Photo by Scott Preston
There are many lessons that come from age and experience. When one discovers such a thing, there’s an inherent need to broadcast it to the world. This is that. With an eclectic variety of ages and experiences, Chicago based musicians Sidewalk Chalk are a force to be reckoned with.
The emcee, singer, keyboard, bass, drummer, trumpet, trombone, and tap dancer are the evolution of Hip-Hop, Soul and Jazz superbly packaged into sounds that you’ve quite possibly never heard before. The legend Sam Cooke once sang, “Change is Gonna Come.” Musically, change is already here. Upon the heels of the release of their debut full-length album, “Corner Store” (released 3/6/12 and co-produced with Greg Magers of Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool), Sidewalk Chalk has already proven themselves worthy of a listen. They’re sure to satisfy the cravings of anyone in love with music and hungry for something different.
Musicality, honesty, and intellect are becoming harder to find. Thankfully, Sidewalk Chalk’s goal is to be heard by the world and inspire its inhabitants. Quickly on their way to becoming one of the most talented live bands of this generation, Sidewalk Chalk was named “Best Hip-Hop Act in Chicago of 2010” by the Chicago Reader. The group’s Emcee, Rico Sisney, represented Chicago at the 2012 World Expo in Shanghai, China. They’ve been featured on CBS News Online, 2dopeboyz, and Guest of a Guest Los Angeles. On top of that, Sidewalk Chalk has shared the stage with artists such as J*Davey, Company of Thieves, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and ?uestlove of The Roots. Individually, members of the group have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli.
So, wake up world and meet the rest of us at the “Corner Store”. We’ll be out front with Sidewalk Chalk.