Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Tuesday, December 7, at House of Blues.

The World Open Bench Press Championships Holiday Inn's Grand Ballroom, 6001 Rockside Road in Independence 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 3, and Saturday, December 4, and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, December 5; $8; call 440-439-5464
Karl Denson brings the funk to Cleveland once again, powered by his shiny silver flute and lungs that just won't quit. Denson is a flute evangelist of sorts, converting his instrument from fussy to funky and making true believers out of his audiences. His songs perch quietly at first, as he slowly builds them -- then they rise and stretch into sweat-fueled funk marathons. True, the music may transport you to other worlds in your mind, but the point of Karl Denson's 10-minute fusions of jazz, funk, and soul is not to make you think hard; it's to make you dance hard. During a trip through the Tiny Universe, the bass line is the only thing in the room that will pump harder than your heart.
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