Chicago-based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that blends elements of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. As The Chicago Tribune says, “While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.” Comprised of an MC, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist and trumpeter, Sidewalk Chalk is driven by an internalized, emphatic statement of purpose, evident in the music from their 2017 release, An Orchid Is Born (Ropeadope Records). This powerhouse group has audiences and critics alike abuzz with excitement, “pushing beyond musical convention to create art that will know no shelf life” (last.fm).


“While many bands strive hard for originality, it’s unlikely that any of them could best Sidewalk Chalk.” –Chicago Tribune

“There is some serious Native Tongues flavor injector into their well-rounded 8-piece of Midwestern funk.” – Okayplayer

“It’s easy to sample Charles Mingus, but it’s far harder to make music that Mingus would have liked.”
Afropunk