Spring Blues Festival
Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames (USA)
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|Country and Region||Belgium — Wallonia|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Ecaussinnes, Wallonia, Belgium|
|Festival Contact Information|
Spring Blues Festival
Ever since 1988 Ecaussines has been proud to host this superb musical event. Every year, in May, the Spring Blues Festival attracts thousands of visitors, from elsewhere in Belgium or abroad. The assets of this festival are a warm-hearted atmosphere, high level performances and an exclusive programme.
|Festival Dates||May 19, 2012|
Artist feature 2012:
- Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames (USA)
Performance — Saturday, May 19, 2012
- 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 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 met Lil’ Ed, and they started the Blues Imperials”. Bruce Igauer from Alligator recorded them in a historic session “Roughousin’” and they started world tours. Dave started “Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames” in 1988 and they came out with their first CD “Roughrockin’ in Chicago”, on Parsifal Records in Belgium, the second time they recorded for Earwig Music, “Keep on Walkin’”, and the band again went overseas. The current band is Abb Locke, legndary sax man, Jeff Taylor, Monica (Garcia) Myhre and Dave Kaye who is now signed with Delmark Records with a new CD “Burnin Love”. Winner of 2010 Rami Award for Best Blues Band.
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