2018 Calendar

Caffè Lena @ SPAC: Darlingside

FREE EVENT - Featuring Darlingside, Kuinka and the Oshima Brothers

SundayJune 1712:00 PM


Program Notes

1:30 to 2:30 – KUINKA


Rolling Stone called this Boston-based quartet “a must-see act” with “locomotive folk-pop confections so richly executed it’s hard to tell if it’s one voice or twelve.” Darlingside’s deeply moving songs are richly textured with extraordinary vocal arrangements and an arsenal of guitars, mandolin, cello and percussion. It’s a wide open sound full of grandeur and power, and splashed with sunny melancholy and quiet passion. Subtle musical shadings take cues from 60s folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock.


Kuinka laces modern folk and Americana with an electronic jolt. Their folk-pop features several different lead singers accompanied by cello, banjo, synthesizers, clarinet, and electronic drums. Tying it all together is a tidal wave of joyous energy that is irresistible. Based out of Seattle, Kuinka is rising fast in the national music scene with glowing reviews from Paste Magazine, Daytrotter and NPR’s Bob Boylen.

Oshima Brothers

Oshima Brothers‘ magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Their debut album, “Oshima Brothers,” released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie. The brothers live in Maine but are often on the road performing, producing music videos, and dancing.

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