Finally a proper headline tour for my favorite band of last year: St. Lucia. Before quickly selling out four shows at Music Hall of Williamburg and Bowery Ballroom, I snagged four for my favorite venue: Music Hall. While I loved seeing them open for Two Door Cinema Club in a big venue like Hammerstein Ballroom, it’s just better to see them somewhere much more intimate and almost too close. But that’s what I love about it. Normally a prime stalking venue for St. Lucia himself, Jean-Phillip Grobler, I had the opportunity to enjoy keyboardist Nicky Paul, perhaps my new crush. Sorry, Jean-Phillip, it’s over.
With colorful lights flooding the hall, they opened with two soaring songs ‘The Night Comes Again’ and ‘The Old House Is Gone.’ These songs represent the signature sound of St. Lucia. ‘Closer Than This’ is the sleeper hit and ‘Wait For Love’ is just good peppy pop. ‘We Got It Wrong’ entices us to ‘don’t go, don’t go away.’ But the most delicious of their repertoire is my favorite ‘All Eyes On You’ and their dance party opus, ‘Elevate.’ They also peculiarly Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody.’ But somehow it worked.
The evening wound down with three more gems: ‘Too Close’ which best features Grobler’s rafter raising chops, the ’80s sounding ‘September’ and their closer and title track of their first full-length album, ‘When The Night.’ When the night brings four friends together again twice in two weeks for great music at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, it is a great night in New York City.