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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.

Cheb i Sabbah Birthday Celebration, featuring SuperKate and more – Aug. 6th

We have a very special Underground Nomads night celebrating the life and music of CHEB i SABBAH with none other than Chebiji himself doing what he loves – sharing his music with you.

Please join us for a beautiful night on the dancefloor and celebrate the night with him, along with special guests and Underground Nomads resident: The Awesome DULCE VITA, warming up the night with a very unique global chill set beginning promptly at 9pm.

We have an extra Special Guest visiting town and performing with us on this special night, the Amazing SUPERKATE

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SuperKate is a passionate and talented performer, instructor, and choreographer based in New York City. The love of theatre, dance, and music pushes her to higher levels of creativity. You can find her dancing with Rakadu Gypsy Dance (Lexington, KY), Subee Djinn (Los Angeles, CA), solo performances around the nation, and occasionally alongside Belladonna Romka. She hopes others will be inspired by her passion and find their own voice and energy to give back to the world.

Also joining us will be a local favorite, RASA VITALIA

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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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August 6th at 1192 Folsom St. (@8th)
The night begins at 9pm. You can arrive early for Happy Hour with great drink specials and food until 10pm, lounging and listening to Dulce Vita.
Free entry before 9:30 (Though your support is welcome, as proceeds go to help with Chebiji’s cancer treatment).
$5 cover after 9:30 (2-for-1 until 11, just ask at the door).

Dance Performances at 10pm, followed by open dancefloor with DJ Cheb i Sabbah, and a possible late night set with Dulce Vita to take you into the wee hours.

Thank you to F8 for hosting us on this special occasion and weekly from here forward.