Join us for the Solar Concert Series

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.

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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Mark Dignam & Son – Aug 2013

Greetings, Solar supporters! Who came out this past Wednesday to enjoy the musical stylings of Mark Dignam and son? Ireland native 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!

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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 https://pittsburghkids.org/education/outreach/large-assembly-programs.

We’ll see you, there!

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The Squirrel Hillbillies – July 2013

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:
http://www.squirrelhillbillies.com/

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AppalAsia – July 10, 2013

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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First 2013 Concert – Tom Roberts

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. http://www.ortnerrobertsduo.de. Check out this video footage of the concert!

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Sidewalk String Band – Aug 2012

This past Wednesday we enjoyed some supremely danceable old-time bluegrass courtesy of Sidewalk String Band! Listen to their rousing violin/mandolin/guitar tunes right here,  and check out these photos from their set in the park:

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Come out next week for the last Solar Concert of the season. Show your support, and join us this coming Wednesday, August 29th, for a performance by Nameless in August.

Remember, Solar Concerts are held every Wednesday in July and August and they begin at 12:15 pm- so bring your lunch, and come enjoy live local music in the park!

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EMay and members of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra – Aug 2012

We have spent the past few weeks with some incredibly talented musicians. We heard from EMay, ‘the renaissance queen of Pittsburgh, on August 1st, and select members of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra- Gordon Neidinger and Charley Rappaport, on August 8th. We swayed along in our seats, enjoyed the sun, and some of us even got to see how a mandolin works. But again, don’t take our word for it- see for yourself!

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Stay tuned for video from August 15th’s concert, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Jazz Trio, and don’t forget to join us this coming Wednesday, August 22nd, for a performance by Sidewalk String Band.

Remember, Solar Concerts are held every Wednesday in July and August and they begin at 12:15 pm- so bring your lunch, and come enjoy live local music in the park!

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