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October 29: Jimmy Love, Zoe Jakes + French Tribal Embassy + Calamity Sam

We have a 5th Tuesday this month with an extra-special guest lineup which includes a dozen dancers from France, featuring solo performances by ZOE JAKES & CALAMITY SAM, both joining in for a late night UNMATA style I.T.S. set (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance) to music mixed live by JIMMY LOVE and DJ AMAR.

NOTE: This night starts early, at 8:00pm. Performance sets at 9:00pm (details below).

Non Stop Bhangra’s DJ Jimmy Love will be rockin a global mix, bringing out tunes you won’t hear at Non Stop Bhangra. Not saying there won’t be any bhangra in the mix, but this is one of those rare sets where Jimmy puts on his Global Gloves and showcases a boundary-defying mix of sounds right in line with the Underground Nomads vibe – Breaking Boundaries of Genre and Culture.

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San Francisco based DJ and Producer Jimmy Love is co-founder of the legendary Non Stop Bhangra parties at Public Works, as well as member of award winning party crew Surya Dub. Jimmy has been rocking the SF Scene and beyond with his unique blend of Electronic, Reggae, Bhangra and Hip-Hop mixes for years, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western dance floors. His remixes have been featured everywhere from the Ghetto Funk blog, BBC Asian Network to The Rub’s remix wall. Bay Area heavyweight, he has shared the bill with some of the top touring acts and traveled all over North America spreading the love.

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Hosting the FRENCH TRIBAL EMBASSY on The Golden Trail West Coast tour are Djeynee from Paris and Mat Jacob from Montreal. Both have been integral in spreading appreciation, support and knowledge of American Tribal Style (ATS), Improvizational Tribal Style (ITS) and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance worldwide. Djeynee has hosted just about every top notch Tribal and Fusion belly dancer from the US at her Tribal Umrah festivals in France, Including Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle and Unmata – to name just a few. Djeynee and Mat are hosting 20 dancers from France on a West Coast US tour taking them to Portland, Sacramento and San Francisco, to train with Rachel Brice, Amy Sigil and Zoe Jakes – as well as FatChanceBellyDance, Jill Parker and others. While here, they will be performing at UNDERGROUND NOMADS on this night, showcasing the amazing talents France has to offer, in this Exclusive intimate engagement in SF.

A dozen dancers from France will be performing, joined by the amazing local talents of ZOE JAKES and CALAMITY SAM. Both will give solo performances and join a late night ITS group performance together with Djeynee, Mat and the ladies from France.

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Drawing on her varied and well-rounded performance background, Zoe Jakes has developed a versatile instruction style all her own. Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah! along with the talented Mira Betz, also an inspiration and longtime teacher, and Elizabeth Strong, whom she spent years performing in the bay area in their group, Arabesque. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in peoples faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Vaudeville-americana touring with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice amongst her teachers and inspiration. Currently Zoe is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has 6 albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. She designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, adding set designer, and stylist to her body of work.  Zoe has the desire and opportunity to bring belly dance to the masses, having performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonneroo festivals in front of thousands of people that don’t know belly dance from an elephant. It is her passion that belly dance can get a wider recognition and respect, and as a touring workshop instructor her classes reflect this ideal, focusing on strong technique and long term motivation.

Zoe has recently joined the Hot Pot Global team and is bringing UNMATA style ITS into her Beats Antique shows (Upcoming Nov. 16th show at the Fillmore will feature Unmata and Calamity Sam). Here’s a lil taste of Hot Pot style from the recent Beats Antique show in PIttsburgh, PA.

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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 is currently the Exclusive Bay Area UNMATA / Hot Pot I.T.S. instructor, offering classes in the East Bay on Monday nights at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville. Visit thecalamitysam.com for details.
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Doors 8PM.
Performances start at 9PM.
DJ Amar spins between performance sets.
2nd Performance set at 10PM.
Dancefloor DJ sets with JIMMY LOVE & AMAR till closing (1AM or later)
Late Night ITS sets during the DJ sets.
$5-10 sliding scale cover – goes to support the artists.
Drink Specials inspired by our visitors from France.
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1192 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA
Underground Nomads happens Every Tuesday at F8 with different DJs and dancers each week.

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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