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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)

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.

Nov. 19: DJ Sep, Heather Shoopman, Calamity Sam, Cheb i Sabbah Music Hour

In honor of our Co-Founder and resident DJ Cheb i Sabbah, opening hour at Underground Nomads will feature his music, followed by dance performances and DJ sets in his honor.

DJ Sep returns for her 3rd Tuesday residency with a Global Dub set.

This week features Special Guest dancer from LA, Heather Shoopman, and resident dancer Calamity Sam. Heather and sam have a long history of performing together, and we could quite possibly be graced by some duet action, as they were dance partners for years and love performing together.

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Heather Shoopman hails from Oklahoma where she grew up dancing everything from hip hop to country western.  She has studied music and dance her entire life, and very eloquently embodies the songs she performs.  Heather fell into bellydance over a decade ago and never looked back.  Her studies in acting also contribute to the strong, fluid, zany style that is uniquely Shoop.  She practices tribal improvisation regularly with her troupe “Heavy Metal”.  Some favorite choreography collaborations have been with Mesmera, Calamity Sam, Sherri Wheatley and Jillina.  She is a proud co-founder of BFLA-Belly Fusion Los Angeles, a collaborative focused on public awareness of Fusion Bellydance as an art form. In addition to traveling worldwide and teaching online at powhow.com, Heather teaches and performs regularly in LA.  Her intention is to share the delight and healing power of dance.

“The music is your boss.”

SamBDSS-TabooMediaMost 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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Extended dj set by DJ Sep spinning a worldly mix of her signature dubwise sounds with an ethnic flair. DJ sep and Cheb i Sabbah were among SF’s first DJs to push the boundaries on the Electronica scene to bring World Beats to the dancefloors in full-force. 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 which just celebrated its 17 year Anniversary), all in one night. Can’t miss that!
DJ Sep’s recent article for the SF Weekly blog, in rememberence of Cheb i Sabbah:

One Fantastic Ride of a Life: Dub Mission’s DJ Sep Remembers Cheb i Sabbah

SF Weekly: [After hearing the sad news that DJ Cheb i Sabbah passed away last week, we reached out to DJ Sep, producer/promoter and founder of Dub Mission, who was also a friend of Sabbah’s. She wrote back with this remembrance.]

On my computer is an 82-page “worksheet” document, an absurdly long to-do list. On page 11 is a reminder to send Cheb i this email:

So I discovered something interesting the other day…..”Cheb” means young. “Sabbah” means morning. “Cheb i Sabbah” means young of the morning. Sepideh [my full first name] means white, used to describe dawn, as in white of dawn….WE HAVE THE SAME NAME!  🙂

I never got the chance to send the email.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, many words will be written about Cheb i Sabbah and his remarkable contribution to world music. His massively influential, self-coined “outernational” style of mixing Asian, Arabic, and African music together in one set will be emphasized. His indelible mark as a pioneering promoter will be noted. Many will talk about his 1002 Nights, those uniquely memorable events that brought world-class musicians to the Bay Area, often for the first time. Many will mention his long-running Tuesday night dance party at Nickie’s. “He turned me on to so much music I’d never heard before.” We’ll continue to hear that over and over again. And it’s all true. His impact was global.

I always thought of him as a local DJ. It was a privilege to be able to think of him that way which made it even more fun.

By any standard Cheb i had one fantastic ride of a life. A Jewish Algerian kid moves to Paris as a teenager, discovers DJing, manages Don Cherry, delves deep into Hinduism, records an untold number of talented world musicians, releases seven cherished records…and that’s just his official biography.

“As both a DJ and a promoter, I have a massive amount of respect for Cheb i.” That was one my quotes from an article on him written by Billy Jam in 2011, a few months after he was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. It’s still true, but the memories that keep coming back now have to do with Cheb i the person, not DJ Cheb i Sabbah. The signature mix I keep remembering was the mixture of his opposing characteristics. Cheb i could be very gentle and generous, especially to the musicians he championed, or curt and withholding, refusing to tell a fan the name of the song he’d just played before shooing the guy out of the DJ booth.

It was his character, not just his music, that drew so many to him. It was rewarding, being in his company. I once spent more than four hours at his apartment, having one of the most memorable conversations I’ll ever have. I know my experience is not unique. And yet, he could be exasperating to work with, his insistence on doing things his way causing avoidable hassle and stress. My experience is definitely not unique there either.

His stubbornness could be funny too. Once when we were producing and DJing a show together, he was told by the owner of the venue that he wouldn’t be able to smoke during his set. Cheb i calmly informed the owner that it would be impossible for him to DJ without smoking, he’d never done it before. Needless to say his set that night was accompanied by his usual chain smoking, with one concession. Between puffs, he held his arm down instead of up.

Google “the measure of a man” and many variations come up. This one by Peter Nivio Zarlenga struck me: “The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.” Perhaps Cheb i’s greatest misfortune came at the end when he faced a painful fatal illness. And here I find his most important and, hopefully, lasting influence on me. He faced mortality with grace and quiet determination continuing, stubbornly, to do what he loved until the end, death and smoking regulations be damned.

— DJ Sep / Dub Mission (For the SF Weekly)

Opening the night, we will play Cheb i Sabbah’s As-Far-As DJ mix, leading into the dance performances and DJ Sep’s dancefloor set.

Join us also on Nov. 21 for a Memorial event at 1015 Folsom from 7pm-2am featuring live music, DJ sets and more. 1002 Nights – A celebration of the life and music of Cheb i Sabbah. Details at Cheb i Sabbah’s page. Click on his photo above, or Here, to connect.

June 25th Dancers

Joining us for this Tuesday night’s performance is a great collection dancers.  On the decks is the fabulous Miss DJ Dulce Vita.  Dulce is part of Opulent Temple as well as being a very well rounded, well respected female DJ.  We are so pleased that we will be joined by Sam, Shanti and Parya for this night for the bellydance performances.

Calamity Sam

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.

Shanti Jourdan

Shanti performs and teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance, specializing in American Tribal Style. Her dancing is unique in the level of grace, musicality and nuance found in her movements. The joy she feels for this art form is immediately felt by her audiences and students alike.Having studied western dance and yoga for many years before belly dancing, Shanti understands the body’s movement from the inside out. Her teaching style is warm and encouraging with a focus on technique and clarity of movement.

Parya Saberi

“Starting with Persian dance lessons at age 7 in her home country of Iran, Parya Saberi began her love affair with dance. For over 10 years, she trained in On2 New York Style Salsa and performed as part of Melaza Dance Company at numerous venues including the Los Angeles Salsa Congress. More recently, she is training her buns off with many of the best belly dance instructors of the Bay Area (and beyond), including Andrea Sendek (Suhaila Salimpour format), Zoe Jakes, Jill Parker, Rachel Brice, and Kami Liddle. She is currently a member of the Suhaila Salimpour Repertoire Ensemble.”