West 34 was assembled in the latter half of 2007 and played their first show as a headliner at Penny Road Pub on November 30, 2007. West 34 was founded and assembled by band leader “Big Wave” Dave Johnson and band manager Fred "Uncle Freddy" Gade. Our vision then and now is to perform deep cut classic rock and blues covers by such greats as Robin Trower, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall, The
Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin as well as working out original material and improvisational jams in front of our live audiences. There is also a little bit of Surf Rock thrown in just because we dig it. Dave is a highly talented and accomplished guitar virtuoso who also plays
keyboard, trumpet and sings. He is the son of a music instructor and has been playing trumpet and piano since the age of 5. He picked up and excelled at guitar in his early teens. West 34 also includes Aaron Allan on drums, who has been with West 34 since day 1. Aaron hails from Gardner IL and is one of the most exciting and energetic players on the local music scene. He also sings and can play guitar. Our front man and second guitarist is Tim Majewski from La Grange, IL. Tim was raised on the blues and has a silky smooth voice to go along with his awesome rhythm and lead guitar work. Our newest addition is Tony Melnick on bass and keyboard. Together we are West 34, a high energy
rock and blues band that is not only fun and exciting to watch, but highly accomplished musically. We have performed close to 100 shows in and around Chicagoland since our debut in November of 2007. We have played such notable venues as The Checkerboard Lounge, Reggie’s Music Joint, Cubby Bear, Shark City and until recently were the house band at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse in Aurora. The Roundhouse gig also included hosting a weekly open mic jam there. Other notable appearances by “Big Wave” Dave include, performances with Chicago West Side Bluesman Melvin Taylor as a member of Melvin’s Slack Band at the Navy Pier Beer Garden stage and at The Taste Of Chicago. That band also included the legendary Chicago rhythm section of bass player Greg Rzab (Buddy Guy, Black Crowes, Allman Bros, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and drummer Jay Davenport (Sugar Blue, Junior Wells, Pinetop Perkins). That rhythm section is currently on tour and recording
with the legendary John Mayall.