Nov. 26: The Lady Fred, Dulce Vita, Dan Cantrell, Maneesh the Twister + More – DJ Amar’s Birthday party – Extended Dance Performance lineup

UN_FB_Nov26_DulceThis week, we bring you a Pre-Thanksgiving Thanks with an extra-Special lineup of DJs, Dancers and Live music.Resident Dulce Vita and Amar’s Surya Dub partner Maneesh the Twister will be rockin the dancefloor late into the night.Friend and musical collaborator Dan Cantrell will be bringing the live vibe with his accordion. Amar’s first Dance+DJ collaboration partner, Frederique -aka- The Lady Fred, will be joining the lineup too. And there’s more … DulceDanManeesh Dance performances by: The Lady Fred, Jodi Waseca, Verbatim, Jennifer Faust, Tatyana, Millie Maddox. Plus possible surprises :). UNdancersNov26 As an added bonus, early-arrivals will be greeted with some freshly brewed Chai and snacks, plus f8’s new Taco Tuesdays Happy Hour extending into the early part of Underground Nomads.

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Cheb i Sabbah Memorial Events in SF and Worldwide

In honor of our recently departed Underground Nomads co-founder and resident, we lave made a new page in his honor on the site. There are several music and dance memorial events planned worldwide to celebrate his life and music, including tonight’s 1002 Nights on Nov. 21 at 1015 Folsom and A Morning Remembrance on Nov. 24 at Dolores Park (10:02am-3:33pm) on Sunday Nov. 24 in San Francisco. There will also be a Belly Dance show in his honor, likely in the springtime. Underground Nomads will host a weekly Cheb i Sabbah music Hour for at-least the rest of this year – including a special dedication on Dec. 24. We will be posting info. about events we find out about, as well as links, photos, videos and stories about his life and music on the page. If you are hosting an event, please send us a note by using the Contact form on this site.ChebiMemorial

ChebiMemFront111/12/13 Tribute to Cheb i Sabbah. DJ Amar’s Dedication set (video begins with opening words by Gina Grandi and performance in Chebiji’s honor by FatChanceBellyDance – Note: camera does not show performances, just the DJ booth). DJ Amar’s set for Chebiji follows FCBD’s performance, joined by Shabi Farooq, as in the old days at Nickie’s with Cheb i Sabbah.

Nov. 19: DJ Sep, Heather Shoopman, Calamity Sam, Cheb i Sabbah Music Hour

In honor of our Co-Founder and resident DJ Cheb i Sabbah, opening hour at Underground Nomads will feature his music, followed by dance performances and DJ sets in his honor.

DJ Sep returns for her 3rd Tuesday residency with a Global Dub set.

This week features Special Guest dancer from LA, Heather Shoopman, and resident dancer Calamity Sam. Heather and sam have a long history of performing together, and we could quite possibly be graced by some duet action, as they were dance partners for years and love performing together.

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Heather Shoopman hails from Oklahoma where she grew up dancing everything from hip hop to country western.  She has studied music and dance her entire life, and very eloquently embodies the songs she performs.  Heather fell into bellydance over a decade ago and never looked back.  Her studies in acting also contribute to the strong, fluid, zany style that is uniquely Shoop.  She practices tribal improvisation regularly with her troupe “Heavy Metal”.  Some favorite choreography collaborations have been with Mesmera, Calamity Sam, Sherri Wheatley and Jillina.  She is a proud co-founder of BFLA-Belly Fusion Los Angeles, a collaborative focused on public awareness of Fusion Bellydance as an art form. In addition to traveling worldwide and teaching online at powhow.com, Heather teaches and performs regularly in LA.  Her intention is to share the delight and healing power of dance.

“The music is your boss.”

SamBDSS-TabooMediaMost 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.
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Extended dj set by DJ Sep spinning a worldly mix of her signature dubwise sounds with an ethnic flair. DJ sep and Cheb i Sabbah were among SF’s first DJs to push the boundaries on the Electronica scene to bring World Beats to the dancefloors in full-force. We are lucky to have DJ sep among our resident crew. While many of you get to see her at Dub Mission playing a more roots, reggae dub style set, you now have the opportunity to be on the dancefloor as she pulls the classics out of her global closet and brings new treasures from around the world to the dancefloor. Think KPFA’s Off The Beaten Path (Radio show hosted by DJ Sep for many years) meets Electric Vardo (Sep is one of the original co-founders of Electric Vardo) Meets Dub Mission (Weekly Sunday dub/reggae/dancehall night in SF which just celebrated its 17 year Anniversary), all in one night. Can’t miss that!
DJ Sep’s recent article for the SF Weekly blog, in rememberence of Cheb i Sabbah:

One Fantastic Ride of a Life: Dub Mission’s DJ Sep Remembers Cheb i Sabbah

SF Weekly: [After hearing the sad news that DJ Cheb i Sabbah passed away last week, we reached out to DJ Sep, producer/promoter and founder of Dub Mission, who was also a friend of Sabbah’s. She wrote back with this remembrance.]

On my computer is an 82-page “worksheet” document, an absurdly long to-do list. On page 11 is a reminder to send Cheb i this email:

So I discovered something interesting the other day…..”Cheb” means young. “Sabbah” means morning. “Cheb i Sabbah” means young of the morning. Sepideh [my full first name] means white, used to describe dawn, as in white of dawn….WE HAVE THE SAME NAME!  🙂

I never got the chance to send the email.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, many words will be written about Cheb i Sabbah and his remarkable contribution to world music. His massively influential, self-coined “outernational” style of mixing Asian, Arabic, and African music together in one set will be emphasized. His indelible mark as a pioneering promoter will be noted. Many will talk about his 1002 Nights, those uniquely memorable events that brought world-class musicians to the Bay Area, often for the first time. Many will mention his long-running Tuesday night dance party at Nickie’s. “He turned me on to so much music I’d never heard before.” We’ll continue to hear that over and over again. And it’s all true. His impact was global.

I always thought of him as a local DJ. It was a privilege to be able to think of him that way which made it even more fun.

By any standard Cheb i had one fantastic ride of a life. A Jewish Algerian kid moves to Paris as a teenager, discovers DJing, manages Don Cherry, delves deep into Hinduism, records an untold number of talented world musicians, releases seven cherished records…and that’s just his official biography.

“As both a DJ and a promoter, I have a massive amount of respect for Cheb i.” That was one my quotes from an article on him written by Billy Jam in 2011, a few months after he was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. It’s still true, but the memories that keep coming back now have to do with Cheb i the person, not DJ Cheb i Sabbah. The signature mix I keep remembering was the mixture of his opposing characteristics. Cheb i could be very gentle and generous, especially to the musicians he championed, or curt and withholding, refusing to tell a fan the name of the song he’d just played before shooing the guy out of the DJ booth.

It was his character, not just his music, that drew so many to him. It was rewarding, being in his company. I once spent more than four hours at his apartment, having one of the most memorable conversations I’ll ever have. I know my experience is not unique. And yet, he could be exasperating to work with, his insistence on doing things his way causing avoidable hassle and stress. My experience is definitely not unique there either.

His stubbornness could be funny too. Once when we were producing and DJing a show together, he was told by the owner of the venue that he wouldn’t be able to smoke during his set. Cheb i calmly informed the owner that it would be impossible for him to DJ without smoking, he’d never done it before. Needless to say his set that night was accompanied by his usual chain smoking, with one concession. Between puffs, he held his arm down instead of up.

Google “the measure of a man” and many variations come up. This one by Peter Nivio Zarlenga struck me: “The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.” Perhaps Cheb i’s greatest misfortune came at the end when he faced a painful fatal illness. And here I find his most important and, hopefully, lasting influence on me. He faced mortality with grace and quiet determination continuing, stubbornly, to do what he loved until the end, death and smoking regulations be damned.

— DJ Sep / Dub Mission (For the SF Weekly)

Opening the night, we will play Cheb i Sabbah’s As-Far-As DJ mix, leading into the dance performances and DJ Sep’s dancefloor set.

Join us also on Nov. 21 for a Memorial event at 1015 Folsom from 7pm-2am featuring live music, DJ sets and more. 1002 Nights – A celebration of the life and music of Cheb i Sabbah. Details at Cheb i Sabbah’s page. Click on his photo above, or Here, to connect.

Nov. 12 – FatChanceBellyDance, DJ Amar, Mo Corleone + more – Honoring Cheb i Sabbah

Join us for a Meditation / Prayer Session from 8-9pm for Chebiji, followed by music and dance in his honor. Come if you can, or join from home via Live stream. This night will be a celebration of his life and music. Live Stream link: www.ustream.tv/channel/f8 – We will stream the full night.

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Dear friends and supporters. Our co-founder and one of our inspirations for starting the Underground Nomads Tuesday nights has passed after a 2.5 year fight with cancer. The music and support of all of the people from around the world who stepped up to help him with his medical treatments and filled the dancefloors is what kept him going longer than the doctors ever believed possible. He was still coming out and DJing until just a few weeks ago. Holistic treatment kept him healthier for the time he was here than chemo ever would have. He chose the right thing so he could be present rather than slowly fade away. His message to all who love him is to send him off with meditations wishing him well on his journey into the next realm, instead of being sad.

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His partner during the last few years of his life, Eloise, who was by his side and took care of Cheb i Sabbah from beginning to end, shares this message: Please take a moment to recite mantra for Chebiji’s liberation, for world peace, for true happiness for all sentient beings. “OM MANI PADME HUM” … It was my honor to care for him, to share life and love together. He is forever with me, he is my angel. OM MANI PADME HUM!

Eloise is His angel, and is a permanent member of the Underground Nomads family. Blessings go out to Eloise, to the rest of Chebiji’s family – including his close friends who he considered family just the same – and to his extended family of supporters who stood by his side from near and far.

This week – and weeks forward – we will celebrate his life and Music at Underground Nomads.

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DJ Amar will be spinning a set inspired by Cheb i Sabbah’s influence on him. We will also be joined by special guest from the Ambient Mafia- Mo Corleone. She is a perfect addition to this night bringing the global vibe even stronger in Chebiji’s honor.

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A chameleon by nature, Mo Corleone is a DJ that defies categorization. On any given weekend you may find her directing the dance floor in a dark warehouse or slammin’ club venue, but you’re just as likely to catch her in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Hawaiian jungle, or the Black Rock Desert. Mo loves to exploit the gray area between genres. You’ll appreciate her sets if you like electro in your techno, psy in your progressive, or rock in your breakbeats. When she’s not bouncing with the energetic renegade crew Want It, Mo chills out with the Bay Area darlings of downtempo, the Ambient Mafia.
(Photo by Brad Dosland, Taboo Media – during an Electric Vardo fundraiser for Unmata at Club 6).
Underground Nomads and Electric Vardo Co-founder and resident DJ Amar met Cheb i Sabbah early in his DJ career, and had the amazing opportunity to stand behind his DJ, subbing for Chebiji, alongside Janaka Selekta, during his legendary Tuesday nights at Nickie’s in the lower Haight. from 2005 onward, when Cheb i Sabbah was on tour, Amar or Janaka would play for the dancefloor on those Tuesday nights. In the years following, Amar had joined Janaka and Chebiji in many SF productions including Worldly, and performed alongside Chebiji at events and festivals where that unique blend of global vibe was called for. Amar is known for his unique mix that has been largely inspired by Cheb i Sabbah’s music and dancefloor sets, as well as by the many amazing music producers and DJs that he has been introduced to by him.

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We bring you our 2nd Tuesday resident performers FatChanceBellyDance, performing in honor of Chebiji. In addition to FCBD, we will have solo performances by Masha, Rasa Vitalia and Jade Etiene.

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Jadeera Rose / Jade Etiene is a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional sacred dance artist. She is a professional performer who experiences dance and performance as an opportunity to connect with and share with others the beauty and wisdom of ancient arts and cultures as well as the spirit of the present moment. Jadeera has performed with many dance companies, live bands, and as a solo artist at a variety of venues including: theatres, clubs, festivals, restaurants, private parties, schools and senior centers. She has traveled internationally as a dancer and has performed dance for H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamasala, India. She dances in the “Mandala of Tara” a sacred dance prayer based on the qualities of the divine feminine. Jadeera is a teacher of the “Tara Dance” and other forms of movement as she is also a certified teacher of yoga and qigong. She spent the past summer on Maui teaching Brazilian Dance, Belly Dance, Kids Dance, Yoga and Tara dance. As a Belly Dancer, Jadeera Rose offers “Sacred Spirit Belly Dance” which is her own unique style that has blossomed from the center of her being. When she dances, she intends to be a channel of Qi and invokes the spirit of the ancestral belly dancer to bring joy, light and healing to the space, the audience and herself.

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FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Presenting the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style is FatChanceBellyDance.  For classes, costuming and performances, find us at www.fcbd.com

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Rasa Vitalia is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing artist.  A professional dancer, choreographer, and show designer for a variety of first-class Performing Arts celebrations and events, she puts her unique creativity and improvisational flair into each original performance. Rasa has over a decade of mastery and advanced study in multiple dance forms from around the globe, including Sacred Middle Eastern Dances, Bellydance (Raqs Sharki), Indian Bollywood, Afro-Brazilian Samba, Modern Funk, Hip Hop, Pop and Club dance. Her work has been described as “universal, entertaining” and “gracing the stage with great style and beauty.” As one of San Francisco’s most recognized Dance Artists, she is also frequently invited to be a featured artist in international productions.  Her achievements include “San Francisco’s Performing Artist of the Year Award, 2011-2012 (RAW Artists)” Artist-in-Residence at Supperclub San Francisco and Amsterdam, and working and performing with Grammy-award winning live musical acts Katdelic (P-Funk) and the Yuval Ron Ensemble (Israel). Rasa frequently contributes her talents to several worthy causes, including Pink Ribbon Int’l, The Vegetarian Society, and the Marine Mammal Center.  Rasa Vitalia is a creative visionary: expressing truth, celebrating life and capturing hearts.

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(Photo by Scott Belding). Masha is a multi-award-winning dance artist specializing in Modern and Classic Egyptian belly dance styles. She is distinguished for her grace, refined musicality, and expansive dance training within and beyond the realms of Middle Eastern dance. Masha offers weekly classes in Berkeley, CA. and can be seen performing regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Visit MashaRaqs.com for more information.

November 5th: Cheb i Sabbah + Kytami Live (Smokin’ Strings tour)

This coming Tuesday, we have yet another amazingly special night – and it’s a double-header. Our beloved Cheb i Sabbah will be spinning on this night* – And we have the amazing “ViolinExtremist” from Victoria, BC, Kytami, joined by Jay Tablet and Boomtown, their Exclusive SF stop on their Smokin’ Strings tour will be at Underground Nomads.

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You may know Kytami as the original violinist with Delhi 2 Dublin, or performing with Third Eye Tribe in their earlier days. Kytami has taken of on an amazing solo career with some amazing collaborations along the way. The Smokin’ Strings tour is one of those unique collaborations – remixed. This trio will blow your mind musically and energetically.

Note that this night will start early, at 8pm. Show starts at 9, with an extended set by Kytami and crew, dance performances by Chandala Shiva and Kae Montgomery, and a DJ set by Cheb i Sabbah*

*Note that Cheb i Sabbah, while suffering from cancer and fighting, is playing when he can and is planning to play for us on this night. There is a chance he may not be able to make it. If he is unable to make it, DJ Amar will play a set inspired by and for Chebiji – which will include a mix of Cheb i Sabbah’s original music. Either way, proceeds from the night will go toward Chebiji’s continued treatment.

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Chandala Shiva is an award winning belly dancer and yoga and belly dance instructor from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Training with as many of her heroes as possible, she is completing her certification in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements of Bellydance.  She is inspired by hard work, all things velvet and sparkly, and captivating music.  But above all else, she dances from her heart.

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Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her at www.kaetribalbellydance.com and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

October 29: Jimmy Love, Zoe Jakes + French Tribal Embassy + Calamity Sam

We have a 5th Tuesday this month with an extra-special guest lineup which includes a dozen dancers from France, featuring solo performances by ZOE JAKES & CALAMITY SAM, both joining in for a late night UNMATA style I.T.S. set (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance) to music mixed live by JIMMY LOVE and DJ AMAR.

NOTE: This night starts early, at 8:00pm. Performance sets at 9:00pm (details below).

Non Stop Bhangra’s DJ Jimmy Love will be rockin a global mix, bringing out tunes you won’t hear at Non Stop Bhangra. Not saying there won’t be any bhangra in the mix, but this is one of those rare sets where Jimmy puts on his Global Gloves and showcases a boundary-defying mix of sounds right in line with the Underground Nomads vibe – Breaking Boundaries of Genre and Culture.

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San Francisco based DJ and Producer Jimmy Love is co-founder of the legendary Non Stop Bhangra parties at Public Works, as well as member of award winning party crew Surya Dub. Jimmy has been rocking the SF Scene and beyond with his unique blend of Electronic, Reggae, Bhangra and Hip-Hop mixes for years, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western dance floors. His remixes have been featured everywhere from the Ghetto Funk blog, BBC Asian Network to The Rub’s remix wall. Bay Area heavyweight, he has shared the bill with some of the top touring acts and traveled all over North America spreading the love.

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Hosting the FRENCH TRIBAL EMBASSY on The Golden Trail West Coast tour are Djeynee from Paris and Mat Jacob from Montreal. Both have been integral in spreading appreciation, support and knowledge of American Tribal Style (ATS), Improvizational Tribal Style (ITS) and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance worldwide. Djeynee has hosted just about every top notch Tribal and Fusion belly dancer from the US at her Tribal Umrah festivals in France, Including Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle and Unmata – to name just a few. Djeynee and Mat are hosting 20 dancers from France on a West Coast US tour taking them to Portland, Sacramento and San Francisco, to train with Rachel Brice, Amy Sigil and Zoe Jakes – as well as FatChanceBellyDance, Jill Parker and others. While here, they will be performing at UNDERGROUND NOMADS on this night, showcasing the amazing talents France has to offer, in this Exclusive intimate engagement in SF.

A dozen dancers from France will be performing, joined by the amazing local talents of ZOE JAKES and CALAMITY SAM. Both will give solo performances and join a late night ITS group performance together with Djeynee, Mat and the ladies from France.

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Drawing on her varied and well-rounded performance background, Zoe Jakes has developed a versatile instruction style all her own. Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah! along with the talented Mira Betz, also an inspiration and longtime teacher, and Elizabeth Strong, whom she spent years performing in the bay area in their group, Arabesque. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in peoples faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Vaudeville-americana touring with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice amongst her teachers and inspiration. Currently Zoe is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has 6 albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. She designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, adding set designer, and stylist to her body of work.  Zoe has the desire and opportunity to bring belly dance to the masses, having performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonneroo festivals in front of thousands of people that don’t know belly dance from an elephant. It is her passion that belly dance can get a wider recognition and respect, and as a touring workshop instructor her classes reflect this ideal, focusing on strong technique and long term motivation.

Zoe has recently joined the Hot Pot Global team and is bringing UNMATA style ITS into her Beats Antique shows (Upcoming Nov. 16th show at the Fillmore will feature Unmata and Calamity Sam). Here’s a lil taste of Hot Pot style from the recent Beats Antique show in PIttsburgh, PA.

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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.
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Doors 8PM.
Performances start at 9PM.
DJ Amar spins between performance sets.
2nd Performance set at 10PM.
Dancefloor DJ sets with JIMMY LOVE & AMAR till closing (1AM or later)
Late Night ITS sets during the DJ sets.
$5-10 sliding scale cover – goes to support the artists.
Drink Specials inspired by our visitors from France.
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Underground Nomads happens Every Tuesday at F8 with different DJs and dancers each week.

October 22: Dulce Vita, Janaka Selekta, Sirenas Morenas, Kae Montgomery

This week, we have a reunion of sorts, with resident dancer Miss Kelly joined by Marci Ann and Medina to form the new trio Sirenas Morenas.

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Brought together by their love of the dance Miss Kelly, Marci Ann, and Medina Maitreya banded together instantly, each contributing their unique dance backgrounds to this project. From the graceful slink of Urban Tribal, the fiery edge of Atash Maya, and the beauty of The Bhoomi Project.
Together they are Sirenas Morenas.

Of course, it’s 4th Tuesday – so we have our beloved resident DJ Dulce Vita rockin the decks for your dancefloor pleasure.

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See Dulce Vita‘s Bio Page by clicking her photo above or clicking HERE.

Also joining us upon return from her tour in Japan, resident performer Kae Montgomery (Part of FatChanceBellyDance and Kami Liddle’s Goldstar).

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Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her at www.kaetribalbellydance.com and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

Closing out the night, we have an encore set by Janaka Selekta, who joined us earlier this month, and will once again play at Underground Nomads before he heads back out on tour.

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Each Tuesday we begin at 9:00pm, with Free Entry before 9:30, Happy Hour till 10. Performances at 10pm. DJ Sets/open dancefloor after performances till 1am or later.

$5 cover after 9:30. Free before 9:30.

Tuesdays at F8 (1192 Folsom)