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August 12th: DJ Amar | Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot Pre-Party. Alexis Southall, Karolina, Pixie, Zoe, FCBD, Wendy Marlatt, Jodi Waseca, Calamity Sam, Chandala, LALA

August 12th brings the closing night of our 3-week, 1 year anniversary celebration with F8. To top off the festivities, we will feature our resident dancers as well as some of the crew from Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot to bring down the house. DJ Amar will lay down some awesome dancefloor beats, and our bartender (Demitria) will be mixing up some special drinks for you! Zoe Jakes (of Beats Antique) will be reading tarot for your delight. Alexis Southall is in from the U.K. to bring you her own sizzling style of fusion. The ladies of House of Tarot will be showing you their skills (Jodi Waseca, Karolina Lux, Calamity Sam, Pixie Fordtears and possibly additional HoT members dropping in – oh, and Zoe too). Our resident dancers will continue to dazzle you with talent! (FatChanceBellyDance, Wendy Marlatt, Chandala and a new duet ‘LALA‘ featuring Amberetta). * Zoe will be doing tarot readings all night (and performing). * Millie Maddox will have some yummy gluten free dessert bites for sale. * House of Tarot Show TICKETS will be available to purchase at a $5 discount. … (House of Tarot shows in Oakland on August 14 & 15) 9pm-1am . 1192 Folsom St., SF 1st Performance set at 9:45pm . 2nd Performance set at 11:00pm . Dancefloor following $5-10 sliding scale cover at the door

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We are excited to introduce our newest resident, Pixie Fordtears, who has recently moved up from LA, and will be in monthly rotation at Underground Nomads. Welcome to SF, Pixie! Pixie Fordtears started her love for Bellydance at the renaissance pleasure Faire in Southern California. Quickly realizing this was her passion in life she dedicated her life to her craft! She performed  regularly at restaurants with The Jewels That RAQ, Ren Fair with Seraphim, and had a show at an amusement park with Red Moon Dance co.! Now she decided to take her training to the next level by relocating to the Bay Area! Being a proud member of Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot and Jill Parker’s Little Egypt, pixie is very grateful for the opportunities that have come into her life, and can’t wait to see what’s next!  Karolina Lux will be joining us for her first-ever appearrance at Underground Nomads … What?  Yay! Karolina and Amar have been working together on stage and in the music studio for awhile now. While she has been touring with March Fourth Marching Band, Vagabond Opera, Sepiatonic and dropping in on Beats Antique shows with The Bhoomi Project – among other things like making music – it’s been hard to catch her in town. We are excited to have her here for a solo performance as part of the House of Tarot crew, and possibly a lil bit O’ Improv with DJ Amar. We are also very happy to feature Special Guest Alexis Southall from the UK. Alexis Southall is a Tribal Fusion teacher and performer from Wolverhampton, UK. She travels internationally to share her love for Tribal Fusion and is known for her seamless flow and elegant lines.  UNDERGROUND NOMADS – CELEBRATING OUR 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT F8! HoT-pic

March 18: DJ Santero, Amberetta, Larissa Archer, Azure

Please welcome DJ Santero to Underground Nomads. We’ve been waiting to get him behind turntables at f8 and it’s happening this week. One of SF’s most versatile musical treasures fits right in to the Underground Nomads vibe.

You will also enjoy dance performances by resident dancers AmberettaLarissa Archer and Azure.

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Amberetta – Underground Nomads resident

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Larissa Archer – Underground Nomads resident

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Azure Bellydance – Underground Nomads residents

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Santero comes from a long family tradition of Latin musicians and Sonidero sound system deejays. He was raised in the mountains, jungles and Atlantic coasts of Central America where he travelled extensively from Guatemala to Panama performing with his father’s Salsa & Cumbia bands. He came to the United States at a young age as a refugee escaping the political upheaval that was tearing Central America apart in the late 70’s and 80’s.

Once in the US, Santero immediately started the musical street hustle that would later define his style and sound. From the ghettos of New York and New Orleans to the barrios of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Santero refined his sonic palette and delivery by performing relentlessly in nightclubs, warehouses and on street corners. Drawing from such diverse musical influences as Reggae, Jazz, Punk, Funk and Hip-Hop, Santero incorporated his traditional Latin upbringing with these western music styles and developed his own brand of international fusion beats.

Eventually his constant touring and performing led him back to his roots in Latin America. After an extended stint of travelling and performing in Central America and the Caribbean, he found himself in Habana, Cuba. This would be a crucial turning point in his musical trajectory. While in Cuba, Santero was initiated as a priest in the Yoruba/Santeria religion. He was crowned as an avatar to the African deity Obatala, spirit of peace and light. From that point onwards, Santero dedicated his musical energy towards exposing a new generation of Latinos and Latin music lovers to the spiritual essence of the Pan-African Diaspora through club friendly rhythms and rhymes.

Santero now resides in Oakland, CA where he hosts a hugely successful weekly global music showcase called The Jet Set. He splits his time working as a recording artist, producer, deejay and radio host. In 2005 he was named Best New Artist by Batanga magazine for his first album and made Remezcla’s 2008 Top Ten list.

Santero’s sophomore release El Hijo de Obatala has garnered critical acclaim, having been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered & Latino USA. Santero’s sophomore effort made several critics’ top 10 lists for best album of 2009 in the Village Voice, SF Weekly & other publications. Santero was nominated for a 2009 SF Weekly Music Award and was featured on many prominent music blogs. He is constantly touring and performing and exploring ways to fulfill his musical destiny.

El Hijo de Obatala (2009 City Hall Records/Round Whirled Records) is Santero’s second album, a fresh release that brings together the bump of urban beats with elements of traditional salsa such as banging Latin percussion and horn sections. Santero is joined by veteran multi-Grammy nominated Producer Greg Landau (Patato Valdes, Susana Baca, Maldita Vecindad, Quetzal) and legendary beat maker One Drop Scott (E-40, Scarface, Mac Dre, Luniz) to create a unique Urban Latin sound that goes beyond the frontiers of Reggaeton and Hip-Hop to fuse the old and new school in a unique way that spark spontaneous combustion on the dance floor.

The third album by Santero, entitled Afrika (2013 Baylando Records), is an exploration of the impact African rhythms have had on the music of Latin America. Funky Afro-Beat drums, poly-rhythmic Couper Decaler dance beats & Angolan Kuduro styles blend with Latin percussion & call and response vocals. Santero reaches deep into his Latin roots & African diaspora sensibilities to bring together the best of two musical worlds in this utterly danceable & celebratory release.

SANTERO albums “El Hijo de Obatala” & “Arawaks & Maroons” in stores now in the US & Canada through City Hall Records. Also available in Japan through Music Camp Records and digitally worldwide on Round Whirled Music (iTunes, Amazon, Verizon, etc.)

March 4: Fat Tuesday w/ DJ Dragonfly, Adara, Chandala, Angela, Andrea, Malia – Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras with us on Fat Tuesday with DJ Dragonfly dropping a global mix of sounds from Egypt to New Orleans. In festive spirit, he will surely some gems from Creole country mixed in to his extended dancefloor set.

Performances by residents Chandala Shiva and Angela, plus Special Guests Adara Dance Co., Andrea and Malia Delapenia from Hawaii (Performances start promptly at 10pm).

We will have Mardi Gras inspired Drink Specials and lots of fun on the dancefloor and at the bar!

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As one of the West Coast’s most notable and sought after old-school DJs in the festival scene, Dragonfly drops deep selections of ghetto tech’d, entheo-mystic ritual bass and trans-globalized whomp. Featuring smoldering rhythms and scorching selections that reference Gypsy, Balkan, Afro-Latino and Indo-Arabic sounds, samples and idioms, he integrates Bass Music’s sound design and steadfast genres of Glitch, Dubstep, Drum n Bass, Trap, House, Dub and Breaks.

Expect the unexpected; you’ll never hear the same set twice!

As a consummate crate-digger his days are spent down the rabbit-holes of sound, constantly discovering emerging talent and the hidden gems of sonic possibility. With an ear for the exotic and a background in movement arts, his approach is through the emotive keyhole of the psyche, while unlocking the heart of community. As a percussionist who’s adventured extensively throughout the near and far east, his mixes span all tempos and all genres of electronic dance music and are drenched in global idioms, accented with tribal motifs and woven into intoxicating rhythms and groove.

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Andrea is a performer and dance and fitness instructor from San Francisco. She has a background in Egyptian bellydance, but loves to mix it up with colorful props and other international dance styles. She directs and choreographs for her troupe Urban Mirage, who is producing a large show in July. Check her out on Facebook at Andrea Dance and Fitness or her website AndreaBellyDance.com.MaliaDelapeniashadows
Malia Delapenia is the people’s choice in Hawai’i as a Middle Eastern dance performer and instructor. Her energy and ability to captivate any audience with her crowd-pleasing choreographies and use of enchanting props has taken her to numerous prestigious events throughout Hawai’i, the US mainland, and Europe. We are very lucky and pleased to feature this talented performer during her tour of the SF Bay Area! Follow her on Facebook at Malia Delapenia or twitter at Bellydancermuse.

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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.
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Chandala Shiva is an award winning belly dancer and yoga instructor from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Training with as many of her heroes as possible, she is completing her certification in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements of Bellydance.  She is inspired by hard work, all things velvet and sparkly, and captivating music – but above all else, she dances from her heart.
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Adara Dance Company is a melange of world dancers that fuse belly dance, central asian, and romance dances with contemporary choreographic sensibilities. The company’s influences include art nouveau, mythology, and surrealism. Under the direction of Natalie Nayun, Adara Dance Company dancers bring you a unique exciting performance experience.

Every Tuesday at F8 – 1192 Folsom, SF. $5 cover. 9pm-1am. Performances at 10pm.
Free before 9:30 or 2-for-1 until 11 if you ask.

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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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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.