Thursday night San Francisco’s City Hall took on a new civic duty: thrilling a crowd of onlookers, as St Lucia and Conway filled the building’s intricate dome with an amazing night of music. It was a bit surreal. The bands took a stage set up right beneath the dome in front of a massive staircase. It felt especially out of place, since the last time I was in City Hall was for my sisters wedding. The free event was put on by Jack Daniel’s who was raising money for Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to U.S. Military abroad. Jack Daniel’s also provided “the happiness” (read booze) as Jean-Philip Grobler of St Lucia put it.
The sound quality suffered a bit given that stone dome is not the best environment for synth-pop, but the experience of seeing St Lucia play in such a beautiful setting, with such an intimate crowd more than made up for it. One of the best moment’s was when St Lucia covered Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.” It’s really one of those all-time great 80’s electronic hits.
(Note: I actually saw this same billing and almost identical setlist at The Independent in February to hear more about the songs and sounds from you can check out my review here.)
Check out “We got it Wrong” by St Lucia:
Also for a taste of Conway here is “Big Talk:”
Check out below for some pictures of the venue and acts.