Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall Hosts St. Lucia (Tues., 10/11/22)

St. Lucia—the stage name for Jean-Philip Grobler and his wife Patti Beranek—performs this month at Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall. Grobler grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and sang with the internationally known Drakensberg Boys Choir. When older, he moved to Liverpool, England, to study for three years before moving to Brooklyn, New York, where he started his musical career. In 2012, he was signed to Neon Gold Records, who released his full-length album, When the Night. He cites Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Paul Simon, and Phil Collins as the main musical influences for his synth-pop. Beranek is originally from Germany. St. Lucia is back with their first new music in four years. Their new experience is described as “the group retreats from a fractured world on fire and into the glow of a rapturous synth-spiked electro-pop catharsis—like a dance party at the edge of existence.” Their latest LP, Utopia, is a bright light and features the lead single “Touch.” It dropped on October 7 on Nettwerk Records. Caroline Kingsbury opens. 8 p.m. 4053 Butler St., Lawrenceville. (C.M., R.H.)

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