Concert sets stage for successful series

Bobby Alu at Music in the Park in Hillarys.
Bobby Alu at Music in the Park in Hillarys.

BRISBANE-based performer Bobby Alu had an audience of more than 5000 on their feet at Mawson Park, Hillarys on Saturday evening as he headlined the first Music in the Park concert for 2020.

Polynesian-influenced Alu lived up to his reputation as one of this country’s top folk/roots performers as he performed under perfect skies to an appreciative audience.

Earlier in the night support act Declan Kelly, another Aussie musician with Polynesian roots, thrilled the audience with his own blend of roots and harmonies, while emerging WAAPA performer Finn Pearson set the tone early with renditions of intricate folk classics.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said it was a highly entertaining evening of live music and he was already looking forward to the second concert in this year’s series.

“Music in the Park concerts never fail to delight audiences of all ages and musical tastes and Saturday night’s concert continued that trend,” he said.

Declan Kelly brought his Polynesian roots to Mawson Park.

The City of Joondalup’s second Music in the Park concert will be at Penistone Park, Greenwood on Saturday, March 7, with headline act Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics.

The six-piece funk soul outfit will look to show why it has been nominated twice at the National Live Music Awards for best RnB/soul act.

Also taking the stage will be BlackTop, whose repertoire includes Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Naughty by Nature, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar, and folk music prodigy Siobhan Cotchin from WAAPA.

Food trucks will be on site from 5pm, but residents can also bring their own picnic, and there will be children’s activities and roving entertainment before the live music from 5.30pm.

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