Website Revisions in progress

Hang with us while we make some updates to the website. In the meantime, you can view our recent Electric Vardo newsletter (we have neglected to post our newsletters here regularly, but plan on getting better about that and having a central place for all Electric Vardo related stuff.

We have added links to connect to Underground Nomads, the Tribal Fest AfterParty and other related sites – including our upcoming Sundays at Somar in Oakland. We have a dropdown Events tab with links to the different related recurring events including the Cues & Tattoos Emerald Vardo AfterParty, Eclectic Ensemble and Taverna Nights.

Electric Vardo upcoming Events and News –
December Newsletter:

Happy New Year, Holidays, or whatever you celebrate!

Hello dear supporters. We are coming to the end of another year of growing and changing, and we have you to thank first and foremost for giving us the opportunity to express our creative sides and share our art with you.

As we wrap up the year and roll into the next one, we have a few fun shows coming up, and a 2015 that is already starting to fill up with great stuff. All the details are down below. Enjoy!

Thank you again for your support – Amar

Thursday, December 18th – 5:30pm-7pm: YERBA BUENA ALLIANCE HOLIDAY PARTY

Join the Yerba Buena Alliance in conjunction with Yerba Buena Third Thursdays for a holiday gathering at theMuseum of the African Diaspora as we celbrate the richness and vibrancy of the Yerba Buena neighborhood and give thanks for an amazing 2014 year.

World beats by DJ Amar of Underground Nomads and food, drink and merry!

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly event showcasing the richness of art and culture in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. The Museum of the African Diaspora re opens after a several month remodel and we will have a chance to experience to the new exhibitions, program space and museum. This event is free and open to all. You can also see more on the MoAD website. 

Sunday, December 21st – 7pm: SALIMPOUR SCHOOL HOLIDAY PARTY

Live Music, Special Guest Dancers, Suhaila‘s Birthday Celebration! Amar will be DJing andCalamity Sam will be a guest performer. Details should be up soon on the Facebook event page.


Spend the EVE of New Year’s Eve with us for a fun evening supporting a great cause (Actually, 2 great causes. Funds raised will benefit both the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence And Circles of Empowerment).

Our performer lineup will feature JILL PARKER & Little Egypt plus residents Amberetta,TatyanaLaila Astar and FatChanceBellyDance as well as new resident debut performances byNATHALIE TEDRICK and Lulu Stone. Also, performances by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Music by DJ AMAR & the Hookahdome’s DJ FERAL (Cheb i Sabbah tribute set).

The night will be a “Welcome Home Mable” Party with The Sisters, and a tribute to our co-founder and inspiration Cheb i Sabbah. We will start early this week, 8pm. $10-20 sliding scale donation. Presale Special: S20 ticket includes free champagne or drink coupon. Note: Venue is 21+. Bring ID for entry. Presale Tickets HERE.

See Below for Upcoming Weekly Tuesday lineups at Underground Nomads.

. . . Unmata / Hot Pot I.T.S. Classes in the Bay Area with Calamity Sam . . .

Monday evenings at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville (Level 1 and 2)
Tuesday afternoons at Zoe Jakes’ new COVEN Studio in Berkeley (Level 1)
New Sessions start in January. INFO. at

Check out the newest Calamitous Butt Covers aka ITS Skirts by Calamty Sam on Etsy.


Support Underground Nomads
SF’s new weekly Global Bass Belly Dance Tuesdays at f8 1192 Folsom

We have started a fund for anyone wishing to support us from afar, so we can upgrade our live stream, keep the night growing and support our performers. If you are local, the best way to support us is to come to our shows. Other ways to help us out are to let more people know about our event. Remember, you can watch our live stream from anywhere in the world. We are working on improving the live stream so you can see the performances too. Any support is helpful, whether by donations or spreading the word. If you are not local to SF, do remember us when you visit.

Information about the fund is at our page on the Gofundme site.

DEC. 9: Amar | FatChanceBellyDance, Azure, Wendy Marlatt, Jennifer Faust, May Yang

DEC. 16: Santero | Ayre Briar, Calamity Sam & Mother Lode, Angela, Chandala, Laura Elisabeth

DEC. 23: Holiday Edition | Rafael + Amar
Amberetta, Sadira, Millie Maddox, Isabel Perdomo | Resident Improv.

Dec. 30: EVE of NYE 5th Tuesday Benefit
A Special night on the Eve of NYE – Dec. 30, in honor of our co-founder Cheb i Sabbah and Celebrating the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence + a Welcome Home Mable Party with the Sisters. Details above. Info Here. Tickets.
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Every Tuesday at F8 . 1192 Folsom, SF
9pm-1am. Performances usually at 10*
(Some night start early)
$5 cover most nights
($5-10+ sliding scale on Special Nights)
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Honoring CHEB i SABBAH
Cheb i Sabbah’s life partner, Eloise, who cared for him unconditionally from the time he was diagnosed with cancer until his final days, has created a wonderful memorial group for Chebiji on facebook. You can share and browse stories, photos and more in this group. Cheb i Sabbah was a founding member, Honorary member and inspiration for the existence of Underground Nomads.

Underground Nomads is delighted to have new resident DJs Santero and Suresh, joining us in monthly rotation – bringing more of the global vibe to the dancefloor in Chebiji’s honor.

– Save the dates –
Upcoming further down the road

JANUARY 24-25, 2015
Amy Sigil in Vancouver, BC

Calamity Sam and Amar will be heading up to Vancouver for a show in conjunction with the workshops.


MARCH 25-29, 2015
Cues & Tattoos, Seattle, WA

Calamity Sam will be teaching again, and Amar will be co-hosting The Emerald Vardo Cues & Tattoos Afterparty. Info, workshop registration and show tickets at

May12-17, 2015
Tribal Fest +
Electric Vardo Tribal Fest AfterParty

Tribal Fest registration is open.
Visit the new Tribal Fest site for details.
Tribal Fest AfterParty Tickets are on Sale.
Visit the Tribal Fest AfterParty Site for details.


Help our friends out if you can:

Kami Liddle’s Gold Star Dance Co.
& Junk Parlor Tour+Album Kickstarter

Samira’s Army Cancer
Battle Fund on GoFundMe

Dangerous Beauties
Brava Theater Project Kickstarter

David Starfire Album Project
with Burmese Refugees Kickstarter

Electric Vardo Partners & Alumni

Dub Mission: Sundays at elbo Room, SF
DJ Sep & residents Maneesh the Twister, Vinnie Esparza and J. Boogie + Special Guests each week.
Weekly Calendar at

Founding members of Electric Vardo, Ultra Gypsy alumni Jill ParkerRose Harden and Gibson Pearl teach classes and perform in the bay area. Click on each of their names for links to their websites. Rose teaches as part of Strange Brew, along with Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle and Elizabeth Strong, Wednesdays at the FatChanceBellyDance studio. Jill teaches at ODC in SF and Spring Fall Studio in Berkeley.

Electric Vardo Alumni partner, Frédérique / The Lady Fred is a worldwide avant-garde theatrically based belly dancer, artist, instructor, pioneer, and creator / director of both: Silent Sirens Theatre™, and the Black Heart Ballads™

Current Class Schedule (See The Lady Fred‘s website for updates
on classes, workshops and events):

Wednesdays: Improv Tribal Style
Level: Beginner 8:15pm – 9:45pm
East Bay Dance Center, Oakland

Electric Vardo Alumni partner, Freyja aka Vanessa Naja, currently offers private and group pilates and belly dance classes in the East Bay, as part of her practice, Holistic Moving. Sam and Amar currently have regular sessions with her and Highly recommend Vanessa

Holistic Moving offers private and group Pilates and Belly Dance classes designed to your individual bodies needs.  Increase strength, flexibility and create graceful and balanced movement through instruction tailored to your needs.  Every body is different, Every body needs a unique program.  Classes are offered in North Oakland/Rockridge.

Sam and Amar are offering design and promotion services to promoters, dancers, musicians, DJs and all in the creative arts business. Current clients include Zulu Tatoo & Zulu Lounge (flyers & brochures), Heather Shoopman (website), G.S. Sachdev (CD & DVD artwork, flyers, posters, business cards & website), BFLA (Flyers & Blog), Fusion Fest (flyers and promotion), Unmata (flyers), Tribal Fest (ads, flyers), Cues & Tattoos (flyers, program). Send us an e-mail for info.

Tribal Tech Support offers Proffesional HD Video, Sound and Lighting services for events. Email Tribal Tech Support for info.

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