Belly Up: Year in Photos

We take a look back at the year in photos for the Belly Up -- including shows with the Foo Fighters, David Cook, Steve Earle and Ozomatli, among others.

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Photo by Meryl Klemow
Even though it was a private event, 2015 kicked off in fabulous style when Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Aloe Blacc and Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl, pictured center) performed at the Belly Up on Jan. 8.
Connie Bolger
"American Idol"-winner David Cook rolled through the Solana Beach club on Feb. 23.
Connie Bolger
Flash forward a few months to Nov. 9, when Matt Nathanson (pictured, left) and Brett Dennen both performed (among others) at the Rob Machado Foundation Benefit concert.
Fatima Kelley
The kings of rollicking multicultural jam music, Ozomatli headlined back-to-back nights at the scenic club on Feb. 14 and 15.
Fatima Kelley
The band's latest album, "Place in the Sun," reflects on the group's nearly 20 years together.
Connie Bolger
As we mentioned earlier, Cook won the seventh season of "American Idol" on May 21, 2008 -- receiving 56 percent of the votes, with 12 million votes over David Archuleta, the runner-up.
Dan Chusid
Robyn Hitchcock, who rose to prominence in the '70s with his band the Soft Boys, opened the March 22 show with X's Exene Cervenka and John Doe.
Dan Chusid
The Orange County punk legends (Cervenka, pictured here) played an intimate, acoustic set.
Chuck Lapinsky
Dan Chusid
Gang of Four -- an iconic UK band that plays a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with a lyrical emphasis on the social and political ills of society -- headlined the Belly Up on March 25.
Dan Chusid
The original garage rockers, the Sonics brought the fuzz to the club on May 11.
John Hancock
The Mastersons, composed of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, opened the Steve Earle show on June 19. The acoustic-folk duo has been wowing crowds across the country for years now.
John Hancock
Old-school country rocker Steve Earle and his band, the Dukes, rock & rolled through. "Welcome to guitar town!"
John Hancock
Earle didn't just write his own hits -- he also penned a number of chart-toppers for other musicians including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Carl Perkins.
Steve Covault
Connie Bolger
The Marshall Tucker Band -- which helped establish the Southern Rock genre in the '70s -- stopped in at the Belly Up on Sept. 3.
Dan Chusid
Madeleine Peyroux performed an intimate set at the club on Oct. 26. The Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter/guitarist has a style that has been compared to that of Billie Holiday.
Connie Bolger
The fourth annual Rob Machado Foundation Benefit concert took over the sold-out venue on Monday, Nov. 9.
Connie Bolger
The auction of two signed Taylor guitars and surfboards raised more than $13,000 (aside from ticket sales) for Machado's Foundation, an organization that aims to educate youth on eco-friendliness and sustainability.
Connie Bolger
Machado (left) joined some of the performers onstage throughout the evening.
Connie Bolger
Andrew Wessen of the band Grouplove played his first-ever solo live performance at the benefit.
Dan Chusid
The Richard Thompson Trio performed on Nov. 5. "Rolling Stone" has named Thompson one of the "Top 20 Guitarists of All-Time," and his compositions have been recorded by such artists as Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Robert Plant, R.E.M. and Tom Jones.
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