Sisters Folk Festival Presents Two Off-Season Shows, Darlingside & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to play in November

Sisters Folk Festival, Inc. (SFF) announce two upcoming shows to keep the music coming following an outstanding 21st annual festival.

On Sunday, November 6, Darlingside with Frances Luke Accord will perform at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Sponsored by Birkenstock of Bend, the band will be in Central Oregon after being fan-favorites at the 2014 and 2015 Sisters Folk Festival. The Boston-based band is on a national tour following the release of their album Birds Say.

Darlingside fuses chamber pop with folk melodies for infectious and gorgeous music that is hard to categorize. Rolling Stone magazine says, “locomotive folk-pop confections so richly executed it’s hard to tell if it’s one voice or 12.”


After performing at the 2014 festival, the band has been back twice, the last being a sold-out show in March 2016. “The band has a special, inventive and deeply intriguing style of music that separates them from most. We wanted to present the show in downtown Bend to expose them to a larger market. We are continually being asked when they are coming back, and wanted to do something different this time, presenting them at the beautiful Tower Theatre. It will be a show not to be missed,” says Brad Tisdel, creative director of Sisters Folk Festival.

Frances Luke Accord, an independent Chicago-based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana, will open the show. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.


On Thursday, November 17, SFF Presents the Chicago-based Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Sisters High School auditorium. The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz-trumpeter/bandleader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind & Fire; Chaka Khan; and Sun Ra).

The boys went on to form the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble in 1990. The family toured the United States performing complex originals written by Cohran and other greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and even the music of classical greats Bach & Beethoven.

Although the group’s early musical training encompassed primarily elements of instrumental performance, the brothers were personally being exposed to the music of their own generation (hip-hop, rock, reggae to name a few) and absorbed these components into the cosmic jazz style of their father. By 1999, the band of brothers discontinued playing with dad in order to find their own sound, growing into the band now known as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, or HBE.

Tickets for SFF Presents: Darlingside with Frances Luke Accord, are available at, $24 advance and $28 at the door.

Tickets for SFF Presents: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are $15 adult and $10 for students and at, or call the festival office at 541-549-4979. Both shows start at 7pm.

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