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Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames ~Authentic Chicago Blues

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Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames, an authentic blues band, high energy with versatile talent, variety, and a cohesive show that includes original driving blues, boogie, R&B and Soul. The originals are classic in nature, the standards are revitalized with striking three part vocal harmony, three vocal stylists, Passionate slide guitarist, Dave Weld schooled from Grammy Winning Master J.B. Hutto, along with blues diva and Rami winner Mona Rose (Monica Myhre), Red Hot Saxman Rogers Randle, Jr, creamy voice of Jeff Taylor with a solid beat on drums and tight, rock rhythm section with Kenny Pickens blazing on bass.
Dave Weld born in Chicago, he was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78’s. He moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter, Grant in the NY jazz scene. Dave also met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown. Weld drawn back to Chicago after hearing Howlin Wolf on the radio and found that he was welcome on the West side of Chicago (black hood). He started sitting in at many clubs and landed a gig with Hound Dog Taylor’s band, Brewer Phillips,Ted Harvey, at Sweet Peas on 43rd St. Philips and Harvey had been working with JB Hutto after Hound Dog’s death, and came back to Chicago after breaking off with JB in Boston. Weld then moved on to the 1815 Club on W. Roosevelt, which was owned and operated by Eddie Shaw who had Howlin Wolf’s band, the Wolf Pack. Dave stayed there and played in the band with Chico Chism, Lafayette Gilbert, Hubert Sumlin, Detroit Junior, and Eddie Shaw. Dave played with Otis Rush, Maxwell St. Jimmy, Guitar Junior, Jew Town Burks, Doug Macdonald, Boston Blackie, Tail Dragger, Little Wolf, Big Bad Ben, Little Aurthur, Johnny Littlejohn and more. During this time Weld was under tutelage from JB Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia. He studied at JB’s house and one day met his nephews Lil’ Ed and James Young (Pookie), and played on the westside for ten years. Clubs such as The Casablanca, Necktie Nates, Boss Joes, The Garfield and many more. They collaborated and started the "Blues Imperials". Then Bruce Igauer from Alligator found them and recorded them in a historic session "Roughousin’" and they started doing world tours. In 1988 Dave decided to start his own band "Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames" . This band featured the most authenic seasoned blues veterans in Chicago. Such as Bernard Reed, Leo Davis, Daryl Mahon, Donny Nichilo, Mike Scharf, Vernon Rogers and Ted Harvey. They toured countless times around the world, local and national festivals and the best venues in the Midwest and the national. The band came out with their first CD "Roughrockin’ in Chicago", on Blue Sting Records in Belgium, the second time they recorded for Earwig Music, "Keep on Walkin’", and the band again toured nationally and overseas. Weld’s first Delmark CD "Burnin’ Love" featured long time band members Abb Locke, legendary saxman. Jeff Taylor, drums and vocals, Monica Myhre (Garcia) vocals and percussion, Dave Kaye bass and Harry Yaseen, piano. His new and second CD with Delmark "Slip Int To A Dream" surpasses Weld’s first one.. The new CD includes his current band members today are Jeff Taylor, Drums/Vocals, Mona Rose (Monica Myhre (Garcia), Vocals/Percussion, Rogers Randle, Jr, Sax and Kenny Pickens, Bass.
Jeff Taylor (Drums/Vocals)is well known and well respected. Born in 1960 in Chicago, IL. They say he came out singing. At 11 he joined the "Little Angels" group to sing and after that he sang and played drums for Top Hat, vouching for Jeff to get into clubs at a young age, working South and West side of Chicago, including The Sabre Room, where Jeff met and played with Dizzy Gilespie, Cab Caloway, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Count Basie and Tony Bennet. He then freelanced starting with Smilin Bobby, Tyrone Davis, the Dells, the Chilites, Lonnie Brooks, AC Reed, Eddy Clearwater, Artie White, Junior Wells, and more. Longtime band member only leaving at one time for three years with the Rythm and Blues Kings then back with Dave presently for 18 years.
Monica Myhre(Mona Rose) Musician (Vocalist/piano/harp) songwriter,Rami winner, born in Ottawa, IL but raised in Rockford where she was known as a child prodigy singer. Performing at the Hidalgo Club in Rockford, IL from the age of six through her teens, backing up stars from Mexico, and fronting local jazz musicians. Her family training, church choir, led her to numerous bands from Mexican, R&B, Funk, Rock and Blues. She was a member of the Crossroads Blues Society and among the co-founders of the first Blues in The Schools program in Rockford and organizing several benefits for musicians and families in need. She developed her singing skills into a Blues Diva joining Dave Weld’s band where she Co-wrote many songs with Dave Weld and became known for her originals, "Listen to Mama", "Talk Dirty" from their first Delmark Album, “Burnin Love” and “Louise”, “Lookin For A Man” “ Walk On Down”, “Too Bad So Sad”, “Sweet Love” (spanish crossover) from their second Delmark Album “Slip Into A Dream”. Completing the band package with diva blues and harmony. Quoted for her strong sultry voice where ever she performs "Monica takes the lead vocal on her original tune “Talk Dirty” with a kittenish growl and unabashed enthusiasm as she begs “talk dirty, talk, talk, dirty to me!” If you liked classic Lou Anne Barton, give Monica Myhre a listen. This girl’s got chops and she’s sober! Monica displays spot-on intonation, great phrasing and a dose of moxy that makes this song more than just cheesecake…. Chicago Blues Guide.

Rogers Randle, Saxophone, Alcorn State University- Sep 1987 to May 1988 · Music Education/Music Performance · Lorman, Mississippi
Kenny Pickens, Bass Player, Original bass player from the Junior Wells and Buddy Guy band.

From Chicago Blues Fest, to Buddy Guy’s new Legends, the Meriden Hotel (Paris), Canada, Japan, Spain, Holland, Caribbean, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, England, North, South, East and West in the USA. Here is what they say about Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames:

"We along with our guest are thrilled to see the interaction you have with the audience...your performances have set the standard for consistency, quality and entertainment...your flexibility demonstrates your dependability....Jacques D’Rovencourt, Director of Food and Beverage, The Palmer House Hilton

"You guys are great, fantastic, I loved it!!.....Bonnie Raitt

"Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames were excellent, particularly Dave Weld, who came offstage to play and give individual attention...myclients have commented how great the band played!"....Vivian Liddell, Area Sales Director, Le Meridien Hotel

"On behalf of House of Blues-Chicago, we highly recommend Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames for venue bookings thanks to there consistently high level of talent, dedication, and cooperation........Virginia Jones, House of Blues, Chicago

"Using a metal slide, the guitarist draws on lessons from the great JB Hutto and makes his emanations of power and energy ever so purposeful".........Frank-John Hadly, Downbeat Magazine September, 2010

"this is a killer veteran all-star, real deal Chicago blues band at its house rockin’ best... one of the hardest working, longest running, and most talented, cohesive, Chicago blues bands around".......Kevin Johnson, Delmark records, Aug 2010

"Dave Weld is one of the friendliest, easiest guys in the music business to work with...never seen a crowd the didn’t love him..he put together a peformance that was exactly tailored to the event... I would recommend him highly...an evening with Dave Weld is an evening well spent.....Lois Roewade , Event Makers

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