Being Beastie to battle cancer, bring dope rhymes to Allentown
blog by Ben Kirst • June 26, 2012 @ 12:44pm
When Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died in May, music fans around the world mourned. Damon Bodine—a music producer and party promoter who splits time between Buffalo and New York City—was saddened by the loss of the talented musical artist, as well.
He also saw an opportunity.
Bodine, an active supporter of the fight against cancer since completing his own battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, was particularly sensitive to Yauch’s unsuccessful struggle. Bodine has used all resources available to him to raise money for the cause: he has whipped himself into tremendous physical condition, running a series of half-marathons (and plans to participate in the upcoming New York Marathon) to raise money for research, and has hosted parties—including the popular Being B.I.G. event on Friday, March 9 in Allentown that drew roughly 400 people to Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St., Buffalo).
The concept behind Being B.I.G.? Get some of Buffalo’s best hip-hop artists up on stage to cover Biggie Smalls’ greatest hits and use the money to support his efforts for Team In Training, an athletic-based organization dedicated to fundraising on behalf of cancer patients and their families.
Given Yauch’s recent passing—and the unrelenting popularity of the Beastie Boys—the time felt right to roll out the template again.
Bodine and Tony Caferro, founder of local hip-hop label Deep Thinka Records, will present Being Beastie at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar. A $5 donation for the 21+ show will be accepted at the door. Well-known local DJs Cutler and Rhubarb—along with a live band—will deliver the soundtrack for the evening, and a veritable who’s who of Western New York musicians (you have to go to find out!) will pass the mike as part of a raucous procession through the Beastie Boys’ beloved catalog.
All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“I was born in 1983, so I kind of grew up with the Beastie Boys,” Bodine said. “When I was a kid, my dad would play Beastie Boys, and as I got older, I went through those different eras of records, too.”
While the music will be stellar and the performances will be fun, Bodine noted that he is helping to promote the show as a way to encourage people to join the fight against cancer.
“My primary goal is to do funding,” he said. “I want to raise as much money as I can…and a big part of that is advocacy. I want to see more people get involved. Awareness and advocacy are needed…Buffalo has one of the highest occurrences of all kinds of cancer in the United States. Our community needs to learn to take care of each other in the fight against this disease.”
Photo from Flickr / nika.