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SLB Radio Announces 2012 Solar Concert Series

Pittsburgh's First Green Concert Series Kicks Off at Newly Dedicated Buhl Community Park

Larry Berger                  
Executive Director          
SLB Radio Productions, Inc.           
412.586.6300 ext. 1                                                                         
DATES: Wednesdays, July 11 through August 29, 2012
TIME: 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Buhl Community Park in front of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (July 10, 2012)—The 5th Annual Solar Concert Series—a project of SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB), Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the New Hazlett Theater—is back for another hit season featuring eight live music performances powered by a solar-energy sound system.

Pittsburgh’s first green concert series returns for its fifth summer season to activate the newly dedicated Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square—located in front of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh—with a diverse and lively lineup of acoustic-based performances by emerging and established local musicians. Blending innovation and culture, the series’ unique eco-friendly sound system captures the sun's rays through solar panels, creating a more sustainable method of electricity than that used by traditional P.A. systems.

The free summer program reflects SLB’s mission to present innovative and engaging audio-based programming for children, youth and families, provide inter-generational audiences with the chance to take part in live music events, and bring the diverse voices of local and regional acoustic musicians to its broad audience of radio show listeners, families, educators, museum visitors, children and youth.

Curated by SLB, the series includes artists featured on its popular radio program, The Saturday Light Brigade, heard weekly on six radio affiliates by 60,000 families in 15 counties across Western Pennsylvania and portions of Ohio, as well as on PCTV and online at This summer, spend your lunch hour enjoying free concerts by some of the area’s most talented musicians, taking in the urban outdoors at a new Pittsburgh amenity and discovering some of the latest applications of solar power.

Launched in 2008, the first-of-its-kind series spotlights innovations in sustainability and music, using an eco-friendly method of electricity and sound delivery. Along with highlighting practical energy efficient solutions, the series also serves as a showcase of homegrown musical talent.

See the full line-up at

SLB Radio Productions, Inc. (SLB) uses radio and audio to encourage, amplify, share and archive the ideas, stories, and feelings of children, youth and families. We believe in radio and audio because these technologies enable a sense of intimacy, engagement and self-directed imagination that is often lacking in other media, while also promoting opportunities for privacy (given that children need not be photographed), equal access (audio has fewer barriers for participation than other media), and sharpening of important life skills (i.e., speaking and listening, imagination, creative expression, and critical thinking, respect for others, confidence and cooperation, and technical curiosity).

SLB began pursuing its mission in 1978 with The Saturday Light Brigade, a Saturday morning public radio program that blends acoustic music, live performances by youth and adults, participatory puzzles, on-air telephone calls, and interviews with other community-based nonprofits serving youth and families. The Saturday Light Brigade radio program airs weekly for 6 hours. In addition to air live youth performances and youth media projects, the studio provides museum visitors with the opportunity to observe and take part in live broadcasts. Every year, SLB typically features over 50 professional performers, 150-plus youth musicians and actors, and interviews with more than 100 family and youth oriented nonprofits during 52 weekly six-hour radio programs. Today, with listenership at approximately 60,000 families per week reaching 15 counties and portions of Ohio — and worldwide listeners at—The Saturday Light Brigade is one of the longest-running public radio programs in the country.
In 2004, with support from the broadcast industry, foundations, corporations and individual donors, SLB opened a $250,000 broadcast studio and training complex in the expanded Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.   SLB has since emerged as a hub of community and educational activity. SLB also develops and conducts off-air workshops for schools, educators, scout and youth groups, and after-school programs.  Serving more than 3,000 youth per year, SLB is committed to providing effective and engaging radio- and audio-based programming for children and youth ages 6-18.