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In anticipation of the star-studded local benefit, Hot Stove Cool Music, Metro asks jocks about rock and performers about baseball.

Metro asked Hot Stove Cool Music rockers Bill Janovitz (of Buffalo Tom) and Kay Hanley for their favorite baseball memory. Then we turned the table and asked the benefit’s sports guys, journalist and co-founder Peter Gammons and former Sox and current Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo, for their favorite musical moments.

Bill Janovitz
“2004 ALCS. I was at every home game for the greatest comeback in sports history. I recently mentioned to some friends that October 2004 might’ve been the greatest month in my life. My wife, frowning, reminded me that my son was born November 2004. OK, greatest two months. Just please don’t make me decide between months.”

Kay Hanley
“Hanging with an im-pressive array of Sox players ... after game two of the 2004 ALCS against the Angels, Mike [Eisen-stein, husband, guitarist] and I ended up chatting with an unfamiliar, but charming rookie. ... He was clearly in awe of his new teammates, saying things like, ‘Johnny Damon is RIGHT THERE!’ His name was Kevin Youkilis.”

Peter Gammons

“Seeing a guy named Jimmy James play lead guitar for Little Richard at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh in the ’60s. James was later known as Jimi Hendrix. Beats seeing the Stones at the Manning Bowl in Lynn when The Standells opened for them and admitted that ‘Dirty Water’ was written by some guy from B.U. and they’d never even been to Boston.”

Bronson Arroyo
“My favorite moment was last May 6, when I was at a Pearl Jam show in Columbus, Ohio. In the middle of a song, Eddie Vedder came to the side of the stage where I was sitting and took a swig out of the bottle of wine that I was drinking out of. I thought that was pretty cool.”

Other hot tickets

Harlem Gospel Choir
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University
www.cmacusa.org
We don’t care if you’re religious or not — if you don’t have some kind of emotional reaction to the upbeat exhortations of gospel music, you ought to check your pulse. The Harlem Gospel Choir is one of the nation’s finest, and on Saturday they’re performing in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Loudon Wainwright III
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Center for the Arts in Natick
www.natickarts.org
This veteran folk/blues/ country/Americana singer-songwriter is a true offbeat original. His songs mix satire, wit and sheer goofi-ness. He’s known as much nowadays for his eldest children, Martha and Rufus, the latter of whom, as a breastfeeding baby, inspired his song “Rufus is a Tit Man.”











 
 
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