Springtime is my favorite time of year, and we are leaping forward into more awesome events. Winter hasn’t been too shabby at all. One more amazing event for the records – to add to my list of recommendations, is one that Sam and I got to teach at last month. Add Reigning Down on Oregon to your list of Awesome belly dance events to check out. The uniqueness of this event is in the environment and format. It’s not a “festival”, it is a Retreat. It is Dance Camp in the woods. Reigning Down on Oregon has been a hidden gem in the forest near Salem, Oregon.
Speaking of Hidden gems – one of the Newest events is quickly getting noticed, yet I keep finding people who don’t know about it. Last year, I attended the first Tribal Trove in San Diego, and put that on my list of events I want to go to every year within a couple of hours of being there. Sam and I are both teaching this year, and I will be shooting video again. They have an awesome new venue this year, closer to downtown.
Affordability is a primary factor for many dancers who are seeking out learning experiences. With that in mind, I highly recommend checking out these two events. Tribal Trove is right around the corner, and you can still sign up for classes. the Saturday night showcase is almost sold out (Seating is sold out, standing room tickets will be available at the door) and Sunday show seating will likely sell out soon too. Both nights have unique and stellar lineups. Check out tribaltrovesd.com for all of the current information and registration links. There are daytime performance as well.
Note that the Main Event is over the weekend, but the workshops will start Friday Evening. I will be teaching my music editing workshop on Friday Evening. Medina will also be teaching on Friday.
Fast forward to April, Sam and I head up to Seattle for another one of our very favorite events, Cues & Tattoos. As usual, I will be playing at and co-producing The Emerald Vardo Official Cues & Tattoos After Party, where Lady Ra and I rock the dancefloor beats on Saturday night. This year, All events will be At Seattle Center. Everything will be walkable. Calamity Sam will be teaching and I will be shooting video.
Local SF Bay Area Recurring Events: Underground Nomads . Dub Mission . Non Stop Bhangra
Underground Nomads continues weekly Every Tuesday at F8. I spin on 2nd and occasional 4th Tuesdays, and Suresh spins 1st and 3rd tuesdays, with occasional Special Guest DJs in the mix. This month, we celebrate Wendy Marlatt’s birthday on March 8th and Dulce Vita’s birthday on March 22nd. On the 15th, we welcome Special Guest from Sweden, Lazuli. We also have a 5th Tuesday this month, which means we will be hosting our quarterly 4th Tuesday benefit where we raise funds for a charity organization or cause that we want to support. This month, on the 29th, we raise funds for Refugee Transitions. Check out the flyer below, or visit the calendar page at undergroundnomads.com for our weekly lineups.
Dub Mission is now Monthly on 2nd Fridays, Still at Elbo Room. each month, DJ Sep hosts and joins a Special guest along with her residents Maneesh the Twister and Vinnie Esparza. This coming Friday features Andy Scholes with Sep and Maneesh the Twister.
Closing out the month, Non Stop Bhangra continues its monthly Bhangra nights at Public Works. Mark your calendars for March 26th to enjoy the festive vibes with great music, dance performances and even a bhangra dance lesson to kick off the night. I am on VJ duty, mixing up the visuals all night. Check out the lineups and dates for each month at nonstopbhangra.com
Calamity Sam teaches weekly classes on Monday evenings at Ellen Webb studio in Emeryville, CA. She is currently teaching a choreography series until the end of March, and is happy to announce that Wendy Allen and Jesse Stanbridge will be teaching a Specialty ATS Class Series while Sam and Amar are travelling in April. Sam will return in May to resume ITS Classes in May. Visit thecalamitysam.com for info.
Thank you for your support.
Much love to all of you,