The COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to get a bit creative to keep their businesses afloat. Restaurants pivoted to delivery and take-out and some bars began offering drinks for takeaway, for example, but what did small-time, local bands do to help keep the lights on? Well, they buy a Pontiac Grand Prix, of course.
One rock band based out of Spokane, Washington, Vella La Vella, found a creative way to turn attention to their music during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than using social media or other outlets on the internet to promote their band, as we’re sure many of their peers were, Vella La Vella purchased a 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix, cut the roof off, and set out on a cross-country tour playing live pop-up shows in parking lots, parks and wherever else people could safely gather.
Getting a car for touring purposes like this may seem like a bit of a publicity stunt, but it’s actually rather smart practically speaking. Not only does the car serve as a mobile stage and power-generation center for the band’s equipment, it can also reliably take them from state-to-state without breaking the bank,
There’s one other upside to having a 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix as your mobile stage: burnouts! The rear-wheel-drive Pontiac can easily spin up its rear tires and convert the ratty old rear tires into smoke, acting as a sort of impromptu smoke machine and enhancing the rock n’ roll experience for the lucky onlookers in the crowd.
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“Over the summer, we ran out of places to play our live music as COVID-19 took over and ruined a lot of the music scene, both locally and nationally,” said the drummer for the band. “I decided to make a mobile stage by taking a 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix and fabricating it into a truck-style ute and drilling my drumset into the bed. We decided to have me do a solo whilst my guitar player drove the car and do a massive burnout whilst I played; totally rad, right?”
Rad indeed, guys. Check out the video of this impressive little stage stunt embedded below.