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Sidewalk Chalk, Sam Trump, Marcela Cruz, D. Ruff

JUN 9, 2017


Sam Trump, Sidewalk Chalk, Marcela Cruz, D. RUFF

Local Boston bands haven't had the opportunity to perform in downtown Boston venues for decades. ArtsEmerson’s Black Box Sounds concert series transforms a black box theatre into a pop-up music venue to bring the best area bands and performers back to the heart of our city. Black Box full-bar is open for service throughout the concert.

Sam Trump


Sam Trump is a multi‐instrumentalist and singer/songwriter whose soulful take on a modern sound creates an experience that is best described as hypnotic. A man of many talents, he not only sings, but plays the trumpet and ukulele, and is heavily involved in Chicago's live music scene. He is currently touring full‐time with live HipHop/Jazz/Soul band, Sidewalk Chalk, who is scheduled to release their 4th album in 2017.

A few notable performances would be for SheaMoisture and Chicago Urban League, and Trump has opened up for international acts such as Jose James and Kindred The Family Soul.

A recent, notable collaboration is on Add‐2’s latest album, Prey For The Poor, where Sam co‐composed two songs that featured Grammy Award Winner, Rapsody.

Trump's two latest Official Music Videos have received critical acclaim for their positive message and imagery. Check out "Brother" and "Count On Me" at www.SamTrumpOnline.com.

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YouTube: ""Brother" ft. Add-2"

Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s third album, Shoulder Season, is compiled from seven live performances across the US. Its title signifies transition, a time in between two places, a feeling of expectation for what is to come. Sidewalk Chalk’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective talents together to update a sound first heralded in the Native Tongues era but never so musically diverse. The group’s unique arrangement allows them to incorporate numerous styles seamlessly: an MC and female vocalist; a trio of keys, bass, and drums; a horn section with trombone and trumpet; and a tap-dancer.

Following their sophomore album, Leaves, and their debut release, Corner Store, this new album finds the group venturing into more cerebral musical space, accompanying songs about the duality of our lives and our world. The essence of each performance is captured, with electric and energetic crowds playing as much of a role on the album as the band itself.

The group has shared stages with ?uestlove, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Jean Grae, Hiatus Kaiyote and other notables. Individually, band members have acted as musical director(s) for Brother Ali, toured with Jazzanova and played behind Buddy Guy and Talib Kweli. Sidewalk Chalk was named "Most Outstanding Group" at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards, and its MC represented Chicago at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Sidewalk Chalk is: Rico Sisney (MC), Maggie Vagle (Vocals), Charlie Coffeen (Keys), Josh Rosen (Bass), Xavier Breaker (Drums), Jumaane Taylor (Taps), Sam Trump (Trumpet), and David Ben-Porat (Trombone).

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YouTube: "Vibration"
YouTube: "So Close"


Marcela is an RnB/Pop singer from Lowell, Massachusetts that’s been singing since the age of 9. In 2014 Marcela announced herself as a solo recording artist and has kept herself busy with local performances as well as traveling to other states across the U.S to share her music.

In fall of 2016 Marcela released her first project, an EP called “Here We Go Again.” It blends the topic of love and war through RnB and Pop. With musical influences such as Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, JoJo and more, one will hear an original sound with soulful riffs and vocal melodies by a girl who grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

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YouTube: Marcela Cruz feat. Hank Sinatra "Stuck on You"

DJ Ruff


D.Ruff is a spoken word poet and co-host of the "if you can Feel It, you can Speak It" Open Mic movement, held every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Bella Luna/Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. Over the past decade, he has featured at venues such as The Middle East, Slades Bar & Grille, The Haley House, Darryl's Corner, The Strand Theater and The Apollo Theater. Additionally he has performed at Bay State College, BU, BC, Emerson College and Wheelock College. Author of, "Staying on 94: Tales from a Misguided Soul", a collection of his performance and written poetry also performed on radio stations, such as Boston’s WRBB 104.9 and Big City 101.3 as well as performed alongside rising star, Austin Brown. D.Ruff performs with inspiring passion in hopes that people and society will recognize the flaws and find bravery to collectively speak and start to demand real change for future generations.

A limited number of 4-person reserved seating tables are available for $60. Please email tickets@artsemerson.org to book your table or inquire on availability.