Benefiting Chicago Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the fundraiser will feature an ensemble of comedy and a variety of acts with performances by The Smashing Pumpkins, The Figgs, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, members of Buffalo Tom, and the Hot Stove All-Stars with actors and comedians Mike O’Malley, Jeff Garlin and Joel Murray serving as the evening’s emcees. The concert takes place the night before the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox kick off their three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field.

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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, where there are no service fees if paying in cash. VIP tickets will also be available at

“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,” said Gammons. “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.”

In addition to the all-star music line-up, the evening will feature a number of special guestsand a live and silent auction featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has since raised more than $5 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later and the Jimmy Fund. Foundation To Be Named Later was founded in 2005 by Epstein and his brother Paul as a means to create positive opportunities for disadvantaged children and families.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ performance will be a special one-off appearance for the band, who will be launching a worldwide full headline tour in Australia July 26th in support of the release their seventh studio album, Oceania, on June 19.

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