“Leaders Led, which cut its teeth performing at downtown Haverhill clubs like The Chit Chat Lounge, appeared at this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., and is about to release its first record. "I grew up going to shows at The Chit Chat," says lead singer and North Andover resident Guy Bardascino, who describes the band's sound as "rock fusion," combining everything from jazz to classical to blues. Last year, Leaders Led won the NCN Rompetition, a music competition which included more than 50 independent musical acts from around Boston. And now, the band is gearing up for a series of shows at venues across the east coast, according the Hard Rock Café© in Boston, Bardascino says, to promote their debut album "Armchair Patriot," which is due out later this spring. And although they continue to advance through the ranks of local bands, Bardascino says it's the people who come out to listen to them live who are the key to their success. ”
"LOCAL BAND TO PLAY IN ANNUAL WASHINGTON, D.C., FESTIVAL - Music that gained popularity in downtown Haverhill will be featured in one of the biggest festivals on the East Coast. Haverhill's own Leaders Led will participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., which begins Friday. The 15-day annual festival celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan. In 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki donated more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, and the festival celebrates their annual bloom. During the three weekends of the festival, more than a million visitors are expected to participate in the festivities, which happen along the mall near the Washington Monument. Leaders Led is scheduled to play on April 1. "Playing at this festival will make millions of people from across the world aware of our band and our music," said Leaders Led drummer Jason Trulli. "The exposure is amazing.""
"POPULAR LOCAL BAND HEADLINES BENEFIT SHOW FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS FUND - Most who try to make it big in the music industry know exactly where they want to wind up - posters with your face on them, sold-out venues with thousandsof people screaming your name, a chart-topping album, and a world tour. The question is where do you start? One local band has found Haverhill to be a great city to do just that. Leaders Led, a local rock band from Andover with a modern yet classic rock sound with reggae, blues, and jazz undertones, broke onto the local music scene last March as the opening act at the Chit Chat Lounge in downtown Haverhill. Now, just over six months later, they are bringing venues to capacity when they headline shows. With its quickly gained local notoriety and success, Leaders Led is now making the move to bigger venues in the Boston area."