Feb. 18: Drumspyder, Danielle Lottridge + Loud Zoo, Larissa Archer, Tatyana

We are happy to have an amazing music producer and percussionist making his solo debut at Underground Nomads. You may have seen him performing with Makyo and Jinniyah when they came through in September. He is well known and loved in the Tribal Belly Dance community and in the world electronica scene.

In addition to our usual mix of awesome dance performances with residents Tatyana and Larissa Archer, we have an extra-special piece by our resident Danielle Lottridge, joined by guest MC Loud Zoo.

Drumspyder

Scott Sterling‘s inspiration is the drum and drumming, the creation of rhythm with the human hand. Equally important is the primal connection between drummer and dancer. An expert percussionist of many years training, he is immersed in rhythm and all its modalities, from the hypnotic, trance-inducing pulse to the energy of ecstatic dance. Bringing the drums to bellydancers, yogis, and the emerging transformational festival culture, Drumspyder weaves the rhythms and tonalities of the Mediterranean and live Arabic percussion into his own style of electronic dance fusion, distinguished by its funky, (belly) danceable grooves and rhythmically intense, percussion-driven sound. He works in a broad range of tempos – ranging from slinky, sexy downtempo through funky mid-tempo whomp to high-energy tribal house. He is also ready to collaborate with dancers or other types of stage performers in improvised Arabic-style drum solos or choreographed pieces.

Originating in San Francisco’s crucible of bellydance, bass culture, and world music fusion, Drumspyder has released 3 albums worth of original music (most recently “Kytheria” on Dakini Records) and is a prolific remixer, lending his signature live percussion and melodic touch to the Desert Dwellers, the Spy from Cairo, Mirabai Ceiba, and various traditional Arabic ensembles, with many more on the way. In addition, his music has been featured in numerous dance DVDs and theatrical productions. 2013 saw Drumspyder appearing at festivals throughout North America, including Luminosity, Photosynthesis, Gratifly, Shambhala, and MEME, as well as the Hadra Trance Festival in France.Danielle and Loud Zoo

Danielle Lottridge is a Canadian belly dancer and scholar who flew south and fell in love with the Bay area and all it has to offer, especially tribal fusion belly dance (and Ethan, whom she recently married)! Danielle completed a certificate in African Heritage Performance and is currently studying dance movement therapy. Her dance collaborations in San Francisco include original choreography and performance with The Foxglove Sweethearts, Les éléments, and TwoWinks. www.danielledances.com
Ethan Plaut aka Loud Zoo will be our guest MC for the evening. Hailing from Chicago, where he produced two albums, Discontinudity and Goosechase. He has been composing and performing around the Bay area for five years. Ethan and Danielle have been working together on music, spoken word and dance for three years. Tonight they will debut both solo and collaborative pieces!

Larissa

A classically-trained actress, Larissa Archer studies and performs with Fat Chance Belly Dance as well as her mother, Masha Archer, founder of the San francisco Classic Dance Troupe. She performs a mix of American Tribal style, earlier belly dance forms, ballet, and modern dance.

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Tatyana fell in love with dance “at gun point” at the age of 5 in the Soviet Union, where she was introduced to Ballet and Ballroom via the infamous Russian instruction methods. She has since found other forms of dance to love, including fusion belly dance. Her influences come from wonderful teachers and mentors, the poetry of genuine human experience, and the music itself. She has had the pleasure of performing with The Lady Fred’s Black Heart Ballads, The Americano Social Club dancers, DJ Amar and Calamity Sam at Taverna Nights, Jill Parker’s Student Dancers, and Elizabeth Strong & Rose Harden’s Shtetl Shakers.

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Feb. 11: MWE Live + DJ Amar, FCBD + Extended Performer Lineup, Balkan Belly Brass Bash

An Extra Special Tuesday night this week with an extended performance lineup featuring dancers from North And South of the border.

  • We have a Live Balkan Brass Band – MWE, joining us for a full-on live set.
  • Featured Special Guest performers include Caro Dumanni from Costa Rica; Laura June from Vancouver, BC; Michaella Manning, Hannah Lily and Pixie Fordtears from Los Angeles, CA.
  • We also have our 2nd Tuesday residents FatChanceBellyDance and Wendy Martlatt, and resident Millie Maddox.
  • In addition to the Announced Performers, we will have a couple of SURPRISES as well, included in a Total-Improv Tag-Team set mixed by DJ Amar.
  • DJ Amar will be spinning global dancefloor beats late night as well.

We will have 2 performance sets this week, plus an Eclectic Ensemble style improv set. Note that performances this week are planned to start at 10pm SHARP. There will also be a later set, so if you don’t make it by 10, there will still be lots to see.

This week’s LINEUP:

Resident Dancers:
FatChanceBellyDance . Wendy Martlatt . Millie Maddox

Guest Dancers:
Michaella Manning . Hannah Lily . Pixie Fordtears
Caro Dumanni . Laura June (with MWE)

+ Surprise Guest Dancers featured, in addition to some of the above dancers, in the Eclectic Ensemble Improv set with DJ Amar.

SCHEDULE:

Music:
DJ Amar
MWE

9pm – Music and Happy Hour. Great time to arrive, get a drink, get settled in and grab a front row seat on one of the comfy couches for the show.

10pm – 1st Set of Performances with FatChanceBellyDance, Wendy Martlatt and Special Guests

10:40 – MWE Live with Laura June

11:20 – 2nd set of Performances with Special Guests and residents

11:30 – Tag-team Improv performance sets with DJ Amar mixing live on the fly

11:45 – DJ Amar – open dancefloor

1am – wind down or keep going if you’re all still dancing and drinking :).

9pm-1am . F8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF . $5-10 sliding scale donation + tips for the dancers encouraged . 21+

Support Underground Nomads by coming to the show and/or via live stream. Donate to the Underground Nomads Fund at gofundme.com/undergroundnomads

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Caro is a dancer from Costa Rica who got into dancing since she was 3 years old. As a latin, she was first introduced to rhythms like salsa, merengue, cumbia, soca and reggae. Caro also took gymnastics, yoga, ballet, modern dance, hip-hop and breakdance while growing up. And then, a little turkish belly dance which lead her into Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Since then, she’s been growing up as a fusion dancer, choreographer, teacher and performer. She feels truly inspired by her teachers: Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Amy Sigil, Heather Stants, Anasma, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle, Jill Parker, Kajira Djoumahna and many more. “It’s always an honor to be in their class learning about dance and how to teach it.” Her true passion is to teach dance and she’s been doing it for the last 10 years. She feels the biggest reward is watching her students grow and enjoy dance in every level. As a performer Caro has participated in several festivals in Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, USA and Croatia, like the Opa Fest, Massive Spectacular (Las Vegas), Tribal Fest (California) and Split Tribal Fest. She also has been teaching in CR and Colombia, Argentina, USA and Croatia (at Tribal Fest, Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive, Split Tribal Fest and more); Caro is director of Dumanni’s Dance Company and produces dance intensives in Costa Rica (Costa Rica Summer Intensive 2009-2010) and Colombia (Bogota Mini Intensive #1, #2, #3). Plus now she launched her own clothing line called “Dumanni”. Also as a hobby, she works as a Creative Director and Hair & Make Up Artist on Jorge Dengo’s Photo Shoots. Caro believes in living on the positive side and enjoy every moment as if it was the last.

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Based in San Francisco, CA, MWE puts a modern and eclectic twist on Turkish and Balkan folk music. As a five member acoustic wind ensemble, MWE plays traditional and original songs with the rarely paired clarinet and the double-reeded zurna.  Add one more clarinet, a saxophone , and a davul (a shoulder slung marching drum), and you’re about the closest to heavy metal you can get without amplification.  MWE’s shows are loud, wild, and raucous affairs known for drawing entire audiences to their feet in one song or less.

MWE has performed at many of the Bay Area’s world music venues such as Ashkenaz, Amnesia, the Red Poppy, and Yoshi’s Lounge to name a few. In addition to performing locally, MWE has gone on three tours which have taken the band all over the west coast to cities such Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC among others. They’ve also performed at Golden Fest in New York- the largest Balkan music festival in the United States. MWE has also been lucky to collaborate with music luminaries Peter Jaques, Faisal Zedan, Paul Bertin, Samuel Atchley, Tobias Roberson, Eva Salina Primack, Marco Peris, and Matt Darriau. MWE also plays an important role in the belly dance community, providing live music for some of the most well-known American dancers including Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Mira Betz, Elizabeth Strong, Jill Parker & The Foxglove Sweethearts, Laura Albert of Luciterra, and Danielle Elizabeth.

Michaella

Michaella Manning fell in love with bellydance in 1999, when she began studying classic cabaret style with Wiporil and Mesmera. Now primarily a tribal fusion bellydancer with a penchant for 1920’s glam, music, and styling, she teaches and performs internationally for a variety of events, whether it be instructing at a bellydance intensive in Mexico City or entertaining a Saudi Arabian Princess at the Versace Mansion. Currently she works with Zen Arts Entertainment Company, is a member of the dynamic dance company The Jewels that Raq, and is a choreographer and performer in the flapper bellydance trio Les Petites Bonbon. Michaella presently resides in West Hollywood, California and loves soaking in all the old time glamour she can find.

Pixie

Pixie started dancing at the renaissance pleasure faire in southern California.. quickly realizing this is what she wanted to do with her life she spent the last 4 years studying with everyone she could.. She perform’s weekly with the Jewels That Raq! which has really helped her become the performer she is today! She’s really happy to be a part of this event because Sam and Amar were the ones who gave her the opportunity to perform her first solo so they have a very special place in her dance heart!!!

Hannah

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Hannah Lily can be found performing regularly throughout Los Angeles and beyond as a soloist as well as with numerous dancers, musicians, and variety acts.  She has studied primarily American Tribal Style® (ATS®) and Tribal Fusion bellydance, but continues to expand her dance training and pursue her interest in other forms of movement including yoga and fire arts.  She is certified in ATS® General Skills and Teacher Training and in Level I and Level II of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements program.  Hannah Lily currently dances with The Nautch Conspiracy, an improvisational tribal style troupe, as well as her most recent project Les Petites Bonbons, a flapper-inspired bellydance revue. www.hannahlilybellydance.com

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Laura Albert of Vancouver Canada is a founding member and co-director of Luciterra Dance Company.  A lover of magic, the hyper-real, mystery, elegance, vintage dust, metaphors, otherworldliness, and praxis, she spins her tales through the creation of movement, costumery, and community.  She holds certifications with Suhaila Salimpour (Level one), Colleena Shakti (100 hours of Odissi training), and Carolena Nericcio (General Skills).  She has been performing up and down the West Coast since 2008, and has performed in major festivals from the yukon to california.  Luciterra currently produces a travelling full stage show incorporating fusion bellydance, contemporary dance stylings, contact juggling, circus arts, fat beats, and digital culture, which can be seen at music events, major festivals, and underground parties across the West Coast of Canada and beyond.

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Underground Nomads resident and C0-founder DJ Amar is resident DJ with Surya Dub and resident VJ with Non Stop Bhangra. Amar plays 2nd Tuesdays and occasional other Tuesdays supporting each week’s resident and guest acts at Underground Nomads. On 2nd Tuesday, Amar throws down a full-on dancefloor DJ set.

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2nd Tuesday resident Wendy Martlatt

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2nd Tuesday residents FatChanceBellyDance

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Resident dancer Millie Maddox (The Belly Dancing Baker)

Feb. 4: Marco (Bissap Baobab), Shondell, Bay Area I.T.S. with Calamity Sam & Zoe Jakes.

An Extra Special Tribute / Extra Important Underground Nomads night
… See why below.

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DJ Marco aka Marco Senghor, Bissap Baobab restaurant and club owner,
DJ and promoter of African and World Music events.

Chef/owner of the very much loved Bissap Baobab restaurants and clubs, Marco Senghor, has been a long time supporter and friend of Chebi Sabbah. The last reincarnation of Cheb i Sabbah’s Legendary Nickies Tuesdays took place at Bissap Baobab Village (Bollyhood cafe at the time), and Underground Nomads had our first nights there. DJ Amar and Marco put on numerous fundraisers at Bissap Baobab for Chebi Sabbah, and hosted regular events with FatChanceBellyDance and Helm. It was Marco’s idea to bring back a weekly event to keep the global music vibe alive in SF and to help keep chebi playing for as long as he could (and he did keep playing until his very last days).

Due to a fire at Little Baobab in May of last year (which is where Underground Nomads was set to start that month) and the Bissap Baobab crew having to consolidate all their parties and move the restaurant into one venue, it made sense for us to move to our current venue, F8. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to have Marco with us as, representing the African vibe and global soul that he helped bring to San Francisco nightlife, along with Chebi and a few others.

Marco and the Bissap Baobab family’s support of Cheb i Sabbah’s nights is invaluable. Bissap Baobab also hosted ‘Tribal Nights’ and numerous special events with DJ Amar and the tribal belly dance community. Bollyhood Cafe / Bissap Baobab Village became quickly FatChanceBellyDance’s favorite SF venue to do shows at when we kicked off Tribal Nights there.

Proceeds from this night will go to help the fundraising efforts to re-open Little Baobab. Some funds were raised through Indiegogo, and they still have a ways to go. In addition to coming to Underground Nomads this week, you can help them by going to Bissap Baobab Village for a wonderful dinner experience anytime. The food is delicious and the environment they create is warm and friendly.

Excerpts from a 2003 San Francisco Chronicle article/Profile:

… Senghor isn’t just a restaurateur. He’s also a sought-after DJ (his moniker: DJ Marco, of course) and a music producer who brings African singers to the Bay Area. Seeing Senghor in his two restaurants (the other, called Little Baobab, is just around the corner from Bissap Baobab) or spinning songs or overseeing an African show, it’s easy to assume that he inherited his family’s genes for success — but the stories Senghor tells of his short-circuited ventures, his low-status jobs, his health challenges and a collapsing roof are all bridges to a recent past … (Read Full Article)

Dance Performances by:

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Shondell

Shondell arrived in the Bay Area back in 2006 … with no pants on. Little is known of her life,
but she will always be remembered for her one hit wonder, “The No Pants Dance.”

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Bay Area I.T.S. (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance)
UNMATA / HOT POT style Featuring Calamity Sam and Zoe Jakes

Photo: Calamity Sam and Zoe Jakes with UNMATA at the recent
sold out Beats Antique show at The Fillmore, SF. See video.

Jan 28: Dulce Vita, Little Beasties, Erica Lingrell, Tatyana +

Dulce Vita‘s back this week for Her 2014 kickoff at Underground Nomads. Featured dancers will be Little Beasties (featuring Laura Elizabeth and Amina Zareh), Erica Lingrell and Tatyana, with a special dedication to Cheb i Sabbah by Jenna Anjali.

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Little Beasties

 

 

As usual, we will start at 9pm with some downtempo global beats. Dance performances begin shortly after 10pm.

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Erica Lingrell

 

Following the dance performances, Dulce Vita takes the decks and the dancefloor is yours for the rest of the night.

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Tatyana

 

 

Come early for Happy Hour. The bar is open in the evening with happy hour appetizers and drink specials. Entry is $5. Free before 9:30 if you ask. Proceeds go to the DJs and toward keeping the event going. We appreciate your support.

9pm-1am . $5 . 21+ . at F8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF.

Jan. 21: DJ Mundi, Amberetta, Sadira

DJ MUNDI is an unusual kind of DJ. In latin, mundi means ‘of the world’ and indeed his soundcloud page features an extremely wide range of music including Zimbabwean mbira, Afro-house, Colombian cumbia, Indian/UK bhangra, Egyptian shaabi, Reggae Dancehall from around the world and more.. Based in Oakland California, his eclectic mixes and live sets have gained respect from far and wide and have recently been featured in multiple online magazines and blogs such as Afropop Worldwide, Generation Bass and Global Ghetto.

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Listen to his recent Egyptian Electro Sha3bi Mix on Generation Bass.

He credits the public library across the street from where he grew up as his greatest musical influence because it was there, at a young age that Mundi began listening to, reading about and collecting music from across the globe. Currently he’s working on things as varied as “a mix of new African music from all around the continent, South African house, Angolan kuduro, Ghanian azonto, Ivorian coupe decal” and a “General Levy dancehall-rock remix with arabic strings” among them. Follow him on soundcloud and facebook to keep up with the latest.

https://soundcloud.com/djmundi

AMBERETTA

Amberetta

Amberetta is a second generation bellydancer who began performing at the age of five, studying ballet, jazz, and tap, as well as the piano.In 2004, she began studying Tribal Fusion dance with Andrea Perkins and performed with the Dandasha Dance Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition, Amberetta obtained her 230 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Alliance through the Asheville Yoga Center in June 2010. In September of 2010, she relocated to the San Francisco area to pursue performance opportunities and further her dance education. In addition to her solo work, she performs Tribal Fusion Bellydance with RockaBelly under the direction of Kamille Hitz. She presents the dance form she loves with a special mix of strength, independence, femininity, and dangerous curves.

Sadira
A Tribal Fusion dancer currently studying under Rose Harden, Kae Montgomery, Jill Parker and Zoe Jakes. With only a year of bellydance under her belt, Sadira draws from her experience and knowledge of theatre where she has been performing since she was 12, to blend and bring life to her dance.

Upcoming Tuesdays – New DJs, Live Acts, Dancers

As you may have noticed, we are bringing in new DJs and Live acts to the Underground Nomads mix of musical talent. We are also expanding our dance performance lineups with occasional Extra-Special big weeks.

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Keep posted here and check in on our Facebook page for weekly updates.

Upcoming  next Tuesday, we have DJ Mundi, for his first DJ set at Underground Nomads. More info will be posted soon.

We thank you for your support.

Jan 14: DJ Amar, FatChanceBellyDance, Wendy Martlatt, Calamity Sam

2nd Tuesdays residents DJ Amar and FatChanceBellyDance are joined by Wendy Martlatt and Calamity Sam. We are kicking off the new year right, and look forward to seeing you. Come early to catch Happy Hour and the performances.

Take a look at the new Calendar tab for upcoming lineups.

Wendy Marlatt is known internationally for her uniquely elegant and vibrant dance. Her performances weave a divine fabric that invite the viewer on a journey thru world dance history blending the ancient with the contemporary. Wendy began her study of tribal belly dance after an inspiring trip to Egypt. She began her studies with Carolena Nerriccio and FatChanceBellyDance® in 1995. She is based in San Francisco and is available for instruction and performance.Wendy continues to cultivate her own style of world fusion bellydance.

Her goal is to invite the viewer on a global journey through movement. A journey where the viewer meets dancer in a place of authenticity and genuine spirit as it evolves through movement.

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FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Presents the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style.

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Most known for her musicality and ability to connect with the audience, Calamity Sam is not afraid to ham it up and show her sense of humor on stage. She has been a featured performer and instructor in France, Holland, Spain, England, and across the U.S. Sam is based in Oakland, CA where she teaches Unmata/Hot Pot I.T.S.,co-produces Taverna Nights with Tatyana Balte, and the Tribal Fest Afterparty with DJ Amar.  You’ll find her regularly in Los Angeles performing at Zulu Lounge, and producing an Improv night in L.A. called Eclectic Ensemble with DJ Amar.

Calamity Sam is currently the Exclusive Bay Area UNMATA / Hot Pot I.T.S. instructor, offering classes in the East Bay on Monday nights at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville. Visit thecalamitysam.com for details.

9pm-1am. $5 (free before 9:30 if you ask). 1192 Folsom St. SF.
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