Festival and tour circuit stalwart Zach Deputyâ€”known for his infectious, one-man live looping dance party performances– is upping the ante on his show. He will be touring throughout the late Winter / Spring of 2012 with a full band. Zach Deputy Band shows will highlight tracks from the new album, Another Day, along with other crowd favorites from his past releases and a selection of choice covers that reflect the gospel, soul, funk and Caribbean roots music that has made Deputy one of the hottest live performers on the circuit today.
When Zach Deputy released Another Day in September, 2011, he embarked on a new journey as a performer. The record showcased his singer-songwriter side and some of the mellower aspects of his moods and music. Relix Magazine said â€œThereâ€™s always a fine balance between maturing as an artist while still honoring the sound that first put you on the map. Zach Deputy tows that line perfectly on his fourth album, Another Day.â€ Best described as soulful rhythm and blues, Another Day has come close to cracking the Top 100 on the AAA radio charts, hitting #106 before they froze for the holiday break. The record is up for numerous independent music awards, and following Zachâ€™s third year in a row on Jam Cruise, he and the band will be â€œwoodsheddingâ€ for a couple of weeks at his home outside of Savannah, GA.
News of who was in the band was kept quiet, but Deputyâ€™s camp revealed their identity in Deputyâ€™s monthly Zach Attack Newsletter on December 15, with the following:
â€œâ€¦unless you are from Eastern Massachusetts or Cape Cod, you have likely not heard of the band Funktapuss. Well, Zach hadn’t, either until a flat tire after his appearance at The Naukabout Music Festival (Cape Cod) lead to him walking into a bar and getting blown away by a cover of Tower of Power’s “What Is Hip?”. Now, it would take a serious performance of this funk standard to blow away any seasoned musician, but Zach was captivated. The band was exceptionally tight and they were feeling it. So was Z, so now half of Funktapuss is backing him up on his band tours in the Spring. Brian “Beek” Vanderbeek– a protege of Victor Wooten– lays down the bass lines, joined in the rhythm section by drummer Chris Santos and keyboardist Ryan Tivey. Santos and Tivey both attended Berklee College of Music, and the kicker here is that these three started playing together in high school. Tivey also doubles on sax, and the trio are accompanied by Asheville, NC based journeyman percussionist Shen Hunt and Sam Williams on rhythm guitar. Some of you may know Sam– he lives in the van with Zach and assists Jeremy with lights and production– but you may not know he is a talented singer-songwriter / guitarist. Zach Deputy Band is built around Zach’s Caribbean tinged soul/R&B sound and promises to get your butt moving, or else…â€.
Zach Deputy Band is scheduled to perform along the East Coast in February and the beginning of March, broken up by a trip to Costa Rica with the Jam Jungle festival in mid-February. Back in the summer at All Good Music Festival, Honest Tune‘s David Shehi & Rex Thomson sat down with Deputy for an exclusive live performance. Check that out below or click here. For a full listing of tour dates and ticketing information, check out www.zachdeputy.com.
3/3/2012 The Rusty Nail Stowe, VT
3/2/2012 Ocean Mist South Kingston, RI
3/1/2012 Port City Music Hall Portland, ME
2/29/2012 Jillian’s of Albany Albany, NY
2/26/2012 The Blockley Phildelphia, PA
2/25/2012 Pearl Street Ballroom Northampton, MA
2/24/2012 The Middle East Cambridge, MA
2/23/2012 Java Barn @ St. Lawrence University Canton, NY
2/17/2012 2nd Annual Jungle Jam Festival Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
2/12/2012 Guanabana’s Jupiter, FL
2/11/2012 Plaza Theatre Orlando, FL
2/10/2012 Skipper’s Smokehouse Tampa, FL
2/9/2012 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
2/8/2012 Double Down Live Gainesville, FL
2/7/2012 Beachside Tavern New Smyrna Beach, FL
2/4/2012 Soul Kitchen Music Hall Mobile, AL
2/3/2012 Floyd’s Music Store Tallahassee, FL
Zach Deputy : “Dr. Doctor” Backstage & Unplugged @ All Good Music Festival