Chicago collective Kids These Days was a last-minute addition to the Bele Chere lineup (after Mambo Sauce dropped out). But the group of classically and jazz-trained musicians, ages 17-21, are well-worth catching. They blend elements of jazz, singer/songwriter and hip-hop into a fresh and upbeat sound. They perform on Saturday, July 30 on the Battery Park Stage, 6-7:30 p.m.
In this podcast, trumpet player Nico Segal talks about how the group met, what MCs have in common with trumpet players, and what role the city of Chicago plays in this young band’s sound.
Music samples include “My Days” and “Summerscent” from the Hard Times EP.