BRISBANE-based folk and roots performer Bobby Alu headline the first Music in the Park concert in Hillarys when the event series returns.
Known for his smooth harmonies and rhythms, and inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, Alu is certain to be a crowd pleaser having honed his performance skills over many years while touring with the likes of Xavier Rudd, John Butler Trio and UB40.
The annual City of Joondalup event will kick off at Mawson Park on Saturday, January 11, with support act Declan Kelly also set to perform his blend of roots and Polynesian harmonies.
Heavily influenced by his mother’s Maori heritage, Kelly has worked with the likes of Bernard Fanning, Kasey Chambers and Alex Lloyd and is currently in the process of pre-production for his next album.
And opening the evening will be emerging WAAPA performer Finn Pearson, drawing influence from the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to deliver intricate folk tunes, classics and acoustic jazz and blues numbers.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Music in the Park combined great music, a relaxed atmosphere, a picturesque outdoor venue and hours of free family-friendly fun.
Concert-goers are encouraged to pack a picnic or visit the food trucks that will be on site from 5pm.
There will also be children’s activities and roving entertainment before the music starts at 5.30pm.
The second Music in the Park concert will be at Penistone Park, Greenwood on Saturday, March 7.
Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics will headline the show, with support from BlackTop and WAAPA’s Siobhan Cotchin.