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Slightly Stoopid’s mid-week party in Pittsburgh

20140827-_DSC0780Slightly Stoopid

w/ Zach Deputy

Stage AE

Pittsburgh, PA




Pittsburgh fans showed up in force for a second year in a row to welcome the reggae-inspired West Coast sound of Slightly Stoopid at Stage AE, August 27th. There is nothing better than heading downtown on a Wednesday evening to party with your friends and catch some live music.


Opening act, one-man show, Zach Deputy, wasted no time using his vast collection of pedals, synthesizers, and microphones to get the party started. Looping multiple vocal tracks mixed with beats his soulful voice brought the crowd’s arms into the air as hands and drinks were held high throughout Deputy’s Caribbean inspired set of funky hip-hop that included “Twisty Twisty,” “Into the Morning,” “She Says,” and “Hagaline.” Deputy’s set was the perfect appetizer and warm-up for the Slightly Stoopid musical party that was to follow. As crew cleared Deputy’s gear from the stage and prepared for Slightly Stoopid the crowd size grew considerably, with those present welcoming late arriving friends with smiles and hugs.


As the lights dimmed, announcing the start of the headliner’s set, Stage AE was packed and ready for Slightly Stoopid to take the stage. Joined by horn-blower extraordinaire Karl Denson, who has become the band’s unofficial 8th member, Slightly Stoopid 20140827-_DSC0199started with a five-song medley composed of “Champion,” “Don’t Stop,” “Don’t Care,” “Wickedz,” and “2AM.” Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald kept the fans jumping with “Way You Move” and “Don’t Stop from Top of the World,” while Denson provided a dose inventive saxophone which gave the set a taste of funky undertones.


Cheers rose from the fans as Doughty and McDonald switched instruments in the middle of a song early in their set. Doughty then laid his graffiti covered Fender aside and moved across the front of the stage holding the mic out for people upfront to sing. The band kept the energy high for their two-hour set. They invited opener Deputy back on stage to join them for their encore. His presence was the perfect way to wrap up a mid-week party hosted by Slightly Stoopid.




Zach Deputy, 7/6/12

Zach Deputy
Eddie’s Attic
Decatur, GA
July 6, 2012



Minus his contraption and armed with only acoustic guitar and ukulele, Zach Deputy brought his unique style and humor to Decatur GA . With a capacity of approximately 180, the quaint Eddie’s Attic afforded those gathered with a listener friendly atmosphere that was very befitting of the night’s banter-filled festivities that included tales of wieners, bath salts and fondue.

In spite of the minimalist approach, Zach managed to rock the crowd with familiar tunes such as “Dr. Doctor” and “Saint Croix” interspersed with fresh ditties from Another Day, Deputy’s 2011 release.What was perhaps most musically interesting was Zach’s decision to roll through virtually his entire set on ukulele in the wake of a broken guitar string; it provided true testament to his improvisational nature.

In short, this second of two Eddie’s Attic shows for the day was a true treat from all angles. With lyrics becoming the core focus and in-between number conversation with the crowd ruling the night, it was a fantastic display of two of the things that make Zach Deputy the special talent and player that he is — his authenticity in demeanor and overall delightful personality… and that amazing voice that you never see coming. 




Dr. Doctor, Home, Real, Pillow, Fondue You  (unfinished), Beautiful Morning, You Don’t Even Love That Girl, Weiner, Saint Croix, Sanctuary, Another Day, Would I Still Love You, Georgia/Blue Improv, Fresh Street


Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Michael Podrid




Zach Deputy launches Winter/Spring tour with full band



Festival and tour circuit stalwart Zach Deputy—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 “There’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.” 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 Zach’s third year in a row on Jam Cruise, he and the band will be “woodshedding” for a couple of weeks at his home outside of Savannah, GA.


News of who was in the band was kept quiet, but Deputy’s camp revealed their identity in Deputy’s monthly Zach Attack Newsletter on December 15, with the following:

“…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…”.


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



Zach Deputy (w/ Big Daddy Love), 11/21/11

Zach Deputy (w/ Big Daddy Love)
Brooklyn Bowl
New York City, NY
November 21, 2011


Still hitting the road hard after his latest studio release, Another Day, Zach Deputy made a stop at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl and brought friends, Big Daddy Love along for the ride.

Photographer Vernon Webb was on the scene to capture the scenes through his lens.


Click the thumbnail(s) to view the photos from the show by Vernon Webb

Jam Cruise Artist Testimonials, Part Two: JJ Grey, Zach Deputy & Greensky Bluegrass (VIDEO)

jc header promo.jpgIt is a well known fact that we absolutely love Jam Cruise. Simply put, there really is nothing about the five day adventure that is not lovable. The sun in January, the vast and endless sea as a backdrop and sit-ins that literally only happen on Jam Cruise all make for an annual event that is in a league unto itself.  Of course all of this fails to mention the camaraderie  of the passengers.

Over the years, so many incredible talents have graced the decks and theatres of the various boats that Jam Cruise has called home. So with this upcoming sailing being the monumental tenth one, we thought that a series featuring artists (who have played on the boat) telling Jam Cruise stories and testifying to the event’s greatness would be appropriate.

In the first part of this series, we sat down with Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Cornmeal’s John-Paul Nowak, and the Everyone Orchestra’s Matt Butler. This time, JJ Grey, Zach Deputy and Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck and Mike Devol all share their thoughts and memories from their time sailing the high seas of Jam Cruise.

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Zach Deputy : Backstage & Unplugged at All Good Music Festival (VIDEO)

zach deputy12.jpgIn the world of one man bands, Zach Deputy has set himself apart from his competition. He has not done so through gimmicks or other trivial means. Rather, he has done so through honest – though sometimes hilarious – songwriting, funky sincerity in delivery and a discreet vocal prowess that is reminiscent of a blended Ray Charles/Aaron Neville milkshake.

A large mammal, Deputy has the stature of an offensive lineman with the demeanor and overall affect of a teddy bear. It is the latter that takes precedence in his music and also what makes him a guy to which one can be easily drawn.

While on the scene at All Good, Honest Tune’s David Shehi and Rex Thomson got Deputy out from behind his stage contraption and into his backstage tent with nothing but his acoustic guitar and voice for a soulful helping of “Dr. Doctor.”

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