Oct. 1: Cheb i Sabbah + dancers Rebecca Vasile, Jessie Loring + Julie Rea

Kicking off our 3rd month at F8, Cheb i Sabbah returns with his signature Outernational Mix. We take it back home to Nickie’s infused with today’s Underground Bass culture, new beats mixed with the old school Cheb i Sabbah style sounds.

This week extra special and extra important. As many of you are aware, Chebiji is fighting cancer, and your support is what has been keeping him going. Not just the financial support (though that has been valuable and is still needed), but his fans/friends/supporters on the dancefloor. You continue to keep him strong and playing music.

As always, the night will feature belly dance performances at 10pm, this week featuring Rebecca Vasile, Jessie Loring + Julie Rea

Following the dance performances, Cheb i Sabbah will be DJing for the rest of the night.

Rebecca Vasile


Rebecca Vasile is a soloist with the Bellydance Superstars. She teaches and performs all different styles of dance internationally.  When Rebecca is not traveling, she teaches weekly classes in Oakland. You can check out her website at www.RebeccaBellydance.com

Jessie Loring & Julie Rea

 Jessie Loring & Julie Rea

In 2011, this sassy, dynamic duo hit the stage with their juicy movement and carefree vivaciousness. A product of the evolution of the Bay Area belly dance scene, Jessie Loring and Julie Rea meld strong ATS roots and modern fusion together for a playful interpretation for their audience. They frequently perform to support noble causes such as OneMama.org and the SF Asian Women’s Shelter.

Jessie Loring is a former company member and teacher of Fat Chance Belly Dance and Jill Parker’s Foxglove Sweethearts. Julie Rea is a member of Kami Liddle’s Gold Star Dance Company, former member of Dhama (Madrid, Spain), performs regularly with the Americano Social Club and co-produces the monthly gypsy punk party ‘Baxtalo Drom – The Lucky Road.’



September 24: Dunkelbunt, Makyo, Dulce Vita, Calamity Sam, Azure, Zoe Jakes, Analisa, Tatyana +

Post-Symbiosis Global Shakedown with a rather massive lineup for our quaint little night.


Asian Dub meets Balkan Electro Swing with Makyo(Japan) and Dunkelbundt (Austria!

We are excited to welcome Special Guests Dunkelbunt from Austria and Makyo from Japan, joining resident Dulce Vita on the decks for the night. In addition to DJ sets, we will be opening the night with a Live set by Jinnaya (Makyo’s new project) featuring our local favorite percussionist Drumspyder and Tribal Fusion Belly Dancers E-chan & Milla.

In addition to all that, we have dance performances by Azure, Zoe Jakes joining resident Calamity Sam with some of her ITS dancers, Tatyana, Azure and Analisa.

A note from Amar:
I just returned from Symbiosis and had an amazing weekend. I got to see Makyo’s set with Jinnaya late Saturday night and Dunkelbunt rockin the dancefloor on Sunday afternoon. Dulce Vita also joined me for my Electric Vardo Live set on Friday night and rocked the dancefloor with me.  I have to tell you – you are in for a Triple-treat, and then some.  Makyo will be joined by drumspyder (Scott Sterling) and a couple of amazing tribal fusion belly dancers from Japan. Some of you may have seen these ladies at Tribal Fest in 2007 (or it may have been 2006) doing their sword piece that dropped many jaws at the outdoor stage that year. Well, they are back and you will not want to miss seeing them up close and personal.

The night will begin at 8pm, with some happy hour chilling to some downtempo beats spun by Amar. Jinnaya will perform from 9-10pm, followed by dance performances. then Dulce takes the decks for an hour, joined by the ITS dancers flowing into Dunkelbunt’s set. Makyo will close the night with a DJ set.


Underground Nomads hosts International guest stars for a post-Symbiosis shakedown. Asian electronic dub producer/DJ MAKYO and Vienna’s Balkan beat and Electro-Swing producer/DJ DUNKELBUNDT will join us for a rare treat.


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 will be joined by special guest Zoe Jakes for an UNMATA style I.T.S. set (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance).

Azure  Belly dance has been performing in the Bay Area for over ten years together. They have had a regular Saturday night gig at Kan Zaman Restaurant in the haight for many many years. The trio consists of Michael Mcelhaney, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ronna Malson. Michael has been performing belly dance for over 20 years and started his career with Fat Chance Belly dance. Michelle has studied many other types of dance including ballet, modern, flamenco, kathak, and various Latin styles. Ronna besides a belly dancer is also known as Crickett Bardot, an infamous Faux Queen performer in the bay area.

Analisa is a multi talented performance artist from Oakland Ca. As a evolving student she constantly continues to saturate herself in the dance. Performing mainly as a tribal fusion soloist, Analisa is involved in many other musical elements. You can find her rocking out as a DJ for the Burning Man Collective, The Dancetronauts, and as a fire dancer at local events and Festivals. Currently, Analisa continues to take as many workshops and classes as possible and studies with world renowned teachers such as Zoe Jakes and Jill Parker

Tatyana (performing improv with dunkelbunt) 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.



Ulf Lindemann aka [dunkelbunt] has built a reputation alongside Shantel, Balkan Beat Box and Parov Stelar as one of the world’s leading DJ’s and most important producers of Balkan Beats and Electro Swing. Lindemann started his musical career as a youngster with producing hip hop and electronic music. Later on he studied Jazz piano, began to work as a DJ and organized and hosted live-performances and club nights. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Lindemann moved to Vienna in 2001. Initially inspired by its rich electronic music scene, he quickly fell for Vienna’s unique cultural mélange, its musical diversity that unites influences of traditional music from the Balkan to the Orient. These days his tour schedule reads like an airport departure board: Tel Aviv, Sydney, Cape Town, Moscow, Paris, NYC, Toronto, Berlin, London, Madrid, Sofia are just a few of the cities where he performs regularly. He has been touring North America since 2006 and has played a large role in popularizing Electro Swing and Balkan Beats, his unique sound inspiring a generation of producers, DJ’s and concert promoters from the Global Bass scene. Not only is he known for his work as a composer, producer, DJ, radio editor and multi-instrumentalist, [dunkelbunt] has remixed and collaborated with Balkan Beat Box, Waldeck, Parov Stelar, Gotye, Tori Amos, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Boban Markovic Orkestar, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Watcha Clan, Harry Stoijka and 17Hippies, to name just a few. His concerts in NYC at Nickodemus’ Turntables On The Hudson, The World Music Festival in Chicago, playing alongside Bassnectar and the Afrolicious Crew in San Francisco, and his performance at Earthdance Laytonville have left audiences craving more. www.dunkelbunt.tk


Makyo is a Tokyo-based producer and DJ who has been creating exotic Asian electronic-dub since 1994, with releases on Silent Records, Dakini Records, Planet Dog, Six Degrees, Interchill, Ministry of Sound, and many more. Makyo has remixed artists like Cheb I Sabbah, Natacha Atlas, Adham Shaikh, Solace, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and Kaya Project, and has been remixed by people like Bill Laswell and System 7. Makyo’s tracks have also featured on mix CDs by Alex Patterson (The Orb), Youth (Killing Joke, The Orb), and Mixmaster Morris.  As an early pioneer of Indian-electronic fusion, Makyo developed his sound contemporaneously with producers like Loop Guru, Talvin Singh, and Karsh Kale. While the idea of fusion between ethnic music and electronica has taken hold, few pursue it with the level of originality and care that Makyo brings to every track. Each piece is polished and developed for weeks to months before being released to the world, which is one reason Makyo’s tracks from a decade or more ago still sound fresh and distinctive today. Makyo’s sixth full album Purnima was released last year, and his new five-piece live band is touring regularly.  www.dakinirecords.com


As a DJ performer in San Francisco, the North American capital of electronic dance music, how does Dulce Vita stand out? Along with a highly-acclaimed ability for solid track selection, true individuality happens here as a result of a musical risk. With the cross fader as her primary canvas and a signature brand of aggressive intent, she performs a sound all her own – an energetically urban sounds cape of breakbeat, infused with audible hints of Nu Skool, Big Beat, Chunky Electro, Tech-Funk, Filtered Disco, World Beats, Dubstep, Glitch-Hop, and IDM. www.dulcevita.dj


Sept. 17: DJ Sep + Verbatim, Danielle + Jeanette, Masha, Bramani

Shortly Following Dub Mission’s 17 year Anniversary this past Labor Day weekend, DJ Sep returns to her new residency On for another dubbified journey around the world.

DJ Sep
DJ Sep

We also have the amazing Hot Pot dancers from Sacramento, VERBATIM, joining the crew for some signature Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance. If you haven’t seen them rock the stage, don’t miss this (If you have seen them, you know not to miss it).

Verbatim (UNMATA / Hot Pot Studios, Sacramento)

Verbatim is Hot Pot Studios premiere troupe, a collection of performers and instructors in Unmata I.T.S. and dance fusion. Since their establishment in 2005 by Amy Sigil, Verbatim has performed over 200 shows from rockin out with local musicians in pop, punk, rock, world fusion dance to the international stages and belly dance festivals worldwide. Now the independently self directed Verbatim promises to continue being ” An exotic taste on a rock & roll palette.” Verbatim is Heather Macdonald, Natascha Storms, and April Hollon (aka lil’a). hotpotstudios.com

Also joining us on this night will be a duet performance with locals Danielle and Jeannette, as well as solo performances by Bramani and Masha.

Fusion belly dance artists Danielle Lottridge and Jeanette Walton began to collaborate on innovative explorations of musical and physical form two years ago when they formed the duet “Two Winks”. They’ve danced at shows, clubs, and art collectives in San Francisco, Oakland and Southern California, and they are thrilled to present new choreography at Underground Nomads!

Danielle Lottridge and Jeanette Walton

A captivating belly dancer, tantalizing burlesque artist, fierce aerialist, and incredible fire eater all in one, Bramani Quinn is one of the premier performers of the bay area.  Bringing theater. dance, and circus training together she is sure to inspire every audience.  www.soulexpressionsfusionarts.com

Bramani Quinn

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. MashaRaqs.com

Masha (Photo by Scott Belding)

September brings exciting performances by residents FatChanceBellyDance, Verbatim and more, plus very Special Guest music producers and DJs from Austria and Japan, Dunkelbundt and Makyo.

We are excited about our new venue in SOMA, F8, with a great sound system and dance floor, awesome bar and lounge area, and friendly staff. Easier parking too, and BART access (short walk from Civic Center BART). We will be starting earlier, at 9pm. Come early for happy hour snacks and cocktails. Bar opens at 6pm.

We continue showcasing the finest and most beautiful dance talent available in the SF Bay Area and beyond, bringing a different mix of performers each week.

We arrive at 8pm, kicking off with dance performances starting between 9:30-10 following a warmup downtempo DJ set by Amar.
$5 Cover, 21+, Free before 9:30. 2-for-1 before 11 with mention.

Drink Specials this week: $2 Red Stripe

Sept. 10: DJ Amar + FatChanceBellyDance, Surreyya, Shanti Jourdan

It is time to welcome our resident Mega-Troupe FatChanceBellyDance for their first Official appearance at Underground Nomads.

FCBD will be joining us on this night, and normally on the 2nd Tuesday of the month with DJ Amar. This week will also feature SHANTI JOURDAN and SURREYYA.

The night will be a post reverence party for those still in town for the Reverence show hosted by UNMATA honoring Jamila Salimpour. We may have additional surprise guests joining us, and are offering a special deal (see below) for ticketholders from the Reverence show.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10: DJ AMAR + FatChanceBellyDance, Shanti Jourdan, Surreyya Hada.*Post-Reverence weekend party:Free Entry before 10pm with Reverence ticket. 2-for-1 until 11 for anyone who asks.

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Presenting the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style is FatChanceBellyDance.

Since the creation of FatChanceBellyDance by Carolena Nericcio in 1987, the troupe has fascinated audiences worldwide with their exciting improvisational technique. Carolena has refined a montage of different “tribal” elements into what has been coined American Tribal Style bellydance. Through their participation in dance festivals, collaborative productions with other artists, and benefit shows for community events, FCBD has established a strong professional reputation in and out of the Bay Area for performing as well. www.fcbd.com

SB AL by Raphael Roques


Director of the acclaimed Dangerous Beauties dance troupe and Co-director of Troupe Scimitar Surreyya is a highly sought after performer and instructor.  She sings in English and Turkish, and dances regularly solo as well as with several world fusion and rock bands. Surreyya’s performance is full of excitement, and is inspired by Egyptian, Turkish and American Tribal flavors of dance.  A passionate and creative performer, she also incorporates props (sword, cane, snakes, veil, finger cymballs) into her repertoire and has won several prestigious dance awards. Surreyya thrives on audience participation, often giving impromptu lessons and adding a comedic twist to her performance. www.surreyya.com

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Shanti Jourdan began Belly Dancing in 2002 and found what she had been missing in her Western dance training. After 5 years of American Cabaret style belly dance, a troupe mate took her to see The Indigo and Shanti fell in love with Belly Dance all over again but this time with an obsessive passion for isolations and layers.
Since then Shanti has devoted herself to Tribal Fusion and studying with those who inspire her. She is 8 Elements Phase II certified and enjoys collaborating in group projects as well as performing as a soloist in Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast. Her dancing is currently inspired by Hahbi’Ru, accordions, Mardi Love, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Calamity Sam and her beloved teacher, Rachel Brice. www.shantibellydance.com
Shanti Jourdan Belly Dance Triple Scoop

September brings exciting performances by residents FatChanceBellyDance (Sept. 10), Verbatim (Sept. 17) and more, plus very Special Guest music producers and DJs from Austria and Japan, Dunkelbundt and Makyo (Sept. 24). October brings DJ Jimmy Love, Zoe Jakes and the French Tribal Embassy (details soon).

We are excited about our new venue in SOMA, F8, with a great sound system and dance floor, awesome bar and lounge area, and friendly staff. Easier parking too, and BART access. We are starting earlier, at 9pm. Come early for happy hour snacks and cocktails. The bar will be open all evening.

We continue showcasing the finest and most beautiful dance talent available in the SF Bay Area and beyond, bringing a different mix of performers each week.

Doors 9pm, kicking off with dance performances at 9:30 following a warmup downtempo DJ set.
$5 Cover, 21+, Free before 9:30.

1192 Folsom . SF

Sept. 3: Father and Son Cheb i Sabbah and Opium

Kicking off September, we have a special Father + Son night with Cheb i Sabbah and his son, Elijah – aka Opium, who you have seen at the door at the legendary Tuesdays at Nickies … Now fast forward to 2013, and welcome the next generation of Sabbah – Global infused Hip Hop.


As always, the night will feature  dance performances at 10pm (Note we will begin performances at 9:30 starting next week), this week featuring Jennifer Faust, Millie Maddox and Laura Albert.


Jennifer Faust is a Bay Area local fusion bellydancer with a background in professional ballet – dancing with Dance Theatre Seven, Marin Ballet and in the UC Santa Barbara Dance Company.  Like most dancers, Faustsought new venues for dynamism and movement. During a performance of Jill Parker’s ‘Ultra Gypsy’ in San Francisco, she fell in love with bellydance. Captivated by the complexity that tribal bellydance fusion granted in the translation of music to physical form, Faust began training in 2003. She joined the Suhaila Dance Company from 2005-06 and then took a five year hiatus to compete in Muay Thai taking her to Thailand.  Currently Faust is a member of the following dance troupes: Ariellah’s Deshret Dance Company, Ego Umbra, Adara (directed by Natalie Nayun) and the Dirty Foot Dames collaboration.

Faust is a Registered Nurse and began her independent film making adventure in 2012 collaborating with Freyja and DJ Amar:   http://vimeo.com/66521870


Millie Maddox is a professional 2D artist and animator with a background in the mobile video games industry. She discovered belly dance 7 years ago and took her very first class here in SF with The Mama of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Jill Parker. While working in NYC she continued her dance studies with Sera Solstice, Danielle Hutton and the East Coast Tribal stylization of movement. Cammi Darshan Vance was also one of her core teachers and heavily influenced the style of movement and emotion that she brings into her dance. Millie is a member of Cammi Darshan Vance’s troupe Petrichor with whom she has performed semi-professionally at Venus Uprising 2010, Tribal Fest 2012, and Danse du Ventre at the Alberta Rose theatre in Portland Oregon 2013. She also performed with Jill Parker’s Student troupe at Kafana Balkan this Summer. Millie has recently transplanted back to the Bay Area from from New York City and is currently immersing herself in the rich belly dance culture of San Francisco while in the process of developing with her own unique voice in dance.
Millie also bakes killer gluten free brownies which you can find occasionally at Stephanie Field’s Sugarfoot Grits food pop up around San Francisco.
Photo is courtesy of Jasmine Van T Productions.


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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.

Opïum Sabbah will be sampling tracks from his up coming album Freedom ïs Free produced by his father Cheb i Sabbah.

Representing urban youth world wide, Freedom ïs Free is a portrait of the societies we live in today. The album reflects the many issues & dilemmas as seen through the eyes of an American Hip Hop artist with Algerian roots.The artistry of Opïum Sabbah (son) and the dj science production skills of Cheb i Sabbah (father) bring a powerful message to the ongoing struggle.

Continue reading Sept. 3: Father and Son Cheb i Sabbah and Opium

Aug. 27: DJ Amar + Calamity Sam, Little Beasties, Kae Montgomery & Holly Shaw

As usual, we kick off at 9pm with a warm-up DJ set, dance performances at 10, and open dancefloor for the rest of the night. Tonight, we have a couple of improv dance performances to DJ Amar’s set later in the night as well.

Amar will be playing a set inspired by his Hookahdome sets played at burning man and Hookahdome events around the bay, as a dedication and sendoff to the camp while they head out to the playa for this year’s burn.

Tonight is for those who are staying in town and not trekking out to the playa.

Amar will be joined by Special Guest Shirzad – aka Persian Starr, performing live persian instrumentation, for an early live set and with Amar later in the night.
Check out his new album here.

Tonight’s performance set features a nice cross mix of what is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area belly dance scene.  We are so lucky to feature such talented dancers who bring a traditional contemporary American tribal, Spanish Flamenco and supper fusion interpretation of Bellydance.  Don’t miss the show, you have a lot to see.  Please bring tips for the dancers!

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.


Little Beasties is a fusion belly dance duo based in Berkeley, CA. Amina and Laura Elisabeth first met in Ariellah’s dance classes in 2010 and became fast friends. As part of Forlasi, Deshret’s sister troupe, the two have continued their dance pursuits and have been learning and performing together for the last few years. With their considerable combined dance experience, shared passion for genuine expression through movement, commitment to technique, and penchant for gettin’ hyphy, the Little Beasties aim to entertain and connect with their audience.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LittleBeasties

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Kae Montgomery
Performing an improv set to DJ Amar’s mixing live.

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 atwww.kaetribalbellydance.com and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

Kae Montgomery

Holly Shaw

Holly Shaw is a San Francisco Bay Area-based dancer, choreographer, and creativity coach whose sensuous and imaginative artistic work shines with personal authenticity while drawing on her extensive knowledge of diverse dance traditions. While principally a flamencodancer, Shaw has also studied contemporary modern dance, as well as other ethnic dances, and she draws on those techniques and sensibilities to weave tapestries of nuanced and emotionally expressive work.

Shaw has performed as a soloist with Caminos Flamencos off and on for several years at the ODC Theatre, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cowell Theatre, and with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. She has danced in the Edinburgh Arts Festival,  was a starring guest artist in “Forever Flamenco” at L.A.’s Fountain Theatre, performed with several companies in the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, and was also a telvision host for Festival Revue  in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2007, she created the Eve’s Elixir project, a platform for artists of contemporary world dance wanting to bring new ideas to traditional dance forms, and has produced several shows in San Francisco and Berkeley and is currently curating its most recent incarnation, The Sunday Salon. Shaw’s most challenging and revelatory work to date was a video blog, 365Dances, where she created a dance sketch every day for an entire year and posted videos of that work online. Shaw has spent years training Bay Area dancers in technique and improvisation, challenging them to dance from a deeper level and uncover their unique style and now offers specialized workshops like The Deeper Lab as well as private creativity coaching for those wishing to sharpen their creative skills. To find out more, please visit www.hollyshaw.net

Holly Shaw

Happy Hour till 9:30
$5 cover after 9:30 (free before 9:30)
1192 Folsom St. SF

Performer lineup Updates for tonight’s Full Moon Dub Birthday Bash

Tonight is gonna be awesome. In celebration of Miss Kelly’s birthday, more additions have been made to the lineup for the 10pm dance performance section, with improv. performances during the DJ sets too.

Kimberly Mackoy and Jeannette Walton will be joining the lineup tonight, in addition to Marci Ann, Amber Burke and Miss Kelly.

DJ Amar will open the night with a chill global dubby set to warm up the dancerfloor from 9-10pm. Dance performance will kick off at 10pm. Following the performances, DJ Sep will take over the turntables for the rest of the night.

Tuesdays at F8 (1192 Folsom)