Photo: Vail Ale House welcomes Calypso folk-rocker Zach Deputy
Zach Deputy will play the Vail Ale House on Saturday, March 12. Deputy was raised in the South Carolina heat, all cooked up in his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B and soul of pioneers such as James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show — enhanced by looping technology — that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls “Island-infused, drum ’n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul” to the enthusiastic crowds. The music starts at 10 p.m., and tickets are $15 in advanced or $20 at the door.