14 - 16 November 2014

Adelaide South Australia




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The Torrens Rowing Club

Address: Victoria Drive, Adelaide, Just to the East side of the bridge.
Floor: Wood
Drinks: Fully licensed. Strictly no BYO.

Quicksteps Dance Studio

Address: 261 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
Floor: Wood
Drinks: BYO

The Office on Pirie

Address: 110 Pirie St, Adelaide.
Floor: Wood
Drinks: Fully Licensed. Strictly no BYO.

Elder Park Rotunda

Address: Elder Park, Adelaide, just off King William St.


Friday Early

Time: 8pm-12am
Cost: $35
Venue: The Torrens Rowing Club

Friday Late

Time: 12am-late
Cost: $25
Venue: Quicksteps Dance Studio

Saturday Lucky Skillen Workshop

Time: 10:40am-5pm
Venue: Quicksteps Dance Studio

Saturday Early

Time: 8pm-12am
Cost: $45
Venue: TBA

Saturday Late

Time: 12am-late
Cost: $25
Venue: Quicksteps Dance Studio

Sunday Picnic

Time: 1pm-4pm
Venue: Elder Park Rotunda


Time: 6pm-late
Cost: $45
Venue: The Office on Pirie




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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.

Her voice will send off our weekend in the best way we know how… the perfect music, the perfect venue, the perfect people, the perfect night!



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.



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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!




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! 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 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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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.


Get in touch with us

Our Details

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

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