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Point Park-Bred Nevada Color Named Best Pop/Rock Band by Pittsburgh City Paper

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pictured are Nevada Color band members with SAEM Associate Professor Ed Traversari (far left). | Photo submitted by Traversari
L to R: SAEM Associate Professor Ed Traversari with Nevada Color band members Max Kovalchuk, Adam Valen and Quinn Wirth at Stage AE.

Indie-pop band Nevada Color — who got its start at Point Park University in 2012 — recently won the Best of Pittsburgh 2016 Best Pop/Rock Band Award from the Pittsburgh City Paper.

"It's safe to say that without Point Park, Nevada Color would not exist … It took a place as unique as Point Park for all of us to meet and curate our unique sound."

-- Quinn Wirth


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The five-person band includes Max Kovalchuk and Adam Valen (sports, arts and entertainment management alumni), Chris Cichra and Quinn Wirth (cinema arts alumni) and Jeremy Westhead.

“It’s safe to say that without Point Park, Nevada Color would not exist,” remarked Wirth, who graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in Mt. Pleasant, Pa. (Learn more about how Nevada Color got its start at Point Park).

Nevada Color’s latest accomplishments include opening for Rusted Root (who have sold more than three million albums worldwide) at the Allegheny County Music Festival attended by more than 10,000 people and landing a licensing spot with Aerie in its "Share Your Spark!" #aerieREAL summer campaign.

“Point Park allowed me the opportunity to receive real-world music industry experience working for various record labels, concert promoters, entertainment management companies and independent booking agencies,” explained Kovalchuk, a graduate of Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Connellsville, Pa.

Valen, a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., said: “With this experience, we've built so many relationships with local tastemakers, venues and promoters who have all helped us out along the way and connected us to people who have given us everlasting advice for the longevity of this band.”

Wirth added: “As a band, we all come from staggeringly different musical backgrounds. It took a place as unique as Point Park for all of us to meet and curate our unique sound. We are happy with who we are and how far we’ve over the years as both a band and as friends. We hope to be making Pittsburgh proud for a long time.”

"It's awesome to see the band receive this award. We're very proud of our Point Park alumni and only wish them the best,” said Ed Traversari, M.B.A., SAEM associate professor.

Touring dates and a new album from Nevada Color will be coming soon. Connect with Nevada Color via their FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages to learn more.

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