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Hi and welcome to What's Up at the Belly Up, a podcast that features all things related to the world famous Belly Up music venue! We talk to our friends, touring artists, people that make us laugh and everything in between.

Some fun facts about our hosts: Meryl seems to have done it all at the Belly Up. Over the past 9 years she has been responsible for hospitality, marketing, and terrifying sweet young interns. A woman of many talents she also writes for the local variety show, Tonight in San Diego and has her own segment, My San Diego where she tries weird and wacky things. She loves drinking celery juice and has an affinity for round animals like manatees and pufferfish. Meryl also has done tequila shots with Prince Harry, and trended on the front page of Reddit for an unfortunate run-in with a falcon!

Damian has been a touring artist, audio engineer and is the Production Director of the Belly Up! He enjoys family, surfing, cooking, loveable humans and honest music. He loves talking about audio gear, and makes a fine cup of Yerba Mate. D is the man!

featuring your hosts: Meryl Klemow & Damian DeRobbio
contact Meryl at: @MerylKlemow on fb & instagram or contact Damian at:

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Marc Broussard

Jan. 11, 2017
What's up at the Belly Up features the great Marc Broussard! We talk good food, conspiracy groups and heard a performance! Cheers!

Anya Marina

Jan. 02, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features the lovely and funny and beautiful Anya Marina! We talk about Damian's eyelashes, Anya's long walks and her journey from San Diego to New York, calming our minds and food / drink things. We drank KOMBUCHA.

Soul Rebels

Dec. 10, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up podcast this week features the Soul Rebels live and direct from New Orleans! We talked about church, science, linear thinking, how they started as drum line competitors and ended up as tour mates and yummy southern food. Please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud and leave a good review + who you would love to see on the Belly Up podcast!

Bebel Gilberto

Nov. 22, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up features the great Bebel Gilberto! It's short and sweet - just like her and maybe you too. We talk touring strategy, growing plants, doing whatever you want and then the episode ends abruptly because she went to play our sold out show. We drank margaritas.

Tristan Prettyman

Nov. 09, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up features the lovely and talented Tristan Prettyman! We talk about not saying sorry, come up with a cooking show, fun smoothie ideas (warning don't drink these and drive!), Peyote ceremonies, health, friends babies and love!! She also plays a song for our Conference Room Session. We drank Turkish Lattes with almond milk!

10,000 Maniacs

Nov. 02, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features 10,000 Maniacs! We hear their origin story of getting a record deal and how the current lineup came to be, talk about donating plasma and the fact that they were the VERY FIRST MTV Unplugged!

The Jayhawks

Oct. 25, 2016
This week’s “What’s Up at the Belly Up” Podcast is proud to present Gary Louris, founder and frontman of The Jayhawks. We talked about health and supplements, watching a lot of TV, tall people, fashion sense, and of course...the bubonic plague.

Henry Kapono

Oct. 18, 2016
What’s Up at the Belly Up Podcast features Hawaii's very own rock star, Henry Kapono!! This week we talked about the Hawaiian Grammys, traditional and modern music, cultural identity, free love, and horn honking.

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band

Oct. 04, 2016
The What’s Up at the Belly Up Podcast is proud to present legendary Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Rick Vito, who together form the core of The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. We talked about sleeping on instruments, cat ladies, set lists, English gangsters, boarding school, and not being too sure of one’s self. Look for a brand new Live at The Belly Up release from The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring over 2 hours of great blues, out October 28 at and wherever digital music is sold.

Rusted Root

Sep. 13, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up Podcast takes it on the road this week, recording in the lovely Observatory in North Park with Rusted Root. We talked about Pennsylvania, pierogis, helicopter rides in Catalina, and Liz being left behind in Vegas. Rusted Root is comprised of Michael, Liz, Patrick and around 26 other members (according to them) and have been writing and releasing music together for around 26 years!!!! Also check out Rusted Root's album on

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