Red Earth turned blues
The Waifs were the stars of the Red Earth Arts Festival’s sold out Blues at the Bay concert in Dampier on Saturday night.
The family-orientated opening events of the Red Earth Arts Festival brought out the Pilbara crowds on the weekend.
Last year’s much-lauded street party struck a note with townsfolk and didn’t disappoint as the way to start the 2015 festivities.
Ngarluma man Patrick Churnside got things started with a welcome to country, followed by City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long.
Cr Long said the festival was getting better and better each year.
Sharpe Avenue and Warambie were closed down for most of Friday afternoon to prepare.
The layout was slightly different this year with fewer stalls as the cafes, bars and restaurants of the two Pelago buildings spilled out on to the walkways providing special menus.
Street food was king with a range of tacos, paella, burgers, frozen yoghurt, and more on offer to hungry pedestrians with dining tables stretching down the middle of the road.
A pair of fire twirlers added some heat to the night with one taking some inspiration from the old carnivals, swallowing fire.
Cr Long said the feedback was always so good for the street party he was regularly asked why the council could not shut down the street every month.
While the streets of Karratha were packed, up the road in Dampier on Saturday night a sell-out crowd of 1500 were on the field at Windy Ridge Oval for the Blues by the Bay concert.
Thom Lion from Adelaide and
Winterbourne from Sydney entertained the crowd, who were wearing straw hats under the Dampier sun.
Some sang along with Katy Steele to the songs made popular by her band Little Birdy.
The relaxed atmosphere changed completely when The Waifs got on stage at sunset.
The oval had filled up and the warm oranges and purples were the perfect backdrop to the personable band.
Singer and guitarist Donna Simpson said it had been 15 years since they played at Karratha Tavern but it looked like a lot had changed in the interim.
A hundred or so people got up to dance at the front of stage and match lyrics with the band.
The band even performed an encore.
The dancing continued as Melbourne six-piece Saskwatch brought their brand of electric soul, rhythm and blues, on stage.
The Rubens, who have been getting a lot of airplay, sent the crowd berko with their upbeat blues rock.
They finished with their track Hallelujah to great fanfare.
A fire twirler entertains the crowd.
The crowd sang along to Katy Steele’s popular hits.
The REAF logo lights up one of the Pelago towers.
Josh Cunningham from The Waifs during soundcheck.
A fire eater at the REAF street party.
Street performers entertain the crowd.
An engaged crowd watches the acts at the street party.
Famous Sharon at the street party.