“Happy Birthday, Drew Wajnert!” was the sentiment shared among both Zach Deputy and Keith Kenny as they entertained us sinners at The Saint in Asbury Park. Drew is the man behind Phanphest Enterprises and he’s breathing life into the Asbury Park music scene.
Keith Kenny unpacked his Big Red Suitcase and sung about “Living in Circles”, “Technology”, and “Bad Medicine” with a guitar, kick drum, and high hat. His music crossed through worlds of honky tonk, blues, rock, and heavy metal. At one point he jammed out, hoedown-style with a banjo, as many beers spilled gloriously to the beat. As a one-man show, Keith Kenny fills not only the stage but an entire space with a sonic boom. Playing a range of his original music as well as covers of Tool’s “Sober” and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy”, Keith Kenny kept us off of the barstools and on the dance floor.
“Everybody make some noise” was Zach Deputy’s call to action when he took the stage. And noise was made, indeed. Zach Deputy reigned supreme behind four microphones, a keyboard, a dashboard of controls and pedals, all while wielding his guitar. As soon as the beat dropped, the bodies swelled in front of the stage. Zach Deputy’s music has a grounding in hip-hop and synth-pop which keeps a steady rhythm and foundation for anyone to move, move, move.
But the high point of the show is his voice—soulful and genuine. His singing swings up high and burrows low, while coasting through your body with heartfelt and playful songs like “She Makes Me High” and “Chicken Pot Pie”—the latter which prompted the bartender to pass out chicken hats. A crowd favorite was a raunchy rendition of a folk tune “Magalena Hagalena” that had us all doing the dosey-doe. More beers were spilled.
Zach Deputy rocked through the night for about three hours straight, looping and strumming and singing and smiling. There was so much joy generating from his being that it kept my tired body moving into the wee hours. There’s nothing like a funky “Shakedown Street” cover by my beloved Grateful Dead to remind me that Asbury Park is the heart of town.
Keep up with both of these acts as they tour and take your town by storm.