This weekend’s edition of Hot Stove Cool Music, the annual fund-raiser for Paul and Theo Epstein’s Foundation to Be Named Later, is shaping up to be a rousing good time.
As always, the benefit has a stellar bill of musical acts, bolstered for the first time (in Boston, at least) by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, who is flying in to perform at Saturday’s show at the Paradise (and, presumably, to catch at least one of the Cubs-Red Sox games at Fenway Park).
As you might expect, tickets to the Hot Stove event — priced at $65 a piece — promptly sold out, but there are still some available. And that, says Bill Janovitz, is the problem.
Janovitz, who fronts Boston’s Buffalo Tom and has played the Hot Stove show many times over the years, is calling out the online ticket brokers Ace Ticket and StubHub, asking on Twitter if they’re planning to donate to the Foundation to Be Named Later the considerable profit they stand to make by selling tickets way above face value.
The public shaming seemed to work in the case of Ace Ticket, which responded by pulling tickets to the event from its site.
Not an event we intended to sell. Pulled any listings that were posted online but we'll gladly still donate regardless of any sales.— Michael (@MWLast11) April 21, 2017
StubHub has been slower to act. The broker, which is currently listing tickets to Hot Stove for $400 each, responded by saying they would “take a further look” and get back to Janovitz.
The rock ’n’ roller says he isn’t a big fan of the secondary ticket market to begin with, but considering that Hot Stove Cool Music raises money for charity — specifically, for city kids and their families — he finds it “ridiculous” that StubHub is selling tickets at a huge markup.
“Their argument seems to be that we didn’t own the tickets, we’re just selling them, like it’s eBay or something,” said Janovitz. “But that’s a bogus argument. If you can list these tickets, you can make the decision to de-list them.”
Our attempts to reach StubHub president Scott Cutler or spokesman Glenn Lehrman were unsuccessful Tuesday.
In addition to Vedder, Saturday’s show will feature Will Dailey, Janovitz, Kay Hanley, Tanya Donelly, Jen Trynin, Freda Love Smith, Hilken Mancini and Chris Toppin, Jenny Dee, Josh Kantor, Ed Valauskas, Chris Cote, Phil Aiken, former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, and Poi Dog Pondering’s Dag Juhlin and Max Crawford, and MC Mike O’Malley.