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High-energy bands rock in new year at Foundry

This New Year’s Eve, welcome in 2013 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center with a dance party featuring Jelly Bread, one of the hottest funk, R&B, and roots bands in Northern California and Nevada, and local all-star rock group Achilles Wheel.

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.

The band is fronted by award winning songwriter and lap steel player, Dave Berry, and vocalist and beast of drummer, Cliff Porter. The group’s ability to meld the elements of a high desert twang and Oakland funk and rock through musical alchemy produces a chameleonic play list highlighted by dual vocals that bounce between native chanting at a bluegrass barbecue and a gospel singer fronting a rock band at a Sunday morning service.

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

The group is coming off of a series of much talked about performances that included the Strawberry Music Festival and Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Halloween Ball. They have also shared the stage with Soulive, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, G Love and Special Sauce, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Roy Rogers and 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.

Local musicians, Achilles Wheel. is ready to rock after the weather sidelined their show near stateline last weekend. The jam band offers local flavor with their high-energy fusion of World and American music played on numerous stringed instruments and a whole truckload of drums. Featuring the singing/songwriting and guitar playing of Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo, this up and coming group came together in the wake of other projects including The DeadBeats, Buck Love and The HumperHeads, The Jonny Mojo Trio, D’arcana, Collage of I, Euthanasia, and Dead Ahead. The rhythm section of the band is Gary Campus and Mark McCartney on drums and Shelby Snow on bass.

Food will be available for purchase along with a no host full bar.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $35 for limited reserve seating. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

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