Hot Stove Cool Music—the annual bash that unites musicians and baseball folks at the Paradise Rock Club—shifts from January to this Saturday, coinciding with a Red Sox/Cubs series at Fenway and bringing Cubs fan Eddie Vedder (pictured) to the stage apart from his usual Pearl Jam mates. It’s a benefit for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation to be Named Later and sports a cast also including Cubs/ex-Sox GM and part-time guitarist Theo, Will Dailey, Peter Gammons, Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz, and a Band of Their Own featuring Kay Hanley, Blake Babies’ Freda Love Smith, Belly’s Gail Greenwood and Tanya Donelly, Jen Trynin and Jenny Dee.
But the weekend kicks off Friday with a broad spread of options. In the shadow of Fenway’s Sox/Cubs kickoff, the luminous, eccentric R&B/soul singer Erykah Badu holds court at House of Blues. Playful garage-punk outfit Boss Hog—led by the husband/wife team of Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore) and Christina Martinez—rock the Sinclair, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis plays Lexington’s Cary Hall with his group including guest vocalist Kurt Elling, and local hard-rock aristocrats the Upper Crust flaunt their whiteface, powdered wigs and almighty riffs at Somerville’s Once Ballroom.
Saturday brings impressionistic guitar great Bill Frisell to Scullers Jazz Club for two shows with his trio featuring bassist Tony Scheer and drummer Kenny Wollesen, popular Israeli pianist Idan Raichel to the Berklee Performance Center for a solo concert presented by World Music/CRASHarts, and the legendary Brian Wilson to Lynn Auditorium for a final run on his Pet Sounds tour with fellow Beach Boys brethren Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. And Sunday finds ex-Husker Du/Sugar force Bob Mould cranking up his electric guitar for a solo show at the Sinclair.