Musical-comedy duo Pony Death Ride are celebrating Christmas this year by embarking on a West Coast, holiday-themed tour. This will be the first tour for the duo, married couple Joe and Jaye MacAskill. The six-date tour will feature shows in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Pacifica. They'll close the run by taking part in a big Christmas Eve show at The Casbah.
The idea for the tour started last year, when Pony Death Ride played a well-received holiday show in San Diego. This year, they're expanding it, and they tell CityBeat that the shows will feature "unknown and weird" Christmas songs, as Joe puts it, citing local hero El Vez as inspiration.
"If people feel like celebrating, but not in a totally traditional way, these are some special opportunities to go out and do that," Jaye says.
Joe adds that performing a holiday show was also one of the only realistic ways of doing a tour in Decem ber.
"In some sense, it's harder to book a show in winter," he says. "A lot of venues do slow down, but the fact that we have such a specific show makes it easier."
The six shows will feature Pony Death Ride's signature vaudeville-style performances, with set lists comprising a mix of old and new holiday tunes, including their recently released "Hobby Lobby Christmas." But Joe notes that finding good material to play presented a challenge.
"We're playing some covers—some really, kind of obscure songs," he says. "And we'll also do a few of our own. A lot of the Christmas stuff by [artists] we like is actually pretty bad."
"We'll probably even be making up some stuff on the spot," Jaye adds.
The Pony Death Ride holiday tour kicks off on Dec. 13 with a hometown show at Queen Bee's in North Park, as part of Hanukkah Hannah's Holiday Burlesque Show.