Thu, Nov 10
Adapt Presents
Steve Poltz
Ryan Hiller
8:00PM (Doors: 7:00PM )
$50.00 - $100.00
Ages 21 and Up
This show is at Belly Up
143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

Genre: folk

Ticket Price: $50 advanced / $50 day of show / $90 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour) / $100 donation match ticket**

**Donation Match Ticket 
- purchase of this ticket donates an additional $50 to Adapt, a non-profit organization providing a complete integrative recovery experience for individuals with chronic neurological conditions

Adapt's celebrates its 5th anniversary with a return of our annual benefit concert. Headlined by Steve Poltz and opened by local artist Ryan Hiller, come out and support Adapt's mission of enabling anyone with a chronic neurological condition to live a more fulfilled and capable life!

The Adapt Functional Movement Center is a neurological rehabilitation and recovery center located in Carlsbad, California. Adapt’s integrative recovery programs encompass physical wellness, mental health, community development, patient education, enablement and advocacy for individuals impacted by chronic neurological diseases and injuries including Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Cerebral Palsy. Proceeds from the concert are dedicated to Adapt’s Hope Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support and assistance for those who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs to receive the care they need to live a more fulfilled and capable life. 

Web: Adaptmovement.org

IG: adaptmovement

Adapt is recognized as a public charity under revenue code 501c3.


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Steve Poltz
Genre: Alternative

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. 

Ryan Hiller
Genre: Other

Ryan Hiller is a highly skilled entertainer who delivers memorable performances that are full of passion, energy and truly great music. He is a highly accomplished, technically-proficient, guitar professional & singer who can bring a crowd to their feet with his own songs or by perfectly rendering a cover in his own unique style. Full of Funk, Soul and whole lot of rock n’ roll, Ryan Hiller is a highly sought-after musician and the only sound of his kind in San Diego, CA. After receiving his degree in music from the University of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, Ryan moved to America’s Finest City, where he has since established himself as a regularly featured artist both in private and public settings.

Ryan has honed his craft through years of writing, recording, and performance. He has opened up for and performed at VIP parties for the following: Van Morrison, The Steve Miller Band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead and Company featuring John Mayer, Guns N Roses, Elton John, Neil Diamond, The Doobie Brothers,  Eric Church, The Struts, Foreigner, Styx, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Chicago, Lyle Lovett, John Scofield, Chris Isaak, The Black Eyed Peas, John Scofield, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rob Thomas, and Don Felder of the Eagles. He has performed at Qualcomm Stadium, Petco Park, The Belly Up, The House Of Blues, among countless others, both in San Diego and nationally.

Genre: folk

Ticket Price: $50 advanced / $50 day of show / $90 reserved loft seating (available over the phone 858-481-8140 or in person at our box office) (seating chart / virtual venue tour) / $100 donation match ticket**

**Donation Match Ticket 
- purchase of this ticket donates an additional $50 to Adapt, a non-profit organization providing a complete integrative recovery experience for individuals with chronic neurological conditions

Adapt's celebrates its 5th anniversary with a return of our annual benefit concert. Headlined by Steve Poltz and opened by local artist Ryan Hiller, come out and support Adapt's mission of enabling anyone with a chronic neurological condition to live a more fulfilled and capable life!

The Adapt Functional Movement Center is a neurological rehabilitation and recovery center located in Carlsbad, California. Adapt’s integrative recovery programs encompass physical wellness, mental health, community development, patient education, enablement and advocacy for individuals impacted by chronic neurological diseases and injuries including Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Cerebral Palsy. Proceeds from the concert are dedicated to Adapt’s Hope Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support and assistance for those who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs to receive the care they need to live a more fulfilled and capable life. 

Web: Adaptmovement.org

IG: adaptmovement

Adapt is recognized as a public charity under revenue code 501c3.


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.