Above: Promotional graphic for the TV series - LIVE AT THE BELLY UP.
Belly Up has partnered once again with San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television, and Film and KPBS to bring you the TV series - LIVE AT THE BELLY UP! Come be part of the crowd - show us your dance moves and your best TV face!
Based out of the south bay of San Diego, neighboring the highest crossed border in the world, STRANGER is turning heads through multicultural and musical diversity with a soulful blend of reggae roots, rock and jazz combined with conscious lyrics and unparalleled musicianship. The name says it all: STRANGER does not fit into a mold. Even from the inception of the group, its diverse mixture of influences set the band apart from the other acts in the reggae genre and led to the band’s mysterious, yet creatively appropriate name. The band formed at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista as a nameless four-piece act consisting of guitar, hand drums, vocals and bass. After only a few short months the boys recorded their first demo consisting of 10 original songs which led to the “STRANGER EP” in 2004 including longtime fan favorites “Woodlands,” “Hometown” and “My Life.” Over the next 3 years the band recorded two full-length albums, “Life Lessons” and "Shelter from the Storm,” building their San Diego fan base with sold-out shows and an impact on the Hawaiian Islands with radio and fan favorites “Like a Dream” and “Tomorrow Never Comes.” Connect with them on Facebook, and follow @strangerband on Twitter.
ABOUT TROUBLE IN THE WIND:
To classify Trouble In The Wind would be a discredit to their listeners and the artists alike. How does one pidgeon-hole a group who can not only transcend genres in a set of songs but within the songs themselves? Connect with them on Facebook, and follow @TroubleNTheWind on Twitter.
ABOUT STEVE POLTZ:
Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and they regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, and even the odd commercial. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores of different accents and languages. Connect with him on Facebook, and follow @stevepoltz on Twitter.
ABOUT EARL THOMAS:
Earl Thomas had never picked up a microphone in his life until he was nearly killed after losing his footing at the edge of a 50-foot ravine and slid all the way down, landing unconscious on a pile of broken glass and debris. Luckily, the 22-year-old dental student was only bruised, but not knowing the extent of the damage upon regaining consciousness, he reflected on his disappointment at not having pursued his dream of becoming a singer, and resolved to do just that if he survived. Nine years later, he recorded "Blue...Not Blues," in 1991, a record strongly influenced by his parents' love of blues and gospel music and his own affinity for '60s and '70s soul. His "I Sing the Blues" became a hit for Etta James, and he played European music festivals with such artists as Elvis Costello and B.B. King.
ABOUT THE HEAVY GUILT
The Heavy Guilt is as much Americana as it is avant garde garage, as much folk blues as it is psychedelic indie stomp. It is six focused musicians, from varying backgrounds, translating their influences into a common language beneath the dim crimson lights of the stage. It is a sweaty driving catharsis, a train of thought bulldozing cross the tracks of rural America, it is a roadmap through the emotive wilderness, it is a collage put together by time worn hands, it is the sound and rhythm of a saturated city, it is the direction you take after last call. The Heavy Guilt is rock 'n roll. The Heavy Guilt is on Facebook, and you can follow @theheavyguilt on Twitter.
ABOUT THE EARFUL
The Earful is a high powered, in your face, shake your booty machine that will funk you just right. Formed in late 2008, The Earful touches on various styles of the funk in all of its forms and pays tribute to the masters. Having shared the stage with amazing talent such as Soulive, Level 42, Groundation, Orgone, The Aggrolites and Les Nubians, they bring a paint peeling, barn burning intensity that is unforgettable.The heavy sound of the Hammond Organ, the funky bass lines, and the stabbing brass hits of this 7 piece group are sure to get your rump bumpin'. The Earful is on Facebook, and you can follow @theearful on Twitter.
ABOUT CANDY KANE
Seven time National Blues Awards Nominee Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. (All are also titles of her self-penned songs.) Her eleventh CD release, "Sister Vagabond," was released on Delta Groove Records and was #1 on the Living Blues Charts and on Sirius/XM Radio for two months. "Sister Vagabond" was self produced by Kane and her noted guitarist Laura Chavez. Many critics say that it is Kane’s finest work to date and unanimously agree that it is a worthy successor to their 2010 collaboration, "Superhero," nominated for Best Contemporary Blues CD along with many other honors. Candye Kane is on Facebook.