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

December 26, 2012

BARRY ZITO, KELLEY JAMES RETURN TO THE STAGE JANUARY 18, 2013
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 http://www.keyclub.com, 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.

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ABOUT STRIKEOUTS FOR TROOPS®
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. StrikeoutsForTroops.org, @Strkeouts4Troops, www.facebook.com/StrikeoutsForTroops.

ABOUT STEVE LEVINE ENTERTAINMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS (SLE)
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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November 2, 2012

THIRD ANNUAL ACHEN-GARDNER CONSTRUCTION “ROCK THE BLOCK!” PRESENTED BY MARK-TAYLOR ANNOUNCES ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP

Family-friendly FREE block party announces local and national acts

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Achen-Gardner Construction “Rock The Block!” presented by Mark-Taylor returns with an array of festivities and entertainment to Downtown Chandler on November 10. The event will run from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Arizona Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road.

Organized by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, Rock the Block! is a free family-friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses.

Three stages of national and local acts will feature entertainment from classic rock to country along with various dance acts for the “Chandlers Got Talent” variety act talent show including members of the Bracken Irish Dance team. An additional stage will feature a Skull Candy Supreme Sound Trailer hosting X-BOX gaming stations accompanied by the Red Bull Skate Exhibition.

Headlining the North stage is national recording artist, Kelley James, a singer-songwriter whose music is a fascinating collection of acoustic guitars, hip-hop beats, thoughtful lyrics and freestyle flows.

A 12,000 square foot Kids Zone will feature inflatables and interactive games including: 4 person bungee trampoline, Gyro 2 seater extreme, trackless space train, mechanical bull, caterpillar obstacle, and inflatable free throw. Members of the Arizona Rattlers Arena Football team, Sidewinder dancers and mascot, Stryker D. Rattler, will be in the Kids Zone to teach various drills and sign autographs. In addition, a 200 foot long zip-line will run down Arizona Avenue.

The event will also feature more than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors, various food vendors featuring the top food trucks in Arizona and beverage vendors featuring two beer gardens and a VIP area.

In honor of Veteran’s Day the American Legion Post 35 will be in attendance along with the National Guard that will be hosting a rock climbing wall.

For more information about Rock The Block please visit www.chandlerblockparty.com or contact Jennifer Lindley at Jennifer@downtownchandler.org.

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About Rock The Block!

Chandler Rock the Block is an annual family-friendly free block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle Chandler offers while promoting the city’s downtown neighborhood. The annual event features entertainment, live music, activities including a special Kids Zone with interactive games and inflatables, vendors, food and drinks.  For more information on Chandler Rock the Block please visit www.chandlerblockparty.com.

About Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP)

The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) is a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to mobilize leadership and resources to advance the development of Downtown Chandler as a regional destination for shopping, dining, living, culture, and the arts. For more information on DCCP please visit www.downtownchandler.org.

About Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE)

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

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Recordnet.com Interview

October 6, 2012

Vida Record & RecordnetRecordnet.com’s Tony Suaro writes “So, who needs the sclerotic recording industry anyway? Not Kelley James.” after having an in-depth interview with Kelley, discussing everything from his views on the future of the music industry to sponsorships to his close friendships with major sports figures. Read the full article here!

Kelley James performance following Barnes’ Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament

October 6, 2012

So, who needs the sclerotic recording industry anyway? Not Kelley James.

He began building his own music-career model while studying business in college. “I do believe the future is that every single song in the world will be free,” said James, a Manhattan Beach-based singer-songwriter. “There’ll be no barriers. Whoever does music will be financed by brands. From Kanye West to Aerosmith.” In James’ plan, friends like Barry Zito, Ricky Barnes and dozens of other pro athletes help, too.

James plays some golf – “I’m terrible, but I like to go out and hack it around” – and then performs his music Monday following Barnes’ Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Stockton Golf & Country Club.“I’ll get Barnes to sing,” said James, 28, a former basketball and football player who’s now a part-time surfer. “Like (Neil Diamond’s) ‘Sweet Caroline.’ Something by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He’ll have his pro-golfer guys get up on stage and maybe play tambourine and triangle. I get them on stage a lot.”That’s par for James’ musical course. He’s been performing his amalgam of pop, folk, reggae and hip-hop at Professional Golfers Association (PGA) events since 2008. That includes the hallowed Masters Tournament.

 

Stereotude Artist of the Week

September 13, 2012

 

Kelley is Stereotude‘s Artist of the Week! Stereotude’s Matt Dekneef writes “With concise breezy melodies and smooth freestyle rap phrasing in nearly every verse, his relaxing brand of music just makes you want to curl up with a cold bottle of Corona and watch boxed sets of The O.C.. Basically, Travie McCoy should hit him up so they can write next summer’s “Billionaire.” Like, maybe you should all “@TravieMcCoy @YourBoyKJ” and get this Twitter campaign started?” We’re in!

Read the full article here and download “Summertime On My Mind” for free!

August 20, 2012

IndyStar got a chance to chat with Kelley before his Red Bull MotoGP After Party at Bartini in Indianapolis on Sunday, check it out here.

 

IndyStar got a chance to chat with Kelley before his Red Bull MotoGP After Party at Bartini in Indianapolis on Sunday, check it out here.  

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Indianapolis Bloggers to interview Kelley at Red Bull event

August 17, 2012

motogp_Indy_logo-525x233Indianapolis Bloggers will be interviewing Kelley this Sunday at the Red Bull MotoGP After Party at Bartini’s, doors at 9PM!

“Hey Indianapolis- Kelley James is coming to play in Indy on August 19th at the RedBull Moto GP After Party. Do whatever you can to make sure you’re there to enjoy the show. Indianapolis Bloggers is being given an opportunity for an exclusive interview with Kelley, so be on the lookout and don’t miss it!”