Review & Live Photos: Hot Stove Cool Music 2010 Benefit Show
Hot Stove Cool Music 2010 Benefit Show
January 9, 2010
House fo Blues – Boston, MA
The Low Anthem
The HSCM All Stars featuring Peter Gammons, Theo Epstein and members of Buffalo Tom, J. Geils Band, The Figgs, & More!
By: Mary Ouellette
Every year Boston’s baseball elite and their inner rock stars hit the stage with some of the city’s most beloved artists and a wide array of musical talent that join forces to raise money for Peter Gammons Hot Stove Cool Music Charity.
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the event and for the first time ever the event took over the House of Blues in Boston, it only seemed fitting considering the club’s close proximity to Fenway Park. The Green Monster greeted over fans as they entered the event for a night that music and baseball fans alike would remember for a long time.
Our MC for the evening was Boston’s own Mike O’Malley (Yes, the actor who has appeared in shows like Yes, Dear, My Name is Earl, and most recently Glee!) who has always showed his Boston pride. He kicked off the night by introducing the show and bringing Bronson Arroyo to the stage. Yes, that Bronson Arroyo! You know, the one who use to pitch for the Red Sox? He’s also a songwriter, guitar player and singer. Who knew! He performed a short set of sing-a-long cover tunes as well as an original song that showed a lot of promise. It was the perfect way to kick off the night.
Next up was New England’s own The Low Anthem, recent winners of the Boston Music Award for Album of the Year. Hailing from Providence, RI with their own unique blend of folksy rock tunes. The most fascinating thing about their set was watching them play a live game of musical chairs– each member of the band taking turns on different instruments from song to song. It was hard to keep up with them!
Next up was one of the Hot Stove Cool Music staples – Kay Hanley! Kay performed a short set of songs before calling out Ken Casey of The Dropkick Murphys. The two of them performed The Dropkicks tune “The Dirty Glass” which was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the evening.
It was about time for some HSCM All Stars. Members of Buffalo Tom, J. Geils Band, The Figgs and more joined Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and baseball guru Peter Gammons for a jam session that included covers of John Hiatt’s “Perfectly Good Guitar” and “Wake Me, Shake Me” by Blues Project. Buffalo “Theo” delivered a few Buffalo Tom tunes before the set ended with Mike O’Malley joining them on vocals for the classic J. Geils song “Musta Got Lost”.
At this point, the House of Blues seemed to be close to capacity and eclectic supergroup Tinted Windows hit the stage. Tinted Windows, made up of James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Taylor Hanson of Hanson and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne) played a short but energetic set of power pop songs that left me wanting a little more but I suppose time was of the essence!
The show closed out with another New England trio – Boston’s own State Radio. With their socially conscious songwriting and impassioned following it was a great way to end the night and remind us why we were all there int he first place. After all, isn’t that what the night was all about anyway…the bigger picture and a greater cause, music was just the vehicle.
Proceeds for the night went to “A Foundation To Be Named Later” – a new branch of The Red Sox Foundation.
For more information check out the Hot Stove Cool Music Website.
View our full photo gallery from the event here