Cycle Sonic

“a multimedia troupe of infinite jest with an imagination to match”
- The New York Times

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Cycle Sonic

“it was absurd, it was surreal, it was absolutely fantastic” - Three Weeks UK

Cycle Sonic

“A unique and colorful musical experience” - The Frederick News-Post

Cycle Sonic

“masterly mayhem”
- The Scotsman

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Cycle Sonic

“daring to go where no performance art has gone before” - The Washington Post

Cycle Sonic

“the band known for its eye-catching thingamajigs” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


“a flood of contraptions, visual jokes and gloriously eccentric music”
- Time Out New York


“absurdly inspired” - Village Voice


“Hybridizer of art rock and performance” - City Paper


“Noisy, colorful, funny, outrageous” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


“colorful, chaotic, spiky, elegant, sensuous and surreal” - Tribune-Review


“surreal. poetic”
- USA Today

Thrival Innovation+Music Festival, here we come! (September, 8, 2016)
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! Share

Kickstarting Cycle Sonic! (May, 16, 2016)
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… Share

Spring 2016 Touring! (April, 11, 2016)
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! Share

Pittsburgh Magazine adds us to their ‘Best Of’ issue (June, 19, 2015)
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. Share

Return to Providence (June, 10, 2015)
We are excited to be returning to Providence, RI to perform in the Providence International Arts Festival on June 13. We last performed there in 2012 with our Roadshow. Read a preview interview with Squonk Co-Artistic Director Steve O’Hearn in Providence Monthly Share

2015 Touring Begins! (March, 31, 2015)
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. Share

Last Pittsburgh Region Shows of the Season Happening This Weekend! (October, 8, 2014)
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
Harvest Festival
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!

Pneumatica Premiere! Kickstarter Goal Met! Shows This Weekend! (June, 19, 2014)
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! Share

Pneumatica premieres this weekend! (June, 12, 2014)
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. Share

Stay tuned! (February, 6, 2014)
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!. Share

Greetings from New York City! (December, 20, 2013)
We are currently halfway through our run of Mayhem and Majesty at 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan and the critics are weighing in.
“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. Share

Squonk in the holidays in NYC! (November, 22, 2013)
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. Share

Catch Mayhem and Majesty in Pittsburgh before we take it to NYC! (September, 16, 2013)
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.
Shows are…
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. Share

GO Roadshow in Pittsburgh this weekend! (September, 5, 2013)
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. Share

Wrapping up a Squonkin’ Summer (August, 13, 2013)
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. Share

Squonking at Columbia Festival of the Arts (June, 13, 2013)
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. Share

Squonkin’ at Artsplosure (May, 15, 2013)
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. Share

GO Roadshow heads south again (April, 3, 2013)
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. Share

GO Roadshow in Arizona and Mississippi (March, 6, 2013)
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. Share

A Happy New Year of Touring! (January, 4, 2013)
We will be kicking off our 2013 touring with several performances of Mayhem and Majesty in the Carolinas in February and then we’re off to Arizona and Mississippi with our truck-mounted GO Roadshow. Check for dates and venues in our Event List to the right of this post! Share

Final GO Roadshow of the season (September, 27, 2012)
This Saturday, September 29 we take GO Roadshow to Providence, RI for the FirstWorks Festival. FirstWorks is a free festival of art, music and dance happening in Kennedy Plaza. Check out their website for more info. Our shows are scheduled for 5:00, 8:00 and 10:00. Share

Ingenuity Fest this weekend (September, 10, 2012)
On September 14-16 we return to Ingenuity Fest in Cleveland, OH. We performed last year and had a great time. This year we will take GO Roadshow to the shores of Lake Erie for 7 shows over 3 days. Show times are: Friday 5PM and 10PM, Saturday 3PM, 6PM and 9PM, Sunday 2PM and 5PM. Check out the Ingenuity Fest website to learn more about this terrific festival. Share

Final Pittsburgh shows of the year (September, 4, 2012)
Hey Pittsburgh…this weekend will be your last opportunity to catch ‘GO Roadshow’ this year. We will be performing at ‘A Fair in the Park’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. September 7-8-9. Check this link for showtimes. All shows are free. You can also pick up your copy of our new cd at the show. If you can’t make it, you can buy the cd here. Share

GO…get your very own copy of our brand new CD! (August, 31, 2012)
A CD of all the music from GO Roadshow is available now through CD Baby! Just click here to go to our Store Page or check out our Music Store on Facebook. From CD Baby or FB, you can preview the tracks, order the actual CD or download individual tracks (or the entire CD). Now, get GOing! Share

Celebrate 20 Squonkin’ Years with us! (August, 3, 2012)
On August 25, 2012 after the free 8:00 pm performance of GO Roadshow in the lush green of Schenley Plaza, take just a few steps over to the beautiful brand new restaurant – The Porch – for our 20th Anniversary Party. The party starts at 9:00 pm and goes until 11:00 pm. Come celebrate with us!!! Click here for tickets – $25 in advance, $35 at the door. You’ll get an assortment of Brick Oven Gourmet Pizzas, a copy of the new Squonk CD AND Squonk will even buy your first drink! Space is limited so get your tickets now! Share

We got us a convoy! (July, 17, 2012)
This weekend we take GO Roadshow on the road for 12 shows over 3 days at Artscape in Baltimore. Artscape is ‘America’s Largest Free Arts Festival’. We will park our truck at the intersection of Charles and Preston and perform July 20, 21 and 22 at noon, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 daily! Memo to myself: Bring sunblock. Hope to see you there! Share

Squonk you very much! (June, 21, 2012)
A big Squonk ‘Thank You’ to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. We exceeded our goal and will be able to make the next performance of GO Roadshow that much ‘Squonkier’. Look for us all around Pittsburgh this summer as well as in Baltimore, Morgantown and Cleveland. We also wanted to thank everyone who braved the heat and $5 lemonades to see us at the Three Rivers Arts Festival. We had a fantastic time and were very happy to make new friends and fans. Share

Astro-rama at the Steel Stacks! (April, 23, 2012)
On April 26-29 we bring our huge outdoor spectacle, Astro-rama, to the Levitt Pavilion-Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA. Shows on Thursday-Saturday start at 8:00 p.m., Sunday’s show starts at 9:00 p.m. All shows are free to the public. Bring a blanket! Share

Mayhem and Majesty hits the road (March, 19, 2012)
This week we take our show Mayhem and Majesty on the road. Our tour begins in Branchburg, NJ on March 24th and continues to Harrisburg, PA on the 27th, Kutztown, PA on the 29th and wraps up in Frederick, MD on the 31st. We hope to see you at one of the shows! Share

A walk down memory lane (February, 24, 2012)
Help us celebrate ’20 Squonkin’ Years’ as Squonk Opera turns 20 this year. We have been posting photos from our archives at our Facebook page. Also stay tuned for a brand new Squonk show this summer! Share

Strange sightings in Cleveland (September, 17, 2011)
This week, Squonk Opera set out to investigate the strange sightings on the Superior Viaduct during IngenuityFest in Cleveland. Check out this video. Hope Steve survived his interrogation. Share

Squonk Opera brings peace to the cosmos…or at least the tri-state area! (September, 9, 2011)
We are staging Astro-rama, our big free outdoor show, at Cleveland’s hip annual IngenuityFest, one of America’s largest festivals of art and technology, on September 16 and 17 at 9:30 pm. We will be on a spectacular cantilevered bridge with “the best view in Cleveland” serving as our backdrop. Because the show is about our unity as a species on this tiny planet, we have decided to broach one of the most ancient animosities between our peoples. Cleveland has offered an olive branch to us Pittsburghers and all other citizens in the form of discounted hotel rooms at the beautiful downtown Crowne Plaza. To book your room at the low rate of $79/night, you MUST mention “Riverocity” when making your reservation. Just go to or call 216.771.7600. Please join us in this humanitarian effort to keep the peace and erase the rancor that has haunted our two proud cities! Share

Fun in Frostburg, MD (September, 6, 2011)
We just got back from a fabulous trip to Frostburg, Maryland – where we performed Astro-rama on the Upper Quad at Frostburg State University! The show was a great success – over 800 Frostburgers came out to help us beam our message of humanity out to the universe. A big Squonk thanks to Bill, Mary Jane, Melanie, the Frostburg techies and the student helpers for making it happen! Check out our tour photos on our Facebook page. We’re off to Cleveland next week for Astro shows on September 16 and 17 at 9.30 pm at Ingenuity Fest. Come join us! Share

Squonk’s Got Bloggers! (August, 23, 2011)
Check out this interesting blog post about art vs. pop culture. It mentions our experience on America’s Got Talent and features commentary from our very own Steve O’Hearn. Share

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