#Cubs, Theo to play ball and music Thursday

The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event on Thursday with the Urban Baseball Classic at Jackie Robinson Park.Teen athletes from Chicago and Boston will take the field for a three-game tournament-style baseball classic. The game serves as the community service element to the all-day event, which promotes positive youth development through baseball.

Later in the evening, Pearl Jam frontman and Cubs fan Eddie Vedder will take the stage at the annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Vedder will join Cubs president of baseball operations Theo
Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper as part of the all-star music
lineup at the annual event celebrating music, baseball and giving back.

The fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by Chicago and Boston rockers including John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx
Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies,
Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould), Brendan Bayliss
(Umphrey’s McGee), Will Dailey, Chris Cote, Phil Aiken, Paul Ahlstrand and more. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the emcees.

Proceeds from the concert benefit Cubs Charities and FTBNL. Both nonprofit organizations share the same mission to help
underserved youth in Chicago.

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