Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB), Los Lobos, and Gabe Dixon (TTB Keyboardist) played the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. CA Friday NIght. Opening the show was Gabe Dixon with his own band who would later play again as part of TTB. Los Lobos and TTB are no strangers to the Greek with Los Lobos playing there most recently just last year and TTB in 2014 and 2015. East L.A. Rock legends Los Lobos have played the Greek around 30 times since 1985.
Los Lobos formed in 1973 and their music is a mix of everything from Rock to Blues to Zydeco to R&B to Country and Latin. Los Lobos consists of original members guitarists/vocalists David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, bassist Conrad Lozano, and drummer/ guitarist Louie Perez. Keyboardist/Sax player Steve Berlin joined in 1982 and the current touring drummer is Alfredo Ortiz who played with the Beastie Boys from 1996 until breaking up in 2009. Hidalgo and Rosas have been featured on the Experience Hendrix tour. Los Lobos and Susan Tedeschi Derek Trucks have played at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival several times and both bands have played the New Orleans Jazz Festival multiple times.
Los Lobos received a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and were inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in 2018. Earlier this year Los Lobos won their fourth Grammy which was for Best American Album with their latest album Native Sons. Los Lobos has released 17 albums since 1978. The group has had songs in a number of films and TV shows like The Sopranos, Spy Kids, Rango, and Nacho Libre. The set included both Rock and Spanish songs like “Kiko and the Lavender Moon,” “Volver, volver” by the great Vicente Fernandez who passed away last year, Tedeschi Joined in for Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” and Trucks joined in for the final song “Mas y mas.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band formed in 2010 by merging together Tedeschi and Trucks’ solo bands. Trucks’ band began in 1994 when he was just 15 and came to a hiatus in 2010 when TTB formed. Trucks was also a member of the Allman Brothers Band with his Uncle Butch a co-founder from 1999 until the group broke up in 2014. Trucks was also a member of Eric Clapton’s touring band. Trucks has been one of the world’s top slide guitarists over the last 2 decades and has been on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists in 2003 and 2011. Trucks also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award along with the Allman Brothers in 2012. Trucks has also collaborated with numerous iconic artists including Herbie Hancock, Elvin Bishop, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy. The Derek Trucks band had released eight albums. With the Allman Brothers, Trucks was on two live albums and their final studio album.
Susan Tedeschi is one of the greatest voices of Blues and Soul since Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt, and is also a great guitarist. Tedeschi has released seven of her own albums and has collaborated with Blues Legends such as Buddy Guy, Little Milton, and Johnny Winter. In the decade before TTB formed, Tedeschi opened for The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and Bob Dylan. In 2001 Trucks and Tedeschi married and have two kids together.
From 2011-2019 TTB has released four albums, three live albums, and an E.P. This year TTB has released three albums with a fourth coming out next week all part of their I Am the Moon project. TTB has won a Grammy and eight Blues Music Awards. TTB is a 12-piece band which includes original members Tyler Greenwell (Drums), Mike Mattison (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Rivers (Vocals), and Kebbi Williams (Saxophone). Ephraim Owens (Trumpet), Elizabeth Lea (Trombone), and Alecia Chakour (vocals) all joined in 2015. Bassist Brandon Boone replaced Tim Lefebvre (2013-18) and Dixon joined in 2019 after Kofi Burbridge passed. The newest member is drummer Isaac Eddy who joined last year replacing J.J. Johnson who was an original member.
TTB played a total of 14 songs, nine originals and five covers. “Hear My Dear” was the opening song and the covers included Derek and the Dominos, Bessie Smith, and The Allman Brothers. The encore was “So Long Savior” and “Bound for Glory.” This was a night of top musicians and great songs. As always the lighting was low but it made it feel like you were seeing the Allman Brothers at a venue like the Fillmore East 50 years ago.