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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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O (Otis / Otisserie)

Jul. 04, 2015
Welcome to the first What's Up at the Belly Up Podcast!! In this session we have our friend O (Otis / Otisserie) in the studio. O is a musician, photographer, producer, Jack Fruit of all trades. O (@Otisserie) talks with Damian and Meryl about his history in San Diego Music, Foxboro Hot Tubs (Green Day) at Belly Up, a run in with Russell Simmons and having over 120 guitars at one time. We drank Kombucha and lovingly have differing opinions on thrift stores.


Jul. 04, 2015
What's Up at the Belly Up Podcast with O.A.R. bass player Benj Gershman.

Tim Mays

Jul. 04, 2015
Meryl and Damian sit down and talk national and local booking with the amazing Tim Mays! Tim co-owns and books The Casbah and also has a part in booking most everything else music related in San Diego. The Casbah has been open since 1989. Its first location had a legal capacity of 75 and hosted such bands as: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lemonheads, The Jesus Lizard, and Rocket From The Crypt. We hear stories on behind the scenes at The Casbah and get Tim's advice for those looking to break into this industry. We drank Mexican Coca Cola.

Beer Thirty Show

Jul. 03, 2015
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Michael Tiernan

Jun. 25, 2015
Meryl and Damian of the Belly Up Podcast talk to Southern Calfornia singer songwriter Michael Tiernan! We discuss his 5th album, "Inside Your Head", hear how Michael spends his royalty checks and discuss the delicate balance between musicianship and fatherhood! We also make bad percussion puns....stick with us.

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