White Sox announce upcoming homestand events

Upcoming homestand features new Grateful Dead Night, celebrity appearances

The Chicago White Sox have announced promotional highlights, giveaways and ceremonial first pitches for the upcoming homestand vs. the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves.

The White Sox invite fans to celebrate the Fourth of July at U.S. Cellular Field. The homestand welcomes Grateful Dead Night -- a new theme night on Tuesday, July 5 -- as well as the return of fan-favorite Country Music Night on July 8; and Coca-Cola Family Sunday on July 10. Must-have giveaways this homestand include a White Sox Cap, presented by The PrivateBank, on Saturday, July 9.

Additional details about scheduled events and activities for the upcoming homestand are provided below.

Monday, July 4, 1:10 p.m. vs. the New York Yankees

  • Independence Day
  • Rock the Sox performance by American singer/songwriter Michael Tolcher
  • National Anthem and God Bless America performed by REO Speedwagon
  • First Pitch by Purple Heart recipient and Paralympian Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro
  • Broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WLS AM 890 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio

The White Sox will celebrate Independence Day with special in-park guests and entertainment. Members of the United States Armed Forces will take the field to meet White Sox players at their positions prior to the start of the July 4 game. The Warrior Watch Riders also will participate in a pregame tribute, riding the ballpark warning track on their motorcycles with American flags. Family-friendly activities include a face painter, photo opportunities with Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty stilt walkers on the 100-level concourse and a Party Shop featuring USA-themed apparel in Section 159.

American singer/song writer Michael Tolcher will perform a pregame Rock the Sox acoustic performance. Tolcher began performing on the street in Atlanta and was soon touring around the country with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Gavin DeGraw and Maroon 5. His music has been featured on popular TV shows like "One Tree Hill," "Scrubs" and "The Sopranos."

Rock band REO Speedwagon will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. The band was formed in the 1960s at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and charted thirteen Top 40 hits, including number one hits, "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling."

Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro will throw a ceremonial first pitch. The Joliet, Illinois, native is a Paralympian and veteran, who suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body and lost fingers on both hands when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb during his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2005. After enduring more than 120 surgeries, he became the first airman to re-enlist after becoming eligible for a medical retirement with a 100 percent disability rating and the first disabled airman to be selected for the World Class Athlete Program in 2010. He won three gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2011 Valor Games in Chicago. Del Toro has received more than 20 awards and medals for his service and now serves as a motivational speaker when he is not studying to earn his Bachelor's degree in sports management.

Tuesday, July 5, 7:10 p.m. vs. the New York Yankees

  • Grateful Dead Night; Sox Social Night
  • Ceremonial first pitch by former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten
  • Broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WLS AM 890 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio

The White Sox invite fans to Grateful Dead Night at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday, July 5. This new promotion pays tribute to the one-year anniversary of the band's three epic shows in Chicago. Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1994, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. He also will join Terrapin Flyer, a local Grateful Dead cover band, for in-game performances from the XFINITY Fundamentals Day. Additional entertainment will include a special photo opportunity on the 100-level concourse and a Grateful Dead Night Party Shop in Section 159, which includes exclusive Grateful Dead Night party wear and shoulder bags. Dead Heads can purchase tickets at whitesox.com/GratefulDead to receive a specially designed White Sox Grateful Dead T-shirt the night of the game.

Sox Social Night will bring fans more opportunities to engage with the team on its social media platforms. Fans are encouraged to pick up some prizes at the Twitter vending machine in the #SoxSocial Lounge near Section 154, tweet their seat locations for the chance to win a Sox surprise and check in using the MLB.com Ballpark App. Fans at home will see additional social media elements incorporated into the broadcast. Fans can use hashtag #SoxSocial on Twitter and Facebook to join the fun or follow along.

Wednesday, July 6, 7:10 p.m. vs. the New York Yankees

  • Broadcast on WPWR, WLS AM 890 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio

Friday, July 8, 7:10 p.m. vs. the Atlanta Braves

  • Country Music Night and Fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola
  • Rock the Sox performance and ceremonial first pitch by Chase Bryant
  • Broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Plus Chicago, WLS AM 890 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio

The White Sox invite fans to celebrate Country Music Night, presented by Coca-Cola, on Friday, July 8. Entertainment includes a Rock the Sox performance by Chase Bryant, a Country Music Night Party Shop in Section 159, country music giveaways as well as country music played throughout the ballpark. US99*5 afternoon on-air talent Mike Kasper, who goes by "Kasper," will throw a ceremonial first pitch. The night will conclude with postgame fireworks, presented by Coca-Cola. The first 1,500 fans to purchase tickets at whitesox.com/country will receive a special Sox mesh baseball cap.

New country hit-maker Chase Bryant will perform a pregame Rock the Sox performance and throw a ceremonial first pitch. The 23-year-old follows in his family's footsteps, as his grandfather played piano for Waylon Jennings and Roy Orbison and his uncles co-founded the group Ricochet. Bryant is known for his debut single "Take it on Back" and his second consecutive hit, "Little Bit of You." His newest single, "Room to Breathe," was released on June 17. Bryant will perform an acoustic set on a replica of the famed six-foot Opry Circle of wood, which was removed from the historic Ryman Auditorium and placed center stage at the Opry House when the venue opened more than 40 years ago.

Saturday, July 9, 1:10 p.m. vs. the Atlanta Braves

  • Ceremonial first pitch by comedian Steve Hofstetter
  • Giveaway: White Sox Cap, presented by The PrivateBank (First 20,000 fans)
  • Broadcast on WGN-TV, WLS AM 890 and WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio

Comedian and television personality Steve Hofstetter will throw a ceremonial first pitch. He is the host of "Finding Babe Ruth" on FS1 as well as host and executive producer of "Laughs" on Fox television stations. Hofstetter has engaged with millions of fans through his YouTube channel, which currently has over 45 million views, as well as written content for ESPN, Maxim and Sports Illustrated for Kids.

Sunday, July 10, 1:10 p.m. vs. the Atlanta Braves

  • Family Sunday, presented by Coca-Cola
  • National Anthem and God Bless America by singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson
  • Ceremonial first pitch by Indiana native and NFL defensive tackle Kawann Short
  • Broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WLS AM 890

Coca-Cola Family Sunday offers tickets as low as $5 in the Upper Level and $15 in the Lower Level with $10 parking. This weekend's entertainment includes children's running the bases postgame (weather permitting), face painters, balloonists and a caricature artist. Kids ages 10 and under eat free off the kids menu at ChiSox Bar & Grill on Family Sundays. Tickets and additional information are available at whitesox.com/Sunday.

Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. Nathanson and his band performed their hit single "Come On Get Higher" on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." His songs have been featured on popular television shows, including "One Tree Hill," "Scrubs" and "The Bachelor." He released his latest album, "Show Me Your Fangs," in October 2015.

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Short played at Purdue University, where he ranks third in school history for the most tackles for loss and sacks by a defensive tackle. He was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and led the Panthers in 2015 with a career-high 11.0 sacks, the most by a defensive tackle in team history. Short will join the White Sox after welcoming up to 500 students and their families to a free youth football camp on Saturday, July 9, in his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana.