Dave Weld And The Imperial Flames

Why book Dave Weld And The Imperial Flames?

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames is the essential Chicago Blues Band, signed to world famous Delmark Records, home to Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush the cream of the Chicago Blues Crop!

This band has toured since 1988, working every week, touring in every country in Europe, including Japan (five weeks), Canada, the Carribean (Norwegians Blues Cruise where they toured, played with Bonnie Raite, Charles Brown, Taj Mahal). Chicago Bluesfest, Buddy Guy's!

The band has members that have played with Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, BB King, The Dells, Tyrone Davis, and the recently won a RAMI. The female singer Monica, won two RAMI's, Dave Weld studied with JB Hutto! BLUES, MOTOWN, OLDIES!



Always good, Always on Time

I've hired Dave Weld for festivals and dance events and he's a real crowd pleaser. Good, solid Chicago blues and he gives his all for every performance. Even better is that he is always on time, ready to go and relates well to the client/sponsor. Hire him and you and your crowd will not be disappointed!

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Lois . R.
Organization: EventMakers
Event: Festival in Evanston, IL
Event Date: Jul 15, 2010
Hired As: Blues Band

Great Band!

We hired Dave Weld and Imperial Flames for our company event in Chicago and they were amazing! Had the crowd dancing and singing along to the music and really engaged the crowd. We also did their CD as a giveaway to our customers and they were a huge hit! I definitely recommend them for any function! So easy to work with and just overall a great bunch!

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Reviewer: Nycole S.
Organization: Werner Electric
Event: Corporate Event in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Nov 16, 2011
Hired As: Party Band

Dave and the Imperial Flames rocked our event!

We hired Dave and the Imperial Flames to play at a special corporate event. We were delighted with the ease in working with him to set this up and on site. In fact, Dave made sure that he knew exactly what we wanted that evening by conducting a pre event discussion. He got it and they rocked! Their music was classic, classy and just so right. We liked the group so much that we gave each guest a copy of their Burin' Love CD.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Kathleen D.
Event: Corporate Event in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Jun 28, 2012
Hired As: Blues Band

Booked a Chicago Blues Band

I booked Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames for June 1, 2012 for our annual conference. I'm a huge fan of the Blues and I have to say this band stood the test. They are timely, professional and on the dime with their music. Everyone enjoyed them and feet were hurting the next day, but the pain was worth ever minute. They are a fun and talented band and if you're looking for a great blues/rock-a-billy sound, 'book em Dano'. You will be totally satisfied.

Priced Fairly
Reviewer: Olivia C.
Organization: Be-All Conference
Event: Convention in Downers Grove, IL
Event Date: Jun 1, 2012
Hired As: Blues Band

Response from Dave Weld And The Imperial Flames:

We had a great time there as well and the crowd was great dancing to every tune, and friendly, and easy to deal with, can't wait for the next one!

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 600 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Insurance: Health, (Blue Cross), Auto, (State Farm) with and umbrella policy for 1 million.
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Unions: We Are Members Of The RAMI, And As Well Of The Crossroads Blues Society


Top quality service, variety, excellent taste, passionate performance, stellar highs, lows and mid range dynamics with three part harmony, a flexible desire to work well with clients, flexible pay ranges, on time, well dressed, cheerful and of course the legendary backgrounds from working with such great as BB King, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones, JB Hutto, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, and more, comes with the package!

Sound capabilities will be reviewed, so the right equipment will be brought, and the set up time discussed and planned out, the sets and set list will be planned out, the dynamics of the evening will be worked out, the logistics and directions will be reviewed, and the method of payment will be discussed, so there will only be pleasant suprises, and a relaxing, intimate atmosphere is provided!

Additional Booking Notes

We are very flexible and easy to get along with and can adapt to any situation!

Dave Weld And The Imperial Flames

Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames is the 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 four 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 a sax man and legendary bassit Dave Kaye who worked with Screamin Jay Hawkins, Dave Hole, Bo Diddley, Liz Mandiville and more!

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, "Burnin Love" is featured on Sirius Radio, BB King's Blues, the worlds most famous blues show, and 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 Calgary and Edmunton Alberta!

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!
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, 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!


The team providing the talent:

Dave Weld

Bandleader, guitar, vocalist, songwriter

Monica Myhre

Vocalist, percussionist, songwriter

abb locke

Sax legend, songwriter, vocalist

Jeff Taylor

Drummer, vocalist, songwriter

Dave Kaye

bass player arranger

Set List

We offer a host of services to include the different moods of an evening or event, depending on the needs of our client.
Corporate gigs can be very sedate, and weddings require music for dining as well as dancing, so for those vents we start slow with standards and quiet medleys, and after announcements we move into recognizable dance tunes, and later our own danceable blues and originals. Or for a blues party in the backyard, we start with dancing blues from the start and end up full throttle!

Some gigs are so quiet we need not use a microphone, others we turn up to 11! On a typical corporate gig or wedding, we need to first set a mood that is comfortable for the clients, we can start with a little Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Horace Sliver,
and quieter versions of pop or oldies such as "Stand By me", "My Girl" (three part harmony), "Can't stop lovin you" or "easy as Sunday Morning" or others of this quality.

Then we move into more danceable tunes as those by Ray Charles, the Temptations, Wilson Picket, the Blues Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Elvis, Van Morrison, Etta James, the Rolling Stones and more!

After that we can add some danceable Chicago Blues by Muddy Waters, BB KIng, Howlin Wolf and Bo Diddley, as well as more oldies Rock and Roll and tunes from our various cd's, featuring "Burnin love" on Delmark Records, that is currently being played on Sirius Radio. This is the most exciting part of the night or event and many times it is at full throttle, with dancers requesting swing, ballads, oldies, rock and roll and our own originals blended into a fusion of interaction and music!

We also take requests for the announcement stage, featuring First Dance, or Father of the Bride, or garter toss and or dedications and general announcements

Influences & Inspiration

Muddy Waters, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, BB King Eric Clapton, Howlin Wolf, Elmore James, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Elvis, JB Hutto and the Hawks, Santana, Los Lobos, Ray Charles Magic Sam, Wilson Picket, the Temptations, Los Lonely Boys, Van Morrison, James Brown, Jimmy Reed, Carl Perkins, Ike and Tina.

Setup Requirements

We are very flexible and can adapt to your situation!


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