Del Florida is a neo-soul tinged, dream pop outfit based in Washington, D.C. and fronted by vocalist and multi instrumentalist Leela Dawson. Formed in Liverpool, UK, Del Florida cut their teeth in the local club scene and supported up and coming acts such as Montreal melancholy indie rock group TOPS, and San Diego noise pop duo Crocodiles. After wearing out her student visa, Dawson returned to D.C. to keep doing what she does best- bringing everyone into Del Florida's world. In the short time Del Florida has been a part of the D.C. scene, they have managed to open for a slew of notable acts including Warner Bros. Records band Lawrence at U Street Music Hall, Jonny P., The Reign of Kindo, Little Tybee and Super Doppler at Union Stage.

 photo by David Lebow

photo by David Lebow


“Frontwoman Leela Dawson has a hypnotically beautiful voice, which I am somewhat intimidated by but mostly just incredibly impressed by. Not only are the vocals and instrumentals absolutely amazing, but the lyrics scream femme power. I love every part of it and you probably will too.”
— Brightest Young Things
“If Mars Volta had binged on a volume of Beach Boys enriching hits then you are getting close to where Del Florida could be”
— Craig MacDonald, GetIntoThis


Leela Dawson

(301) 557 - 0318