02/25/10 5:30 PM EST
'Woodjock 2010' jamfest set for March 11
Peavy, Linebrink to join baseball personalities in fundraiser
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
White Sox reliever Scott Linebrink, who is one of the Major Leaguers scheduled to perform at this unique event, doesn't necessarily need the rock-star status associated with his guitar work on this particular night.
"I'm excited about it, but it's something that at first I was a little bit leery about," said Linebrink with a laugh. "A live performance is a lot more pressure.
"Mostly, I've played around the campfire and people had enough beers where they wouldn't care what you sound like. I just want to do justice to the event and let the people get what they pay for. I just hope expectations are not too high."
This event actually was organized by Jake Peavy, Linebrink's good friend and White Sox teammate, with all Woodjock proceeds benefiting the Jake Peavy Foundation. His foundation raises funds for Team Focus, Strikeouts for Troops, Autism Speaks and White Sox Charities.
It begins at 7 p.m. MT and takes place at The Venue in Old Town Scottsdale, with only 1,200 tickets available for sale. Both general admission and VIP seats can be purchased.
Peavy pointed out how the name of this event is a spin-off from Woodstock. While the performers won't quite musically rival Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival or Sly & the Family Stone from this 1969 piece of history, there will be quite a few talented baseball players up on stage showing off another passion at this "big league jam fest," according to the promotional words attached to Woodjock.
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"I kind of took it from the aspect of all athletes want to be rock stars, and vice versa," Peavy said. "I'm friends with quite a bit of those guys [from the music industry], and they tell me, 'You guys have it made.'
"We are going to raise some money, and it's going to be fun for the fans. It's going to be a blast of a night."
Joining Peavy and Linebrink as part of the night's entertainment will be Bernie Williams, an extremely accomplished guitar player and former Yankees stalwart. Bronson Arroyo, Barry Zito, Tim Flannery, MLB.com columnist Peter Gammons, Aubrey Huff and umpire Joe West complete this eclectic list.
"All those guys are going to sing and play. They will play some of their own stuff and some cover stuff," Peavy said. "It's the first time I've ever done anything like this. When the idea was brought up, I was excited as were the participants."
A surprise guest, possibly from the music industry, could be added to the lineup, as hinted by Peavy on Thursday. There also will be plenty of players in the crowd supporting their friends on stage, helping to ease those nerves spoken of by Linebrink.
"Bernie would be the main draw, and I hear Zito is very talented and Arroyo does his own stuff," Linebrink said. "I'll be the Minor Leaguer. I don't want to follow those guys. I'll be the opening act, and they will finish it off for us and make me sound good."
"To watch these guys do something they love and out of their element, on stage in front of people, it's going to be a cool night," Peavy said. "It should be fun."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.