Bands set for big start to festival
Bands are heading to Derby Turf Club for a music night to remember, family entertainment and the start of The Derby Boab Festival on Saturday.
The Make Smoking History Moonrise Rock Festival, supported by Lotterywest, is back again this year with four Kimberley bands and tribute artist Ricky Desilva competing for the crowd’s affection beside famous indigenous line-up, the Family Shovellor Band on the Bill Duff Big Stage.
Derby Boab Festival president and event organiser Bill Hart said the event, which has been a staple since 1996, would rock from 6.30pm until midnight with impressive performances and an overall message of health.
“The Boab Festival committee has organised the event — it’s a no-alcohol and no-smoking show for families,” he said.
“We have changed the format from last year when we had largely amateur bands.
“The first act is the Derby Country Music Club and they will be doing a bracket to showcase their members, then we have the Red Alert Worrorra band who play good-time rocking country and reggae.”
The show will then interview the three Derby Boab Quest entrants for 2016, who are nominated based on their support of local charities — Jessica Ellis, Courtney Mckean and Rebekah O’Meara.
They are raising funds for Derby District High School, Derby Regional Hospital and local indigenous radio station 6DBY.
Hart said the free event would conclude with a special guest, Young Elvis Show, direct from Perth, local returning band Trax and other artists.
“This is a special event that stands on its own feet and we always get a good crowd,” he said.
The Michael Jackson tribute performance by Ricky Desilva is sure to excite.