Video: Jam Night with Stix and Peter Cottontale of Chance the Rapper's Band

In Reverb's home–base of Chicago and across the country and globe, Chance the Rapper has emerged as one of the leading voices in hip–hop and popular music in general. Not only has he been making consistently dynamic and innovative music, but he's been doing so as an unsigned musician, self–releasing his work largely through SoundCloud for free.

His third mixtape, Coloring Book, hit number eight on the Billboard 200, becoming the first album ever to make the chart from streaming alone. Chance also took home his first three Grammy Awards this year — Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album — becoming the first streaming–only artist to do so.

But here in Chicago especially, we don't just love Chance for his numerous accolades and releases. We love him because he cares about his home city more than anything and consistently strives to make Chicago a better place for the people he shares it with.

This desire to enrich the city is something that Chance shares with his regular backing band. Stix and Peter Cottontale were gracious enough to come by the studio here at Reverb to talk about some of their own passion projects. Notably, the Community Jam Night that they started here in Chicago about two years ago.

The mission statement of Jam Night is to bring musicians and artists of all stripes together that might not have the chance to perform on the same stage otherwise.

Stix and Cottontale invite musicians, friends, comedians — Chicago's own Hannibal Buress has done a set — people they admire, and even their own students to come showcase their talent and be a part of an enlivening artistic community.

Be sure to check out the video above to hear more about Jam Night. Chance and his band will be headlining this Saturday at Lollapalooza in Chicago, but if you couldn't snag a ticket, be sure to check out his SoundCloud.

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