Striking a pose.

Fresh off their combined efforts on the Get Out and Vote '08 voter awareness tour, Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow will play full sets at a very special all ages Inaugural Gala presented by Rock The Vote. The all ages show will take place Monday, January 19 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. Doors will be at 8 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets will be on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, January 10th.

Who would have thought that a punk band thrown together for its bass player's 17th birthday party would evolve into one of the most influential and groundbreaking successes of its time? Certainly not the then teenage Beastie Boys, yet the band's 25-year-and-counting career has logged 40 million in sales, two Grammy awards, the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award, four #1 albums; including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band's 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill, and countless sold out world tours, magazine covers and TV appearances.

Yet it was in 1981 that Beastie Boys, then consisting of Adam Yauch (a/k/a MCA) on bass, drummer Kate Schellenbach (later of Luscious Jackson), guitarist John Berry (of Big Fat Love), and Mike Diamond (a/k/a Mike D) on the mic,-debuted at Yauch's birthday party. By 1982, the band had played its first public gigs opening for the likes of Bad Brains and Reagan Youth at venues including CBGB, A7, and Max's Kansas City, where they played on the last night of the club's existence.

Beastie Boys supported Madonna on the entire North American "Virgin Tour." Another 12", "Hold It Now, Hit It" made waves at urban radio as the Boys support Run-DMC, Whodini, LL Cool J and the Timex Social Club on the groundbreaking Raising Hell tour, where many of those listeners learned that Beastie Boys are white.

Today, over 20 years later, with the release of the all-instrumental The Mix-Up, Beastie Boys throw listeners a curveball reminder of the one constant throughout the band's 25 year and counting career: reinvention. The Mix-Up features Diamond, Horovitz and Yauch back on drums, guitar and bass, with able assistance from Keyboard Money Mark and longtime percussionist Alfredo Ortiz, as they hit the restart button once again for another career landmark: Beastie Boys' first ever full length offering of all new, all original instrumental recordings. Sure to please fans of the instrumental cuts from Check Your Head and Ill Communication compiled for the cult hit The In Sound From Way Out!, The Mix-Up finds NYC's favorite sons drawing on one of their arsenal's primary strengths and pushing it into bold new directions as they prepare and contemplate their next move.

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