New ‘Live at the Belly Up’ albums feature Rock Hall of Famers Mick Fleetwood, Ann Wilson and Mike Love
New partnership between the club and nugs.net will also see releases by Foghat, Steve Poltz, Bebel Gilberto, Sara Petite and dozens more
The “Live at the Belly Up” album series, which was launched with 39 album releases in May, is expanding in a big way as the coronavirus pandemic continues to shutter live concerts across California and much of the world.
The 46-year-old Solana Beach nightclub has joined forces with San Francisco’s nugs.net, an app and online subscription service that offers downloads, CDs, webcasts and what is billed as the only streaming service dedicated to live music.
The new partnership is designed to showcase a broad array of performances recorded at the Belly Up, starting with the Aug. 14 release of 10 live albums by such varied bands and solo artists as Foghat, The Jayhawks, 10,000 Maniacs, reggae mainstay Pato Banton and Brazilian vocal star Bebel Gilberto.
“I think this is the first-ever partnership between nugs.net and a venue, so we’re breaking new ground with this,” said Belly Up Entertainment President Chris Goldsmith. “We can’t wait to host shows again, but in the meantime, this is an exciting new way for the Belly Up to continue presenting great live entertainment to music fans around the world.”
Brad Serling, founder and CEO of nugs.net, also welcomes the opportunity to keep the music playing at a time when the pandemic has shuttered musicians and audiences alike.
“We are thrilled about this partnership with Belly Up,” he said. “So many incredible musicians have performed there. We look forward to adding this wide collection of artists’ performances to the nugs.net service for live music fans to enjoy, wherever they are.”
The partnership calls for 10 “Live at the Belly Up” albums, priced at $9.95 each, to be released each Friday through at last mid-September. The Aug. 21 releases will include albums recorded at the 600-capacity club by three Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees — Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, Heart’s Ann Wilson and the Beach Boys’ Mike Love. Each performed at the Belly Up with the bands they lead as solo artists — or, in Love’s case, in a duo setting with Hawaiian troubadour Paul Fuga.
Also slated for released Friday are albums by Steve Poltz, The Proclaimers, Third World, Cowboy Mouth, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Martin Sexton and Argentinian-born singer-songwriter Fernando Viciconte. The Aug. 28 releases will feature national acts, including Macy Gray and Yonder Mountain String Band, and such San Diego-based artists as Sara Petite and Bushwalla. Subsequent releases have yet to be announced.
The list of legends who have performed at the Belly Up over the years ranges from the Rolling Stones and B.B. King to Lady Gaga and Green Day. But due to contractual reasons, it is highly unlikely any of their performances will be released as part of the “Live at the Belly Up” series.
— George Varga is a reporter for The San Diego Union Tribune
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