6/18 Benefit concert Friday

Internationally known, Dropkick Murphys’ front man Ken Casey has been added to the Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago lineup, set to take place at Wrigleyville’s Metro on Friday. Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper will join an all-star lineup of musicians and personalities for the second annual Chicago benefit concert. Proceeds will benefit Chicago area non-profit prorgrams funded by Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, as well as victims of the Boston marathon. A limited number of tickets are available, and they can be purchased online at Metro Chicago.

Poi Dog Pondering, Brede Baldwin, Jimmy Chamberlin from Smashing Pumpkins, the Parkington Sisters, Scott Lucas from Local H, the Hot Stove All-Stars, and former Letters to Cleo vocalist Kay Hanley also will perform.

Hot Stove Cool Music was founded in 2000 by Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. The biannual event has raised more than $5.5 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later. 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.

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