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Mama’s Cookin’ and Jelly Bread fill musical appetites, Crown Room

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Nick Brown / Lake Tahoe ActionZeb Early and Steve LaBella jam with Mama's Cookin.'
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CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. and#8212; Sweat glistened from the top of Cliff Porter’s head, his rudimentary style drumming matched by his own thunderous vocals echoed through a growing audience. Reno based band Jelly Bread was the show opener for Tahoe favorite Mama’s Cookin’ Saturday, June 2, in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.

Both of these bands are known for high-energy performances and uncanny musical talent. With an exponentially growing fan base it didn’t take long for concertgoers to strut their skills on the dance floor and holler out the names of the musicians on stage. With two homegrown bands the music was organic and the energy between audience and band members was something that had to be felt more than described.

Jelly Bread is hot off the release of its second album, and#8220;No Dress Code,and#8221; which showcases the group’s raw funkafied sound with a touch of folk singing bluegrass and a dash of classic deep organ gospel with plenty of soul. Unique to Jelly Bread is drummer and lead singer Cliff Porter. Porter sits behind his red eight-piece bass boat sparkle drum kit playing triplets and belting lyrics paired with guitarist-singer and award winning songwriter David Berry. Reno’s Mojo Green’s horn section including tenor sax, baritone sax and trumpet made a special add-on to Jelly Bread’s quartet.

and#8220;We thought it would be a nice element,and#8221; Porter said.

Jelly Bread belted out classics like the Temptations and#8220;Papa Was A Rolling Stone,and#8221; Stevie Wonder’s and#8220;Superstitionand#8221; and Jelly Bread favorites and#8220;Gotta Get Up,and#8221; and and#8220;Jelly Bread Jazz.and#8221;

By the end of its set Jelly Bread had exceeded the expectations for an opening act. The stage was pre-heated for Mama’s Cookin,’

Lake Tahoe Action’s 2010 Band of the Year didn’t waste any time diving into crowd favorites and#8220;What I Am,and#8221; and#8220;Change and Reformand#8221; and and#8220;Run up Quick.and#8221; Zeb Early, singer, guitarist and frontman, blends his unique style of spoken word hip-hop lyrics balanced out by rock ‘n’ roll singing wrapped up in a blues package. Mama’s Cookin’ is musically fresh with Steven LaBella (bass guitar, vocals), Mike Adamo (drums), and Todd Holway (keys, vocals), all adding something special to the quartet.

There is a heavy dose of and#8220;wahand#8221; and other manipulating pedals that makes Mama’s Cookin’ sound original. Early is not afraid to switch up guitars and put on the glass finger to quickly change the tempo and mood. Holway and LaBella feed off each other’s deep baselines and synthesized funky notes tying it all together with Adamo on the drums.

Being a and#8220;Locals Showcase,and#8221; the Crown Room was packed tight on a Saturday night. It’s only a matter of time before both of these bands are charging at the door.


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