Friday "The Spiegeltent Speakeasy"
WHEN: Friday 27th March 2015. 7:30pm – Midnight.
DANCE LESSON: 8 pm Complementary dance lesson with Shob & Andy
VENUE: The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St (near the crn Johnston & Wellington St) Collingwood | MAP
MUSIC: Andy Swann & the BBS All Stars and DJ Justine
COST: $35 or FREE with a BBS pass
DRESS: Speakeasy/Circus
Strictly no BYO. Bar provided.


The curtain parts and footsteps fade into distant shadow and crimson light, where shapes shift amidst the memory of carnival and dark theatre. Here find no fools at the feast, but friends old and new, ready to sway together as the BBS weekend ignites to the ravenous beats of Melbourne jazz legend Andy Swann and his All Star band.Get ready to set the tone for the biggest Blues dancing event of the year!

 




Friday Late "Barrelhouse Blues"
WHEN: Friday 27th March 2015. Midnight till late.
VENUE: TBC
MUSIC: DJ Hutch & PBS DJ Matthew Frederick
COST: TBC
DRESS: Casual


Drifting from the dark circus we set to chasin' some of that moonshine amidst cobblestoned back alleys, where "spivs" once roused in the late hours with more whisky and sly-grog than is good for any man or woman. Nestled there in the dark we descend to the late night sounds of some of Australia's grittiest DJs, pushing hard for the dawn.

 




Saturday "Black & Blues"
WHEN: Saturday 28th March 2015, 8 pm – Midnight
DANCE LESSON: 8 pm Complementary dance lesson with Sarah James & Evan Hughes
VENUE: Revolt, 12 Elizabeth St, Kensington | MAP
MUSIC: Mr Black & Blues & DJ Ruth Jelley
COST: $40 or FREE with the BBS pass
DRESS: Black and/or Blue colour 
Strictly no BYO. Bar provided.


The feature evening of Blues Before Sunrise finds us in familiar hands amidst the rugged industrial surrounds of Revolt, where class and decorum meet fevered music and emotion.

Ready yourself for the hot licks of Blues troubadour Mr. Black and Blues, who will light up the air with his fiery guitar work and scorch hearts with his passionate vocals. Tom Waits, Eric Bibb and Howlin' Wolf come together in this frenzied musical cocktail that will drive your dancing rhythms far into the evening.

Full of new material from a day of workshops, you'll be busting to dance all night long. Keep an eye out for dance performances throughout the night!

 




Saturday Late "Swampin' and Slidin' Away"
WHEN: Saturday Late, Midnight till late
VENUE: Forever Dance, Level 1, 432 Church St, Richmond | MAP
MUSIC:Justin Yap Blues Band & DJs Julia, Hutch, BLUES FUSION and more!
COST: $25 or FREE with the BBS pass
DRESS: Casual
Snacks provided and BYO drinks.


We've got LIVE MUSIC in the main ballroom full of cutting guitars and jungle drums to drag you through the morning fog. New to the BBS line-up this year we have Justin Yap and Band, primed to junk you on with their swampy guitars and organ rhymes in search of those transcendent moments, deep within the arms of another.

The second studio will be all about Blues Fusion, a chance to partner dance and combine different styles in creating your own slow dance aesthetic. Listen out for Trip Hop, Slow Soul, R&B and much, much more.

 




Sunday "That Ol' Sentimental Feeling"
WHEN: Sunday 29th March 2015, 8 pm – Midnight.
BLUES MUSIC HISTORY TALK: 8 pm Complementary talk/presentation with PBS DJ Matthew Frederick (The Juke Joint)
VENUE: Brunswick Town Hall | MAP
MUSIC: Georgia & the Sentimental Gentlemen and DJ Julia
COST: $35 or FREE with the BBS pass
DRESS: Smart casual
Strictly no BYO. Bar provided.


Get your outfits ready for a classy, stylish evening of blues and slow jazz as Melbourne's very own swing- and blues-dancing delight Georgia Brooks takes to the stage with the Sentimental Gentlemen, to bring you an evening of the finest 1930's jazz club crooning. This may be your last chance to grab that person you've been hoping to dance with all weekend, so don't miss out!

 




Sunday late "A Sunrise Serenade"
WHEN: Sunday Late, Midnight till late
VENUE: Forever Dance | MAP
MUSIC: Australia's best DJs
COST: $20 or FREE with the BBS pass
DRESS: Casual
Snacks provided and BYO drinks.


Slow it down, relax and be swept away. Dance till you drop as BBS sways to a 'grinding' halt …