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Coming together in the Spring of 2008 after meeting at Columbia College in Chicago, Sidewalk Chalk is rapidly emerging as a shining star in the burgeoning Chicago hip-hop scene.
Fronted by MC K'neqta Dots (Rico Sisney) and vocalist S-Star (Margaret Vagle), Sidewalk Chalk's sound is a unique blend of jazz, soul, and hip- hop. The group is rounded out by Charlie "Chuck" Coffeen on keys, Fatty Jeff (Garrett McGinn) on bass, Billy Blanks (Tyler Berg) on drums and the Bootskate Horns (David Ben-Porat on Trombone and Sam Trump on Trumpet).
Further contributing to the unique stage show put on by Sidewalk is award- winning tap dancer Jumaane Taylor. Taylor describes his own role in the group as “to be an instrumentalist; to be another piece, another color, in the picture being created”.
The band's rhythm section (often playing their own sets of J Dilla
instrumentals under the name, “The Ephelon Trio”), combines with the Bootskate Horns and Jumaane Taylor to paint a soundscape as
compelling as the performances of the vocalists.
2009 saw the group release the Snacktime EP and embark on the Freida Hites Tour. In 2010, Chuck and S-Star joined Chicago’s Animate Objects on the I.A.M. Strong tour, both as members of the AO live show and as part of the backing band for Universal/Concord artist, Leigh Jones.
Armed with significant touring experience, years of both formal and informal musical study, and a collective love of music, Sidewalk Chalk is pushing beyond musical convention to create art that will know no shelf life.