Zach Deputy seems like a pretty chill dude. He’s well known in the jam circuit as a one-man band who uses loops, upbeat tempos and feel-good, easy-dancin’ music to warm up the vibe at huge festivals and dank clubs alike. He’s a big guy with a big beard, a smiling festival-ready teddy bear who keeps the mood light and bouncy while perched behind his elaborate setup up of instruments that are all available at an arm’s reach, like some kind of hippie Wizard of Oz.
He’ll be at Toad’s Place Tuesday, February 28th, but for the first time ever there will be one major change to Deputy’s set: He is bringing a real-life band with him. So far his identity has revolved around the fact that he’s a one-man band — but it makes sense for him to start doing some different things here and there. Like playing with other people. Zach is not a one-dimensional artist, and he wants to make sure everyone knows.
We wanted to talk to Deputy about this fundamental change in his show, but alas, he’s down in Costa Rica for Jungle Jam, a three-day festival in which he’s sharing a bill with Bill Kreutzmann from the Grateful Dead’s band BK3, Max Creek and the Ryan Montbleau Band, and is out of contact until he’s back in the country. We've got to say, that's a fantastic excuse.
But we look forward to seeing what he’s capable of while concentrating only on vocals and guitar at Toad’s Place next Tuesday.
This tour comes on the heels of last year’s release Another Day which began the career-evolution, a record stacked with ballads, mid-tempo songs and more introspective singer-songwriter soul material along the lines of Stevie Wonder or Al Green.
Here he is at Gathering of the Vibes in 2010: