“Jelly Bread is rising. The Reno quartet solidified its lineup last spring, recorded an album and donned dapper, three-piece suits for a CD-release party. “We wanted to make an impression,” bandleader Dave Berry said. “We wanted to show up to a gig looking like we had a job.” Jelly Bread has received plenty of job offers ever since, steadily performing at clubs and venues throughout the West. And today it adds an accolade to its résumé: Lake Tahoe Action 2012 Band of the Year. The band sounds like Tower of Power or Dumpstaphunk with a Southern drawl. It plays a combination of R&B, gospel, funk and pop with frolicsome instrumentation accouterments like a lap steel guitar and an organ talk box. Drummer Cliff Porter has a name for it: “feel-good music.” ”
“sheer chance has brought together some amazing chemistry in Jelly Bread, an unlikely foursome that promises to be one of the hottest new sounds to come out of Reno-Tahoe this year.”
“Four musicians and four musical styles converge into what might be the next big name to come out of Reno/Tahoe”
“Jelly Bread.... fronted by the mind-blowing drummer Cliff Porter and Dave Berry on guitar. They exposed their infectious talent as they ripped through southern-fried funk, reggae and roots music with tracks from their No Dress Code album, like “Safe & Sane”, “JB Jazz” and “Infectious Grooves”, where they pay homage to modern masters of funk. ”
“Concert review - (Tea Leaf Green / Jelly Bread) CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — "Jelly Bread opened the night, diving right in to its unique micro-climate of play. The rambunctious hourlong set included a handful off Jelly Bread's new release, “No Dress Code,” which backs up its recent win as Best Album of Northern Nevada by the Reno News & Review. Joining Berry's guitar work and vocals, Cliff Porter mans a red eight-piece drum kit with perfection and sass. When Porter asked the gathering crowd, “Any slide guitar fans up here in Tahoe?” If you weren't before, you became a devotee after their sashay through “Laid Out,” which featured Berry's adept lap steel work. Their closing play on “Infectious Grooves” melted into “Higher Ground,” and could've gotten Elain Benes dancing like a sista. Jelly Bread can't be plopped into any one music category, but shares playful bloodlines with Tower of Power and Stevie Wonder, with undercurrents of rock and country. ”
“STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL -"Jelly Bread is the best funk band you’ve never heard of (assuming you’re also just a casual funk connoisseur like me). They absolutely brought it during their Main Stage set Friday afternoon. The sun may have been cooking over Music Meadow, but many people got on their feet and enjoyed their eclectic and powerful range of songs. The band also absolutely killed it at the Amphitheater (an intimate stage in the middle of one of the campsites) the following morning. They got everyone in the crowd up and dancing for most of the set, to the point that we were too exhausted to groove anymore during their last song, an awesomely bumping ditty about burying someone who wronged you in the backyard. Not bad for a show at ten in the morning." ”
"Jelly Bread's 'NO DRESS CODE' voted best album of 2012 by the readers of the Reno News & Review"
“Jelly Bread is hot off the release of its second album, “No Dress Code,” 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. By the end of its set Jelly Bread had exceeded the expectations for an opening act.”
“Jelly Bread is a fitting moniker for this Reno funk band. The mix of in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, take-’em-to-church organ and fun, funny party-time vocals is downright appetizing—bright colors and sweet, funky flavors.”
“There are some nice guest spots, including a soulful lead vocal by chanteuse Whitney Myer on “You don’t Want Me,” and Tim Snider’s dynamic violin is a great foil for Berry’s lap steel on “How Long.” But the guests never overwhelm the tight-as-a-duck’s-ass core group.”
"Infectious Grooves,” the opener of the band’s new disc No Dress Code, sets the tone proper. Drummer Cliff Porter lays down snare-poppin’ grooves that lead the music. On this first track, the group members wear their influences on the sleeves—there are name drops and musical references to Parliament-Funkadelic and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, among others—and when the songs ends with an on-the-dime change into a few bars of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” someday exclaims, “Wait a minute—whoa! We didn’t get clearance for this!” It’s fun stuff. One highlight is the stanky “Laid Out,” one of a handful of tracks to prominently feature some great bluesy lap steel playing by vocalist and mutli-instrumental Dave Berry (the winner of RN&R’s big songwriting contest back in ’09).
"The genre blurring musical alchemy laid down by Reno's Jelly Bread on their second studio album 'No Dress Code' would make noted funk musicologist Ricky Vincent's nostrils flare at the odiferous stank. Always chameleonic, the best of Jelly Bread's eclectic proclivities are on display, melding elements of high desert twang, Oakland funk and rock on an album whose calling card is high energy, counter balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling. 'No Dress Code' represents a demonstrative commitment by the group to capture the sonic vitality of their live stage shows on record with crystalline clarity - a feat that few festival or touring acts ever fully achieve"..."My favorite song off 'No Dress Code' track 4, "Laid Out", is unlike anything I've heard. Part country grammer, part down home ho-down and all fire, "Laid Out" has a rollicking indie alt-rock radio appeal. I'm no Jean Dixon, but this track has breakthrough mass appeal written all over it"...
"Cliff Porter drums his triplet layin' ass off from the jump and the sparkling horn charts are a throw back to that Brecker Brothers and Tower Of Power era of furiously funky horns. Standout tracks for me start with track 1 "Infectious Grooves," a name-dropping roll call the the OG's and young Turks in the game, it's a tour de force of full frontal funk."... "No regional band in recent memory has better blended seemingly disparate styles more effectively as Jelly Bread has here. On 'No Dress Code' Jelly Bread's big party band sound and stand out sectional work is a no-holds-barred-booty-shakin'-til-you're drenched-in-sweat-funk-manifesto. But they somehow manage to stay thoroughly steeped in a Rock-Americana style sensibility on songs like "Laid Out" and "Never On Time."... "Track 9, the monster fusion jam "Love Come To Me" is a burner. Porter is a standout throughout on vocals and his drum feel recalls that of Mike Clark on The Headhunters "God Make Me Funky."
“A moment erupts during the first track, "Infectious Grooves", on Jelly Bread’s new album, 'No Dress Code', that speaks volumes about the Reno band’s ability to transfer the “gotta-get-up-and-boogie” electricity of its live shows to the studio. ”