Cancelled Events

Due to the Coronavirus measures that the Federal, State and Local officials have put into place, we are forced to cancel the following events:

  • Smiling Moose on Friday, March 27
  • Saturday Night Special on Saturday March 28

We hope to get these rescheduled as soon as possible and will let you know the details as soon as they are available!

Saturday Night Special – March

The March Edition of Saturday Night Special is shaping up to be one of the loudest and heaviest so far! Take a look at this lineup: 

Yaro and the Static – an Alt Rock, Grunge and Metal band from the Pittsburgh area, who recently hit the stage at Mr. Small’s Theater to promote their new music release, ‘The Art of Adolescence‘.

Modern Welfare – a Rock/Emo/Pop Punk band from Pittsburgh, who have a 6-song album releasing on April 26.

Griffen Handshake – another band from Pittsburgh playing genre-inclusive alternative rock sounds. Their 9-song debut album, ‘My Box’, will be released in April.

Antimatter – a classic rock band from Cleveland, who were finalists in the 24th Annual High School Rock Off at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame just last month.

As if these four bands weren’t heavy or loud enough, Trevolta will take the stage at the end of the night to damage any remaining eardrum functionality! Get to the Butler Art Center on Saturday, March 28 at 6pm. Cover charge is $5.00.

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EP Release Party Update

We have a date for the release of the new Trevolta EP! We are very pleased to announce that we will be releasing our EP this coming May 17th!

The last eight months have been filled with intense writing, endless practice and meticulous tracking. Along with our producer Matt Muckle and engineer Matt Vaughan from Hollywood Studios of Pittsburgh, we’ve been able to create something that we’re very proud to share with you!

Get ready! This EP contains three bold Rock ‘n Roll songs specifically designed to overpower your senses. Our music will be available on all the major streaming music platforms. We’ll even have some CD’s available for those who like to have a hard copy of their music. Besides, there will be some awesome photos and printed lyrics that you might just want to add to your collection.

We’re inviting you to join us at our release party which will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square in Pittsburgh. We will be joined by some very special guests, Macro Aggression, The Cryptids and Commissioner: amazing bands who will help us celebrate with some heavy hitting tunes of their own! You cannot miss this event!

Get over to our CONTACT page and get ahold of Sean for tickets!

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Smiling Moose Announcement

Hey Trevolta fans! We have another opportunity for you to come see us play some abrasive Rock ‘n Roll music! On March 27, we will be making some loud sounds on Pittsburgh’s Southside at The Smiling Moose. Doors open at 6pm. We’ll have some old Trevolta favorites of course, and we might throw some new ones in there too!

There will be three other bands with us also: Griffen Handshake, Clay Coast and Fox Illumination X. It’s always a good time on E. Carson Street, so we hope to see you there!

Get in touch with us for tickets. Check out our contact page .

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EP Release Announcement

Trevolta is very pleased to announce that we will be releasing our new EP this coming May!  The last eight months have been filled with intense writing, endless practice and meticulous tracking. Along with our producer Matt Muckle and engineer Matt Vaughan from Hollywood Studios of Pittsburgh, we’ve been able to create something that we’re very proud to share with you!

Get ready! This EP contains three bold Rock ‘n Roll songs specifically designed to overpower your senses. Our music will be available on all the major streaming music platforms. We’ll even have some CD’s available for those who like to have a hard copy of their music. Besides, there will be some awesome photos and printed lyrics that you might just want to add to your collection.

We’re inviting you to join us at our release party which will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square in Pittsburgh. We will be joined by some very special guests, Macro Aggression, who will help us celebrate with some heavy hitting tunes of their own! You cannot miss this event!

We will be sharing our exact release date very soon, so stay informed here or on our other social media.

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High School Rock Off Finals!

We have our time slot! This Saturday, at the 2020 Tri-C High School Rock Off Final Exam, Trevolta is scheduled to perform at 7:50pm. There’s still time to get tickets for this event!

If you’re one of our friends from the Pittsburgh/Butler/Saxonburg area, this is a great opportunity to take a two-hour road trip to Cleveland to see us and the other bands at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It would be great to look out into the crowd and see a bunch of familiar faces!

Contact us here, or see one of the band members for tickets. They are only $12!

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Saturday Night Special for February has been moved to Saturday the 22nd, so be sure to update your calendars! We will be at the Butler Art Center starting at 6pm. Our special guests this month are Miranda Brandon, Halfway Down, End of Thought and Macro Aggression. It’s going to be another night of some serious Rock ‘n Roll, so we hope to see you all there! Cover charge is only $3. Trevolta T-shirts will also be available for $15.

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Rock Off Finalists!

Trevolta will return to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday, February 29, 2020! We were one of four bands from Round 1 of the High School Rock Off that qualified to move on to the Final Round at the end of the month.

Ticket information will be available soon!

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Butler Eagle Newspaper Feature

Trevolta was featured in the The Butler Eagle local newspaper today! This article appeared both in the paper copy and online, highlighting the series of Saturday Night Special concerts that we’re hosting at the Butler Art Center.

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Leftoverture Album Review

By the time Kansas released it’s breakthrough album, Leftoverture, in 1976, progressive rock music was hitting it’s popularity stride. Pink Floyd, Genesis and Yes were blazing the trail of stylistic experimentation and exploration that came to define ‘prog rock’. Fusing together elements of jazz, folk, blues, classical and rock music, the prog rock movement utilized complex arrangements, time signature changes, song length and fantasy subject matters to captivate its listeners. 

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Kerry Livgren, the guitarist and keyboard player for Kansas, grew up in a musical family and had an affinity for all sorts of music, but was especially enraptured by the classical genre. He learned to play guitar as a teenager in Topeka, where he assembled a band consisting mainly of friends from school, a couple of which remained, making the core of the rock group Kansas. 

Leftoverture came at a time when Kansas was struggling to produce a hit song. Having already released three albums without much acclaim, the band was in a do-or-die situation as producers and executives were growing impatient. The pressure mounted, paralyzing the band with writer’s block as they entered the recording studio. In a recent interview with Livgren, he recalled that their creativity had dried up. With their backs against the wall, they would write a song, practice it and then record it the next day. Some of the music that had been unused from other projects was pieced together in desperation to make complete songs. The second arrangement on the album, The Wall, contains an ascending chord progression toward the end of the piece, which was one of these previously unused pieces. The leftovers from the earlier ideas is exactly how the album Leftoverture got its name.

As scattered as the writing and recording experience was, the outcome was brilliant. These were masters at their respective crafts who refused to let a dry spell stop them from creating great music. Their resolve was a testimony to the abilities of six band members who quickly rediscovered their creative genius to transform a hurried project into a tapestry of artwork that ushers the listening mind into a musical daydream.

Steve Walsh – lead and background vocals, organ, piano, vibes, synthesizer. 
Robby Steinhardt – lead and background vocals, violin, viola. 
Kerry Livgren – electric guitar, piano, clavinet synthesizer. 
Rich Williams – acoustic and electric guitar. 
Dave Hope – bass guitar. 
Phil Ehart – drums and percussion. 

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A very receptive audience helped to catapult the album to #5 on Billboard’s pop album chart, thanks to the first song on the record, Carry On Wayward Son. This rock anthem peaked at #11 on Billboard’s top 40 hit list and continues to get widespread airplay on every Rock station in every city in America. It is often included in conversations about the greatest rock songs ever produced. Kerry Livgren wrote the song as a sequel to the last song on their previous album, Masque. Wayward Son almost never made it onto the album, as it was written just as the band was about ready to record the material they already had prepared. One can only speculate about the impression Kansas would have left on the music world had this song not been included. 

Livgren claimed that Wayward Son was a song about himself as he sought to provide himself some encouragement to press on. “Carry on my wayward son, for there’ll be peace when you are done. Lay your weary head to rest. Now don’t you cry no more”. Livgren’s introspection and personal search for purpose and meaning is evident throughout many of his early songs as he often pressed for answers to the questions of life and the hereafter. As such, Leftoverture is a deep well of intellectually stimulating lyrics. It asks some probing questions, many of which abruptly stop us in our tracks because we have the same questions. 

Miracles out of Nowhere 
On a crystal morning, I can see the dewdrops falling
Down from gleaming heaven. I can hear the voices call
When you coming home now, son? the world is not for you
Tell me, what’s your point of view? 

The Wall 
The promised land is waiting like a maiden that is soon to be a bride
The moment is a masterpiece, the weight of indecision’s in the air
It’s standing there, the symbol and the sum of all that’s me
It’s just a travesty, towering, blocking out the light and blinding me
I want to see 

Questions of My Childhood 
Well I walk the road of life among the strong, among the weak
And I ask them for the shortcut to the answers that I seek
But it seems nobody understands what is and what will be
Oh, the questions of my childhood weave a web of mystery 

Several events in Kerry Livgren’s life cause him to develop an acute awareness of the brevity of life and the finality of death. He expressed these themes in his lyrics. He eventually found answers to many of his pressing questions when he became a Christian while on the Monolith tour in 1979. 

Even though Kansas had their roots in Topeka, they credit the Western Pennsylvania area for thrusting them into the spotlight. The bill for a 1975 show at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh featured Kansas, Styx and Queen. Freddie Mercury became sick and unable to perform that night and so the promoter asked Kansas to extend their set, essentially making them co-headline the concert. The fans were thrilled. Though the band was not well known nationally at the time, the Western Pennsylvanians knew every lyric from the songs because early Kansas had been well received in the concerts they had done in some smaller the local venues like Slippery Rock and Johnstown. Very soon, Kansas was playing in every large arena all over the country. Guitarist Rich Williams commented that, “Pittsburgh will always be the holy grail for us. When nobody else supported us, Pittsburgh and the rest of Pennsylvania did.” 

The drummer, Phil Ehart was essentially the art director for the band while artist Dave McMacken actually created the album cover art for Leftoverture. McMacken was known for his work with such musical icons as Journey, AC/DC, Frank Zappa and the Beatles. In retrospect, the cover seems to convey the timeless nature of the music. The old man, surrounded by cut stone, deep in thought, presses the quill into the scroll as he writes his Magnum Opus is set against the backdrop of futuristic-looking planetary constellation. The modern-style ‘Kansas’ font is a stark contrast to the handwritten ‘Leftoverture’ calligraphy, an artistic form of writing first employed thousands of years ago using a reed. The electric guitar made popular in the last 75 years and the white baby grand piano are like bookends around a violin, an instrument dating back to the 16th Century. The smouldering wood in the fireplace, the empty inkwell, the melted candle wax and the crumpled up papers may have been symbolic of the hardship of the writing and recording process. Even one of the books on the writer’s desk is entitled ‘Music Thru the Ages’, which seems to be more than a subtle prophetic clue to the album’s eventual timeless status. The back cover shows that the writing desk has been tipped over, possibly an indication of the completed masterpiece, but we only speculate on these things. It’s a beautiful piece of artwork to compliment the amazing music on the album. 

Any music collection that doesn’t have Leftoverture is an incomplete collection. Download it now, or better yet, search through a local vinyl record shop and treat your turntable to a magnificent symphony of classic seventies Rock.