Barry Zito, Kelley James Return to the Stage January 18, 2013

December 26, 2012

Cy Young Award winning pitcher & national recording artist to perform at Los Angeles venue, Key Club

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and former Cy Young Award pitcher, Barry Zito, of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants, and national recording artist Kelley James, will headline “A Night For The Troops” on Friday, January 18, 2013 at Key Club located at 9039 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, Calif. The show will benefit Strikeouts For Troops®, which was founded by Zito in 2005. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Coming together for a fourth time, Zito and James continue to bring music and sports fans together for a good cause. Previous performances featured Major LeagueBaseball (MLB) players Ryan Braun, left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, Eric Byrnes, former Seattle Mariners outfielder and current KNBR host, Huston Street, pitcher for the San Diego Padres, and Pablo Sandoval, infielder for the San Francisco Giants.

Tickets are on sale now at, starting with a limited number of general admission tickets available at $10 and VIP packages starting at $50 including a VIP meet and greet and autograph signing.

Zito and James, who have played a number of shows together, will perform their unique mix of acoustic music for a very special cause. Strikeouts For Troops (501c3), a national non-profit, founded by Barry Zito, gives back to injured military service men and women through grants by providing comforts of home to injured troops, uplifting morale and offering support to their families .

Zito, a 13-year MLB veteran, is also an accomplished songwriter that has always had a love for the stage. Zito’s roots and influence in music began with his parents, his father Joe, who is a classically trained musician and conductor/composer for Nat King Cole and his late mother, Roberta, who performed with the Merry Young Souls, the back up singers for Nat Cole.

Kelley James’ music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics and freestyle flows. Additionally, he has toured the nation with acts such as Mike Posner and O.A.R., and has performed over 700 shows in the past four years. He has sold out shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and the House Of Blues in Chicago and is a regular performer at PGA events including the Coors Light Birds Nest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Farmer’s Insurance Rock Ball, HP Byron Nelson Pavilion After Dark and more.

James has released a total of two full-length records, including his debut album “In a City that has No Name” in 2007, and three EP’s including, “The Recent Future” in June 2011. James’ recently released single “Summertime On My Mind” has become a summer anthem and has received recognition from several viral entertainment sites including BroBible, BuzzFeed, ClevverMusic, Mashable and Tone It Up.


Strikeouts For Troops ® is a national non-profit organization founded by three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and Cy Young Award winning pitcher, Barry Zito of the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Strikeouts For Troops is dedicated to provide our country’s armed forces with the comforts of home while giving back to those who give so much. Strikeouts For Troops is Americans helping Americans, and specifically provides injured service members with important care and assistance while they undergo an often long and painful recovery. Additionally, Strikeouts For Troops works to lift the spirits and morale of our injured troops; important to the healing process. Since its introduction in 2005, Strikeouts For Troops has touched the lives of thousands of U.S. service members and their families and raises funds from contributions from fundraising events, fan donations, corporate partnerships and from professional baseball players and coaches. At the heart of the foundation is helping to facilitate care, attention, and comfort to our injured service members and support to our military families. Strikeouts For Troops is a non-partisan foundation developed to honor U.S. service members and military families., @Strkeouts4Troops,

Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) is a full service entertainment, events and public relations agency. SLE specializes inevent planning, coordination, and production, talent booking and management, marketing and promotions, new media and design.

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