Club Red: Karl "The Diesel" Denson Returns, 3/24

Beyond the Groove is pleased to announce Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Happening takes place Friday, March 24. Karl Denson and his band return to perform at Club Red in the Telluride Conference Center, Mountain Village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show time is 8 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55. Tickets here. All ages. 


All shows at Club Red are produced by Denise Mongan of Beyond the Groove Productions, with major support by Telluride Ski & Golf, the Telluride Conference Center, Inn at Lost Creek, and the Peaks Resort and Spa. For more information, go here. 

Club Red


Jam to jazz to Jagger.

The alliteration adds up to one name, one man: Karl Denson.

Denson first joined The Stones in 2014 for shows in Australia and New Zealand. He then rejoined the lineup for the iconic band’s 2015 Zip Code North American tour, succeeding the legendary Bobby Keys, who died in December 2014. And now, fresh off a tour with the legendary rock band that included the highest grossing concert festival of all time, Desert Trip in Indio, CA., Denson is back in action and returning to Telluride’s Club Red, part of his “Running with The Diesel” Tour, designed to give fans a chance to sample material from a new Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe release, as well as recordings like New Ammo and Brother’s Keeper.

Audiences can also expect a handful of KDTU’s super-charged covers by the likes of Prince, The White Stripes, and Beastie Boys.

The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter Chris Littlefield and ace slide and lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman.


Karl Denson


Here’s a review from of a “Diesel” show that took place December 2016:

My own earliest introduction to the saxophone sultan was the polyester swagger of Lenny Kravitz’s 1991 sophomore LP Mama Said, later the comedic genius of Sexual Chocolate from Coming to America, and the late ’90s rare-groove resurgence/revolution spearheaded by The Greyboy Allstars. As time wore on, he joined the stoned surf-reggae of Slightly Stoopid, and most recently the global stadium rock institution that is The Rolling Stones, not to mention a thousand sit-ins with a thousand artists from NOLA to New York City and all points between. This man invented the Jazz Fest sunrise show! Few artists can straddle the various scenes and genres within the festival circuit so seamlessly, as Karl D is a warmly welcomed addition to any player’s stage. On this night, the spotlight would belong to him, however Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe graciously invited some bold-font faces to the festivities.

Celebrating the iconic bandleader’s 60th birthday on a brisk December Tuesday night at The Fillmore in San Francisco, a capacity-crowd came together in ceremonious fashion, as a cavalcade of stars joined the man affectionately dubbed “The Diesel.” Long running R&B rock band of troubadours, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe was the foundation for a series of musical adventures that ran the gamut, from Karl’s various influences and an evolutionary sampling of his endeavors. As per the current tastes of the man of the hour, the show leaned heavier on rock & roll than it did the textbook KD funk and groove, but Denson will only turn sixty once; he has earned the right to curate his birthday party. For well over two hours, KDTU showed the Fillmore faithful once again that it is indeed a small planet, but an even tinier universe.

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Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.
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