The passing of Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch left holes in the hearts of hip-hop heads and New Yorkers of many stripes, but in the wake of his passing last spring, there have been more acts of celebration of MCA and the Beasties than of mourning. There was MCA Day in May, observed with a giant party in Union Square, and a resolution passed in the New York State Senate honoring his life.
Because, as everyone knows, the Beasties can’t, they won’t and they don’t stop, one megafan is inviting all of his friends (134 are marked as attending on Facebook) to a Beasties fan celebration and tour this Saturday, the eve of what would (and let’s be real, should) have been Yauch’s 48th birthday. Beginning at Frederick Douglass Playground, Palk will take fellow Beastie pilgrims on a walking/subway tour of sites important to the growth and impact of the hip-hop trio, beginning with the site of John Berry’s loft, where Michael “Mike D” Diamond played in The Young Aborigines and met MCA at one of their gigs, laying the groundwork for what would be the Beasties. Other key landmarks include iconic punk performance space 171A, Oscilloscope Laboratories and the site of the Paul’s Boutique album cover. A complete lineup of destinations can be found here. The celebration continues with a party at the Overlook Grill. In terms of ways to spend your weekend, you could do a whole lot worse than this.