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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
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Mike Doughty

Apr. 20, 2017
This week we feature Mike Doughty! We talk about good manners, Memphis, dating apps and what makes certain living rooms fun to play in! Mike Doughty is an American singer-songwriter and author. He founded the band Soul Coughing in 1992, and as of The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, has released 19 studio albums, live albums, and EPs, all since 2000.

Steve Poltz

Apr. 17, 2017
Our podcast this week features our first-ever, second-time guest Steve Poltz! Meryl and D break down life's hard hitting topics with him: french goodbyes, why quitting things is fun, how Steve got his first job thanks to mushrooms and responding to online trolls! WE LOVE STEVE!

Alejandro Escovedo

Apr. 03, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up podcast this week features Alejandro Escovedo! We talked about kale, surfing, Tibetan medicine, burning something beautiful, his musical family and much more!

Jake Shimabukuro

Mar. 31, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features....Jake Shimabukuro! We took it on the road this episode and taped it at the Music Box in downtown San Diego! We talk about great gifts from fans, his chess playing son and suggest some songs for him to cover in the future!

Sara Watkins

Mar. 15, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up podcast features Sara Watkins! We talked about learning the fiddle, body boarding, how her music inspires hope when grieving a pet, and life in LA vs San Diego!

Kevin Fowler

Mar. 06, 2017
Our podcast episode this week features country star Kevin Fowler! We talked about Kevin's misplaced Texan fans, pretentious accordion players, deer hunting tips, and San Diego as his second home!

Martin Sexton

Feb. 22, 2017
For nearly 30 years, Martin Sexton has channeled his love of soulful folk, blues, rock and pop music into accessible, emotional songs that recall the work of Van Morrison and Otis Redding. We discuss living in Western Mass and the Adirondacks, Bobcats, 80s music, hair metal, and highlights of his early career. Politics are brushed upon, but the message is all about unity through music. Can't remember what we drank… it was that good!

Lee Fields

Feb. 14, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up podcast this week features the amazing and very interesting R&B / Soul Singer Lee Fields! We talk about how his band The Expressions came to be, growing up in his very own speakeasy and how powerful the words we use have on influencing impressionable minds!

Taylor Williamson

Feb. 06, 2017
What's Up at the Belly up features comedian Taylor Williamson! We talk about Goldberg, text etiquette and letting people down gently.

Pete Yorn

Jan. 24, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features Pete Yorn!! We talk about Syracuse University, the making of his latest album "Arranging Time" and his signature cool "far away" sound. We drank WHISKEY!

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