Tickets on sale now for April 30 event benefitting Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later at 

BOSTON (February 16, 2022) – After two years of virtual concerts, we can finally announce: “you are out”!  The Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert will return to the live stage on April 30 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. The event, which will raise critically needed funds for the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), its Peter Gammons College Scholarships and the nonprofit partners assisting youth and families in underserved neighborhoods in Boston and Chicago, will feature Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, as well as an all-star lineup of performers. Tickets are on sale now at

The evening celebrating music, baseball and giving is presented by Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, DraftKings and Cincoro. The concert will feature appearances by FTBNL co-founder Theo Epstein, Baseball Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons, with the Boston All- Stars, Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck with his band, French Lick, Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley and the all-star female group, Band of Their Own (BOTO), New York Yankee legend Bernie Williams, former Red Sox pitching star Bronson Arroyo, singer/songwriter Will Dailey, vocalist Barrence Whitfield and additional special guests will be announced in upcoming weeks.

“I am looking forward to playing in Boston at the iconic Paradise Rock Club with some legendary, big hearted baseball and music people at Hot Stove Cool Music for their first live show in two years. There is nothing better than joining great people, to have as much fun as possible and do as much good as possible,” said Rzeznik. “Supporting Theo & Paul’s Foundation To Be Named Later and the kids they serve by playing music with this talented team will be a highlight for me.”

General admission tickets are $65. VIP tickets also are available for $500 at and include a pre-show reception with early entrance and complimentary food and beverages.

The event will include live and silent auction, featuring music memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

“After two years of virtual concerts that brought together some of music and baseball’s biggest stars, the excitement to return to the Paradise for live music is lifting us all up,” Gammons said. “We look forward to seeing everyone in April as we celebrate music, baseball and giving in true Hot Stove Cool Music fashion with an all-star lineup.”

Hot Stove Cool Music is the signature fundraising event for FTBNL. It has raised more than $13.5 million since Paul and Theo Epstein founded FTBNL in 2005.  With the belief that a college education has the power to change the trajectory of a family’s life, the FTBNL’s signature program – The Peter Gammons College Scholarship – has invested in 200 young people who have overcome tremendous challenges and demonstrated a proven commitment to community service by sending them to the college of their choice. Each Gammons scholar receives a tuition gap scholarship, a mentor, leadership trainings and a plan for success.  FTBNL also supports innovative nonprofit partners in Boston and Chicago who are changing lives in underserved neighborhoods. To date, more than 400 nonprofits have received millions of dollars in FTBNL grants, including: The BASE, City Year, Chicago Children’s Choir, Common Ground Foundation, Beacon Academy, West End House Boys and Girls Club, Roxbury Youthworks, Zumix, College Possible, Project 351, Songwriters Of North America (SONA) Songwriter Fund and many others.

All proceeds from the evening benefit Foundation To Be Named Later. Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, DraftKings, Cincoro and sponsored by a&g, Athletes on the Move, BCBS MA, Baseball Fantasy Camp For Kids Elevate, First Republic, Foxfield, Greenberg Traurig, Harpoon Brewery, Hotel Commonwealth, Hope Family Vineyards, Karyopharm, Mintz Levin, Paradise Rock Club, PNC, Rubin & Rudman, Takeada, The Boston Foundation, Walmart and QDivision.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sportswriter Horrigan. It is FTBNL’s signature event.  FTBNL CEO Allyce Najimy and Ed Valauskas are the driving forces behind the event with a team of dedicated volunteers of artists, sponsors, baseball players and musicians all who donated their time and talent.  HSCM is held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer (since 2012). Past headliners include Eddie Vedder (four times), Buddy Guy, James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Liz Phair, Tom Morello, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, Common, Yo-Yo Ma, Smashing Pumpkins, Juliana Hatfield, Steven Tyler and the Dropkick Murphys.

FTBNL, a playful nod to the MLB trade term, player to be named later, was launched in 2005 by twin brothers Theo, formerly of Boston Red Sox & Chicago Cubs and Paul Epstein, MSW, to invest in the next generation of diverse leaders through their Peter Gammons College Scholarships and support the nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $13.5 million and donated grants, scholarships, tickets and auction items to over 500 non-profit organizations and has sent 200 Peter Gammons College Scholars, who have overcome tremendous obstacles, have high financial needs and great educational potential to the college of their choice, each with a mentor and plan for success. For more information on visit

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