I’ve been firmly on the Maggie Rogers bandwagon since seeing her perform her first ever festival performance at Firefly 2017 — just miles up the road from where she grew up in Easton, Maryland.
Seeing her sell out the Greek Theatre just a few years later is no surprise to me. She has the stage presence to match the unbridled joy she brings to ever stage. I don’t know if there is anyone out there in the world happier to be a performer than her.
It’s been a whirlwind year for Maggie Rogers, who dropped her much anticipated debut full-length record Heard It in a Past Life to kick things off in January. A sellout tour all over the world and at numerous top-tier festivals has accompanied that album, so you would give her a break if she was a little bit tired by the time she played the Greek on Thursday. Instead, she was as vibrant as ever.
Wearing a butterfly cape and white jumpsuit, Rogers looked like an angel as she used the entirety of the Greek stage, no doubt comfortable after so many main stage festival sets over the past year. Favorite track of mine “Give a Little” harkens back to ’90s shimmer pop in the vein of Amy Grant or Donna Lewis. “Light On” sounded explosive.
The highlight of the set was her encore, when Rogers brought out an acoustic guitar for “Alaska” — the song that helped launch her into stardom. She beamed so hard that it turned into a laugh, the kind of smile that will probably leave her with a sore face — a welcome one.
Some performers, you can just tell they’ve earned it, and that they appreciate it. It’s so obvious with Maggie Rogers that the feeling and her energy can consume a crowd. Luckily for us, she’s only just beginning.
Opening the show was electropop band Now, Now — who proved more than capable of handling a big stage opening for Maggie. They’re a band I first became aware of thanks to a dope remix in my Spotify Discover Weekly, and I became hooked when seeing them at SXSW. The song “SGL” is a bop.
Photos by Tim Aarons