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Nov. 12 – FatChanceBellyDance, DJ Amar, Mo Corleone + more – Honoring Cheb i Sabbah

Join us for a Meditation / Prayer Session from 8-9pm for Chebiji, followed by music and dance in his honor. Come if you can, or join from home via Live stream. This night will be a celebration of his life and music. Live Stream link: www.ustream.tv/channel/f8 – We will stream the full night.

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Dear friends and supporters. Our co-founder and one of our inspirations for starting the Underground Nomads Tuesday nights has passed after a 2.5 year fight with cancer. The music and support of all of the people from around the world who stepped up to help him with his medical treatments and filled the dancefloors is what kept him going longer than the doctors ever believed possible. He was still coming out and DJing until just a few weeks ago. Holistic treatment kept him healthier for the time he was here than chemo ever would have. He chose the right thing so he could be present rather than slowly fade away. His message to all who love him is to send him off with meditations wishing him well on his journey into the next realm, instead of being sad.

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His partner during the last few years of his life, Eloise, who was by his side and took care of Cheb i Sabbah from beginning to end, shares this message: Please take a moment to recite mantra for Chebiji’s liberation, for world peace, for true happiness for all sentient beings. “OM MANI PADME HUM” … It was my honor to care for him, to share life and love together. He is forever with me, he is my angel. OM MANI PADME HUM!

Eloise is His angel, and is a permanent member of the Underground Nomads family. Blessings go out to Eloise, to the rest of Chebiji’s family – including his close friends who he considered family just the same – and to his extended family of supporters who stood by his side from near and far.

This week – and weeks forward – we will celebrate his life and Music at Underground Nomads.

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DJ Amar will be spinning a set inspired by Cheb i Sabbah’s influence on him. We will also be joined by special guest from the Ambient Mafia- Mo Corleone. She is a perfect addition to this night bringing the global vibe even stronger in Chebiji’s honor.

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A chameleon by nature, Mo Corleone is a DJ that defies categorization. On any given weekend you may find her directing the dance floor in a dark warehouse or slammin’ club venue, but you’re just as likely to catch her in the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Hawaiian jungle, or the Black Rock Desert. Mo loves to exploit the gray area between genres. You’ll appreciate her sets if you like electro in your techno, psy in your progressive, or rock in your breakbeats. When she’s not bouncing with the energetic renegade crew Want It, Mo chills out with the Bay Area darlings of downtempo, the Ambient Mafia.
(Photo by Brad Dosland, Taboo Media – during an Electric Vardo fundraiser for Unmata at Club 6).
Underground Nomads and Electric Vardo Co-founder and resident DJ Amar met Cheb i Sabbah early in his DJ career, and had the amazing opportunity to stand behind his DJ, subbing for Chebiji, alongside Janaka Selekta, during his legendary Tuesday nights at Nickie’s in the lower Haight. from 2005 onward, when Cheb i Sabbah was on tour, Amar or Janaka would play for the dancefloor on those Tuesday nights. In the years following, Amar had joined Janaka and Chebiji in many SF productions including Worldly, and performed alongside Chebiji at events and festivals where that unique blend of global vibe was called for. Amar is known for his unique mix that has been largely inspired by Cheb i Sabbah’s music and dancefloor sets, as well as by the many amazing music producers and DJs that he has been introduced to by him.

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We bring you our 2nd Tuesday resident performers FatChanceBellyDance, performing in honor of Chebiji. In addition to FCBD, we will have solo performances by Masha, Rasa Vitalia and Jade Etiene.

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Jadeera Rose / Jade Etiene is a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional sacred dance artist. She is a professional performer who experiences dance and performance as an opportunity to connect with and share with others the beauty and wisdom of ancient arts and cultures as well as the spirit of the present moment. Jadeera has performed with many dance companies, live bands, and as a solo artist at a variety of venues including: theatres, clubs, festivals, restaurants, private parties, schools and senior centers. She has traveled internationally as a dancer and has performed dance for H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamasala, India. She dances in the “Mandala of Tara” a sacred dance prayer based on the qualities of the divine feminine. Jadeera is a teacher of the “Tara Dance” and other forms of movement as she is also a certified teacher of yoga and qigong. She spent the past summer on Maui teaching Brazilian Dance, Belly Dance, Kids Dance, Yoga and Tara dance. As a Belly Dancer, Jadeera Rose offers “Sacred Spirit Belly Dance” which is her own unique style that has blossomed from the center of her being. When she dances, she intends to be a channel of Qi and invokes the spirit of the ancestral belly dancer to bring joy, light and healing to the space, the audience and herself.

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FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Presenting the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style is FatChanceBellyDance.  For classes, costuming and performances, find us at www.fcbd.com

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Rasa Vitalia is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing artist.  A professional dancer, choreographer, and show designer for a variety of first-class Performing Arts celebrations and events, she puts her unique creativity and improvisational flair into each original performance. Rasa has over a decade of mastery and advanced study in multiple dance forms from around the globe, including Sacred Middle Eastern Dances, Bellydance (Raqs Sharki), Indian Bollywood, Afro-Brazilian Samba, Modern Funk, Hip Hop, Pop and Club dance. Her work has been described as “universal, entertaining” and “gracing the stage with great style and beauty.” As one of San Francisco’s most recognized Dance Artists, she is also frequently invited to be a featured artist in international productions.  Her achievements include “San Francisco’s Performing Artist of the Year Award, 2011-2012 (RAW Artists)” Artist-in-Residence at Supperclub San Francisco and Amsterdam, and working and performing with Grammy-award winning live musical acts Katdelic (P-Funk) and the Yuval Ron Ensemble (Israel). Rasa frequently contributes her talents to several worthy causes, including Pink Ribbon Int’l, The Vegetarian Society, and the Marine Mammal Center.  Rasa Vitalia is a creative visionary: expressing truth, celebrating life and capturing hearts.

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(Photo by Scott Belding). Masha is a multi-award-winning dance artist specializing in Modern and Classic Egyptian belly dance styles. She is distinguished for her grace, refined musicality, and expansive dance training within and beyond the realms of Middle Eastern dance. Masha offers weekly classes in Berkeley, CA. and can be seen performing regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Visit MashaRaqs.com for more information.

November 5th: Cheb i Sabbah + Kytami Live (Smokin’ Strings tour)

This coming Tuesday, we have yet another amazingly special night – and it’s a double-header. Our beloved Cheb i Sabbah will be spinning on this night* – And we have the amazing “ViolinExtremist” from Victoria, BC, Kytami, joined by Jay Tablet and Boomtown, their Exclusive SF stop on their Smokin’ Strings tour will be at Underground Nomads.

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You may know Kytami as the original violinist with Delhi 2 Dublin, or performing with Third Eye Tribe in their earlier days. Kytami has taken of on an amazing solo career with some amazing collaborations along the way. The Smokin’ Strings tour is one of those unique collaborations – remixed. This trio will blow your mind musically and energetically.

Note that this night will start early, at 8pm. Show starts at 9, with an extended set by Kytami and crew, dance performances by Chandala Shiva and Kae Montgomery, and a DJ set by Cheb i Sabbah*

*Note that Cheb i Sabbah, while suffering from cancer and fighting, is playing when he can and is planning to play for us on this night. There is a chance he may not be able to make it. If he is unable to make it, DJ Amar will play a set inspired by and for Chebiji – which will include a mix of Cheb i Sabbah’s original music. Either way, proceeds from the night will go toward Chebiji’s continued treatment.

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Chandala Shiva is an award winning belly dancer and yoga and belly dance 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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Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her at www.kaetribalbellydance.com and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

October 22: Dulce Vita, Janaka Selekta, Sirenas Morenas, Kae Montgomery

This week, we have a reunion of sorts, with resident dancer Miss Kelly joined by Marci Ann and Medina to form the new trio Sirenas Morenas.

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Brought together by their love of the dance Miss Kelly, Marci Ann, and Medina Maitreya banded together instantly, each contributing their unique dance backgrounds to this project. From the graceful slink of Urban Tribal, the fiery edge of Atash Maya, and the beauty of The Bhoomi Project.
Together they are Sirenas Morenas.

Of course, it’s 4th Tuesday – so we have our beloved resident DJ Dulce Vita rockin the decks for your dancefloor pleasure.

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See Dulce Vita‘s Bio Page by clicking her photo above or clicking HERE.

Also joining us upon return from her tour in Japan, resident performer Kae Montgomery (Part of FatChanceBellyDance and Kami Liddle’s Goldstar).

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Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her at www.kaetribalbellydance.com and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

Closing out the night, we have an encore set by Janaka Selekta, who joined us earlier this month, and will once again play at Underground Nomads before he heads back out on tour.

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Each Tuesday we begin at 9:00pm, with Free Entry before 9:30, Happy Hour till 10. Performances at 10pm. DJ Sets/open dancefloor after performances till 1am or later.

$5 cover after 9:30. Free before 9:30.

Sept. 10: DJ Amar + FatChanceBellyDance, Surreyya, Shanti Jourdan

It is time to welcome our resident Mega-Troupe FatChanceBellyDance for their first Official appearance at Underground Nomads.

FCBD will be joining us on this night, and normally on the 2nd Tuesday of the month with DJ Amar. This week will also feature SHANTI JOURDAN and SURREYYA.

The night will be a post reverence party for those still in town for the Reverence show hosted by UNMATA honoring Jamila Salimpour. We may have additional surprise guests joining us, and are offering a special deal (see below) for ticketholders from the Reverence show.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10: DJ AMAR + FatChanceBellyDance, Shanti Jourdan, Surreyya Hada.*Post-Reverence weekend party:Free Entry before 10pm with Reverence ticket. 2-for-1 until 11 for anyone who asks.

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Presenting the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style is 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

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Director of the acclaimed Dangerous Beauties dance troupe and Co-director of Troupe Scimitar Surreyya is a highly sought after performer and instructor.  She sings in English and Turkish, and dances regularly solo as well as with several world fusion and rock bands. Surreyya’s performance is full of excitement, and is inspired by Egyptian, Turkish and American Tribal flavors of dance.  A passionate and creative performer, she also incorporates props (sword, cane, snakes, veil, finger cymballs) into her repertoire and has won several prestigious dance awards. Surreyya thrives on audience participation, often giving impromptu lessons and adding a comedic twist to her performance. www.surreyya.com

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Shanti Jourdan began Belly Dancing in 2002 and found what she had been missing in her Western dance training. After 5 years of American Cabaret style belly dance, a troupe mate took her to see The Indigo and Shanti fell in love with Belly Dance all over again but this time with an obsessive passion for isolations and layers.
Since then Shanti has devoted herself to Tribal Fusion and studying with those who inspire her. She is 8 Elements Phase II certified and enjoys collaborating in group projects as well as performing as a soloist in Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast. Her dancing is currently inspired by Hahbi’Ru, accordions, Mardi Love, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Calamity Sam and her beloved teacher, Rachel Brice. www.shantibellydance.com
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September brings exciting performances by residents FatChanceBellyDance (Sept. 10), Verbatim (Sept. 17) and more, plus very Special Guest music producers and DJs from Austria and Japan, Dunkelbundt and Makyo (Sept. 24). October brings DJ Jimmy Love, Zoe Jakes and the French Tribal Embassy (details soon).

We are excited about our new venue in SOMA, F8, with a great sound system and dance floor, awesome bar and lounge area, and friendly staff. Easier parking too, and BART access. We are starting earlier, at 9pm. Come early for happy hour snacks and cocktails. The bar will be open all evening.

We continue showcasing the finest and most beautiful dance talent available in the SF Bay Area and beyond, bringing a different mix of performers each week.

Doors 9pm, kicking off with dance performances at 9:30 following a warmup downtempo DJ set.
$5 Cover, 21+, Free before 9:30.

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1192 Folsom . SF