Join us for the Solar Concert Series 2014

The 7th Annual Solar Concert Series continues a wonderful season of family-friendly weekly concerts in Buhl Community Park, across from Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Up next: Steve Pellegrino, on Wednesday, August 27
Steve plays standards, rock, folk and songs you didn’t expect to hear on the accordion. He also creates works that encompass accordion music, experimental theatre, performance and video art.

Solar concerts are held every Wednesday at 12:15 pm in July and August. Bring your lunch and enjoy live music outdoors, amplified by a solar-powered sound system.  Shows are for kids and families, working folks on a lunch break, neighbors – everyone!  There are tables and chairs in the park, we provide blankets, and feel free to cool off in the nearby Cloud Arbor.

The rain location is inside the Children’s Museum.

See the Solar Concert Series 2014 lineup here.

Hope to see you there!

Solar Concert Series is a project of The Saturday Light Brigade Radio Productions, Inc., Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the New Hazlett Theater.

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Solar Concert Update!

Greetings, Solar supporters! Who came out this past Wednesday to enjoy the musical stylings of Mark Dignam and son? Irelandnative Mark has performed with The Swell Season, David Gray, Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson, and now right here, in Buhl  Community Park! Stay tuned for video, but if you missed the show- check him out here!


And don’t forget to join us in the park again next Wednesday, for the super-charged jams of Josh and Gab!

Now if you don’t know ‘em- Josh Verbanets is an award-winning songwriter, singer and musician. Gab Bonesso is a nationally renowned comedian, performer and comedy writer. Together, they have developed a unique and unforgettable live anti-bullying musical comedy program for kids of all ages. Josh and Gab’s performances use humor, original songs, interactive exercises and energetic storytelling to create a fun and heartfelt program.

To learn how to bring Josh and Gab’s anti-bullying show to your school or community event, visit

We’ll see you, there!

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Next Solar Concert on July 24 with The Squirrel Hillbillies

The Squirresquirrelsl Hillbillies have an eclectic acoustic folk, country and blues sound driven by lyrics, grounded in guitar, and embellished with vocal harmonies, mandolin, ukulele, bass and percussion. Their newest album, which touches on familiar themes such as love, loss and composting, reflects the eclecticism, whimsy and curiosity that they embrace as urban hillbillies. Played on radio programs throughout the US, Australia and New Zealand, The Squirrel Hillbillies have been described as whimsical, fun and a front porch kind of listening experience. Don’t miss ‘em!

To Learn more about The Squirrel Hillbillies, visit them here:

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Next Solar Concert on July 17 with The Wreckids



The husband and wife acoustic duo of Sarah Siplak and Scott Roger Peterson, Pittsburgh-based The Wreckids combine acoustic guitar, viola, vocals, and a host of additional instruments to create an easy-going, lively and contemporary folk sound. Equal parts comical and thoughtful, the duo pairs whimsical lyrics with beautiful lilting harmonies. Anyone who’s attended a Wreckids’ show will tell you they’re as much about what happens between the songs as the tunes themselves, as Scott and Sarah enjoy telling corny jokes and playfully ribbing each other Sonny and Cher style.

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AppalAsia Concert on July 10

It may have been raining outside but we were treated to a lovely concert with AppalAsia inside the Children’s Museum! Check out the video footage.

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Solar Concert Series Continues on July 10

Join us this Wednesday, July 10, for the next installment of the Solar Concert Series featuring AppalAsia. AppalAsia combines influences of Appalachian and Asian music traditions with original composition and inspired improvisation to create their unique musical voice. Using erhu, dulcimer, banjo, and vocals, they create a cross-cultural musical experience that draws on a collaboration of traditions with an ear toward the future. http://www.appalasia.comImage

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Solar Concert Series – July 3, 2013

Our Solar Concert Series kick-off on July 3 featured Tom Roberts. Considered one of today’s leading exponents of early jazz piano, Tom Roberts has performed throughout the US and Europe, on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and has recorded over 40 CDs. Check out this video footage of the concert!

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