Music: Zach Deputy

A little more than six years ago, Zach Deputy was scheduled to play a show and had to make a tough decision when his bassist couldn’t show: cancel the gig or face the crowd by himself.

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Zach Deputy

A little more than six years ago, Zach Deputy was scheduled to play a show and had to make a tough decision when his bassist couldn’t show: cancel the gig or face the crowd by himself. He chose the latter, using a delay pedal as a looper to fill in for his missing bassist, a decision that came to define his musical career. 


Deputy, a native of South Carolina, has now established himself as a high-energy touring machine, some years playing as many as 300 concerts. When he gets up on stage to start one of his infamous dance parties, it’s just him. He is the definition of a one-man band, usually donning just an acoustic guitar, four microphones and the pedals to handle all the looping and layering he does with them. 

While his style blends influences from Latin, Caribbean and African music, he captures an inimitable Reggae/Calypso sound that he calls “island-infused Drum n’ Bass Gospel-Ninja-Soul.” 

8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. $20; $25 day of. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org.

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