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October 7th: Suresh | Calamity Sam, Pixie Fordtears , Elizabeth Zohar

Oct_7th

 

This week it’s back to our regular weekly dancefloor fun with DJ Suresh! After a successful (and large) event this past Tuesday, we’re taking it back to basics.

Resident dancers Calamity Sam and Pixie Fordtears will be sharing their talents with us, and we are excited to have a guest this week: Elizabeth Zohar.

 

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Elizabeth Zohar is a tribal fusion bellydancer and teacher,  a meditation instructor, a long time Tai Chi practitioner a certified woman’s circle facilitator and a painter.

Elizabeth fell in love with tribal fusion dance at the age of 22, and since has  traveled all over the world to perfect her dance education.  She has studied under world renowned teachers such as Ariellah , the Lady Fred, Jill Parker, Miriam Peretz and Eliran Amar. In addition Elizabeth studies other dance forms such as American Tribal Style Bellydance, Modern dance and Popping.

She’s been performing in Europe and the United States, as well as producing her own tribal fusion shows and events in Israel. Her style is seen as a combination of Tribal fusion Bellydance ,Dark fusion (a more dramatic, expressive style of tribal fusion created by Ariellah) and her own theatrical accents. She loves using everything from Tai chi sword dance to special FX make up to enhance her theatrical performances and take the audiance to unexpected  journeys of  DANCE , emotion and fantasy.

Elizabeth creates her own music mixes for her performances using everything from dark to electronic to ambient world music, while at times performing with energetic Dubstep improvisations. She is known for her strong stage presence and sense of storytelling. For inspiration Elizabeth turns to many resources such as classical era symbolic painters, celtic mythology and rituals and the modern age alternative scene.

At the present Elizabeth teaches classes  her own studio in Herzelia and in Tel-Aviv, while performing in numerous events in Israel and abroad.

 

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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)

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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!

Feb. 4: Marco (Bissap Baobab), Shondell, Bay Area I.T.S. with Calamity Sam & Zoe Jakes.

An Extra Special Tribute / Extra Important Underground Nomads night
… See why below.

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DJ Marco aka Marco Senghor, Bissap Baobab restaurant and club owner,
DJ and promoter of African and World Music events.

Chef/owner of the very much loved Bissap Baobab restaurants and clubs, Marco Senghor, has been a long time supporter and friend of Chebi Sabbah. The last reincarnation of Cheb i Sabbah’s Legendary Nickies Tuesdays took place at Bissap Baobab Village (Bollyhood cafe at the time), and Underground Nomads had our first nights there. DJ Amar and Marco put on numerous fundraisers at Bissap Baobab for Chebi Sabbah, and hosted regular events with FatChanceBellyDance and Helm. It was Marco’s idea to bring back a weekly event to keep the global music vibe alive in SF and to help keep chebi playing for as long as he could (and he did keep playing until his very last days).

Due to a fire at Little Baobab in May of last year (which is where Underground Nomads was set to start that month) and the Bissap Baobab crew having to consolidate all their parties and move the restaurant into one venue, it made sense for us to move to our current venue, F8. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to have Marco with us as, representing the African vibe and global soul that he helped bring to San Francisco nightlife, along with Chebi and a few others.

Marco and the Bissap Baobab family’s support of Cheb i Sabbah’s nights is invaluable. Bissap Baobab also hosted ‘Tribal Nights’ and numerous special events with DJ Amar and the tribal belly dance community. Bollyhood Cafe / Bissap Baobab Village became quickly FatChanceBellyDance’s favorite SF venue to do shows at when we kicked off Tribal Nights there.

Proceeds from this night will go to help the fundraising efforts to re-open Little Baobab. Some funds were raised through Indiegogo, and they still have a ways to go. In addition to coming to Underground Nomads this week, you can help them by going to Bissap Baobab Village for a wonderful dinner experience anytime. The food is delicious and the environment they create is warm and friendly.

Excerpts from a 2003 San Francisco Chronicle article/Profile:

… Senghor isn’t just a restaurateur. He’s also a sought-after DJ (his moniker: DJ Marco, of course) and a music producer who brings African singers to the Bay Area. Seeing Senghor in his two restaurants (the other, called Little Baobab, is just around the corner from Bissap Baobab) or spinning songs or overseeing an African show, it’s easy to assume that he inherited his family’s genes for success — but the stories Senghor tells of his short-circuited ventures, his low-status jobs, his health challenges and a collapsing roof are all bridges to a recent past … (Read Full Article)

Dance Performances by:

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Shondell arrived in the Bay Area back in 2006 … with no pants on. Little is known of her life,
but she will always be remembered for her one hit wonder, “The No Pants Dance.”

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Bay Area I.T.S. (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance)
UNMATA / HOT POT style Featuring Calamity Sam and Zoe Jakes

Photo: Calamity Sam and Zoe Jakes with UNMATA at the recent
sold out Beats Antique show at The Fillmore, SF. See video.

Upcoming Tuesdays – New DJs, Live Acts, Dancers

As you may have noticed, we are bringing in new DJs and Live acts to the Underground Nomads mix of musical talent. We are also expanding our dance performance lineups with occasional Extra-Special big weeks.

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Keep posted here and check in on our Facebook page for weekly updates.

Upcoming  next Tuesday, we have DJ Mundi, for his first DJ set at Underground Nomads. More info will be posted soon.

We thank you for your support.

Dec. 24: Maneesh the Twister, DJ Amar, Improv Dance Jam – Holiday Party

Yes, Underground Nomads is happening on Christmas Eve. We’re having a holiday party. Every one is welcome, regardless of what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate. We are about the music, the dance and the hanging out with friends at our favorite bar.

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Come join us after your family festivities, if you are doing Christmas Eve with family. We will be playing music straight through to 1am (or later if you all still feel like partying). If you’re not doing anything, come join us early for Happy Hour.

The night will begin with some downtempo beats, kicking off at 9pm. Shortly after 10pm, we will have our All-Improv Dance Performance Jam featuring some of our favorite dancers, and hosted by our MC TATYANA.

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Following the Performance Jam, MANEESH THE TWISTER and DJ AMAR will take the decks and rock out the dancefloor with their Surya Dub vibes for the rest of the night.

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Maneesh the Twister is founder of Surya Dub, the Ambassadors of Dread Bass. He has brought together dubwize communities from Roots & Dub Reggae to Dubstep and Ragga to Dread Bass, UK Funky, Tropical, and Drum’n’Bass to Bhangra, S. Asian Electronica and Global Bass Beat worlds together. Surya Dub has won Best Club Night in the SF Weekly Music Awards & Best Ambassadors of Dread Bass from SF Guardian Best of the Bay. Also Maneesh was awarded the Best Club DJ of San Francisco by the SF Bay Guardian! He is also a resident of the longest running weekly dub & roots night in the World, Dub Mission, which is 17+ years and dubbing!

Maneesh toured India, UK, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and played the VH1 NYE with 3000 folks on Baga Beach in Goa on New Year’s Eve! Maneesh has shared the stage with legendary Jamaican producers Lee “Scratch” Perry & Scientist, Thievery Corporation, Francois K, Kode 9, Adrian Sherwood (On-U sound), Mala (DMZ), The Bug & Warrior Queen, Flying Lotus, Mad Professor, Bassnectar, State of Bengal, Smith & Mighty/RSD, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus, Bobby & Nihal (BBC Radio 1), DJ Hatcha, Headhunter, DJ Vadim, Z-Trip, Sub Swara, Eskmo, Blutech, Kush Arora, Poirier, Badmarsh & Shri, MIDIval PunditZ, 2562, Lazer Sword, Gas Lamp Killer, Dum Dum Project, Cheb I Sabbah, Dan the Automator, Mark 1, Badawi, Lyrics Born, David Starfire, Dub Gabriel, Jah Warrior Shelter, DJ G, J Boogie, Roommate/Babylon System, Juju, Antiserum, Navdeep, & Solomonic Sound (Rob Paine).

Check out the 2009 SF Station Interview:
Maneesh the Twister – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Dec. 17: DJ Sep, Angela, Calamity Sam, Laura Elizabeth, Amina

This week’s lineup of dancers include a new Guest Performer Angela, with residents Laura Elizabeth and Amina Zareh both performing solos, and Calamity Sam – which means there will likely be some sort of an ITS jam in the mix :).

DJ Sep will be taking the decks following the performances for the rest of the night, with You on the dancefloor.

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Photo: Wick Sakit Photography
Angela started belly dancing a little over 4 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to the Bay Area a year and a half ago, and now dances primarily with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Angela has a background in Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Improv, as well as previous training in jazz dance. As a soloist, she now focuses on Fusion belly dance. As a performer, her primary goal is to let her dancing reflect her deep love of music and movement.

Note that Underground Nomads WILL happen next week on Christmas Eve (with Maneesh the Twister and DJ Amar), and we will be taking New Year’s Eve off (See F8 website for their NYE lineup). January will bring some exciting new changes, bringing in Bob Duskis (Six Degrees Records) to kick off 2014 (First Tuesdays continue as Cheb i Sabbah Tribute Tuesdays). We will also be bringing in DJ Mundi on Jan 21.

Nov. 26: The Lady Fred, Dulce Vita, Dan Cantrell, Maneesh the Twister + More – DJ Amar’s Birthday party – Extended Dance Performance lineup

UN_FB_Nov26_DulceThis week, we bring you a Pre-Thanksgiving Thanks with an extra-Special lineup of DJs, Dancers and Live music.Resident Dulce Vita and Amar’s Surya Dub partner Maneesh the Twister will be rockin the dancefloor late into the night.Friend and musical collaborator Dan Cantrell will be bringing the live vibe with his accordion. Amar’s first Dance+DJ collaboration partner, Frederique -aka- The Lady Fred, will be joining the lineup too. And there’s more … DulceDanManeesh Dance performances by: The Lady Fred, Jodi Waseca, Verbatim, Jennifer Faust, Tatyana, Millie Maddox. Plus possible surprises :). UNdancersNov26 As an added bonus, early-arrivals will be greeted with some freshly brewed Chai and snacks, plus f8’s new Taco Tuesdays Happy Hour extending into the early part of Underground Nomads.