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May 8 | Roots & Ritual | DJ Amar | Nancy, Al-Hambra Tribal Dance, Wendy Marlatt, Dalia Jasmin, Heart & Soul Tribal

Are you homesick for “old” San Francisco… the days of Amira, Café Istanbul and Kanzaman? Join “Roots & Ritual” for a reunion of our “old” San Francisco vibe at Underground Nomads. Recall your sacred roots through music and belly dance from around the globe and across time at “Roots & Ritual.”

Featuring:
Nancy
Al-Hambra Tribal Dance
Wendy Marlatt
Dalia Jasmin
Heart & Soul Tribal

DJ Amar will be spinning global beats.

Doors open at 8 PM. Show starts at 9:00 PM.

$5-$10 at the door.
F8 – 1192 Folsom, SF. (Folsom & 8th St) 21+

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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!

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

July 8: Janaka + Amar | Surreyya, May Yang, FCBD, Wendy Marlatt

We have an Extra Special treat this week with Janaka Selekta (Worldly / Dhamaal / Gods Robots) joining Amar for a dancefloor DJ Set following the performances. We also have an extended performance section this week. Our usual 2nd Tuesday residents FatChanceBellyDance and Wendy Marlatt will be with us, of course. We also have May Yang (Zoe’s House of Tarot) and Surreyya (Dangerous Beauties) joining us.

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9pm start time
Performances at 10pm
Dancefloor DJ sets following the performances till last call (usually around 1am)
$5 cover . Free before 9:30 If You Ask . F8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF

April 15: DJ Mundi | Olu, Bramani, Jennifer Faust, Sadira, Millie Maddox

This week, we have Special Guest OLU from Los Angeles, CA, joining residents Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jennifer Faust and Sadira. Taking the decks this week is new resident DJ Mundi.

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Olu is a diverse performer who works in venues ranging from private parties, corporate events, night club promotions and dance theater.  She’s had the pleasure of performing for a dynamic array of audiences and has collaborated with several well noted artists along the way. With a style all her own…….personality along with a solid background in American Cabaret and Tribal Fusion are infused with the never ending inspirations from day to day life. As an improvisational dancer, Olu goes where the music, theme and vibe take her.
Olu is known for her musicality, earthy presence and skill in using props such as zills, veil and sword.  She is also known for her technique, snake-like undulations, passion and grounded nature. This eclectic balance of mediums allow Olu the ability to perform for a wide range of audiences.
Olu can be seen in public performances in and around th LA area as a Soloist and also as a member of Lumina Bellydace Company and Elysium Dance Theatre.  www.olubellydance.net
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DJ MUNDI is an unusual kind of DJ. In latin, mundi means ‘of the world’ and indeed his soundcloud page features an extremely wide range of music including Zimbabwean mbira, Afro-house, Colombian cumbia, Indian/UK bhangra, Egyptian shaabi, Reggae Dancehall from around the world and more.. Based in Oakland California, his eclectic mixes and live sets have gained respect from far and wide and have recently been featured in multiple online magazines and blogs such as Afropop Worldwide, Generation Bass and Global Ghetto.

Listen to his recent Egyptian Electro Sha3bi Mix on Generation Bass.

He credits the public library across the street from where he grew up as his greatest musical influence because it was there, at a young age that Mundi began listening to, reading about and collecting music from across the globe. Currently he’s working on things as varied as “a mix of new African music from all around the continent, South African house, Angolan kuduro, Ghanian azonto, Ivorian coupe decal” and a “General Levy dancehall-rock remix with arabic strings” among them. Follow him on soundcloud and facebook to keep up with the latest.

https://soundcloud.com/djmundi

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Join us Every Tuesday for global beats and dance performances with rotating resident and special guest DJs, dancers and musicians.
Tuesdays 9pm-1am
Dance Performances at 10pm
f8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF
$5 cover ($5-10 sliding scale on Special Nights).
Free before 9:30, if you ask.
Drink Specials each week.

March 25: Dulce Vita, Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jadeera, Fayzah

We have another extended dance performance lineup this week with Fayzah from New York joining us. Also residents and Special Guests Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox and Jadeera. Following performances, Dulce Vita takes the decks for some late night global beats.

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Fayzah Fire is a multidisciplinary performer based in New York City. Classically trained from a young age growing up, she continued exploring different dance styles, mainly based on the music that moved her. Her own ‘World + Street Styles Dance Method™’, blends elements of  World Dance styles, Popping, Waving, Hip Hop, & Groove theory.
She is an accomplished Tribal-Fusion dancer, Fire performer, Argentine Tango dancer, innovator of Tango-Bellydance Fusion, & DJ. She holds a teaching certificate in Middle Eastern Dance Arts, & co created Puerto Rico’s first Tango community before her move to NYC. Fayzah is a part of the NYC Street Styles dance scene and has co taught & performed with various legends & pioneers in this genre, in theater shows, & at famous NYC Hip Hop events, such as Guardians of Dance, 92St Y, & Behind the Groove. She has danced with Neville Dance Theater in NYC since 2006, and been cast in various roles in company repertoire, as well as contributing her own solo works to Off Broadway productions.
She is greatly influenced by nature, especially by creatures who live in the ocean, (both real and fantasy).
Fayzah has taught master classes & performed in various countries in Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean,
as well as across the US. NYC teaching credits include Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey’s, & Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre. She is the co founder of Triple Treat Dance workshops, which combines healing arts & dance, & has led trance dance retreats in the rain forest. Her choreographic works are featured on several performance DVD’s, and she has two instructional DVD’s out, “Fluid Tribal” & “Android Goddess”. Fayzah’s web site: DanceSpiral.com

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Marci Ann discovered bellydance in 2001, on a whim, when she and her sister picked summer classes at the Discovery Learning Annex in Chicago. Her left brain linguistics sister pick Japanese 101, while Marci thought Beginner Cabaret Bellydance would be a lot more fun. Immediately falling in love with the dance she sought out Jasmin Jahal School of Dance. In 2006 Marci’s dance life changed forever when she discovered Rachel Brice on a performance dvd. She gravitated to the snaky salutary movements and the ethnic aesthetic of Tribal Fusion Bellydance. Not having access to Tribal Fusion in Chicago she taught herself thru educational dvd from Rachel brice, Fat Chance BellyDance, Zoe Jakes, Kami Little and others, often traveling to take workshops from these artist. At this time she performed in the Chicagoland area developing her technique and personal dance aesthetic. Marci Ann started studying Javanese dance with Danielle Meijer and became interested in fusing the two dance forums. She won First Place and Audience Choice in the 2008 Midwest Bellydance Challenge, for a Javanese Fusion piece. She began teaching Tribal Fusion at Arabesque Chicago and also creating two dance troupes, Akasha a yoga bellydance fusion group sponsored by Yoga Now Chicago, and Turkish Drop with Danielle Meijer and Christina Cornier. In 2010 Marci Annmoved to San Francisco to continue her dance education. She immersed herself in the dance culture and aesthetic of west coast. Always enjoying the creative process of making her own costumes Marcibegan freelancing for Medina Maitreya Designs and has made costume numerous dancer including Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique. She is currently producing a line of headdress under her brand Turkish Drop. Marci Ann is excited about exploring the possibility of Indonesian dance and the prospects The Bhoomi Project.

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Jadeera Rose 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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+ UN Resident Dance Performance Artists MILLIE MADDOX and BRAMANI.

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And the BIRTHDAY GIRL + DJ for the night … DULCE VITA

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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.)