Tyler Bryant at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014
Tyler Bryant at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014 ((Photo by Paty Elias/LA.Com))

Wednesday night at The Greek LA turned into a spectacular display of guitar prowess  and skill as Jeff Beck, ZZ  Top and opening act Tyler Bryant blew away the crowd on a perfect night in  Los Angeles.

Bell-bottomed and spiffy, Tyler Bryant played in a bluesy and melodic style, slowly teasing the crowd while alternating between acoustic guitar and dobro,  warming up the evening's performance  by making small talk with audience in anticipation of evening's big draw.

Nevertheless the Texas native got down with some chill blues, having honed his skills in the L.A. area with his band Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown.
Bassist Rhonda Smith at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014
Bassist Rhonda Smith at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014 (Photo by Paty Elias/La.COM)


Jeff Beck came on strong, billowing onto the stage  accompanied by guitarist Nicolas Meier, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and singer Jimmy Hall. They played a two-part set — the first instrumentals, the second with Hall handling vocals.

Bassist Smith, all in white, was  no damsel in distress. With a white hat, killer abs and a merrily killing  bass style, she gamely followed Beck with deep vibrato tones that made her presence known and respected on the Greek stage.

Beck and his band played songs that included Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," "Going Down," Sam Cooke's “A Change Is Gonna Come," and “Rollin' and Tumblin'”

Then things changed when ZZ Top shook the stage. Guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and Drummer Frank Beard brought the Texas/ Mississippi blues to the stage with a backdrop of beauties gracing the stage.
ZZ TOP at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014
ZZ TOP at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014 ((Photo by Paty Elias/LA.Com))
There were plenty in the audience, too.

ZZ Top started hard and let up just a little so you could catch your breath. Like Beck, they also paid homage to Hendrix with their version of “Foxy Lady.”

The crowd was going mad and did not let up until the final encore with Beck and ZZ Top. It was a great way to close up the super-moon week .

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Jeff Beck at the Greek Theatre LA Wednesday August 13th, 2014 ((Photo by Paty Elias/LA.Com))

Set List : ZZ TOP

Got Me Under Pressure

Waitin' for The Bus

Jesus Just Left Chicago

Gimme All your Lovin'

Pincushion

I Gotsa To Get Paid

Flyin' High

Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)

Catfish Blues (Muddy Waters)

My Heads in Mississippi

Chartreuse

Sharp Dressed Man

Legs

ENCORE with Jeff Beck

LA Grange/Sloppy Drunk Jam

Tush

ENCORE:  Jeff Beck and ZZ Top:  Tennessee Ernie Ford's “Sixteen Tons.”


SET LIST FOR  JEFF BECK:


   

   Loaded

        Nine

        You Know You Know

        (Mahavishnu Orchestra cover)

        Yemin

        (Nicolas Meier cover)

        You Never Know

        Big Block

        A Day in the Life

        (The Beatles cover)

        Morning Dew

        (Bonnie Dobson cover)

        Why Give It Away

        A Change Is Gonna Come

        (Sam Cooke cover)

        Little Wing

        (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)

        Goin' Down

        (Moloch cover)

        Rollin' and Tumblin'

        (Hambone Willie Newbern cover)

ENCORE:  Jeff Beck and ZZ Top:  Tennessee Ernie Ford's “Sixteen Tons.”