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Urban Blues Recess Portland, OR March 31st - April 3rd
Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 8:00 PM - Monday, April 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM (PDT)
The official UBR website is up! (www.bluesrecess.com/urban).
Registration is still going on RIGHT NOW!
The first 75 tickets are only $99 for the UBR Full-Access Pass!
And only $75 for first-time dancers wanting to take the INTRO DANCE track!
Be sure to register ASAP, as tickets will go fast. Last year’s Northwest Blues Recess event completely sold out in 72 hours of registration opening (4 months before the event!) So if you want to go to UBR, buy yourself a ticket something like right now!
Urban Blues Recess
March 31st through April 3rd, 2011
Remember, this is a Fusion/Alt-Blues Recess event. It’s different. And this one is an Urban Blues Recess with workshops, so itself is a whole different world of Recesses. We will all be housed together in an "Indoor Tent City" in an enormous Portland warehouse space. There will be workshops all day, from 10am until 5pm, 6 to 7 classes at a time, in the same space where we are camping. We’ll have over 60 classes: classes on Hip-Hop Fusion, Stealing Workshops, Lyrical Blues, Flead and Lollow, Dancing with Inanimate Objects etc. and two whole tracks of Non-Dance classes on Acro-Yoga, DJ Mastering, Parkour/Free Running, Partner Massage, Beat Boxing, Bicycle Repair, the list goes on. Envision teaching or taking a class surrounded by a circle of tents separating your class-space from your neighbors. Pretty cool, huh? Every late night (2am-6am) will also be at the "Tent City Warehouse," so that anyone can check out for the night whenever they are ready.
For the main dances of the night we'll be out and about in beautiful, happening, and rainy Portland. Friday night we'll be renting out three clubs on the same block, throwing our DJs and bands in them, and having a raging, 3-club, private party until they kick us out at 2am, at which time we are back to where we are camping for the late night.
Saturday night will be in an industrial, rave venue founded and operated by members of the local Burner scene with three live Fusion acts and three prized competition finals: a Fusion (music) Jack & Jill, a Flead and Lollow Strictly, and a Solo Runway and Costume Competition lumped into the Rocky Horror Transvestite costume theme for the night.
Sunday night will be either under an interstate overpass with a half-dozen 50 gallon barrel fires dotting the dance floor to keep us warm or in the old Union Train Station arrivals/departures area. Sunday is still in the works, but it’s going to be magic, whatever it ends up to be.
We’ll let you know when the website is up and you can explore it for more information on class and instructor lists, DJ lineups, volunteer opportunities, motives and morals of the event, live act previews, and how the event is being run as a profit-sharing cooperative!
But for now, REGISTER! The option might not be there later.
And for the just-can’t-wait, curious ones out there you can check out the UBR Beta Google-Docs with:
Instructors and Classes:
Live Music/DJ schedule:
Justin Riley and The Blues Recess Family
Urban Blues Recess Event Schedule
March 31st - April 3rd, 2011
Thursday, March 31st
5:00pm “Thank You” Dinner for volunteers, instructors, organizers, and DJs.
9:00pm-3:00am: Portland style house party. Welcome home!!
Friday, April 1st
Workshops 10am-5pm (6 to 7 consecutive workshops at a time!!)
9:00pm-2:00am: Main Dance: Club hopping between three adjacent clubs
in downtown Portland, OR, each venue with Blues Recess DJs and live
acts performing for you!
2:30am-6:00am: Late Night dance at the Workshop Warehouse where we all
sleep for the night. Dance as late as you like, then crawl into your
tent 100 feet away.
Saturday, April 2nd
Workshops 10am-5pm (6 workshops at a time)
9:00pm-2:00am: Main dance will be at The Refuge, a relatively new
Portland Rave Warehouse venue founded and operated by members of the
local Burner community. This dance will have a Rocky Horror costume
theme, along with a costume contest at midnight!
10:30pm: Contest Finals begin at 10:30 and are staggered throughout the night
Gender Bender Strictly Contest
Fusion Music Jack & Jill
Catwalk Costume/Solo Contest
2:30am-6:00am: Late night back at the Warehouse where we are all camping.
Sunday, April 3rd
12:30-4:30pm Workshops (6 workshop at a time!)
7:00pm-10:30pm: Urban Squatters dance under the I-84 overpass with
Burn Barrels to keep us warm.
11:00pm-6:00am: Late night TBA
Monday, April 4th.
Noon: Wake-up haggard-faced, pack-up the tent. Its over, shed a tear
or two over this undeniable truth. Say your goodbyes, and head home,
awaiting the inevitable pains of decompression.