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Hot Stove, Cool Music

In a truly unique event, ESPN baseball guru Peter Gammons hosts his third annual fundraiser to benefit children's cancer research at Boston's legendary Paradise Rock Club on Wed., Jan. 15. Gammons will be joined by American Hi-Fi, Kay Hanley, The Gentlemen, Bill Janovitz' Crown Victoria and other special guests in an evening that brings together rock and roll music and off-season baseball talk (aka, the Hot Stove), as well as a silent auction that has become a bonanza for baseball and rock memorabilia collectors.

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Peter Gammons (center) with Kay Hanley and Bill Janovitz at Fenway Park.

Island-Def Jam recording stars American Hi-Fi will be kicking off a tour to promote their new release, "The Art Of Losing", which follows up on their ultra-successful self-titled debut (featuring the hit single "Flavor Of The Weak"). Former Letters To Cleo singer, Kay Hanley will be accompanied by her husband, Our Lady Peace guitarist Michael Eisenstein, in an acoustic set that will open the show. Buffalo Tom singer-guitarist Janovitz will follow with his Crown Victoria side project, while 2002 WBCN Rock And Roll Rumble victors, The Gentlemen, will lead into American Hi-Fi with one of their edgy, garage-rock sets.

Gammons, who sang and played guitar in a rock band during his days at the University of North Carolina, will also be performing for the first time in decades. He will be backed by an all-star band (featuring Janovitz, Eisenstein and Gentlemen Ed Valauskas and Pete Caldes) for a song or two.

At least one other surprise on-stage performance is confirmed but the act has asked that its appearance not be disclosed until 48 hours before the event.

The evening will also feature question-and-answer sessions with Gammons between sets, as well as a silent auction of baseball and rock memorabilia, including signed items from Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Barry Bonds, Jeff Bagwell, Jason Giambi, Derek Jeter and others.

Bidders will also have the chance to win several unique baseball opportunities that promise to provide a lifetime of memories. Among the packages being auctioned off are the chance to sit with Red Sox owner John Henry in his front-row seats for a game at Fenway Park, the opportunity to sit with Sox general manager Theo Epstein in his private luxury box, dinner and a game with Peter Gammons and a trip to Bristol, Conn., to watch Baseball Tonight from ESPN's studios.

"Most guys I know host charity golf tournaments," Gammons said. "Well, I don't golf, so this is my version of that. It's the best way I know to bring together my two greatest passions -- baseball and rock music -- while raising money for a great cause."

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Paradise box office or via NEXT Ticketing: www.nextticketing.com or 617-423- NEXT.

AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Charity fundraiser concert and silent auction to benefit The Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
WHEN: Wednesday, January 15
WHERE: The Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
WHO: American Hi-Fi, Kay Hanley, The Gentlemen, Bill Janovitz' Crown Victoria and special guests
TIME: Doors at 6 p.m.; first band 7:15 p.m.
PRICE: $20 (all proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

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