Theo Epstein Bringing Hot Stove Cool Music Event to Chicago Alongside Peter Gammons, Impressive Music Lineup

Time will tell how Theo Epstein fares as a baseball executive in Chicago, but he's already fitting right in with the community.

Epstein will help support Chicago Cubs charities and the Foundation To Be Named Later by hosting the inaugural Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago charity concert at Wrigleyville's Metro on June 14.

Epstein will be joined by Hall of Famer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly and a variety of comedians and musicians. Actors and comedians Mike O'Malley, Jeff Garlin and Joel Murray will emcee the event, while The Smashing Pumpkins, The Figgs, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents and members of Buffalo Tom highlight the evening's performances.

"Hot Stove Cool Music blends two of my passions, music and baseball, while benefiting a very worthy cause, and I couldn't be more excited to bring this music fundraiser to Chicago," Gammons said in a press release. "I'm humbled to see so many talented musicians join in on the cause for our inaugural concert, and I'm looking forward to welcoming old friends and new faces to the Windy City as we raise money to support needy youth."

The event will take place the night before the Cubs and Red Sox kick off their three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field.

Tickets are $50 and go on sale Saturday, May 12 at noon CT. Tickets can be purchased at or by visiting the Metro Box Office located inside the Metro Store on the first floor of 3730 North Clark Street. VIP tickets will also be available at

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event, which has also become a staple in Boston, has since raised more than $5 million for Theo and Paul Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later and the Jimmy Fund.

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