Street Sounds

Street Sounds: Chicago's "unofficial Poet Laureate" David Hernandez (1946-2013) impressed audiences with his singular poetic style. Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Chicago, he published seven collections of poetry, was a visiting professor at DePaul University, and read poetry for the Inauguration of Mayor Harold Washington. In 2002, Hernandez received the Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage Award, recognizing his role in the Latino Arts Movement. A master artist who focused on the rhythms of urban life, he was a devoted board member, panelist, and teacher, most recently as poet-in-residence at Wicker Park's A.N. Pritzker School. In 1971, David Hernandez and guitarist Dean Karabatsos co-founded Street Sounds, an award-winning ensemble of music, songs, and poems. They combined original music and lyrics with Latin jazz, blues, contemporary jazz, Afro-Caribbean, folk, classical, and cover tune elements. The band's Story Week Literary Rock & Roll concert at Metro will feature David Hernandez's poems performed by Eduardo Arocho, Marta Collazo, and Carlos Cumpián.