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The Hot Stove, Cool Music show is one of Boston’s best and most popular musical events of the year. It that takes place twice a year, in January andJuly of every year at the Paradise Rock Club, located on Commonwealth Avenue which has a capacity of 900. The Hot Stove, Cool Music show is more than just musical entertainment, it’s an important event which engages the community and provides money for charity and many local nonprofit organizations.
The Hot Stove, Cool Music event was founded in the year 2000 by twin brothers, Paul Epstein and Theo Epstein who was the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox and is currently the President of the Chicago Cubs. The Epsteins wanted to create an event that would help raise money for their nonprofit organization called, the Foundation To Be Named Later which is involved in social work and is dedicated to working on the front lines serving disadvantaged families kids and other at-risk youth in Boston.
The Hot Stove, Cool Music event features many renowned local, regional and national artists and the day-long event has performances covering a wide array of genres. Groups and musicians such as Boston’s Susan Tedeschi, Boston’s The Remains, indie bands Buffalo Tom, Mean Creek, Deer Tick and the Sprained Ankles and the Hot Stove All-Stars including leading musicians and rockers.
There are also Grammy Award-winning and nominated artist such as guitarist Derek Trucks, or Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly. The Hot Stove, Cool Music show is also hosted and emceed by various TV and show business personalities such as Mike O’Malley from the hit TV series, Glee.Some of the nonprofits supported by a Foundation To Be Named Later also provide performances by their own youth groups during the Hot Stove, Cool Music Festival.
Those who want to attend the Hot Stove, Cool Music event can get tickets at the foundationtobenamedlater.org, or by calling MusicToday at 1-800-594-8499. They can also purchase tickets directly from the Paradise Rock Club. Tickets for general admission cost $40. Registration is required when buying tickets online.
Those with more money to spend and who want to support the cause even more can opt for VIP tickets which cost $125 each and include beer, wine and meals from popular local restaurants, but also a meet and greet with artists. With both regular tickets and VIP tickets, patrons have the option of adding a donation. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward the Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later and other nonprofits.
The Foundation To Be Named Later supports and has provided to date more than $5 million in grants and donations to nine other nonprofits; the Home for Little Wanderers, Building Educated Leaders for Life, Horizons for Homeless Children, Roxbury Youthworks, City Year Boston, Steps to Success, West End House Boys and Girls Club, The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship and, Citizen Schools. A Foundation To Be named Later has also sent over 3,000 kids to various sports games such as the Celtics, the Red Sox and many others.