Live video stream from Cheb i Sabbah’s birthday night

“It’s 10pm and Dulce is rocking the floor. Dance performances are about to start, and Chebiji will take the decks shortly. Tune in from around the world or get your tush over to F8 if you are in or near SF. Tonight’s epicness is already in progress…”

That was the night’s beginning. Watch the recording from this amazing night with Cheb i Sabbah, wrapped between a sweet opening and closing set by Dulce Vita (The dance performances were missed due to the camera being aimed at the DJ booth). You still have the opportunity to turn this on, watch and listen while you turn your living room or bedroom into a dancefloor at home.

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Cheb i Sabbah Birthday Celebration, featuring SuperKate and more – Aug. 6th

We have a very special Underground Nomads night celebrating the life and music of CHEB i SABBAH with none other than Chebiji himself doing what he loves – sharing his music with you.

Please join us for a beautiful night on the dancefloor and celebrate the night with him, along with special guests and Underground Nomads resident: The Awesome DULCE VITA, warming up the night with a very unique global chill set beginning promptly at 9pm.

We have an extra Special Guest visiting town and performing with us on this special night, the Amazing SUPERKATE

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SuperKate is a passionate and talented performer, instructor, and choreographer based in New York City. The love of theatre, dance, and music pushes her to higher levels of creativity. You can find her dancing with Rakadu Gypsy Dance (Lexington, KY), Subee Djinn (Los Angeles, CA), solo performances around the nation, and occasionally alongside Belladonna Romka. She hopes others will be inspired by her passion and find their own voice and energy to give back to the world.

Also joining us will be a local favorite, RASA VITALIA

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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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August 6th at 1192 Folsom St. (@8th)
The night begins at 9pm. You can arrive early for Happy Hour with great drink specials and food until 10pm, lounging and listening to Dulce Vita.
Free entry before 9:30 (Though your support is welcome, as proceeds go to help with Chebiji’s cancer treatment).
$5 cover after 9:30 (2-for-1 until 11, just ask at the door).

Dance Performances at 10pm, followed by open dancefloor with DJ Cheb i Sabbah, and a possible late night set with Dulce Vita to take you into the wee hours.

Thank you to F8 for hosting us on this special occasion and weekly from here forward.

July 30th – Opening night with JEF STOTT. Dancers MASHA and MARTA

Join us at our NEW VENUE This week, as we continue our Underground Nomads nights at F8 (1192 Folsom). This is a sweet spot (see previous post with pics and info.) that we are excited to be moving to.

We will be starting at 9pm, so come early. Happy Hour at the bar runs till 10, and there is no cover until 9:30. Check out the Venue’s Website for Drink Specials and food items.

DOOR PRIZE: First 50 people through the door receive a Free Pass to come back any 1 tuesday in August. Come before 9:30 and you have a double freebie.

Here’s what we have in store for you this week . . .
9-10pm, chill vibes warming up the room with ambient soundscapes.
10pm, Belly Dance performances by MASHA and MARTA
10:20 till you drop, JEFF STOTT rockin the dancefloor for a 3 HOUR TOUR through a world of Bass fueled sounds.
The night officially ends at 1am, but we will keep going as long as you’re there dancing – all the way till 2am.
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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.

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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 ( spelled R A Q S.com ) for more information.

MARTA SERRA (Bio coming soon).


Check out our mixes on soundcloud for a taste of what’s coming …

We hope you are enjoying our new site as we are building it. we hope more that you will join us at our new venue, F8 at 1192 Folsom in SF.

You should notice in the right column (or  way down below if you are viewing the mobile site), that in addition to facebook and Twitter widgets, we have added our soundcloud mixes for your listening pleasure.

We are working on an Underground Nomads Soundcloud page (or we may use mixcloud) to upload some of our live sets on occasion.

One exciting new thing at F8 is their video feed. We know that many of our supporters are from across the world, so we can now share our nights with you by recording our sets and bringing you to us through the internet. We may even run an occasional live feed. Of course, we hope to see you when you come to visit SF.

New Venue starting July 30th – Moving to F8

Dear supporters, Please note that we are moving to a new venue at the end of the month.

We  are excited to be moving to F8 at 1192 Folsom St. (@ 8th) in the SOMA area of San Francisco. The new venue has an awesome sound system, nice and still intimate dancefloor, great bar with some excellent drink specials, and an overall nice friendly vibe.

Kicking off our residency at F8, we will have more nights with Cheb i Sabbah – August is Cheb i Sabbah Month !

Moving forward, we are planning on having 2 DJs (or one DJ and one live act) each week. We will still have the dance performances. We are not taking anything away, just adding more. We plan to bring in occasional special guest DJs and music acts. We will also be starting a little earlier, so you can enjoy some Happy Hour drinking and snacking while we get the night rolling.

We have loved doing nights at Bissap Baobab, and will continue to do occasional events there, but this move opens up some amazing new possibilities us as well as for them. Please join us at F8 on any Tuesday on or after July 30th.

The resident DJs are on somewhat of a regular monthly rotation. Due to our tour schedules, we may be occasionally swapping weeks. For example, Amar and Dulce are switching nights for August, so Dulce can rock it out at Burning Man. Cheb i Sabbah will be traveling in October to work on his upcoming new album, so we will be filling in for his nights. You can always check the website for the most up to date schedule if you wish to see a particular one of us on a night. We plan to post our schedules at least a month out, and will post any changes as soon as we are able to.

Below is our schedule for our July 30 Launch and for the month of August. We will post all of the details once we confirm the lineups. Please check back in after the weekend or subscribe for updates. You can also find our updates on the facebook page. Help us spread the word by sharing this post on facebook and twitter and following us there. We thank you for your continued support.

JULY 30: Opening Night with Special Guest JEF STOTT

*- August is CHEB i SABBAH month -*

AUG 6: CHEB i SABBAH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

AUG 13: LAUNCH PARTY with DULCE VITA + more TBA

AUG 20: DJ SEP + more TBA

AUG 27: DJ AMAR + more TBA

DANCE PERFORMANCES EVERY WEEK curated by GINA GRANDI

Full lineups for each week will be announced soon.
September schedule will be announced at the beginning of August.

Here are a few pics of the new venue.

The dancefloor: separated from the bar, nice wood floors, clean but not too fancy.

Our view of You from the DJ booth – nice and close 🙂

Some couches for you to lounge in, relax and have a drink, hang out with friends.

Our flyer designed by Jimmy Love, edits by Calamity Sam

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July 9th: DJ Amar is back with dancers Kae Montgomery and Tatyana

DJ Amar is back to excite the Underground Nomads dance floor! He is thrilled to share the night with Kae Montgomery, and Tatyana.

DON’T FORGET- we are starting earlier now! Enjoy chill downtempo global vibes for the first hour from 9pm. Come early, enjoy dinner at Bissap Baobab, and stay for the show. Dance performances will kick off shortly after 10pm.

Dinner guest stay for free. $5 cover starting at 9:30pm. 2-for-1 cover, if you ask, until 11pm.

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Kae Montgomery

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Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style bellydancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of a world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance®, and a brand new dance company, GoldStar, directed by the BellyDanceSuperStars, Kami Liddle. Please visit kaetribalbellydance.com for more information!

Tatyana

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Tatyana fell in love with dance at the age of 5 in the Soviet Union, where she was introduced to Ballet and Ballroom. She has since found Jazz, Modern, and folk dancing, and of course, fusion belly dance. The fusion part includes all of the above at times. Her influences come from wonderful teachers and mentors, the poetry of genuine human experience, and the music itself.

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EVERY WEEK we’ll be bringing you a great mix of dance performances to kick off the nights, followed by DJ sets and improv performances. We have some amazing performers lined up for the next couple of months. Please join us and help us to spread the word for our new weekly with rotating DJs. You can use the social media links below to share the news to your friends. We appreciate your support, and hope to see you on the dancefloor.

July 2: Cheb i Sabbah

Join us tonight to kick off our Second Month of Underground Nomads with Cheb i Sabbah. We are starting earlier now. Enjoy chill downtempo global vibes for the first hour from 9pm. You can even come early and have dinner at the venue and stay for the show. Dance performances will kick off shortly after 10pm. We will soon be starting even earlier, but for now, plan on 10pm for the performances to kick off.

Dinner guest stay for free. $5 cover starting at 9:30pm. 2-for-1 cover, if you ask, until 11pm.

We are so pleased DJ Cheb i Sabbah is back on the decks and this Tuesday we are joined by the fabulous dancers below:

Surreyya


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One of the few singing snake dancers in the SF Bay Area, Surreyya is a highly sought after performer.  She sings in English and Turkish, and dances regularly solo as well as with the bands MastykaHazerfan and Tellus818.  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.  She also thrives on audience participation, often giving impromptu lessons and adding a comedic twist to her performance.

Pat Reynolds from Rhythms of Punjab

What is Bhangra?– one of the happiest and most exuberant forms of movements that originated in the Punjab region of North India. Traditionally performed at harvest season in the villages of Punjab, Bhangra is now known as a folk dance that is done all over India during family celebrations and festive occasions. If you have ever gone to an Indian wedding and witnessed people bouncing joyfully in circles, shrugging their shoulders, and laughing endlessly, you have experienced Bhangra. In Bollywood movies, its often shared during scenes reflecting such colorful family celebrations.

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