Steve Poltz, The Brothers Comatose

Sun Aug 18 2024

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Belly Up

143 S. Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA 92075

$45.00

Ages 21+

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VENUE PRESALE 6/6/2024 @ 10:00AM PT
PUBLIC ON SALE 6/7/2024 @ 10:00AM PT
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Belly Up's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Ticket Price: $45 advanced / $50 day of show / $79 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour)

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Belly Up Presents
Steve Poltz, The Brothers Comatose

  • Steve Poltz

    Steve Poltz

    Alternative Rock

    This is the story of Steve Poltz. 

    Some people start life with a plan. Not Steve. He opens himself up to the universe in a way most of us will never be loose enough to achieve, and the universe responds with a wink, a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration, and the talent to truly connect with an audience. While 2021 could have found him adrift, faced with a tour moratorium the likes of which he hadn’t experienced in decades, it opened a door — literally, his friend Oliver Wood of The Wood Brother’s door  — to creating an exuberant, thoughtful batch of songs that celebrate life in all of its stages.  

    The resulting album is called Stardust & Satellites [Red House Compass Records]. 

    “I just make stuff up,” he exclaims, quipping, “it sounded good to say that.” Steve is the sort of prolific writer and collaborator who downplays what seems like a non-stop geyser of creativity. “I have no rhyme or reason for what I do. It’s all magic. I go by instinct. It just felt right, so I went with it.”

    The “it” in question is one of those serendipitous situations that were created by the pandemic. Steve, a road dog and performance junkie who regularly spends 300+ days a year on the road, bringing it to the people, should’ve been on tour last year. Esteemed Nashville roots rockers The Wood Brothers (Chris Wood being a former neighbor to Steve)also should’ve been on tour. Stuck in Nashville, Steve often joined the Wood Brothers for outdoor socially distant hangs, and, on a whim, decided to record one song with Oliver Wood and Jano Rix. 

    They cut “Frenemy,” a wistful, “keep your friends close and your enemies even closer” song that made it clear to all involved that they’d stumbled onto something special. With no studio clock ticking, no schedule or deadlines to meet, the companionship and ability to collaborate with like-minded musicians added a joyful diversion to what was a boring-ass year. Musically, the sky was the limit, and the group of musicians and friends embarked on a musical experience that found cast and crew reaching toward the stratosphere with Stardust & Satellites, which Oliver and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers produced. 

    The album begins with the lithe fingerpicking of “Wrong Town,” an anthem summing up the life of an itinerant songwriter/performer, where he declares, “The truth is I have no plan at all,” going on to cite Emmylou Harris and Don Was as his style icons. It’s a “pleased to meet me” sort of song, and it was written to greet the audience at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2019. “I wanted to write an opening song,” Steve recalls.“I sat down with fellow Nashville songwriter Anthony da Costa, and ‘Wrong Town’ just appeared.” 

    But even gonzo guys have their moments where the cycle of life seems to be almost too much to bear. “Conveyor Belt” is a heartfelt song, a song that could only be written at a certain point in one’s life, and that point is when you’re saying goodbye to your parents and addressing your own mortality. Steve explains, "My mom passed away, and then a few years later my dad crossed over. I started thinking that I was next on the conveyor belt in a factory on the wheel of time. Next thing I know, I grabbed my guitar and this song appeared to me like a gift. It didn’t exist and then voila, there it was. I feel lucky to be a conduit." 

    The song is written over a gentle, repetitive melody that moves along with the inevitability of ye old sands of time. For fans, it’s a different side of Steve, using a voice and a new solemnity for a song that touches a universal nerve.

    On one of the last nights of the recording sessions, Steve locked himself up in his writing room and within an hour, had conjured the catchy, effervescent “Can O’ Pop,” destined to be the radio single. 

    “Jano from The Wood Brothers was leaving the studio, and I asked him to give me a beat, and I told him I’d write a song with the beat he gave me,” recalls Steve. The exuberant, syncopated groove seems to bubble up as Steve admits, in his best mid-period Dylan, “I want to feel the fizzy rhythm with you.”  

    “Hey, Everyone loves a can of pop” he cracks.

    Among other highlights, “It’s Baseball Season” seesaws on a sunny acoustic guitar as he pays homage to America’s favorite pastime. Poltz is a true fan, and the song’s laid-back, relaxed vibe speaks of carefree days at the ballpark. Steve even pays tribute to legendary baseball announcer Ernie Harwell.

    With a cult following that includes fellow musicians, regular folks and festival goers who stumble onto his performances, there’s no common denominator to Steve’s fans. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in San Diego, CA Steve toured and recorded with San Diego cult favorites The Rugburns (they still play annual sold-out reunion shows). But it was through his creative partnership with Jewel that he vaulted into the national spotlight; co-writing her multiplatinum Billboard Hot 100-busting smash, “You Were Meant For Me,” and continues to work with her to this day.

    Over the years, the Nashville-based troubadour has built a fascinating solo catalog, earmarked by his debut, One Left ShoeDreamhouse, Folk Singer, and 2019’s Shine On. No Depression crowned him, "A sardonic provocateur with a lighthearted acoustic-driven wit, suggesting at times a sunnier, less psychedelic Todd Snider, or maybe a less wan, washed Jackson Brown,” while the Associated Press dubbed him "part busker, part Iggy Pop and part Robin Williams, a freewheeling folkie with a quick wit and big heart.”

    Among other collaborations, GRAMMY-winning bluegrass phenom Billy Strings tapped him to co-write “Leaders” on 2021’s Renewal and he’s co-written with Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Nicki Bluhm, Oliver Wood and even Mojo Nixon.

    He’s resumed his tour schedule, and when he comes to your town, he’ll say, as he does every night, “This is the best show I’ve ever played.” And hell, maybe it just is.

    Ultimately, Steve never needed a plan. 

    He’s something of a natural, after all. 

  • The Brothers Comatose

    The Brothers Comatose

    Bluegrass

    The Brothers Comatose's singer-songwriter Ben Morrison share some insight into their latest polarizing single "The IPA Song," "We generally use our music to unify people, but there comes a time for every band when you have to make a statement. This is our most controversial song and we realize that some of our audience will hate us for it, but it's time we finally say something: we can't drink IPAs anymore!"

    "Phew, that felt good to get off my chest."

    "In all seriousness though, we overdid it quite a bit, back when we were sponsored by a great beer company and they delivered multiple cases of IPA to every tour stop of ours. It was great for a while, but it got to the point where we had cases and cases of warm IPA in our van and that's all we drank. Too much warm IPA will change a person, and now we can only drink light beer. We're more of a quantity over quality band these days, at least when it comes to beer."

    "This song came about because there are lots of craft beer lovers in our musical world and we would find ourselves drinking lots of high alcohol percentage beers when we’re playing shows, and we just can’t do it anymore. We want to enjoy a few beers while we’re playing without getting too drunk, and light beer saves us from that. Pabst Blue Ribbon, if you’re reading this, we’re still looking for sponsorships!”

    The Brothers Comatose's new single "The IPA Song" is available now 

    Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock-n-roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock concert-like shows.

    The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Steve Height (bass), Philip Brezina (violin), and Greg Fleischut (mandolin, vocals). When they’re not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia, in the Sierra foothills.

    The San Francisco quintet are heading out for a massive U.S. tour in further support of their most recent album Ear Snacks - a heartwarming collection of collaborations from their Ear Snacks YouTube series.

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Belly Up Presents

Steve Poltz, The Brothers Comatose

Sun Aug 18 2024 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

Belly Up Solana Beach CA
Steve Poltz, The Brothers Comatose

$45.00 Ages 21+

VENUE PRESALE 6/6/2024 @ 10:00AM PT
PUBLIC ON SALE 6/7/2024 @ 10:00AM PT
----------------------

Belly Up's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Ticket Price: $45 advanced / $50 day of show / $79 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour)

Not on the e-mail list for venue presales? Sign up to be a Belly Up VIP and you will never miss a chance to grab tickets before they go on sale to the general public again!

There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased.
All times and supporting acts are subject to change.

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Ages 21+
limit 8 per person
General Admission
General admission is standing room. All seating within general admission is first come, first serve.
Advance General Admission
$45.00

Delivery Method

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Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.