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One-man band loops into town


South Carolina's Zach Deputy brings his one-man band of island-infused ninja soul to Common Grounds on Friday. COURTESY OF ZACH DEPUTY

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.

Zach Deputy, the self-proclaimed one-man-band of island-infused ninja soul is coming to Common Grounds on Friday.

In fact, Deputy is not new to the Gainesville music scene. The South Carolina-based artist has played Gainesville numerous times in the past few years and drawn lots of interest from the reggae and jam-band crowd. That probably has a lot to do with fact that Deputy draws his roots from calypso, reggae, soul and dancehall, with some acoustic-rock thrown in for good measure. Deputy is a one-man band, using a looping station to help him create a full sound.

While he's not the only performer out there using this technology to his advantage, he does use it in unique ways, programming beat-boxed vocals, horn sounds and anything else that comes into his head while simultaneously strumming the guitar. It's an impressive spectacle of mind over body.

More and more solo artists these days are using looping stations, and frankly, it's a matter of survival. To be compelling with just one guitar in a voice has become increasingly difficult since show-goers these days aren't particularly receptive to the coffee house environment, so solo artists have had to look for other ways to get listeners and the looping station is one of them.

With that being said, it's not as if Deputy comes to the show and plays you a track from his iPod. All loops are done on the spot, and it's quite interesting to watch. If you don't believe me, check out Andrew Bird sometime on YouTube sometime. Playing with Deputy will be Gainesville's Janna Pelle & The Half Steps.

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Tonight at the Orange & Brew on the University of Florida campus, RUB Entertainment hosts Local Brew, a free show of area performers for students. Tonight's lineup features Morningbell, The Boswellians and To All My Dear Friends. Morningbell is a Gainesville institution and their last album, “Sincerely, Severely,” became a bit of a sensation in town. No other band gets people singing the words at its shows like Morningbell. I also hear they're working on new material.

The Boswellians also are set to record in February and have added some new members to the band, namely Marc Hennessey and Collin Whitlock from Cassette on violin and drums respectively. Check out the show. It's free.

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D.P. will be playing Common Grounds on Saturday night with The Pull Out. D.P. has a new album out online called “American Scene,” the unofficial follow-up to his last album, “Bar Tab Blues.” The material as always is fresh, poppy and irresistibly catchy.

D.P. is a true hip-hop original in Gainesville, and moreover he's a storyteller. He'll be opening for Afroman at the Venue next month.

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And for all you Sublime fans there will be a Sublime tribute show on Friday night at Rum Runners featuring Wild Wes & The All Stars. Go out and sing all your favorites.

Contact Dante Lima at lima.dante@gmail.com.

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