The 5th Annual Solar Concert Series, a project of SLB Radio Productions, is back again this summer with a lineup of eight talented local performers who will play at the newly-dedicated Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square, conveniently located in front of the Children’s Museum. These acoustic performances blend innovation and culture, being touted as Pittsburgh’s first green concert series: “The live sound for each concert is powered by a solar-energy sound system. The system’s solar panels charge controllers, which in turn infuse batteries. The captured solar energy is then transferred into an electronic current that carries sound through the P.A. system. Before each performance, the audience is invited to check out the sound system powered by a solar panel and built by Dave Bjornson, Technical Director of the New Hazlett Theater.”
Each concert is held on Wednesdays in July and August from 12:15-1PM. The remaining schedule is as follows:
July 25: Big Snow Big Thaw
Big Snow Big Thaw has been dubbed two-thirds Pennsylvania bred and one-third Kentucky fed. They’ll be bringing their own brand of rootsy and Americana originals composed for the banjo, guitar and percussion—coupled with lively and beautiful vocal harmonies—to this summer’s diverse lineup.
August 1: EMay
Solar Concert-goers may know EMay from her from her dazzling performances with the local fire arts performance group, Steel Town Fire, which she helped to co-found. Now discover EMay’s powerhouse vocals and bluesy, soulful, acoustic folk style, which together illustrate why she has been dubbed “the renaissance queen of Pittsburgh.”
August 8: Members of the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra
Enjoy live mandolins led by composer/arranger/teacher/director Charley Rappaport, and featuring 17-year old mandolin virtuoso, Gordon Neidinger!
August 15: Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Jazz Trio
Experience some of Pittsburgh’s rising musical stars, with a concert by the prestigious Pittsburgh School for the Creative and Performing Arts’ (CAPA) Jazz Ensemble, featuring music director and flugelhornist Paul Thompson.
August 22: Sidewalk String Band
Comprised of three talented folk artists, Sidewalk String Band is known for blending danceable bluegrass and old-timey tunes, in songs that feature fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and more! The band’s rousing vocal harmonies feature Jessica Spieser-Landes of Swissvale-based Landes String Studio.
August 29: Nameless in August
Folk-rock duo Zach Rock and Jason Buzon make up Nameless in August, a local pairing of banjo and guitar, steered by strong vocals. It has been said of the duo, that, “Every band is worth seeing once, but this band is worth seeing twice.” Don’t miss your chance!
For more information, visit their website. In the event of rain, concerts are held inside the Museum’s Theater. Lunch is available for sale in the Museum’s Big Red Room Café and at nearby businesses on East Ohio Street. Visitors may bring a lunch to enjoy during the concerts. Outdoor seating, picnic tables and blankets are provided. Concerts are free and open to all ages.