Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe / LYNX, Humboldt Brews, Arcata, CA – 2/10
Karl Denson was back at Humboldt Brews on a Thursday night after being there a month ago with Soulive playing to a sold out audience. This night was no different as once again he brought his Tiny Universe to packed house. Opening for them was LYNX who has collaborated with Matisyahu and Beats Antique to name a few, with her unique sound of live electronic beats with a folk sound. She ended her set with “New Horizon” which had her singing and playing a live drum to a rhythm that was a mixture of banjo, drums and electronic beats.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is not an accurate description of the size of the band but the way they take you on a ride around their musical cosmos. Drummer Terence Higgins from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band was sitting in on the drums for John Staten did a fine job throughout the night. Denson stated during the show that he was recovering from a cold but the way he played it did not show at all. Throughout the night he and his band wove through a set of jazz, funk, and some hip-hop thrown in that consisted of originals and covers that included “Maggot Brain” and the Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” Lynx came back and joined KDTU for a couple of songs and was beat boxing over Denson’s flute. When Denson ended his set with “The Bridge” the crowd persuaded them to do one more and the band came back to do one more song to close a fantastic night of music.