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Imperial Flames to perform at Jamboree July 19

Chicago Blues veteran Dave Weld and his band, The Imperial Flames, will perform at the Mt. Morris Jamboree on July 19. Photo supplied
Chicago Blues veteran Dave Weld and his band, The Imperial Flames, will perform at the Mt. Morris Jamboree on July 19. Photo supplied

Chicago Blues veteran Dave Weld and his band the Imperial Flames will return to the Mt. Morris Jamboree stage on Friday, July 19 at 7 p.m.

The free weekly concerts are held at the Reckmeyer Band Shell in downtown Mt. Morris.

Weld, born in Chicago, was first influenced as a child when he found an old Victrola in the basement and wore out the blues 78s.

He moved to New Mexico, and studied guitar under Kurt Black, a jazz player who worked with Benny Carter in New York. He also met and jammed with Gatemouth Brown.

Weld was drawn back to Chicago after hearing Howlin Wolf on the radio and found that he was welcome on the west side of Chicago.

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 Street.

Weld then moved on to the 1815 Club on West Roosevelt, which was owned and operated by Eddie Shaw who had Howlin Wolf’s band, the Wolf Pack.

During this time Weld was under tutelage from Hutto, a Grammy awarded Blues Hall of Fame slide man from Georgia.

He studied at Hutto’s house and one day met his nephews Lil’ Ed and James Young (Pookie), and played on the west side for 10 years.

They collaborated and started the “Blues Imperials.”

In 1988 Dave decided to start his own band “Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames.”

This band featured the most authentic 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.

Current band members are Jeff Taylor, drums and vocals, Monica Myhre (Garcia), vocals and percussion, Rogers Randle Jr., sax, and Kenny Pickens, bass.

Concessions for the evening will be served by the Mt. Morris Public Library who will feature Italian sausages, hot dogs, and apple dumplings.

In the event of rain, the whole show moves to the Moose Lodge at 101 Moose Drive at the same times.