“Music is a powerful messenger,” write the Wilhelm Brothers on the duo’s website. “We are aware of that, so our music aims to inspire and spread a positive, peaceful, healing message.” On new album The Sea of the Unwritten, cellist Cristof Ensslin and guitarist Chris Wilhelm deliver these optimistic meditations with an unassuming tone, ushering listeners through subduing ballads and more energetic folk rock numbers alike — both styles benefiting from the local musicians’ friendly vocal harmonies. Asher Leigh, Kim Smith, and Mark Goldthwaite and Tom Kirschbaum open at the band’s CD release show, which includes an open invitation for listeners to partake in the potluck of small bites planned among performers. The celebration takes place at the Paintbox’s new stage on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. Free, donations accepted. facebook.com/paintboxproject. Photo courtesy of the artists
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