The 2013 Solar Concert Series lineup includes some perennial favorites and some exciting newcomers!
July 3 - Tom Roberts: Considered one of today’s leading exponents of early jazz piano, Tom has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and released more than 40 recordings.
July 10 - Appalasia: Returning to the Series, AppalAsia combines influences of Appalachian and Asian music traditions with original composition and inspired improvisation to create a 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.
July 17 - The Wreckids: The husband and wife acoustic duo of Sarah Siplak and Scott Roger Peterson make up Pittsburgh-based The Wreckids. Combining acoustic guitar, viola, vocals and a host of additional instruments, they 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, with a Sonny and Cher style.
July 24 - The Squirrel Hillbillies: This duo emerged from within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End sporting an eclectic mix of folk, country and blues sounds. Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth have been writing, arranging and performing original music since 2010, with appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Folk Alliance International and Calliope: Pittsburgh’s Folk Music Society. They draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky, yet widely accessible.
July 31 - Mark Dignam: Mark grew up in the Dublin suburb of Finglas, where his mother sang and filled his childhood home with song. In 1995, Mark released his acclaimed Poetry and Songs From the Wheel, named a top 10 Best Debut by Ireland’s Hot Press Magazine. His album, Box Heart Man, was selected one of WYEP’s top picks for 2005. Mark has performed with The Swell Season, David Gray, Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson.
August 7 - Josh and Gab: 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.
August 14 - Members of Timbeleza: This Pittsburgh-based ensemble performs African influenced Brazilian percussive music called batucada. Working closely with master drummers from Brazil, the troupe hopes to invigorate the local community with its authentic music and performance style.
August 21 – The Flow Band: Pittsburgh’s premiere reggae dance band, The Flow Band has a legendary history of fusing neo-soul rhythms with tropical world beats. Formed in the 1980s, the five-piece Flow Band has opened for reggae and African music names such as Dennis Brown, Ziggy Marley, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Jimmy Buffet.
August 28 – Crusic Percussion: This local percussion ensemble plays it all, from 1920s rag to 1990s street drumming, all dynamic music with their special twist.
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