Submitted by Jesse Locks
Ring in the New Year, Nevada City style, to the rocking’ grooves of Achilles Wheel and infectious rhythms of Boca do Rio at Paul Emery and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s annual New Year’s Eve Bash, Saturday, December 31st. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show begins at 9:00 p.m.
This year’s festive dance party features local favorites Achilles Wheel performing their jamming, psychedelia-tinged blues/bluegrass/rock stew. Achilles Wheel is led by harmonious front men/songwriters Paul Kamm and Jonny “Mojo” Flores, and also features Shelby Snow on a head-spinning six-string bass, Gary Campus and Mark McCartney’s dueling drums, and newest member Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield) on accordion.
With three albums under their belts, including their latest Devil in the Yard, Achilles Wheel continues to push the boundaries of songwriting. With three superb songwriters in the band (Kamm, Flores and Snow) and the entire group made up of seasoned players, Achilles Wheel masterfully and seamlessly flows from genre to genre – roots rock with country vibes to Dylan-esque Americana.
Co-headlining the night is Boca do Rio, the Mission’s longest playing and hardest-hitting Brazilian-American funk band. After a decade performing all original material during the heyday of San Francisco’s live music scene, Boca do Rio has evolved into a multi-layered electro-funk party boat with a sound that is fluid and edgy, adaptable and free.
The band started flowing when Kevin Welch and Alex Calatayud formed a musical partnership in the late nineties that would redefine Brazilian music in the Bay Area. The musical collaboration was founded in deep respect for past traditions, steeped in the sambas and choros (Brazilian ragtime of a bygone era) that echoed through the Brazilian favelas, while always evolving forward to create an organic sound that is decidedly modern and funky.
The band now includes Eduardo Amado on bass, drummer Scott Johnson, keyboardist Jacob Aginsky, DJ Trop’a on the turntables, and lead by guitarist and vocalist Kevin Welch.
Boca do Rio performs all of its own compositions and these songs have been lived by these hard-working musicians as they have forged their voices as Brazilians, as Americans, and as Brazilian-Americans and everything in between. The result is an explosion of rich melodies and harmonies, anchored by the deepest beat on the planet.
Tickets to this event are $30 to this all-ages, standing/dancing show with limited seating are available online at www.minersfoundry.org, by phone (530) 265-5040, or in person at the Miners Foundry, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op. Ticketing fees may apply.