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September 2nd: Tapan Raj (Midival Punditz), Suresh | Bramani, Calamity Sam & Students, Jessica Hedrick (Salimpour School)

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Your first POST-BURNING MAN party, right after the long weekend! We are ready to rock the house with more awesome DJ sets and stellar performances.

Resident DJ SURESH will be bringing his usual blend of world music to spark the dancefloor, and our guest DJ – TAPAN RAJ of Midival Punditz – will be bringing a new sound, direct from the Asian Underground and fresh off the playa.

Featured performers this week are Bramani, Calamity Sam & Students, Jessica Hedrick (Salimpour School)

Normal weekly schedule:
9pm*: Music starts
10pm: Dance Performances start at or shortly after 10
DJ sets all night following performances, till 1am or later

(*On certain weeks with larger guest lineups, we start earlier, at 8pm, have sliding scale entry fee and may not offer free early entry – but we will honor it if you ask).

SPECIAL GUEST TAPAN RAJ of Midival Punditz:

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There’s no limit to creativity and no barrier on music, so it comes as no surprise then that one half of one of India’s biggest electronica act – Midival Punditz would find himself itching to explore another side of himself and his work. Tapan Raj has come to be associated with cutting edge sound and left of centre thinking. A force to reckon with, he has been producing and performing both as a DJ and a live artist all over the world since 1997.

After establishing an unshakeable reputation for Midival Punditz, he has now decided to venture out solo as a side project and experiment with new sounds. After 4 studio albums and a multitude of licensed works across 70 compilations, TV series, films and video games worldwide with his band, Tapan’s new musical journey as a solo DJ and composer is fresh and evolutionary.

Starting out as a natural progression in his musical career, this project will also help Tapan express all his inspirations and leanings through his set. In this avatar, he wants to focus on all styles of electronic dance music that he has not explored with Midival Punditz before. This new style revolves around more instrumental electronic music with a deep emphasis on underground dance styles like break-beat, old school techno, acid house, DnB and mashups. But there’s no knowing where the project might lead him.

Never wanting to be pinned down to one style in his DJ sets or be pegged in one slot, Tapan is already creating waves with his eclectic style of performance. Tapan is now working on his ‘Mirror Image’ E.P. due for release in June 2014, so keep your ears peeled for his gigs around your city and watch closely as this Pundit carves out his own niche!

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*)

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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.

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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.

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