2016 Upcoming Events – January

Well here we go…

Wait, It’s 2016?

Sam and I have had a crazy (crazy good) year and website updates have fallen to the wayside. Coming off of a sweet lull in the tail end of 2015, we’re jumping into the new year with an awesome array of events that we are pretty excited about being a part of.


We’re gonna do our best to keep you updated in a more focused way this year. With all the social media clutter, it is really hard to concentrate and easy to forget about checking in directly with the people who support you. So … the plan forward is to (1) Post here regularly and (2) send out e-mails to our e-mail list. We are aiming to e-mail and post monthly-ish. No more. If you are on our e-mail list, you will get the info. there. You can always join by clicking on the e-mail list link in the menu above. If you’re not on the list, check in here. You can subscribe to get notified of updates. If you are on the facebooks and the tweeters and the instagrammies and tumblrs, you can follow us there. We DO have a New Facebook Group for Electric Vardo, if you wanna join. BUT – while things will get posted here and there, i’m gonna focus on e-mails and website – a central place you can come to for information on the following:
Electric Vardo events . Calamity Sam and DJ Amar’s whereabouts . Events we will be a part of . Tribal Tech Support . Electric Vardo Partner and Alumni events . Recommended events.

So …

Here we go with our first announcement of Events for 2016.

We are hosting a Special Edition of our Weekly World Beat & Belly Dance night with our 2nd Tuesday Residents DJ Amar, FatChanceBellyDance, Wendy Marlatt & May Yang, PLUS an ATS Jam with Amar mixing the beats for Homecoming Participants who wish to join the improv set.
Tuesday Jan 12 . 8pm – 12am . F8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF . $5
Check the weekly lineups at undergroundnomads.com

ATS-Homecoming1/14-17 – ATS HOMECOMING
Amar will be DJing a Thursday evening Dance Party following the Welcome Reception. ATS Homecoming celebrates their 2nd year with a full week of workshops (Mon-Thu in SF at FCBD Studio, Fri-Sun near SFO). There will be performance shows on Friday and Saturday nights. Electric Vardo’s Tribal Tech Support will be providing Sound and Lighting. Amar will be shooting video for the shows. Calamity Sam will be vending, bringing her famous “Butt Covers” and other goodies.

It’s the 2016 Kick Off with NSB’s 120th show featuring DJ Scorpio and resident crew Jimmy Love, Nix, Pavit on dhol, Amar on visuals and performances (plus dance lesson) by Dholrhythms. NSB is SF’s longest running monthly Bhangra party with the most eclectic mix of artists and audience.

1/23 – STARDUST FOLLIES – Hosted by Kami Liddle & Gold Star Dance Co. Click on the title or image for details and tickets.

February, March, April
(details in next post later this month – Save the Dates):

2/7 – SHADOWBOX – Zoe Jakes & Coven Dance Co. at Elbo Room, SF

2/12 – Dub Mission Presents DR.ISRAEL, DJ SEP, MANEESH THE TWISTER – Dub Mission  is now 2nd Fridays in 2016. Elbo Room, SF

2/12 – BEATS ANTIQUE in Los Angeles
– Calamity Sam will be joining Beats Antique at Club Nokia.

2/13 – ECLECTIC ENSEMBLE, Los Angeles
– Amar & Sam are heading down to see their SoCal Family and joining their friends at their favorite lil house-party-hafla style event.

– Amar will be teaching his music editing workshop and shooting video. Calamity Sam will be teaching a choreography workshop and the Debut SAMWICH workshop – a 4 hour session with Samantha Riggs & Calamity Sam. What?

3/18-20 – TRIBAL TROVE, San Diego, CA
– Amar & Sam will be teaching at Tribal Trove’s 2nd Annual festival.

4/1-3 – CUES & TATTOOS, Seattle, WA
– Amar will be co-hosting the Emerald Vardo AfterParty and shooting video at the shows. Sam will be teaching.

I want to thank you for your support.

DJ Amar . Solunamar



Tribal Tech Support launching at Tribal Fest!

DJ Amar and Calamity Sam will be providing technical services to dancers at festivals and events, kicking off at Tribal Fest this year. You will also find them (ok, Us 🙂 at Cairo Caravan in Long Beach and Fusion Fest in Boise this summer.

Visit the new site for details on the services. We are just starting out and will be building our service base as we see the need grow. We currently include music editing for your performance mixes, help with getting your tracks burned to CD to play at the festival, minor computer assistance, troubleshooting and repairs while you are at the festival, and more.


Come visit us at our vending table at Tribal Fest, where we will also be selling some hand made jewelry and costuming pieces by Calamity Sam. We will be vending together with The Plumed Serpent, so you will have an array of goodies to look at, and ask us any questions you have – or come to us for any assistance you may need with your music.

One of the items we will be selling at our vending tables is something we feel is important for every professional performer to have, and Especially instructors who travel teaching workshops. We will have cable packets for your ipods, smartphones, laptops or other music players to plug into sound systems. You should always keep one with you at a gig, one that you know will work. We will be offering 2 sets. The basic set is good quality, lightweight and reasonably priced at $5-6, which includes an ipod cable (stereo mini to rca) and an adapter so you are able to plug into an rca jack or ipod hookup. The Pro set will include a premium quality ipod cable that is designed especially for phones and ipods with covers, gold connectors and metal ends. The pro set will also include a pair of rca-1/4″ adapter plugs so that you can plug into an audio mixing board that does not have rca or stereo mini inputs. With this, you will be ensured of the highest quality sound coming from your player into the sound system. The pro set will be $10-12.

The cable sets can be ordered to be shipped as well. We will be receiving our first order for Tribal Fest in May, and will take pre-orders starting immediately to be picked up or shipped. Shipping cost will be an additional $3 within the US. If you live outside of the US, shipping costs may make it too costly. These are items you can get at an electronics store, though the ones I am purchasing have been tested and are of reputable quality. I am offering these because I feel the need to express the importance of using good quality cables and having your own, and want to encourage performers to be prepared for those times when you are at an event and the DJ forgets a cable or has one that is malfunctioning (this happens often), or arriving to class to find out that the studio cable is missing or broken. It’s a few bucks for peace of mind.

If you are needing help with mixing your music for your performance, I encourage you to contact us in advance. We will only be able to do a certain number of jobs during the week at Tribal Fest. To ensure our availability, please book as soon as you can. During the weekend, we will be there in case you need to burn your music to a CD (say, in case you forgot your CD or it cracked). We will have CDs on hand for you to purchase and burn yourself, or you can send us the music via email and we’ll burn a disc for you.

For updates to our services, and to contact us, please visit the Tribal Tech Support Web Page and send us an e-mail through the contact form.