Jelly Bread performs for final GE concert |

Jelly Bread performs for final GE concert

Staff Reports

Jelly Bread plays Aug. 23 in Minden Park.
Special to The R-C |

The Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department GE Family Concert Series last concert for the summer is Aug. 23 featuring Jelly Bread.

The concert begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. at Minden Park.

“Jelly Bread, emerging out of Reno, is a tour de force of full frontal funk, thoroughly steeped in a rock-­Americana style, with a dash of rollicking indie alt-­‐rock radio appeal,” organizers said. “The band’s ability to meld the elements of a high desert twang and Oakland funk and rock through musical alchemy produces a chameleonic playlist highlighted by dual vocals that bounce between native chanting at a bluegrass barbeque and a gospel singer fronting a rock band at a Sunday morning service.”

The band is fronted by award winning songwriter and lap steel player, Dave Berry, and vocalist and drummer, Cliff Porter. The two have known each other since childhood, growing up in the same neighborhood and attending the same schools, but only joined musical forces four years ago.

“Porter brought his gospel band, rhythm section partner, Brady Carthen, with him. Likewise, Berry brought in keyboardist and songwriter, Eric Matlock, resulting in the core group that has crafted a high energy calling card that is counter-­balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling,” organizers said. “This mix of in-­‐the-­pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, and take-­’em-­to-­church organ is downright appetizing—bright colors and sweet, funky flavors.”

The band’s influences range from Stevie Wonder and James Brown, to the reaches of modern contemporaries like Robert Randolph, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Ben Harper and the John Butler Trio.

Having shared the stage with Soulive, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, G Love and Special Sauce, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rythm Kings, Rusted Root, and jamming with Jonny Lang, Jelly Bread has marked more than 350 shows under its belts in its short three-year history.

Spaces no larger than 100-square feet can be reserved starting at 7 a.m. the day of concert, no blankets on the lawn until after 5 p.m. the day of concert. Concessions will be include barbecue hamburgers by Tahoe-Douglas Elks, smoothies by Soroptimist International and Hoch Family Creamery Ice Cream by the Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley

For more information, contact the Douglas County Parks & Recreation department at 782-9828.