Jan. 7: Bob Duskis, Millie Maddox, Bramani

Kicking off 2014 with Underground Nomads First Tuesday Cheb i Sabbah Tribute night featuring Six Degrees Records’ BOB DUSKIS

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Bob Duskis is the co-founder of San Francisco based, independent record label Six Degrees Records www.sixdegreesrecords.com and the host of the popular weekly, internet radio broadcast, Six Degrees Traveler.  In its 18 year history, Six Degrees Records has released a series of genre defying albums from such artists as Cheb i Sabbah, Bebel Gilberto, Karsh Kale, Niyaz, Ceu, The Midival Punditz, Vieux Farka Toure, Dom La Nena and many, many more.
Bob’s DJ sets reflect a similarly eclectic approach to his label, taking a free-form approach to the dance-floor which is rooted in Global Electronica but also explores a wide range of styles, textures & genres.

Resident Dance Performance Artists MILLIE MADDOX and BRAMANI.

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Dec. 24: Maneesh the Twister, DJ Amar, Improv Dance Jam – Holiday Party

Yes, Underground Nomads is happening on Christmas Eve. We’re having a holiday party. Every one is welcome, regardless of what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate. We are about the music, the dance and the hanging out with friends at our favorite bar.

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Come join us after your family festivities, if you are doing Christmas Eve with family. We will be playing music straight through to 1am (or later if you all still feel like partying). If you’re not doing anything, come join us early for Happy Hour.

The night will begin with some downtempo beats, kicking off at 9pm. Shortly after 10pm, we will have our All-Improv Dance Performance Jam featuring some of our favorite dancers, and hosted by our MC TATYANA.

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Following the Performance Jam, MANEESH THE TWISTER and DJ AMAR will take the decks and rock out the dancefloor with their Surya Dub vibes for the rest of the night.

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Maneesh the Twister is founder of Surya Dub, the Ambassadors of Dread Bass. He has brought together dubwize communities from Roots & Dub Reggae to Dubstep and Ragga to Dread Bass, UK Funky, Tropical, and Drum’n’Bass to Bhangra, S. Asian Electronica and Global Bass Beat worlds together. Surya Dub has won Best Club Night in the SF Weekly Music Awards & Best Ambassadors of Dread Bass from SF Guardian Best of the Bay. Also Maneesh was awarded the Best Club DJ of San Francisco by the SF Bay Guardian! He is also a resident of the longest running weekly dub & roots night in the World, Dub Mission, which is 17+ years and dubbing!

Maneesh toured India, UK, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and played the VH1 NYE with 3000 folks on Baga Beach in Goa on New Year’s Eve! Maneesh has shared the stage with legendary Jamaican producers Lee “Scratch” Perry & Scientist, Thievery Corporation, Francois K, Kode 9, Adrian Sherwood (On-U sound), Mala (DMZ), The Bug & Warrior Queen, Flying Lotus, Mad Professor, Bassnectar, State of Bengal, Smith & Mighty/RSD, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus, Bobby & Nihal (BBC Radio 1), DJ Hatcha, Headhunter, DJ Vadim, Z-Trip, Sub Swara, Eskmo, Blutech, Kush Arora, Poirier, Badmarsh & Shri, MIDIval PunditZ, 2562, Lazer Sword, Gas Lamp Killer, Dum Dum Project, Cheb I Sabbah, Dan the Automator, Mark 1, Badawi, Lyrics Born, David Starfire, Dub Gabriel, Jah Warrior Shelter, DJ G, J Boogie, Roommate/Babylon System, Juju, Antiserum, Navdeep, & Solomonic Sound (Rob Paine).

Check out the 2009 SF Station Interview:
Maneesh the Twister – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Dec. 17: DJ Sep, Angela, Calamity Sam, Laura Elizabeth, Amina

This week’s lineup of dancers include a new Guest Performer Angela, with residents Laura Elizabeth and Amina Zareh both performing solos, and Calamity Sam – which means there will likely be some sort of an ITS jam in the mix :).

DJ Sep will be taking the decks following the performances for the rest of the night, with You on the dancefloor.

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Photo: Wick Sakit Photography
Angela started belly dancing a little over 4 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to the Bay Area a year and a half ago, and now dances primarily with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Angela has a background in Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Improv, as well as previous training in jazz dance. As a soloist, she now focuses on Fusion belly dance. As a performer, her primary goal is to let her dancing reflect her deep love of music and movement.

Note that Underground Nomads WILL happen next week on Christmas Eve (with Maneesh the Twister and DJ Amar), and we will be taking New Year’s Eve off (See F8 website for their NYE lineup). January will bring some exciting new changes, bringing in Bob Duskis (Six Degrees Records) to kick off 2014 (First Tuesdays continue as Cheb i Sabbah Tribute Tuesdays). We will also be bringing in DJ Mundi on Jan 21.

Dec. 10: Dulce Vita, FCBD, Wendy Martlatt, Amberetta, Millie Maddox

2nd Tuesday resident dancers FatChanceBellyDance are back to take the Underground Nomads stage this week. Also joining us is Special Guest Wendy Martlatt, along with residents Amberetta and Millie Maddox.

Dulce Vita will be keeping you warm with her hot dancefloor vibes for the night, following the dance performances. Come out of the cold and stay warm with us, with drink specials, amazing performances and a rockin dancefloor – not to mention Taco Tuesdays.

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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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 by Phoebus Photo.

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FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Presents the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style.
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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. Tonight she will balance two very sharp, thirty-six inch scimitars as she performs her own original choreography.

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Underground Nomads resident DJ Dulce Vita, in monthly rotation.

 9pm-1am. $5 (free before 9:30 if you ask). 1192 Folsom St. SF.
Evening Happy Hour from 5-9pm + Taco Tuesdays at Underground Nomads.

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Dec. 3: Jef Stott, TwoWinks, Masha – Cheb i Sabbah Tribute

Underground Nomads continues in honor of our Co-founder, Resident DJ and inspiration, DJ Cheb i Sabbah. First Tuesdays have been Cheb i Sabbah’s night since we started Underground Nomads a few months back. We are now hosting DJs who have been close to and highly influenced by him.

This month’s first Tuesday features JEF STOTT.

The night will begin with an opening hour playing Cheb i Sabbah’s music, followed by Dance Performances. Performers this week will include Residents MASHA and a dynamic duet featuring DANIELLE LOTTRIDGE and JEANETTE WALTON as Two Winks.

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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!

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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. (Photo by Scott Belding).

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 Composer, producer and performer JEF STOTT has been deftly navigating the realms of world fusion music for over a decade, where he has consistently been at the forefront of the International Global Bass movement. He released his 10th full-length studio production ARCANA in April 2012 on Six Degrees records.His sound is a conscious blend of the sacred in global bass culture which simultaneously reaches back to ancient traditions while pushing the future of music forward.An in demand performer, Jef Stott has embarked on several successful world tours that have taken him to festivals and club appearances in Asia, North America and Europe often sharing festival stages with the likes of contemporaries Thievery Corporation, Nickodemus, Gaudi, Makyo, Cheb I Sabbah, Beats Antique, David Starfire, Bobby Friction, FreQ Nasty, Janaka Selecta, Dub Gabriel, Kush Arora among others.Festival appearances include Symbiosis Pyramid Eclipse, Harmony Festival, Earthdance, Beloved, Outside Lands, Source Festival, Sea of Dreams, Green Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Shambala Music Festival and many large clubs and conferences around the world. Jef has recently become the Hookahdome (premiere Burning Man soundcamp) artistic director and main DJ for their events on and off the Playa.Jef is a highly accomplished lifelong multi-instrumentalist, adding a live performance element to his live shows with many instruments ranging from Arabic string and percussion instruments to guitars, bass drums and live electronics. Jef has lead several live ensembles on stage throughout his career.

Jef Stott’s DJ sets bring a sense of tribal community to the dance floor with dynamic live instrumentation and top shelf musicality from guest performers interplaying with original tracks and live remixes. The arc of his performances can range from the most delicate acoustic and ambient moments to the chakra blasting intensity of peak hour sonic bliss. He is a regular performer at Ecstatic Dance events around the world and is intuitively sensitive to the collective emotion of a moving dance floor.

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.

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.

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