Despite our issues with Chicago at the moment, Boston names traveled to the Windy City over the weekend to participate in the Midwest edition of Theo Epstein and Peter Gammons’s Hot Stove Cool Music benefit. Kay Hanley, of Letters to Cleo fame, and Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey repped Red Sox fans at the Friday-night celebration of baseball and music, which raised almost $200,000 for Epstein’s Foundation to Be Named Later and the One Fund. Other performers included the Wellfleet act the Parkington Sisters, Scott Lucas from Local H, Jimmy Chamberlin of the Smashing Pumpkins, and comedian and actor Joel Murray (Bill Murray’s brother/Freddy Rumsen on “Mad Men”) who served as the night’s emcee. Ever since leaving the Red Sox, Epstein has hosted Hot Stove Cool Music in Boston and Chicago.
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