5/13 Good cause

Music and baseball will collide at Wrigleyville’s Metro for the third straight year when Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an all-star lineup of musicians and personalities on June 20 for the third annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. The event is presented by Victory Park Capital & Giordano’s.

Benefiting Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by headliner Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Chicago Hot Stove All-Stars Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), John Stirratt (Wilco), Scott Lucas (Local H), Eddie “King” Roeser (Urge Overkill), Jered Gummere (Ponys), Gary Klebe (Shoes), singer Jennifer Hall and Tributosaurus members Matt Spiegel, Curt Morrison and Jon Paul, alongside Epstein and Kasper. Boston Hot Stove All-Stars will include members of The Upper Crust and The Gravel Pit, alongside Gammons. WXRT’s morning DJ Lin Brehmer will serve as the evening’s emcee.

This year, the event plans to pay homage to Chicago’s great history of music, including rock, blues, soul, and power pop ballads that reach back to the 1950s. Sets will focus on songs by bands and artists with a Chicago connection.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon CT at http://www.metrochicago.com and the Metro Box Office located at 3730 North Clark Street, Chicago. General admission tickets are $50, with no service fees for cash purchases. VIP tickets will also be available at http://www.ftbnl.org.

The evening also will feature a number of special guests, and 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 raised more than $5.5 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL).

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