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One-man Velocity Band to play Wynwood ArtWalk on Saturday

The Velocity Gospel, a one-man band featuring Emmanuel Canete, performs.
The Velocity Gospel, a one-man band featuring Emmanuel Canete, performs. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

After recording a few songs in a studio in Los Angeles last year, Emmanuel Canete decided to turn the tracks into his one-man Velocity Gospel band’s first album, “Truth in Prose and Stories.” Now, he’ll perform 10 p.m. Saturday at Wynwood ArtWalk, 2621 NW Second Ave.

The Velocity Gospel, based in Miami, is influenced by a mix of contemporary artists like Ariel Pink, Panda Bear and Animal Collective, along with artists from the 1980s and The Beatles. The band has performed throughout Miami and is planning on touring from Miami to New York.

“I’ll literally be playing drums and singing and in between snare hits I’ll play a chord or I’ll change a sample rhythm,” Canete said. “I came up with this style and this method and it seemed to work.”

Canete said he’s not worried about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s warnings on Zika in Wynwood, and that he never considered canceling the performance because of the warnings.

The Velocity Gospel’s music video for “Don’t Look … It Won’t Hurt” was screened at O Cinema in Wynwood and was awarded Best Visual Effects at a FilmGate music festival last week.

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