We took our bikes out on the road for the Cycle Sonic tour premiere to one of our favorite cities, Baltimore, for their Light City event and had a fabulous time! We paraded around the Inner Harbor and performed the show at night for the first time. Then we were off to Chattanooga to perform for the University of Tennessee's Earth, Wind, and Solar Festival with our Lady Pneumatica. The shows took place in Historic Engel Stadium, our first baseball field set-up (so naturally we hung out in the dug-out). Hoping to go back to Chattanooga soon! Next stop...Houston! We'll be performing Pneumatica for Earth Day on the Avenida. We're excited to make our Houston debut! More details can be found by clicking here.
We’re super excited to be a part of this year’s Thrival Innovation+Music Festival! First, on Tuesday, September 20, Jackie and Steve will be giving a presentation at 4 PM as part of Thrival Innovation. Their talk, entitled “Way Off Broadway: The Post-Industrial Squonk Phenomenon,” takes place at Nova Place on the North Side of Pittsburgh. To get a taste of the talk, check out the podcast Jackie and Steve did with Aaron Watson of Going Deep – click here to listen. Then, on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24, both of our big outdoor shows will be set up at the Carrie Furnaces, the site of this year’s Thrival Festival! On Friday, from 3 to 4 pm, we’ll be riding our crazy Cycle Sonic bikes around and then at midnight we’ll be performing Pneumatica with our giant blue lady! On Saturday, from 11 am to 12 pm, it’s back to the bikes and then another midnight showing of Pneumatica to close out the festival. We’re thrilled to be a part of it all!
Our new outdoor spectacle, Cycle Sonic, will celebrate bicycles, exploding with human power, with stages propelled by our original music…and our own legs! And we’ve just launched our Kickstarter campaign! The show will premiere at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival and then tour nationally. So you may be asking yourself…What happens when“Pennsylvania’s most interesting ‘band’” (as the Philadelphia Examiner called us a few weekends ago, despite our age-old intra-state animosities) combines circus parades, bike clubs and marching bands? See for yourself by clicking here…https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/squonkopera/cycle-sonic
It’s that time of year again…time to hit the road and get Squonking! This week we’re off to Fort Worth for a return engagement of Pneumatica at Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. We had a blast last year and are looking forward to heading back! Shows are April 14 through 17. Then it’s off to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. We’re honored to have been invited by the Kimmel Center to be a part of this prestigious event that takes place on April 23. Hope to see you at a show!
Squonk Opera was chosen by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine as the “Best Marriage of Sights and Sounds” in their annual ‘Best-Of-The-Burgh’ issue. The magazine hits the newsstands soon but you can also read it online here.
We are taking ‘Pneumatica’ on the road. Our 2015 touring season begins next week with shows at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival in Fort Worth, TX from April 9-12. Then in May we head north to the Calgary International Children’s Festival from May 20-23. We return to Newark, OH for the second year in a row for the Strawberry Festival from May 29-31. Hope to see you! Keep checking our website and Facebook page for more dates.
If you’re in the Pittsburgh region, come check out Pneumatica this weekend!
These will be our last shows around town until next spring/summer.
Saturday, October 11
Schenley Plaza in Oakland
Oakland Forever Celebration
Shows at 12, 2 & 3.45 pm
Workshops following the 12 & 2 pm shows
More info on the event can be found here.
And for our friends in Waynesburg/Greene County, PA…
Sunday, October 12
Shows at 1 & 4 pm
Workshops following each show
More info on the event can be found here.
A special bonus for those of you who make it out…
We’ll have our brand new CD Pneumatica available for sale.
For those of you who can’t make it…
The CD will be available online soon – we’ll keep you posted!
The world premiere of Pneumatica at the Three Rivers Arts Festival last weekend was a great success! Thanks a bunch to everyone who came out to share in the fun! Photos and video clips are coming soon!
And thanks also to the 87 generous folks who helped us reach our Kickstarter goal! We are forever grateful!
We will be starting our regional outreach with free shows this weekend – on Saturday, we’ll be in Wheeling, WV and on Sunday, we’ll be in Johnstown, PA. Links to the events can be found on this page on our event list.
During the last week of July, we have 5 days of free shows and workshops in Pittsburgh. We will be doing 2 full shows and a workshop at a Community Day in Braddock on July 29 in partnership with Braddock Redux and Unsmoke Systems. Other activities that week include workshops at Summer Dreamers camps at Carmalt (July 28), Faison (July 30) and Langley (August 1) and also an art camp at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on July 31.
Hope to see you all this summer!
If you’re in Pittsburgh this weekend, come down to Point State Park to catch the premiere of our new work, Pneumatica, at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Show times are Friday, June 13 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, June 14 at 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, June 15 at 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
Happy 2014! Since returning from our NYC run in December, we have been recharging our batteries and starting work on a brand new show which we will debut this summer! Keep an eye on our calendar on this site or check in with our Facebook page for info when it becomes available. See you soon!.
“Images of strange and startling beauty percolate through Squonk Opera’s Mayhem and Majesty, a small spectacle of a show occupying that hard-to-classify intersection where live music meets visual art.” – The New York Times.
“They show an impressive range, from blindingly fast, hard hitting progressive rock, to the more delicate, yearning tones.” – New York Theatre Review.
“An eclectic mix of styles, sounds and talents that cannot do anything but amaze those who bear witness to one of the most unique shows New York has ever seen.” - Broadway World.
Our shows continue through December 29.
Squonk Opera returns to New York City with a 3-week run of Mayhem and Majesty at 59E59 Theaters from December 10-29, 2013. Hope to see all of our NYC friends at one of the shows, it’s been awhile. We last performed there in 1999-2000 with an off and then on Broadway run of Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk. Click here for tickets and more info about the theater.
Mayhem and Majesty returns home to Pittsburgh, before going to a 3-week run off-Broadway this winter. The show has wowed audiences around the country with its daring musical athleticism and visual exploits. Come join the Squonkers in preparing the Mayhem AND the Majesty to deliver to New York City.
Friday, September 27 at 8 pm
Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm.
Party with the Squonkers at 6 pm on Saturday, September 28 before the 8 pm show. We will be accepting advice about how to behave on a subway, and diet and headwear tips for Manhattan. We had some problems last time. Food and drink and a sneak peek backstage tour included.
For tickets to all events, click HERE.
Come to Mellon Park in Shadyside to see us Squonk it up at the 44th annual A Fair in the Park. We will be performing multiple shows every day of the festival. Show times are Friday 9/6 at 2 & 4 p.m., Saturday 9/7 at 12, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. and Sunday 9/8 at 12, 2 & 4 p.m. If you haven’t seen GO Roadshow, this might be your last opportunity to catch it in Pittsburgh.
After many months on the road touring our GO Roadshow, we’re bringin’ it home to Pittsburgh this coming Friday, August 16 at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Shows are FREE and at 3.30 & 5.30 pm. Next week, we’re back on the road for our first trip to Detroit! We’ll be performing in Grand Circus Park as part of the Woodward Festival on Saturday, August 24. Show times are 12.45, 3.30, 6.00 & 9.00 pm.
We return to Columbia, MD this weekend to perform GO Roadshow at Columbia Festival of the Arts. We performed there at the 2007 festival with our site specific ‘Hometown Series’. This time we are one of the performers at LakeFest, the kick off of the 2 week long festival. Show times: Friday, June 14 – 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. Saturday, June 15 – 2:15, 4:00, 7:00 & 10:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16 – 2:45 & 4:45 p.m.
This weekend we take GO Roadshow to Artsplosure in Raleigh, NC. We will set up our truck in City Plaza and will perform on Friday, May 17 at 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00; Saturday, May 18 at 11:00, 1:00 3:00 & 5:00 and Sunday, May 19 at 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00. All shows are free to the public.
On April 12-14 we head back to North Carolina to perform at the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. There will be events happening all over downtown, including performances by the Avett Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd! We will be performing at the street fair. Show times are: Friday, April 12 @ 7:00 and 9:00 PM; Saturday, April 13 @ 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:15 PM; Sunday, April 14 @ 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
From March 13-17, we will be performing GO Roadshow at the Festival of Creativity in Mesa, Arizona. Show times are March 13-16 at 1:00, 3:30, 4:45 and 6:45 and March 17 at 1:00, 3:30 and 4:45. Then on March 21, we will be performing at the Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, Mississippi at 6:00. Some of the school’s students will be joining us for a few scenes in the show.