Country duo run through Tonopah on 2021 tour
The Pasadena Poets recently performed at the Clown Motel in Tonopah as part of their “American Motel Tour” in 2021.
Guitarist Jake Kelly and singer Kelly Kidd, the founders of the vintage-inspired country duo, said the show premiered last year as many musicians suffered from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unable to perform under the usual circumstances, Pasadena Poets decided to put on a show that “would bring relief to a mundane reality while promoting small business,” according to the press release.
Last year, they hit the road with their guitars and suitcases on a mission to “bring their classic honky-tonk sound” to local hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, according to the press release.
“Dressed in worn denim, the duo rocked the audience from porches, inside barns and in front of neon-lit facades,” according to the press release.
After the first round of hits, the Pasadena Poets ordered another tour and competed in the 2021 “American Motel Tour” in July.
So far, the tour has spanned 15 states and 30 locations.
In a phone interview with the Pahrump Valley Times, Kelly said the group initially contacted “hundreds, maybe thousands of motels” across the country, and although they had not heard from any of them. the world, he said those who responded liked their “innovation and spirit. The Clown Motel in Tonopah was one of them.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said of their show at Tonopah. “I think the Clown Motel audience is a special breed of people. They are not looking for luxury, but for adventure. It attracts a certain type of people, ”Kelly said.
At the show that took place outside of Clown Motel, the duo dressed up as rodeo clowns. While around 25 people attended the performance, around 500 people also streamed it live online.
“The public at Clown Motel didn’t want us to rest,” Kelly added.
The Pasadena Poets said their shows help connect them with people who might not otherwise know them, and also promote small businesses.
“We get a diverse audience of people who don’t like going to bars, but still like to have a good time,” Kidd said.
“What is important to us is that we follow the example of the owner. What’s the best way to showcase their place, ”Kidd said.