Music: Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk’s just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout the Hip

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Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk’s just-released second album, Leaves, opens with a live clip in which frontdude/rapper Rico Sisney and frontlady/singer Maggie Vagle ask a crowd to shout the Hip Hop crew’s name on the count of three. It’s a fitting intro because this Chicago octet is, first and foremost, interested in interaction, about stirring minds and moving asses. The jazzy ensemble mixes live drumming, keyboards, horns and even a tap dancer into a heady brew, all coalescing around the complementary vocal talents of Sisney and Vagle. Having brought its great live show to Cincinnati numerous times over the past few years (including some highlight-worthy appearances at the MidPoint Music Festival), Sidewalk Chalk has built an ever-increasing following in the Queen City. With The Almighty Get Down. 


10 p.m. Friday. Free. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com.

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