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.
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Connie Bolger
"American Idol"-winner David Cook rolled through the Solana Beach club on Feb. 23.
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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.
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Fatima Kelley
The kings of rollicking multicultural jam music, Ozomatli headlined back-to-back nights at the scenic club on Feb. 14 and 15.
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Fatima Kelley
The band's latest album, "Place in the Sun," reflects on the group's nearly 20 years together.
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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.
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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.
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Dan Chusid
The Orange County punk legends (Cervenka, pictured here) played an intimate, acoustic set.
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Chuck Lapinsky
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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.
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Dan Chusid
The original garage rockers, the Sonics brought the fuzz to the club on May 11.
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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.
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John Hancock
Old-school country rocker Steve Earle and his band, the Dukes, rock & rolled through. "Welcome to guitar town!"
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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.
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Steve Covault
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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.
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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.
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Connie Bolger
The fourth annual Rob Machado Foundation Benefit concert took over the sold-out venue on Monday, Nov. 9.
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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.
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Connie Bolger
Machado (left) joined some of the performers onstage throughout the evening.
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Connie Bolger
Andrew Wessen of the band Grouplove played his first-ever solo live performance at the benefit.
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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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