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The Plain White T's played at the Belly Up Tavern in 2013. Photo courtesy of Steve Covault. The Plain White T's played at the Belly Up Tavern in 2013. Photo courtesy of Steve Covault.

Behind the Scenes

SDSU film students are going behind the scenes of the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach as part of a new concert series.
By Carrie O'Connell

This semester, SDSU NewsCenter will focus on the arts with stories of the creative endeavors of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.   

The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach has long been a draw for music-lovers. Nestled in the heart of a bustling art district, the world-famous venue brings in a variety of acts — local bands and international rockstars alike.

For a group of film and television students, however, the Belly Up isn’t just a place to take in a great concert; it also represents an opportunity to gain real-world experience working as a film crew.

The second season of “Live at the Belly Up,” a five-part series featuring concerts from the Belly Up, kicks off at 10 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24 on KPBS.

About the project

Launched in January 2013, the collaborative project between KPBS, the Belly Up, and the School of Theatre, Television, and Film documents the live music experience — from behind-the-scenes interviews with bands to the crowd-pleasing performances that grace the stage of the North County arts and entertainment staple.

The show highlights two local bands each week, shining a spotlight on the diverse music scene in San Diego.

Rich learning experience

Approximately 40 students from Advanced Television and Studio Production courses are involved in the project, working in small crews that film and edit content for show producers at KPBS.

“This show is a unique opportunity for students,” said Tim Powell, a professor in the School of Theatre, Television and Film. “They are working in a professional environment, at the highest level, and delivering a show that will be broadcast.”

In addition to earning school credit, students also gain valuable professional experience as they collaborate with local media and entertainment partners.

“The partnerships that the show creates, with KPBS and a community partner, provide valuable connections,” Powell said. “Future employers may actually see the show on TV, which makes for a strong presentation in a job interview when they see the credit on the student's (or former student's) resume.”

With the success of the first season, Powell said it wasn’t hard to find bands to fill the bill in season two. Local rock bands Stripes and Lines and The Heavy Guilt, funk-favorite The Earful, and local singer-songwriters Steve Poltz and Sara Petite are among a dozen local acts featured.

“Live at the Belly Up” second season

The Drowning Men
Candye Kane

Paul Cannon Band

Stripes And Lines
Earl Thomas

Steve Poltz
Trouble in the Wind

Common Sense

Sara Petite

The Heavy Guilt
The Earful