Musicians from northern Australia had 60 or so locals movin’ and shakin’ in their seats and on the dance floor at the Ravensthorpe Town Hall on Wednesday night, when the band B2M visited town as part of their national album-launch tour.
The six young musicians from the Tiwi Islands off Darwin were here as part of the ‘Shows On The Go’ program, in an appearance jointly funded by Country Arts WA and the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council. The event was also financially supported by the Ravensthorpe Shire Council and a raffle from the Paddy’s Market Day earlier in the year which greatly reduced the ticket prices for punters.
In a short program of rhythm and blues influenced by rap, rock and roll and hip-hop, the music carried messages for young people throughout Australia relating to the dangers of involvement with drugs, alcohol and violence, messages implicit in the Government initiative Act-Belong-Commit.
This message was further enhanced the next day as the band chose to forgo a deserved sleep in to run a music workshop at Ravensthorpe District High School with the secondary students. All the students enjoyed this opportunity to meet the band; who wouldn’t?
Apart from the infectious music, patrons were treated to a meal of delicious Asian food prepared by Hopetoun personality Ayu Egerton, an initiative that was well patronised and much appreciated.
Thanks must go to those who regularly and generously support the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council and to the Council for its endeavours to provide the community with such opportunities.
Organisers appreciate the efforts of those who assisted in the event and those who stayed behind after the show to help with the clean-up.
We hope that you enjoy these photos from the night!