St. Lucia

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St. Lucia is Jean-Philip Grobler. Oh, yeah: It’s also a sovereign idyllic-island nation in the Atlantic not far from Barbados and Martinique whose inhabitants are primarily of Afro-Caribbean descent. Grobler’s not from St. Lucia, but there are commonalities: a leisurely pace, ethereal lightness, ecstatic relaxation and a hodgepodge of internationalism.

Though Grobler calls Brooklyn home at the moment, he spent years studying music in Liverpool and got his bearings in South Africa, including a long residency with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. It was his choir days that exposed him to the wide range of influential musical styles, from Bach to bebop, that trickle into his work as an adult. We’re still rolling around in the luxurious beauty of When The Night, St. Lucia’s proper LP debut, released in October, and it’s a record that harkens back to when M83 first used that saxophone on “Midnight City.” Strains of Washed Out, Empire of the Sun and Tanlines are here, too.

Grobler’s obviously got a voice on him, but the synths and richness of the St. Lucia sound is fleshed out with his friends—Nick Brown, Ross Clark, Nicky Paul and Patricia Beranek—on stage. This super-stellar outfit is just getting over an opening gig for Two Door Cinema Club. Bet they enjoyed a handful of summery walks on the beach, exchanging secrets about euphoric chilltimes. Get yourself an earful of that euphoria at WCL tonight. / BILL CHENEVERT

8:30pm. $15. With Panama Wedding. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
 

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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8:30pm $15

WHERE
World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 01/13/2014. .

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