Wes Leslie
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Hailing from San Francisco, Wes Leslie has got his hands in too many pots. He's a soulful musician, first and foremost, but is also known to throw underground tiki parties, and leads tours of city history.

As a musician, Wes Leslie is pioneering a genre he calls “bedroom soul.” His sound is characterized by heartfelt lyrics that explore long-distance relations in the modern world, with warm jazz guitar and an intimate bedroom recording quality, because that’s exactly where he records.

Behind the bar, he runs an underground tiki pop-up called Wild Wes's Tik-Easy, which has appeared in bars in New York, Melbourne, San Francisco and beyond. He previously worked at the acclaimed mixology bar SRO, and Mrs. Jones before that.

He is also the co-founder of Wild SF Tours, and leads tours of the people's history and social movements in San Francisco.

Wes appreciates correspondence, mainly through Instagram, as well as exchanging stories, songs and cocktail recipes with those on his email list.

Press:

SF Chronicle

SF Gate and again

The Bay Bridged

 Photograph by Alejandro Ibarra

 
 

Bedroom Soul

Wes Leslie is a San Francisco-based artist pioneering a genre he calls “bedroom soul.” His sound is characterized by heartfelt lyrics that explore long-distance relations in the modern world, with warm jazz guitar and an intimate bedroom recording quality, because that’s exactly where he records.

Bedroom Soul, his debut cassette, was self-released in 2017 with a formal-attire show at Italian supperclub The Rite Spot. This concert also debuted his backing band, the Bedroom Players, a rotating cast that has featured the rhythm section of fellow SF band Hot Flash Heat Wave.

Wes has also released an acoustic breakup album (When You’re Gone, You’re Still In My Songs), an indie-folk record (The Alphabelt) with Wes Leslie and His Deadly Medley, a queer Dylan-esque folk album (Ends Meat), and is currently working on a tropical soul record produced by Avi Naim that blends mid-century exotica with doo-wop and Tin Pan Alley.

He has been called an “artist to watch” by San Francisco’s The Bay Bridged, and when not working on music, throws underground tiki parties called Wild Wes’s Tik-Easy. He is also a San Francisco historian, and founder of the popular Wild SF Tours, which leads tours of neighborhoods, food, ghosts and street art daily.

Born in Palo Alto and raised in the Bay Area, Wes attended SF State University and the Complutense University of Madrid for Creative Writing and Spanish Language studies.

 

Debut album "Bedroom Soul" on Spotify etc., Soundcloud, and Bandcamp.

For more regular updates, sign up for the mailing list: tinyletter.com/wesleslie and follow on Instagram: @wes.leslie

Wild Wes's Tik-Easy is an underground tiki pop-up bar imagined by Wes Leslie. He throws parties in bars and backyards across America, including NYC's Coup and Paradise Lounge, Melbourne's Rooks Return, San Francisco's Delfina, SRO, Elixir, the Rite Spot, and parties for the Backyard Paradise collective. 

Join the email list to be in the loop: www.tinyletter.com/wesleslie

More regular updates on Instagram: @tikeasy

Be In Touch

Letters and Postcards:

Wes Leslie
214 Ney Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

 

Appearances

Upcoming

Want to make something happen? Email hey (at) wesleslie.com

Past

1/3/18: SF, The Rite Spot.

12/14/18: SF, Sofar Sounds.

11/27/18: SF, PianoFight.

9/23/18: SF, The Rite Spot. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

8/30/18: NYC, Pete’s Candy Store.

8/30/18: NYC, Paradise Lounge. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

8/2/18: SF, The Rite Spot.

7/5/18: SF, Bar Fluxus.

6/24/18: SF, The Rite Spot. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

6/23/18: Fairfield, Pondapalooza. With Hot Flash Heat Wave, Tino Drima.

5/10/18: SF, Rickshaw Stop. With Locus Pocus, Loco Tranquilo, Zelma Stone.

4/16/18: SF, Standing Room Only. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

3/25/18: SF, The Rite Spot. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

3/26/18: SF, The Stud. 

2/28/18: SF, Bar Fluxus. With Beauty Queen. 

2/14/18: SF, live on KSFS radio show “Seance Party”

1/30/18: SF, Secret show with Surfer Blood, Lindsey Mills, Holiday Hagan.

1/11/18: Delfina in Movimiento. Guest bartender.

12/3/17: Melbourne, The Rooks Return. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

10/27/17: SF, The Rite Spot. Freaky Tiki Halloween Party. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

10/23/17: SF, Standing Room Only. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

10/18/17: SF, Amnesia. 

10/1/17: SF, Backyard Paradise. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

10/6/17: SF, Sofar Sounds.

10/10/17: SF, Bissap Baobab. The Bedroom Players w/Holistic Underground.

9/10/17: SF, Adobe Books. With Loco Tranquilo and the Hijinks.

8/31-9/2/17: SF, Standing Room Only. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

8/19/17: SF, The Rite Spot.

8/16/17: SF, Standing Room Only. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

7/31/17: SF, Rickshaw Stop. With Leopold and His Fiction.

8/13/17: SF, The Rite Spot. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

7/5/17: SF, Elixir. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

7/3/17: SF, TPC's. With Tre Burt, Tyler Burdwood, Jake McKelvie.

6/16/17: Monterey, East Village Lounge. With John Miller.

6/17/17: SF, The Rite Spot.

6/4/17: NYC, Pete's Candy Store.

6/5/17: NYC, Coup. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

4/19/17: SF, The Lost Church. With James Taugher,  Justin Farren.

5/19/17: SF, Brick and Mortar. With Loco Tranquilo, Cosmic Correlation Conspiracy.

5/6/17: SF, secret location. Wild Wes's Tik-Easy (tiki pop-up)

3/11/17: SF, The Rite Spot. "Bedroom Soul" cassette release with Kendra McKinley, Tre Burt.

2/18/17: SF, TPC's. With Wild Mountain Thyme, Azuah, Rachel Toups, Jon Bennett.

1/2/17: SF, Elbo Room. With Sirena Victima, Boy Scouts, Ted Davis.

12/17/16: Fitzroy, Australia, The Workers Club. With The Heights and Dinochip.

12/14/16: Dec: Clifton, Australia. Some Velvet Morning. With Tre Burt.

11/12/16: SF, TPC's. With Shannon Harney (Be Calm Honcho), Mae Powell, Grace Hayes.

10/22/16: SF, PianoFight. With Seoulstice and Ted Davis.

10/6/16: SF, Goorin Bros, Haight Street.

9/24/16: SF, Ferry Boat Summit for Balanced Breakfast.

9/25/16: SF, Backyard Paradise.

9/16/16: PianoFight.

9/17/16: The Red Victorian.

9/13/16: SF, live on BFF.fm’s “Fools of Love”

9/11/16: SF, PianoFight.

9/8/16: SF, Fleet Wood. With Field Medic.

7/24/16: SF, Kiosk Fest. With Field Medic and Derek Ted (Owl Paws).

7/22/16: SF, The Grand Newsstand Anniversary Party. With Sean Real.

7/17/16: SF, TPC's. With Field Medic, Seoulstice, Rachel Toups, Mazin Jamal. 

7/3/16: SF, Artist Spotlight Series. With Star Amerasu and Frank Pietronigro.

4/5/16: NYC, live on WNYU's "The Wren and the Rye." Listen here.

4/2/16: NYC, Pete's Candy Store. With And The Neighbors and The Corduroy Suit.

2/19/16: SF, Fleet Wood. With Ted Davis (Hot Flash Heat Wave).