Peavy organizing charitable music event

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There won't be a second Woodjock concert involving Jake Peavy following up his 2010 event in Scottsdale. But Peavy spoke Friday about a charity event, which might be on a little smaller scale but still should be quite entertaining for White Sox fans, to take place this summer in Chicago, possibly in June or July.

It's an event that would benefit the Jake Peavy Foundation and sounds as if it could take place at Joe's Bar on Weed St.

"You know I love music," said Peavy with a smile. "We're finalizing the date now and we will have a cool event. It will be something that people will be excited to be a part of and will be fun for music lovers.

"This will be open to the public and it will be different. I don't know what we're going to call it, maybe Jake Peavy and Friends, but we'll have. … I'm sure some of us will participate and we'll play a little bit of music, but we'll have some guys who play music for a living that will make it a little worth your while to come on out.

"It will all run through my foundation and my foundation branches off into so many different directions with cancer research, Autism Speaks, the team focus for underprivileged children," Peavy said. "And we will also include the foundations of the artists that will be with me as well."

Along with Barry Zito, Peavy has been hosting an annual private event during Spring Training through Strikeouts for Troops. That event strictly is for the military, their families and as many baseball players and musicians as they can find.

This event in Chicago, featuring a mix of music, will have a little tighter focus than Woodjock and can be put together by the people running his foundation "without me having to devote so much time to it," according to Peavy.

"That was the biggest thing, and I wanted to get the season under way and get everything smoothly running and I wanted to do something in the town I play in as well," Peavy said. "I'll tell you, I'm as passionate about music as I am about baseball, and down in my home in Alabama I have built this amphitheater and I'm in the process of having this studio going in.

"Those are some of my closest friends in the world, the people who write music and produce music and actually play it. To be able to tie that in a little bit with baseball and then also raise money through that cause is an awesome feeling. It's always fun for me."