Café/Bar Mokka, Thun
If you ask Byron Bay’s Bobby Alu what his music sounds like, he’ll tell you how he hopes it makes you feel: like you have your favourite cocktail in hand, sipping as the sun sets on a balmy evening that’s laden with the promise of adventure. In an ideal world, he’d follow summer around the earth, in his endless quest to nail that feeling in his songs that ride the groove spectrum from Polynesian folk, through roots, soul to tropical pop.
With a reputation as a world-class performer – touring as Xavier Rudd’s percussionist for five years, and supporting the likes of Xavier, John Butler Trio and Trevor Hall across North America and Europe – it’s common to see punters exiting a show gesturing warmly to their hearts.
As Bobby enters a new chapter in 2023 starting with the fresh single Do It - a tidy three minute reminder to actively move in the direction of your dreams - his music continues to capture the feeling of enjoyment in its purest form. Since his first album in 2010, the Australian has chosen to spread positivity, without glossing over the hard stuff; invitational and expressive, it has brought his global audience a feeling of community. It’s a live experience not to be missed.