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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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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!

Jarnard "The Nardcast" Sutton

Nov. 17, 2015
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features Jarnard Sutton from Discover SD and host / founder of San Diego's music, food and culture podcast: The Nardcast. We talk about podcasts that have gone awry, being lazy in an efficient way, the Princess Bride, fake ID's, Fela Kuti and so much more! We drank coffee stout out of wine glasses.

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.

Jimmy Buffett

May. 03, 2017
What's Up at the Belly Up podcast this week features Jimmy Buffett. It was a short but sweet talk with him as he prepared to go on stage for his very sold out show at the venue. We talked about him being a sound geek, his musical debut in "Escape to Margaritaville", and dogs that fish!

Johnny Clegg

May. 23, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features Johnny Clegg! He is one of South Africa’s most celebrated singers, dancers, anthropologist and a musical activist! We talked about blending Western pop with African Zulu rhythms, touring with his son Jesse, and received demonstrations on several different instruments from the man himself including a MOUTH BOW! This was also filmed for our TV show, Live at the Belly Up on KPBS. We drank water but it felt intoxicating because of how interesting Clegg is as a musician, person and teacher.


Feb. 02, 2016
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features JohnnySwim - Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez! This episode felt less like a recording and more like a hangout with friends which I guess is the point! Light cyber stalking does pay off folks - not only are these two a super successful musical duo but they are married with an adorable child. We talk about songwriting in Nashville, how the name JohnnySwim came about, and having nice manners. They played here on their Christmas Tour but Christmas is over. We drank Mexican Mules thank you to Beertender Brit.

Jonny Tarr

Aug. 17, 2015
Meryl and Damian talk to neo-soul, rock and pop musician Jonny Tarr! He is the bad boy of yoga, the good boy of music and rules all locations named Cardiff. We talk Welsh, speculate that Jonny will be a protective dad, and he plays us a song! There is also a lot of vasectomy talk that we almost cut out (!) but decided to leave in anyway. We drank Moscow Mules with gluten free vodka.



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