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Veteran of Lenny Kravitz's band before Kravitz started sucking and founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson is the godfather of contemporary saxophone. Apparently, he's also a superhero -- Orb Man -- as revealed by his website ( His band, the Tiny Universe, also possesses secret, superpowered identities that its members use to wreck stages internationally while fighting evil intergalactically. Back on Earth, the six-piece, poly-funking fury is known for its sophisticated, sexed-up, all-nighter gigs, combining punchy funk, hip-hop bounce, and soul&B. Denson himself is obviously a monstrous sax player beloved by jam-band heshers everywhere, but he's also a deep groove king, with lines and musical explorations that put him beyond many bands that fall into the Bonneroo/ex-Dead Head-festival camp. His recordings don't reveal his intensity and the tastefulness and imagination of the band's live performances -- it's gotta be experienced in person for the full cosmic effect.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe saves the world at 9 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $18. Call 954-564-1074.

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