14 - 16 November 2014

Adelaide South Australia



Torrens Boat House

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Unley Town Hall


The Office


Friday Pre-drinks

Regattas Bar and Bistro
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Address: Riverbank Promenade, Adelaide, South Australia  (Behind the Convention Centre, by the River Torrens)

Come join us to catch up with old friends, have a drink or even a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful scenery.  Happy hour from 5-7pm with $10 Absolute vodka cocktails and $5 beer and wine.

Friday Evening

The Torrens Rowing Club
Time: 8pm-12am
Address: Victoria Drive, Adelaide, Cross street: King William Rd, Just to the East side of the bridge
Cost: $35 at the door
Floor: Wood
Band: Shaun Kirk
Drinks: Licensed bar, strictly no BYO
Dress: Neat casual

Friday Late

Quicksteps dance studio
Time: 12am – late
Address: 261 Pulteney Street, Adelaide CBD
Cost: $25 at the door
Floor: Beautiful large sprung, wooden floor
Band: Georgia Brooks with local artists
Drinks: BYO alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
Dress: As casual as you like

Saturday Lucky Skillen Workshop

Quicksteps Dance Studio
Time: 10:40am – 5pm
Address: 261 Pulteney Street, Adelaide CBD
Floor: Beautiful large sprung, wooden floor
Drinks: Bring a bit bottle of water!
Dress: Something comfortable

Saturday Evening

Unley Town Hall
Time: 8pm – 12am
Address: 181 Unley Road, Unley
Cost: $45 at the door
Band: Mr. Black and Blues
Floor: Wood
Drinks: Licensed pop up bar, strictly no BYO
Dress: Dress to impress!

Note: The Cremorne Restaurant / pub is just down the street from the Town Hall, perfect for dinner in between workshops and the social dance!

Saturday Late

Quicksteps dance studio
Time: 12am – late
Address: 261 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
Cost: $25 at the door
Band: Sweet Baby James, Rob Eyres, and special guest: Nicolina Barcello
Floor: Beautiful large sprung, wooden floor
Drinks: BYO alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
Dress: As casual as you like

Sunday Picnic

(weather permitting)
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Address: Botanic Gardens Rotunda
To bring: Picnic blankets, food and drink (no alcohol), board games, and fun
Dress: Casual with optional dandiness

Sunday Evening/Night

The Office on Pirie
Time: 6pm – very late
Address: 110 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Cost: $45 at the door
Band: Hetty Kate and Blue Lagoon
Floor: Wood
Drinks: Licensed bar, strictly no BYO
Dress: Neat Casual

Note: Join us for dinner at The Office from 6pm, including a viewing of Lucky Skillen’s documentary (7:00pm), great food and yummy cocktails followed by lots of bluesy dancing all night long.




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Sweet Baby James and Rob Eyres

This Adelaide based  guitar/drums duo have become revered names on the Australian blues scene since the release of their second album “Double Voodoo Blues”.

Rhythms magazine described it as “a world class blues record.. that takes off and leaves everything else for dead” and Double Voodoo Blues shot to No.1 on the Australian Blues Radio Chart and was shortlisted for the ARIA awards.

It’s in the live performance where it really counts though of course, and Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers get more dirgy, swampy and locked up into their own brand of blues with every gig. Think RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough… but with James & Rob’s own personal gritty & soulful feel.

The duo are also favourites now as backing band for interstate touring acts, such as Chris Wilson & Fiona Boyes.  Make no mistake, these guys are the real deal; your body and the infectious groove can’t lie!!



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Hetty Kate with Blue Lagoon

Australia’s darling, Hetty Kate, is back at Southern Blues in 2014!

Hetty will headline our Sunday night at The Office on Pirie with the boys from Blue Lagoon, who backed her up last year.

“A charismatic and technically gifted vocalist whose gorgeous timbre carries echoes of Peggy Lee, June Christy and Julie London” Chris May – All About Jazz (USA) 2011, Hetty is also one of Australia’s favorite blues musicians.

When prompted about her early experiences Hetty says “music was the way all my feelings poured out of me.. I’d sleepwalk and play piano, music would lift me up and fill my world with colour, it was one of the few things that made sense, it was, and is, my everything…”

Equally at home in a concert hall fronting a symphony orchestra, or serenading intimate jazz clubs in the wee small hours you’ll often find Hetty being compared to the singers of the 1940s and 1950s, with her sweet sound and clear tone lending itself perfectly to the music she loves to sing.  Let her melt you away on our last blusey night.



Nicolina Barcello

Nicolina Barcello aka Lady Voodoo is one of Adelaide’s most sophisticated Blues and Soul singer embracing the classic sounds of American R’n’B from as early as the 20’s right through to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s incorporating songs of artists such as Etta James, Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton and Aretha Franklin. With a voice that will summon the deepest spirit of her soul will have you mesmerised and leave you captivated



Georgia Brooks

A newcomer on the Melbourne jazz scene, vocalist Georgia Brooks has impressed audiences with her soulful ballads and lively upbeat swing. Trained in classical voice at the Melbourne University Conservatorium, Georgia has always been fascinated with the voice and all it’s colours. Whilst learning her operatic arias by day at the Con, Georgia became obsessed with the music of swing and jazz by night, learning to swing dance and becoming a prominent dancer, performer and teacher on the Melbourne swing dance scene. Finally, her two passions combined and Georgia eventually started her own band (with drummer Sean Loughran) The Sentimental Gentleman and Georgia. Coming from a swing dance background, Georgia has a knack for choosing tunes for dancers and performs regularly at swing and blues dance events including Blues Before Sunrise and frequently at Blues Night in Melbourne.


Shaun Kirk

Shaun Kirk

Shaun Kirk will kick off our weekend on the Friday night with his smooth sounds at The Torrens Boathouse. This one man band is sure to get your hips swayin’ and your feet on the floor. Four years, four records and well over four hundred shows. Independent blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk has come a long way since his debut release in 2010, earning him accolades such as “one of the most explosive solo acts Australia has to offer” and “one of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard”.


Mr. Black and Blues

Self-described as: “Sounds like Eric Bibb getting drunk with Tom Waits and being told to straighten up by the ghost of Howlin Wolf in a Clarksdale back alley.”  Mr Black and Blues is one of the premier blues musicians in Australia.  In 2013 he was named Best Australian Artist of the Year and his album was labeled Australian Blues Album of the Year.  He has previously played for blues dancers at Blues Before Sunrise and we know he’ll knock your socks off!



Max Pogonowski

Max first saw Blues dancing when it hit Melbourne in the early 2000’s and hated it, “where’s the structure?!” cried the ex-ballroom dancer, oh how he has changed.  With years of experience DJing locally and events such as Hullaballoo and Canberrang under his Blues DJ belt, Max is looking forward to Southern Blues.

Max favours hi-fidelity recordings of a wide range of music but tends to centre his sets around vocal performances backed by small jazz bands; the piano being his favourite soloist.  For flavour during one of his sets you won’t hear any dub-step, but you will hear some funk, Latin or tango based tracks, and maybe a rare piece of electronica.





Vas Pelecanos

Old Skool and New Cool Vas comes with a clear passion for music and the community he share it with.



Ian Knight

Ian has been blues dancing since 2011 and was instantly hooked, attending his first dance exchange, CCB, a few months later. Spurred on by his passion for the dance and the amazing music that it is danced to, Ian is now a regular DJ in the Adelaide scene and can be found DJing at Blues Underground, Blues on Campus and various house parties. Ian is stoked to be DJing for the second time at Southern Blues & can’t wait to break out his best slow and alternative blues tracks again for this event!



Will Kuiper

Will has been DJ’ing since 2009, after starting swing dance a few years earlier.

His slow blues collection values and emphasizes an eclectic mix of classic trad 12 bar blues (be it Chicago, delta, roots, acoustic, worksong, gospel, jazz blues) across to the best contemporary Blues bands and solo artists. Musicians who craft well made combinations – intricate yet spirited – from these niche genres and the solid history of 100 years of Blues recordings.

His playlists focus on the diversity of dance ‘textures’, from song to song; and navigate a flow between vintage, contemporary, counterpoint layers and rhythms, and sound-production styles.

Every session is intense and soulful – looking for that ‘buzzed-out elation’ that keeps Blues dancers  immersed and mesmerized, inspiring all  their moves and moods.

Brodie Gilligan

Originally from Adelaide and currently coordinating DJs at the Rent Party in Melbourne, Brodie is at home warming up the dance floor at the start of the night as much as he is winding it down as the sun rises. A fan of everything from traditional blues in every shade to gloomy alternative tracks, he plays the music he feels will move the floor. As an ambi dancer, Brodie DJs with an understanding of both halves of the dance, and he likes to think he’s just as capable of jamming sweet party blues as he is of taking people on the emotional journey he considers the peak of blues DJing.

Chris Kearns

Chris Kearns

One of Chris’ nicknames is FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) which means he’s always one of the last to leave the party. This pretty much guarantees that he’ll either be dancing at the end of the night or DJ’ing to try and prolong the party. Chris is a sucker for a strong rhythm and a good melody and loves getting lost down YouTube rabbit holes when exploring for new music to play at blues dancing events.



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Varisht Gosain

Varisht got hooked on the blues in 2009, and has spent the last many years honing his craft. He loves djing an eclectic mix of equal parts 100 year trad, Delta and electric blues, with dashes of vintage and modern slow grind classics. He hopes to surprise people and make em lose themselves to dance!


Annie Nguyen

Annie DJs a variety of contemporary, soul, female blues and even cabaret styled blues tracks. In particular, she encourages dancing to alternative and fusion songs. They’ll be songs to move you, to get you communicating and connecting with your partners or solo jamming on the spot!


Marissa Rossi

After discovering Blues Dancing in Vancouver, I knew there was something special about this dance and I danced every opportunity I could until the wee hours. The way the music compelled me to move and the freedom I had to express myself was insatiable. It lead me to a new love and appreciation for blues music with influences from Charles Brown, Bessie Smith, Buddy Guy, Sam Cooke and many more, so now I want to share some of my favourite blues tunes with you.


Vintage and Contemporary Blues

This year, on Saturday the 15th of November we will have a Vintage and Contemporary Blues Workshop run by the vivacious Lucky Skillen and Kyra Woods! Lucky has come all the way from the States to teach us a mix of vintage and contemporary blues styles, so consider yourselves all “lucky”! This workshop will be an optional add on to the full weekend pass and will run from roughly 11am to 5pm on the Saturday – no set partners required!


Lucky Skillen

Lucky Skillen has been dancing for over 18 years. He began in 1996 and started his teaching career in 1998. Since then he has taught and performed many styles of dance in Asia, Europe, and North America, including being a part of Frankie Manning’s last performance troop in NYC. For the past 13 years his main focus has been on Blues Dance. He ran America’s first weekly blues venues “Lucky’s Lindy and Blues” and has been on the cutting edge of the contemporary blues movement since. Lucky was one of the first to bring the blues dance movement to Europe and has helped to develop many of the scenes and teachers across the world. Currently many of his students are competing and winning the world’s top blues competitions. His philosophy on dance is to know where it came from but make it your own. He creates a fun and playful atmosphere in his classes and believes that play is learning and learning is fun!

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Kyra Wood

Kyra Wood has not been dancing since she was five years old… unless you include little jigs for joy in the privacy of her parent’s kitchen. In 2006 she was unwillingly dragged along to a couple of 1940s Charleston classes by a friend before they headed overseas for a study tour. Like a shot to the heart she fell in love with all things swing, developing a particular soft spot for the various forms of Blues Dancing and Blues music. Kyra began teaching in 2011 and has taught in various places around Adelaide and Australia. Her love of Blues culminated in her taking over management of the local Adelaide Blues dance school, The Blues Underground, at the start of 2014, and even more recently dabbling as a Blues music DJ. She loves teaching Blues just about as much as she loves dancing  it, although dancing jigs for joy in the kitchen will probably always be her true dance talent and passion.


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©2014 Sasha Pazeski www.sashapazeski.com


Vintage Blues

This class goes over two styles of vintage blues

Juke Joint Style Blues

Juke joint style blues is a style of blues based off of the slow dances being done in Juke joints around America at the turn of the last century. This class will give you a firm grip on the basics of blues dancing and will go over weight shifts, pulse, fishtails and counter balance.

Ballrooming 1

This is the modern interpretation for the slow dancing done at the Savoy ballroom in the 40’s and 50’s traditionally it was danced with many turns lifts and dips. Today it has been developed into very dynamic dance adding a new flavour of movement to the floor craft.

Tangoed Up In Blues 1

This dance mixes the upright formality of tango with down home feeling of blues. In this class you will learn some of the fundamentals of tango as well as transitions between the two dances. It will give your blues a smooth intimate look that only tango can provide.

Tangoed Up In Blues 2

This class will build off of the first tangoed up in Blues class and will use blues skip ups as the primary transition.

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Micro Blues

This is a modern style of blues that uses small movements to communicate to your partner. It is also great for finding quiet moments in your dancing.


Class Schedule

Classes run on Saturday only at the following times:

10:40-11:00 Registration

11:00-12:00 Vintage Blues

12:00-12:10 Break

12:10-13:10 Tangoed up in Blues I

13:10-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-15:40 Tangoed up in Blues II

15:40-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 Micro Blues

Workshop passes are sold out! Please register for the wait list here: http://eepurl.com/EDYWD

Hosting and Volunteering


Hosting is a great way to to meet new people and keep down the costs for those visiting from interstate and overseas.

As a host you will provide your guest (or guests) with a place to sleep and a light breakfast. A host is only expected to accommodate their guest for the duration of the exchange. It is also generally expected that a host will lend a helping hand with transportation to and from events.

Hosting someone is a fun and rewarding experience, and you never know, maybe your guest will return the favour when you go to an exchange in their city! You will be asked to provide your hosting preferences during registration.

Contact hosting@southern-blues.com.au if you have any questions.


On a tight budget? Wanna make some money while having fun or Just want to help out and be part of the awesomeness?

Well maybe volunteering is for you! We need super enthusiastic people like you to help out on the door and with set up and pack up.

Volunteer for 3-4 hours for a $40 rebate* or 1-2 hours to bask in the glow of our appreciation! Please specify your volunteering preferences during registration.

*Please note volunteer rebates are limited. Contact volunteers@southern-blues.com.au for any further information.




The Southern Blues venues are located centrally in the Adelaide CBD, and there are many hotels and backpackers near by to stay in. We have done our best to secure the best rates for you and can recommend a few places that will offer you a special discount.

Adelaide Backpackers Inn

112 Carrington St.
Pricing: $27-$70
Discount: 10% (Available 10/11 to 21/11)
Use code word “southernblues” when booking.

Hostel 109

109 Carrington St
Pricing: $39-$105
Discount: 10% (Available 10/11 to 21/11)
Use code-word “southernblues” when booking.

Adelaide Central YHA

135 Waymouth St
Pricing: $30-$95
Discount 10% (Available 12/11 to 18/11)
Book with Tania on 84143002 or tanya.schroeder@yha.com and say that you are with Southern Blues.

IBIS Hotel

122 Grenfell St
Discount: 10%
Call 8159 5588 or email H8822@accor.com to book. Use the code-word “southernblues” to access the discount.

Adabco Boutique Hotel

223 Wakefield St
Pricing: 149-$249

Break Free Apartments

225 Hindley St
Pricing: $129-$161 (2-4 person apartments)

iStay Precinct Apartments

185 Morphett St

Backpack OZ

114 Wakefield St
Pricing: $26-$60

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Southern Blues 2014 is brought to you by our friendly volunteers: Emma, Liz, and Rachel.

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