Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe rolled hard through D.C. on Friday night with a performance at the 9:30 Club, with Of Tomorrow opening as support. This particular string of dates features legendary keyboardist Melvin Seals, known for his work with the Jerry Garcia Band. KDTU took the opportunity to play through their originals, some of which will appear in his forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, along with covers of The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and Donovan Leitch.
The band’s lineup is currently comprised of Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman. Karl Denson led the band and Seals through performances of his own “Gossip” and “Laying in the Cut,” before swinging into a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice,” “Better of Dead,” and the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway.” Seals returned for the show-closing “Rumpwinder” and “So Real.”
Thanks to Nicholas Fitanides of Phrazz Photography, you can enjoy these videos and photos:
West LA Fadeaway
Setlist: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe | 930 Club | Washington, DC| 5/19/17
Have You Seen Him, Down Down Down, Everybody Knows That, I’m Your Biggest Fan, Gossip*, Laying in the Cut*, Tumbling Dice* (Rolling Stones), Better Off Dead*
West L.A. Fadeaway* (Grateful Dead), Sunshine Superman (Donovan), NYC, Rumpwinder*
* w/Melvin Seals on Hammond B3, Rhodes, and Clavinet