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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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Karl Denson

Oct. 12, 2015
This week features Karl Denson! Karl is an acclaimed and world famous saxophonist and songwriter who first came to national attention as a member of Lenny Kravitz's Let Love Rule-era group and is currently a member of The Rolling Stones touring band. We talk about poodles, Scott Baio, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Greyboy Allstars, chinchillas. We drank WATER!!!!

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!


Oct. 26, 2015
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features Kiley and Erik of the band KI! We start off by hearing their song "She Knows", talk about their recent play at Kaaboo, the search of finding a bass player, and what's new for this energetic and entertaining band on the rise. We drank sparkling juice drinks and ate delicious pumpkin pie that Kiley made. Go see KI live!

Kut U Up

Sep. 28, 2015
This week we feature: Chris Cote! Action sports personality, long-time editor of Transworld Surf, bassist and vocalist for Kut U Up, and editor in chief of Encinitas Magazine. We talk about how Chris taught an entire generation how to party and what it was like to get physically dragged off stage from someone dressed like Mr. T. We cover internet trolls, how Kut U Up started as a dare from some of the Blink 182 guys, his cult movie Riding in Vans with Boys, and talk about things we may have smuggled across countries. We drank sparkling mineral water and plan on having Chris back for a water tasting test to show his skills of discerning between brands.

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!

Lee Koch

Dec. 15, 2015
What's Up at the Belly Up this week features singer songwriter Lee Koch! We hear a Conference Room Sessions performance from Lee, talk about rollerblading, making bread and what life before, during and after appearing on The Voice. We drank Sculpin!



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