Free concert at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail set for Feb. 19
VAIL – Eclectic funk band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe will perform a free, outdoor concert on Feb. 19 as a part of Vail Mountain’s annual Mardi Gras celebration, CarniVail. Known as the kings of the unstoppable dancing show, the Tiny Universe will take center stage at Checkpoint Charlie in Vail Village starting at 7 p.m.Led by Karl Denson, who has collaborated with such luminaries as Lenny Kravitz, Fred Wesley and The Greyboy Allstars, the Tiny Universe blends elements of funk, jazz, R&B and hip hop, creating a sound that defies categorization and bringing forth a variety of groovy tunes.”My style is based in dance,” explains Denson, lead vocalist and saxophonist of Tiny Universe. “I love the idea of creating something that naturally makes people want to move. I think all music has the ability to unite people.”The Tiny Universe show marks the second year Vail will offer a free concert as a part of the annual CarniVail celebration. Rounding out CarniVail’s schedule of events Feb. 14-19, the concert acts as the festival’s final celebration. “Offering a free concert to close-out CarniVail is now a continued tradition,” said James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the festival producer. “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is a rockin’ jam band and will put on an amazing show here in Vail. Their music is upbeat and festive and a perfect fit for CarniVail’s free outdoor concert. I know they have an extensive Colorado following.”The CarniVail festival, Vail’s annual Mardi Gras festival, is set for Feb. 14 – 19. Other CarniVail schedule highlights include a crawfish boil at Eagle’s Nest on Feb. 14 and the legendary Fat Tuesday Parade and Street Party on Tuesday, Feb. 16. For a complete CarniVail schedule, visit http://www.carnivail.net.