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The Rock-itt : December 2009
The Mobile Stage Truck at the Avalon Beach Market Day By 7am on Saturday the 21 November both Avalon Parade and Old Barrenjoey Rd were closed to traffic in preparation for the big Avalon Beach Market Day. It was a hive of activity as stall holders got busy setting up endless displays of clothes, arts and crafts and food and wine, and local cafes swapped their usual sit-down menus for speedier "standing room only" ones. By 9am all was well and truly up and running, with pretty white market gazebos lining the streets and rides, games and stalls filling the reserve. The Mobile Stage Truck, forming the northernmost barricade, was all set up in no time at all, ready for the long line of performances which began at 9am and continued non-stop throughout the day. First up was the Dog Show, hosted by Kochie and with special judges Bronwyn Bishop and Rob Stokes MP. There were no special requirements for entry other than a furry tail which kept the fast growing crowd well- amused. The "Owls and the Pussycats" followed with some cheery acappella harmonies and then Barrenjoey High's young talent took the stage.Of particular interest was Billy O'key, drummer from "Langers and Mash". Not only was he playing a particularly impressive drum- kit, it turns out he made the kit himself! After extensive research and much hard work, he hand- crafted the kit from an Asian Maple and had it hand painted by a local artist. Then came the Bang Bang Salsa Group, who combine traditional Salsa with movement ideas from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and expressive free dance, and gave a free lesson to happy on-lookers. For Bang Bang Salsa class information visit http://www.bodylogic.net.au/pag es/bang-bang-salsa.php It was a gorgeous hot day but the temperature rose even higher when the African drummers, Dagomba, came on stage and got the whole crowd dancing African-style! The Sydney based band really got pulses racing as they jumped off the stage and invited people to join in! The tribal music was heard right across town and people from all over Avalon flocked to the Mobile Stage Truck to watch the show. As the hot afternoon wore on the audience was treated to more dance and music acts including Lamont Dance; a performance by a local ballet school, Samba Mundi; a Brazilian Group, Masala; a European gypsy-influenced group, a fabulous martial arts demonstration and finally a powerful Flamenco Dancer closed the show in style. As the sun went down and the last shoppers and revellers headed home, or to the beach to cool off in the sea, the Mobile Stage Truck crew packed up and left beautiful Avalon clutching bagfuls of bargains and some great memories!