By Jim Stanford on March 27, 2014
Last month, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe played a smoking-hot show at the Knotty Pine, but a blizzard struck that night, closing Teton Pass and stranding music fans on both sides.
Those who missed out have another chance to catch the funk-blasting sax master, this time for free. Tiny Universe will perform tonight at Snow King Center, the first of three consecutive nights of free music for the new Jackson Hole Rendezvous.
Formerly known as the Jackson Hole Mountain Festival, the Rendezvous continues Friday at Teton Village with Blues Traveler, a last-minute substitution for Steel Pulse, whose singer is ill. Traveler played the debut event in 2006. On Saturday, Michael Franti and Spearhead return for the festival’s centerpiece.
Tonight, homegrown funk band Mandatory Air will open at 7:30 p.m., and Karl D. will take the stage around 9.
This clip features Tiny Universe covering an R&B classic by Don Gardner, “My Baby Likes to Boogaloo.” The Diesel gets his groove on with trumpeter Chris Littlefield and guitarist D.J. Williams, while drummer Max MacVeety and bassist Tony Hall pound out a smashing rhythm.
That’s not a two-tone shirt Karl D. is wearing. That’s sweat, which should be in plentiful supply tonight at the Snow King arena.