Southern California's entertainment extends down beautiful coastlines and leads many seeking an enjoyable evening to Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California. The perfect opportunity (of which there are many depending on your favorite music) arrived for myself on March 7th with a special visit from Toad the Wet Sprocket.
When I go to a concert venue, the single most important factor is the sound. The memory of your concert experience will spark the first and most important question in conversation, worded in many ways, but asking "How did they sound live?" This will largely be a performance factor, but the acoustics of the room and mixing of the live sound engineer have a big part to play in this. I was happy to hear, and am glad to report, that Belly Up in Solana Beach delivers on the pleasing sounds to enjoy the artist without combating frequencies, muffled lows, or piercing highs. The mix at Belly Up is great! This leaves you to appreciate your bands and artists for their true live performing sound.
The ambiance is great at Belly Up, from the red eyed shark hanging from the ceiling with watery light reflections, to the projection television on the wall to the left of the stage and surrounding combination of seating and standing room. The unique layout of the venue and ease of access to the stage are nicely composed for enjoying the surroundings.
Jess and I on the left! Taken by Dean Dinning of Toad, from the stage at Belly Up!
Another think I enjoyed about my last night was the feeling of security. As an experienced concert goer I can say I appreciated the feeling of comfort at Belly Up, not having to constantly hand check my pockets for wallet, phone, and keys, which is not to be said for every venue I have visited. It is nice to feel comfortable in your surroundings to then relax and enjoy a good show. This was worth noting specifically last night having said repeatedly the ease of mind able to let go and engage into an active listening experience not bothered by outside thoughts.
The staff was courteous and friendly from Will Call, to the bar, to the facility as a whole. The look is unique, the sound outstanding, and the entire night made very enjoyable with quick entry and exit, and an always quality show from Toad the Wet Sprocket who debuted some brand new material from their upcoming album. I can't wait to go back April 4th for Soul Asylum at Belly Up! Click the link for tickets!
My podcast review will be posted Friday afternoon, 3/8/13, see you then! Want to sample some Toad the Wet Sprocket? Take a listen to them on Amazon!
There are a wide array of musicians and artists slated to visit, top class music in a great venue! Can't wait to take a drive down the 5 freeway to enjoy some rockin' music. For the latest concert calendar at Belly Up, click here. For a map or directions, click here.
Podcast fans - a trip to Europe is in the work, including a live acoustic gig at Belushi's in Paris, France! Some of my highlights will be Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London Zoo, London Sea Life Aquarium, and more... stay tunes for our travel blog celebrating a delayed honeymoon, and more information on our 2-week tour of Europe in 2013.
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