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.


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.

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).


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.



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.


October 15: DJ Sep + Boogiemeister/Adrian Blackhurst, Amberetta, Millie Maddox

This Tuesday we have a Special Guest joining us on a visit from Hawaii. No stranger to the global dub scene, DJ and Producer Adrian Blackhurst, became known in the World Music Electronica scene as a member of Vancouver, BC’s Beats Without Borders crew. With Maui as his current home-base/launching-pad, Adrian travels the world sharing his music, and is always a welcome guest when he rolls through town.


Paired with DJ Sep, this night is sure to be an ethnically fuelled dubbified night on the dancefloor. Underground Nomads resident DJ Sep plays on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. You can also check her out on Sundays at Dub Mission, along with her crew, for SF’s longest running Reggae dance party. At Underground Nomads, she pulls out unique sets spanning a world of sounds with her signature dub vibes, bringing in elements from her years as a Bay Area world music DJ and host of KPFA’s Off The Beaten Path.

Each week, we have a brilliant mix of dance performances by some amazing local and visiting dancers. This week, we bring residents Amberetta and Millie Maddox.


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.


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.

BOOGIEMEISTER :: global beats n’ future funk (Beats Bazaar/Maui, HI)

Boogiemeister is the musical project of Adrian Blackhurst. He produces music, DJs & organizes music events on Maui. After co-founding Beats Without Borders monthly & band Delhi 2 Dublin, he moved to Maui & now focuses on solo music & his Beats Bazaar nights. He uses the almighty laptop and plays bass, guitar, synths, melodica, & various percussion that he often plays during his DJ sets as well! Boogiemeister produces & spins global beats, future funk, moombahton, electro-swing & gypsy breakbeats & then some, with the focus always on FUN & making people BOOGIE with the magic of music! – www.SoundCloud.com/Boogiemeister


As usual, we kick off at 9pm.
DJ Set from 9-10
Dance Performances at 10
DJ Sets following performances for the rest of the night.
$5 cover. Free before 9:30.

October 8: Kami’s B-day with Janaka, Amar, FCBD, Jodi Waseca, Kami Liddle + …

This week we celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite Dance Performance Artists KAMI LIDDLE, featuring Kami herself, residents FatChanceBellyDance and Jodi Waseca’s debut performance at Underground Nomads. All sorts of goodness, and that’s just the dance performance section of the night (10pm).

Rockin the dancefloor will be Janaka Selekta and DJ Amar (and possibly Cheb i Sabbah*)


Janaka is back from India for a few shows with God’s Robots, and will be joining us for a Worldly style DJ set. Amar will be dropping a multi-cultural, multi-genre set. Last week, Janaka and Amar filled in for Cheb i Sabbah, and will be back again this week for more on their scheduled night. *It is possible that Chebiji will join us if he is feeling well enough to come out and play. Either way, the night will be for him, and proceeds will go to help with his continued cancer treatment. We will post an update Tuesday evening. Check back here for a new post, if you wan’t to check in to see if Chebiji will come and play. Your support by coming will help him either way.

One of the pioneers of SF’s Asian Massive scene known for his WORLDLY nights and DHAMAAL events, now producing some of the richest sounding electronic dub beats fused with classical Indian sound creating a unique mix on the dancefloor. Janaka has been performing with Cheb i Sabbah and subbing for him at his legendary Tuesdays at Nickies over the years. Amar had been subbing for Chebiji in the more recent years. This will be a bit of a special reunion on the Tuesday night dancefloor, at a great new venue on a great new eclectic night that the Underground Nomads crew has brought to SF.


Jodi Waseca is a multi-faceted performer, most renowned for her out-of-the-box theatrical dance performances.  Besides being a sought after teacher and solo artist, she also is a part of bellydance troupes the Bhoomi Project, Joweh RAW, comedic dance troupe Fou Fou Ha, and does burlesque, go-go, and stage managing with the variety show voted one of the top 10 in the world, the Hubba Hubba Revue. She is the co-producer of the North Bay Belly Dance Bazaar and of Baxtalo Drom, and the co-manager of the Bhoomi Project. Jodi is also a professional fire performer with a strong ethical lean towards safety and beauty. www.jodiwaseca.com

Kami Liddle is one of the leading ladies of tribal fusion belly dance world and her resume includes being the tribal director and choreographer of the Bellydance Superstars to working with Beats Antique. She now directs her new dance project Gold Star which stunned crowds at Tribal Fest and Lightning in a Bottle. She is based out of San Francisco and teaches at the Fat Chance Studio as part of her ongoing series called Strange Brew. www.kamiliddle.com

Presenting the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style, 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

Underground Nomads
Tuesdays at F8 – 1192 Folsom
9pm-1am or later
$5 after 9:30pm, Free before 9:30
Dance Performances at 10pm.
Happy Hour Drink Specials early evening till 10.


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

Tuesdays at F8 (1192 Folsom)