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.

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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 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

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.

Full Moon Dub: DJ Sep Extended Global Dub Set + Miss Kelly’s Birthday

Extended dj set by DJ Sep spinning a worldly mix of her signature dubwise sounds with an ethnic flair. 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 that is about to celebrate its 17 year Anniversary), all in one night. Can’t miss that!

Birthday Celebration for Miss Kelly featuring belly dance performances by Marci Ann, Amber Burke and Miss Kelly. In celebration of Miss Kelly’s birthday, we convene together with one of tribal fusion’s original raqstars. It’s going to be a very special night as we celebrate her sweet and sassy self, and enjoy her elegant and beautiful dancing. For this night, we celebrate Miss Kelly, one of the original members of the groundbreaking dance companies out of San Diego, Urban Tribal Belly dance, directed by Heather Stants. Miss Kelly now lives in San Francisco and continues to be active in dance and pursue belly dance as an art. A good friend and long time advocate of dance, Miss Kelly brings her friends for a fierce night of belly dance that you won’t forget.

Miss Kelly

F8 is now introducing Drink Specials on Underground Nomads nights. This week we will have $2 Red Stripes and $3 shots of Fernet. They have all sorts of great drink options including an awesome Happy Hour until 10pm.

Come early and enjoy the evening at the bar. Remember, we begin at 9pm with warm chill global vibes. We start charging at 9:30. Dance Performances kick off shortly after 10pm, followed by DJ sets for the rest of the night.

$5 entry after 9:30. 2-for-1 before 11 if you ask.
21+ only. 1192 Folsom St, SF


Launch Party Dance Performances

So here’s the deal, if you haven’t heard yet … Underground Nomads is a new weekly in SF where some of the finest local Global Beat DJs have joined forces with the Bay Area’s most amazing dance performance artists – bringing in Special Guests from near and far to join the resident crew.

Each Tuesday, we begin at 9pm, with a Happy Hour warmup set where you can chill to ambient tribal vibes. Dance performances kick off at 10pm, followed by our DJs rockin the dancefloor for the rest of the night.

This week, we bring you Resident DULCE VITA, joined by Special Guest KITTY D (See Previous post for details), for your dancing pleasure. Our featured Dance Performance artist is ERICA.

Erica has performed in the Bay area for more than ten years, captivating audiences with her contagious smile, sensual moves, joyful dance, and technical skill. Her graceful and passionate embodiment of bellydance has been influenced by studies in Tribal Fusion, Cabaret Bellydance, Turkish Roman, Persian, jazz, and traditional folkloric dances. She has performed professionally in theaters, restaurants, private parties, and nightclubs since 2002. Past performance experience includes work with Ultra Gypsy, Elizabeth Strong, Damage Control Dance Theater, L’Anonyme Collective, Miriam Peretz’s Student Ensemble, and Adara Dance Company. Erica has also studied with and been influenced by Jill Parker, Miriam Peretz, Suhaila Salimpour (certified), Elizabeth Strong, (as well as her teacher Reyhan), Kami Liddle, Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, and Ansuya. Currently, Erica is a principal dancer in Adara Dance Company, and well as performing solo work.

Launch Party … Dulce Vita + Kitty D

We are coming up on the Official Underground Nomads Launch Party, and doing it up big with a bass-bangin duo that you will not want to miss.


You know her from the Massive dancefloors of the Opulent Temple: Underground Nomads resident Dulce Vita …

… Joined by Beat Church’s Kitty D, together on one night to celebrate our new weekly.

As usual, we will feature dance performances by some of the bay area’s most revered performance artists (performance lineup to be added this weekend).

As is the deal every week, we start at 9pm. You can come early and chill for Happy Hour at the bar. $5 cover starting at 9:30. Dance Performances at 10pm. DJ sets following, for the rest of the night. Official end time is 1am, but we will keep going as long as you’re dancing – all the way till 2.

2-for-1 cover before 11pm (just mention it at the door).

Come hang out with us to celebrate our new home: F8 at 1192 Folsom (formerly Icon Lounge). Enjoy a bigger amazing sound system, spacious dancefloor with an intimate vibe, couches to lounge on, a well stocked bar with awesome drink specials and a very friendly staff. A welcoming experience from the moment you walk up to the doorstep.


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.

Video streaming by Ustream

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

Super Kate with Amanda Palmer at Arena Vienna

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


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.


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.

Tuesdays at F8 (1192 Folsom)