City Winery Riverwalk Hosts Free Beastie Boys Tribute
City Winery at the Riverwalk, 11 W. Riverwalk South, announces a free performance by She's Crafty on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. Raffles and proceeds from two specialty cocktails will benefit Chicago Period Project and Gilda's Club Chicago.
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the release of Beastie Boys' unique, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning album Hello Nasty ("Intergalactic"), Chicago's all-female Beastie Boys tribute, She's Crafty, features three MCs and one DJ: MCAmy (Amy Sumpter), MagRock (Maggie Tomasek), Ken D (Kendra Stevens), and DJ ENRG (Erica Reid). Hello Nasty is the Beastie Boys' fifth album, released a dozen years after their classic debut. It debuted at the top of the charts in seven countries, earned two GRAMMY Awards, and was the band's first project with Mix Master Mike (Michael Schwartz). The album is among the hip hop group's most experimental and wide-ranging works.
She's Crafty founding members Amy Sumpter, Kendra Stevens, and Maggie Tomasek first met through the Chicago comedy scene and soon discovered their shared love of the Beastie Boys. For two years, they kicked around the idea of starting an all-female B-Boys tribute. After the passing of Adam "MCA" Yauch on May 4, 2012, they knew it was time to make it happen. Erica Reid joined the band in 2014.
She's Crafty will also perform at City Winery Chicago's West Loop location, 1200 W Randolph, in July. Additional information about the July performance TBA.
She's Crafty joins a diverse mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues, world music, theater, dance, spoken word and comedy presented at City Winery Chicago's West Loop location, including previously announced headliners and supporting acts: ): Simrit Kaur (Apr. 30); The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik (May 3); Suzanne Vega (May 5-6); Graham Parker with James Maddock (May 10); Sam Bush (May 11); Glen Phillips with Heather Lynne Horton (May 13); Brendan James with Pete Muller (May 14); Kat Edmonson with Matt Munisteri (May 15); Ghost Light featuring Holly Bowling & Tom Hamilton (May 16); Heather McDonald (May 17-18); Elizabeth Cook with Caleb Caudle (May 19); Story Jam (May 20, 12pm); Squirrel Nut Zippers (May 20); Sarah Vaughan: Live at Mister Kelly's & After Hours at the London House (May 21, 7:30pm); Ana Popovic (May 22); Cathy Richardson Band (May 23); John Waite & the Axemen with Leslie DiNicola (May 24-25); Rahsaan Patterson (May 26, 7 & 10pm); Deacon Blues (May 27); American Aquarium with Cory Branan (May 28); Sidewalk Chalk (May 29); Eric Roberson (May 30-Jun. 1); Oleta Adams (Jun. 3); Al Stewart (Jun. 4-5); Brian McKnight (Jun. 6-7, 7 & 9:30pm); Joe Purdy with Raye Zaragoza (Jun. 8); Joan Armatrading (Jun. 9-10); John Mayall (Jun. 11); Joan Armatrading (Jun. 12-14); Greg Laswell (Jun. 15); Jeffrey Foucault with Dusty Heart (Jun. 17); Indigenous (Jun. 18); Edwin McCain (Jun. 20); David Ramirez (Jun. 21); Paula Cole (Jun. 22); Hip Hop Yoga (Jun. 23, 11am &1:30pm); Griffin House (Jun. 23); The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston (Jun. 24); Lit (Jun. 27); Red Wanting Blue with Liz Brasher (Jun. 28); Marc Cohn with Clarence Bucaro (Jun. 29); Capitol Steps (Jul. 1, 7pm); Dennis Quaid & the Sharks (Jul. 2); Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers (Jul. 5); Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues with Lynne Jordan (Jul. 6); Carbon Leaf (Jul. 7, 6 & 9pm); The James Hunter Six (Jul. 8); Anthony David (Jul. 11); The Bacon Brothers (Jul.12, 6:30 & 9:30pm); We Hate Movies (Jul. 13); Mac McAnally (Jul. 14, 7pm); Wayne 'The Train' Hancock & Scott H. Biram (Jul. 15); Kenny Lattimore (Jul. 20, 7 & 10pm); Purple Veins (Jul. 22); God Street Wine (Jul. 29); Sawyer Fredericks (Aug. 1); Pat McGee (Aug. 3); Tower of Power (Aug. 8-9 & Aug. 10, 7 & 10pm); Vivian Green (Aug. 11, 7 &10pm); Over the Rhine (Aug. 12); Jean-Luc Ponty (Aug. 13-14); Robben Ford (Aug. 16); Don McLean (Aug. 19); Rachelle Ferrell (Aug. 24-25, 7 & 10pm); Justin Hayward with Michael Dawes (Aug. 26); Dar Williams (Sept. 16); Willy Porter Band (Sept. 28); Jump, Little Children with Michael Flynn (Oct. 1) and Jane Lynch (Nov. 30, 7 & 10pm).
Opened in 2012, City Winery Chicago is a fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall and private event space located in the heart of the West Loop at 1200 W. Randolph, in the historic urban Fulton Market district. Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, the 1911 building has been transformed into a contemporary 33,000 square foot haven for those passionate about wine, music and culinary arts. The décor evokes the romance of being in wine country, from the exposed stainless steel fermenting tanks and French oak barrels, to the aroma of fermenting grapes. The West Loop's only fully operation winery has produced dozens of in-house wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile, including a Wine Enthusiast 92-point 2015 Verna's Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir. With more than 400 unique producers from around the world City Winery is recognized with 2014 and 2015 Best of Awards of Excellence "for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world" by Wine Spectator. The globally inspired, locally sourced, wine-focused food menu is conceived for pairing and sharing. The concert hall accommodates up to 300 guests, all seated at tables with complete beverage and dining service, ensuring a comfortable "listening room" experience enhanced by a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. Riedel is the official and exclusive provider of glassware, showing City Winery's commitment to enjoying quality wine in a quality vessel. American Airlines is the Official Airline and Virgin Hotels Chicago is the Official Hotel of City Winery. For more information, please visit www.citywinery.com.