Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, St. Lucia or Jean-Philip Grobler grew up performing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, learning everything from Bach to minimalist opera. St. Lucia was born out of a moment in early 2010 when Grobler was looking to the past for inspiration. Growing frustrated with a rock project that was starting to feel forced, he delved back into the music that had first inspired him: Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and other songs from his youth.
But on November 25th and 26th, St. Lucia came to DC’s 930 Club and sold out the room twice. Eye On Annapolis was there for the second show. St. Lucia, along with Patricia Beranek, Ross Clark, Nick Paul, and Dustin Kaufman had the crowd in a frenzy from the moment they took the stage after opening bands The Knocks and HAERTS.
St. Lucia has grown a fan base that welcomed them to DC with open arms. Grobler’s stage presence dazzled the crowd through the band’s hour plus set. The crowd erupted when they played their hit “Elevate” towards the end of their set. There are plenty of ways to usher in Thanksgiving, but for DC, few will surpass a night at the 930 Club with St. Lucia.
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