Sid Yiddish

Expect the Unexpected

Candy Store Henchmen 2010-Present

Posted by on May 8, 2021

In the early days in between rocks and caves, man created fire. He invented the wheel. He developed the birth of sound and noise. And from that frothy mix came forth on the tenth day of December in the year of our Lord 2010, the eventual creation of the universe, the Big Bang Theory and Sid Yiddish And His Candy Store Henchmen. And the world gasped. The Henchmen’s arsenal of instrumentation...

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Chicago Scratch Orchestra 2009-2012

Posted by on May 8, 2021

After a failed tryout with a sound-painting orchestra in 2005, Sid began gravitating toward a different sound: noise & free improvisation. Sid had already been going to noise and improvisation shows in Chicago and had been paying close attention to other bands with alternative sounds for the past decade, so this wasn’t any different with the exception being that the only requirement...

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$2 Cockroach 2007-2009

Posted by on May 7, 2021

in 2002 Sid was close to retiring from the poetry scene but a chance meeting with blues poet Wisconsinite Wes Heine, changed all of that when Sid appeared in a student film shot by Heine. They became lifelong friends as Sid appeared in a few more of Wes’ films and they began attending Chicago area poetry open mics. Within a few years, Sid & Wes teamed up to form a poetry jug band and...

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Tribal Screen Hens Collective Orchestra 1995-1998

Posted by on May 7, 2021

Sid Yiddish’s second band picked up where Joey The Tush Kangaroo left off. Same format, yet Sid began writing more original material, as well as using costumes for the first time, in order to fuel the band’s theatrical & performance aspect. Sid, the lead vocalist, wore a cow costume with full makeup, while bassist David Bernstein wore a grim reaper outfit. Steven Escoffery...

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Joey The Tush Kangaroo 1995

Posted by on May 7, 2021

Joey The Tush Kangaroo aka JTK was Sid Yiddish’s first band, a two-man duo that chiefly performed original songs, spoken word and cover tunes and performed at open mics & venues including Gallery Cabaret, No Exit & Pangea in Chicago. The band name was a parody play on words with regards to older mafia nicknames. Members of the duo were Lew Brickhate on guitar & Sid Yiddish on...

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