By Hannah Fierle, For The Miami Student
The dreamy and nostalgic electronic-pop sound of St. Lucia will take over Brick Street Bar & Restaurant tonight.
The St. Lucia concert will begin at 8 p.m. Brick Street’s ‘90s Night with DJ Drew Davis will start immediately following the concert.
Sponsored by Red Bull Sound Select, the electronic-pop artist Jean-Philip Grobler, known professionally as St. Lucia, will be accompanied by Rose Quartz and The Electric Sons. Oxford is the band’s first stop on their Midwest tour.
Grobler, a classically trained musician from Johannesburg, South Africa, performed professionally with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School during his youth, according to his promotional website.
After moving to Brooklyn, New York, Grobler teamed up with some friends to establish St. Lucia in 2010. After the band gained popularity within the New York City music scene, they signed with HeavyRoc Music. The act wooed production team, The Knocks, before signing to Columbia’s Neon Gold Records label.
St. Lucia has released two EPs, “September” and “St. Lucia,” and one full-length album “When The Night.” The song “All Eyes On You” was used in ad campaigns for Taco Bell and Victoria’s Secret. St. Lucia has toured with Ellie Goulding and Charlie XCX, and performed at popular music festivals including Firefly and Lollapalooza.
St. Lucia blends right into the Tuesday night 90’s theme, as their unique, dreamlike electronic-pop style is inspired by artists like Madonna, Peter Gabriel and Fleetwood Mac of past decades. “MTV Artists” has likened St. Lucia’s sound to current musical influences of Icona Pop, Foxes, Imagine Dragons and Lana Del Rey.
Grobler stays active in the music scene beyond St. Lucia. He has worked with artists such as Charli XCX, Foster the People and Passion Pit on remix tracks, as well as collaborations with big name DJs. He is the producer of the debut album of HAERTS, a band out
The Midwest tour is sponsored by Red Bull Sound Select, a division of Red Bull that helps rising artists gain exposure to college audiences.
After the show in Oxford, St. Lucia will continue on their Midwest tour, visiting Indiana University, University of Missouri and the University of Kansas.
“The show is free to remove the restriction of cost from exposing students to wonderful new music,” Jeremy Brinling, WMSR Redhawk Radio music director who coordinated the concert, said. Brinling describes St. Lucia’s sound as “tropical and highly dance-able.”
The show is free of cost with a RSVP to redbullsoundselect.com.