This weekend’s edition of Hot Stove Cool Music, the annual fundraiser for Paul and Theo Epstein‘s Foundation to Be Named Later, is shaping up to be an exciting good time.
As always, the Perk has a stellar list of musical acts, bolstered for the first time (in Boston, at least) by the Pearl Jam frontman. Eddie Vedder, who flies away to perform at Saturday’s show at Paradise (and, presumably, to attend at least one of the Cubs-Red Sox games at Fenway Park).
As you might expect, tickets for the Hot Stove event – priced at $ 65 apiece – sold out quickly, but there are still some available. And that says Bill janovitz, This is the problem.
Janovitz, who runs Buffalo Tom from Boston and has performed the Hot Stove show several times over the years, calls online ticket brokers Ace Ticket and StubHub, asking them on Twitter if they are considering donating to the Foundation. to be named later the huge profits they can make by selling tickets well above face value.
Public shame seemed to work in the case of Ace Ticket, which responded by removing tickets for the event from its site.
Not an event we intended to sell. We have removed all advertisements posted online, but we will gladly continue to donate regardless of sales.
– Michael (@ MWLast11) April 21, 2017
StubHub has been slower to act. The broker, who currently lists tickets to Hot Stove at $ 400 each, responded by saying it would “take a deeper look” and come back to Janovitz.
The rock’n’roller says he’s not a huge fan of the secondary ticket market to begin with, but given that Hot Stove Cool Music raises money for charity – especially for the kids in town and their families – he finds it “ridiculous” that StubHub sells tickets at a huge mark-up.
“Their argument seems to be that we don’t own the tickets, we just sell them, like it’s eBay or something,” Janovitz said. “But that’s a bogus argument. If you can list these tickets, you can make the decision to remove them from the list. “
Our attempts to reach the president of StubHub Scott Coutelier or spokesperson Glenn lehrman failed on Tuesday.
In addition to Vedder, Saturday’s show will feature Does 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 MCMike O’Malley.