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Being Beastie

Being Beastie

Friday, September 7

Let’s root down for a moment. I never had an older brother but the Beastie Boys always felt like my older brothers. They taught me what to drink (brass monkeys and Blue Nun wine, of course), what drugs were OK to do (“I do not sniff the coke, I only smoke the sinsimilla”), what shoes to wear (“rock my Adidas, never rock Fila”), and that you could be into punk rock and still like rap too. My mom didn’t like them very much, but they didn’t make music for my mom. If ever there was a band that defined a generation, it was the Beastie Boys. It’s so sad and strange to refer to the Beastie Boys in the past tense, but with a back catalogue that spans four decades and nation of music lovers who have shown their despair over founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death in May, their impact on our culture is very apparent. Yauch’s death was due to a rare form of cancer in his parotid gland, a salivary gland in the throat, which he was diagnosed with in 2009. When tragedy strikes and someone like Yauch dies at such a young age, there is a small amount of good that comes out of it when people start to focus on the cause, and how to beat it. This Friday (Sept 7) Buffalo hip-hop record label Deep Thinka Records and promoter Damon Bodine will pay tribute to MCA, Mike D, and Ad-Rock with Being Beastie at Duke’s. Buffalo favorites like Mic Excel, Koolie High, and Kinda Like Dreamin’ will lay down some rhymes alongside special guests, and just about anyone else who has the guts to get on stage and test their brain-to-mouth coordination out on some Beastie Boys beats, as provided by Rhubarb and DJ Cutler. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. —cory perla

10pm Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (240-9359 / dukesbohemiangrovebar.com) $5, 21+