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Theo Epstein to return for Hot Stove Cool Music benefit show in Allston Saturday

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 10, 2012 03:00 PM

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Theo Epstein, the former Red Sox general manager, will return home this weekend to help host the semi-annual “Hot Stove Cool Music” charity concert that launched 12 years ago.

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(Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe / File photo)
Epstein at a past Hot Stove Cool Music show.
Legendary baseball journalist Peter Gammons and a slew of musical performers will join Epstein, a Brookline native, at the Paradise Rock Club in Allston for Saturday night’s fundraiser – three months after he resigned as general manager of the Red Sox to lead baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

Since premiering in Dec. 2000, organizers say Hot Stove Cool Music events have raised more than $4 million for Theo and his brother Paul Epstein’s “Foundation To Be Named Later,” which Theo has vowed to continue despite leaving Boston, and the Jimmy Fund.

The evening will feature acts and appearances by numerous sports, music and entertainment stars along with a live silent auction featuring signed sports memorabilia and entertainment experiences, according to an event announcement.

Boston-native actor Mike O’Malley, who plays a regular role on the TV series “Glee” will emcee the gathering that includes scheduled performers: Grammy award-nominated, Boston-native Susan Tedeschi, Boston rockers The Remains, Grammy award-winning guitarist Derek Trucks, indie folk band Deer Tick, indie rockers Mean Creek, garage punk band The Sprained Ankles and the “Hot Stove All-Stars” featuring Gammons, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz, indie rocker Kay Hanley, J. Geils Band’s Seth Justman, folk rocker Robin Lane, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly and more, organizers said.

Proceeds from the event, which is held twice each year in the winter and summer months, benefit the foundation’s Peter Gammons College Scholarship fund and nonprofit beneficiaries including: Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) based in Dorchester, Citizen Schools based in South Boston, City Year Boston based near where the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods meet, The Home for Little Wanderers based in Jamaica Plain, Horizons for Homeless Children based in Roxbury, Roxbury Youthworks, Steps to Success based in Brookline and West End House Boys & Girls Club based in Allston, the announcement said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the venue along Commonwealth Avenue with the show set to start at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and on-sale at FoundationToBeNamedLater.org or by calling Musictoday at (800) 594-8499.
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