MCA Day Chicago
A Brief History of MCA Day Chicago
Soon after Adam “MCA” Yauch died of neck cancer on May 4, 2012, Chicago-based performers Amy Sumpter (MCAmy), Kendra Stevens (Ken D) and Maggie Tomasek (MagRock) formed She’s Crafty to help keep the spirit of MCA alive and pay homage to one of the most influential bands of the past 40 years. Since 2013, She’s Crafty has produced their annual MCA Day Chicago event with bands, DJs and artists from across Chicago while raising money to fight cancer. Lincoln Hall has been the home of MCA Day Chicago since 2015.
MCA Day Chicago FAQs
Q: Rockstars are always "fashionably" late. So, does the show really start at 8?
A: Yes! It really starts at 8! (Though, the doors open at 7 with a live DJ spinning Beastie Boys jams and more, so might as well get there early.)
Q: Do all the bands play Beastie Boys songs?
A: Yes, they do! And no songs will be repeated. So if you miss some of the bands, you might miss one of your favorite cuts.
Q: Where does my money go?
A: Proceeds from MCA Day Chicago go to the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation, named for a lifelong Beastie Boys fan who lost his battle with the same cancer as Adam Yauch one month after Yauch died. Since MCA Day Chicago's inception, She’s Crafty has raised $10,000+ for this incredible charity.
Q: What about merch?
A: We got merch selection in a wide array: T-shirts, buttons, posters, koozies, stickers -- and a portion of all merch sales go toward our partner charity. Pay with cash, credit or debit card, PayPal, Venmo or Square Cash.
Q: I love the Beastie Boys and hate cancer, but I can't make it to MCA Day Chicago. What can I do?
A: We're glad you asked! 1) Tell your friends about the show. 2) Buy a ticket anyway! All ticket sales go to the Gromada Foundation. 3) Send a donation directly to the charity -- or make another charitable donation to keep the spirit of MCA alive.