DAVE WELD & THE IMPERIAL FLAMES
Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames are the current winners of the Chicago Blues Challenge! They are the current finalists in the International blues Challenge in Memphis, top 8 out of 100 bands!!
They are essential Chicago Blues Band with corporate capabilities due to the members lengthy work with other bands such as Howlin Wolf, BB King, Muddy Waters, the Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Tyrone Davis, JB Hutto, Koko Taylor, Gatemouth Brown, Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks, Eddy Clearwater and many more!
This band is signed to the famous Delmark Records! This label has been featuring the best in Chicago Blues and Jazz for over 58 years and is home to Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, JB Hutto, and the cream of the Chicago Blues crop! This band has also recorded for Alligator Records, Chess, and was signed previously to Earwig records.
They consist of three singers, one female, Monica Myhre, who won two RMAI's and has been singing professionally since age six, a Motown singing drummer, Jeff Taylor who worked with Artie Blues Boy White, Lonnie Brooks, Eddy Clearwater, the Dells, Tyrone Davis and more, and Dave Weld himself, the guitarist and vocalist who recorded for Alligator, Earwig and Delmark Records, was in the Howlin Wolf Band, the Hound Dog Taylor Band, the Houserockers, and was mentored by the Grammy winning Hall of Fame bluesman JB Hutto!! Also featured is Rogers Randle, Jr. one the best sax man in the area and legendary bassit Kenny Pickens who worked with the original Junior Wells and Buddy Guy Band!
This band has toured Germany, Belgium, France, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, England, Japan, Carribean, (where they worked and played concerts with Bonnie Raitt, Charles Brown and Taj Mahal), Canada, most states in the United States, and regularly plays at the Chicago Bluesfest, Buddy Guy's, The Chicago House of Blues, The Palmer House, Pete Millers, Blues on Whyte in Edmunton Alberta, and every cafe, restaurant, bar, concert hall, theater in the Midwest that features exciting music!
Their latest CD on Delmark, "Slip Into A Dream" is featured on Sirius Radio, BB King's Blues, Spotify and world famous blues shows all over the country. They made rave reviews from Downbeat, Sing Out, Blues Revue, Living Blues, the Chicago Blues Guide, Soul Bag(France), Il Blues (Italy), and the reviews from their latest tour of Germany, France, Belgium, and Holland were so emphatic that they have been asked back to every single venue, as well as their latest tour of Norway!
Corporate work is their hallmark, having tight three part harmonies, first class PA, professional and easy to get along with, Motown, Oldies, POP and the own signature Chicago Blues originals that brought them around the world time after time!
Brought to the plate are some well know songs from:
Ray Charles, the Blues Brothers, Wilson Picket, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, the Beatles, the Commodores, Ben E King, Carl Perkins, Etta James, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam and Dave, Sam Cooke, The Temptations, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many more are all staples that this band draws from, as well as taking special requests, such as wedding First Dance or Father of the Bride wedding dance or garter toss!
World class musicians, all capable of having their own bands, and yet they have been together in various forms since 1988, so with the ease of playing, the great harmonies, the wonderful originals, the standards, Motown, Oldies and request, the great PA, and the professional manner and charm, this band fills every need and exceeds expectations, and will make your event a wonderful and happy extravaganza, and be an exceptional memory to draw on for the rest of our lives!