•Charleston City Paper Stage
Sadler Vaden, 21, formed the rowdy rock trio Leslie in 2004 with drummer Jonathan Carmen and bassist Jason Fox. He quickly established the band as one of Charleston’s most excitable underground rock acts capable of cranking out melodic, noisy power-pop, jangly guitar, and anthemic guitar gems.
“I’m just a rock ‘n’ roller, but I connect with the style because the South gets a lot of crap and it’s very cultured down here. There’s all kinds of music that is here and was created here in the South,” says Vaden of his band’s musical connection to the Chazzfest spirit. “I think the style in the South has a lot to do with the humidity, the way the air smells, the way the food is prepared, how sweet the tea is, etc. You know, to me, all those factors enter into the equation of good Southern music!”
Leslie have enjoyed an extremely busy year, touring the Southeast in support of their second EP, Bee St. Sessions, and headlining shows at the Music Farm and other major clubs. They hit the Charleston City Paper Stage at 5 p.m.
Chazzfest organizers say, “Leslie draws influences from the likes of The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Oasis. The influences have collaborated to form one solid three-piece band that challenges the new wave rock of today.”
“I most hope to accomplish getting our music in front of a lot of different people, and having a great day hanging with all of our fellow musicians on the Locals Stage,” Vaden adds. – T. Ballard Lesemann