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Tickets for Epstein's fundraiser on sale Saturday

ST. LOUIS -- Tickets go on sale Saturday for the third-annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert June 20 at Wrigleyville's Metro, which will celebrate baseball, music and giving back, and feature Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

Epstein will be joined by Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper in the event, which is presented by Victory Park Capital and Giordano's.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cubs Charities and Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later. The event will feature ensemble performances by Morello 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.

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 emcee.

This year's event will 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 and the Metro Box Office, 3730 North Clark Street, Chicago. General admission tickets are $50, with no service fees for cash purchases. VIP tickets will also be available at

The event will feature some special guests and a live and silent auction featuring signed sports memorabilia and entertainment experiences.

The biannual event has raised more than $5.5 million for Theo and Paul Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later, which was founded in 2005 as a means to create positive opportunities for disadvantaged children and families.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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