherwise not have the chance to go to a game, to Red Sox and Celtics home games. The new Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship presented by RISO allows Boston Public School students a four year cash scholarship to the college of their choice.
The chief fundraiser for the FTBNL is the Hot Stove Cool Music Concert Series. In July 2005, the FTBNL benefited from the inaugural summer concert, Hot Stove Cool Music: The Fenway Park Sessions. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Hot Stove Cool Music sponsorships go directly to FTBNL’s innovative community partners and programs.