The Jungle Jam 2014 pre-party kicked off Wednesday night on the mainstage of Doce Lunas in Costa Rica with the funky, local grooves of Future Funk San Jose – a trio of synthy sounding keys, jazz-inspired drumming, and free-flowing bass lines – drawing obvious inspiration from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters.

Unannounced and taking the stage next was Zach Deputy, who brought his soul funk dance party to locals and early fest attendees, and also his entire rig of looping effects and bad-ass beats.

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Los Amigos continued the party in town with Slightly Stoopid’s keyboardist Paul W, leading a jam-fueled session with Zach Deputy, Max Creek’s Jamemurrell Stanley and Bill Carbone, and Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri. After, Zach jammed in the back alley of the pizza place until they got shut down by the cops sometime in the morning.

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There’s a lot more jamming to do today – starting with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers on the beach stage of the Copacabana. Zach Deputy plays tonight on the mainstage at 8pm. Can’t wait for Oteil & Friends (including Dumpstaphunk’s drummer Nikki Glaspie; Max Creek’s Scott Murawski, and Don Carlos.)