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Pedestrian Poetry

David Hernandez and Street Sounds translate the city of Chicago into music.

Blending folk, jazz and Afro-Latin elements in its music, the band provides a perfect backdrop for Hernandez's poetry as he chronicles pedestrian Chicago. Whether recalling his own childhood in Puerto Rican neighborhoods or extending that experience to the city's many immigrants and overlooked populations, Hernandez's verses portray existence as seen from the street.

It's no wonder he's been given the unofficial title of "Poet Laureate of Chicago."

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Watch Street Sounds perform as David Hernandez reads from his poem, Armitage Street, where he juxtaposes the street's new middle-class status to memories of its heavily working-class Puerto Rican past.


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David Hernandez at the mic.

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Members of Street Sounds.

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Hernandez on the "L" tracks over Armitage Avenue.

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David Hernandez and Street Sounds perform at the Hot House.


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