Having recently kicked off her tour with Australian pop artist Mallrat, Maggie Rogers took stage at Austin’s adored Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater on Tuesday, October 23. After weeks of rain, Austinites were finally able to step foot outdoors and enjoy the cool autumn air, a chilled beer, and an evening with one of the most popular songwriters on the rise.
A Maryland native and now Brooklyn resident, Maggie Rogers is a singer-songwriter who pours her heart and emotions into her music writing and touches souls through her relevant lyrics and enchanting melodies. Learning music from the young age of seven, Maggie has truly paved her own way in the music industry over the years, and even created her own makeshift studio from a broom closet to record what became her first album, “The Echo.”
One of her biggest successes to date has been her song “Alaska,” which she amazingly wrote in 15 minutes while taking a masterclass with Pharrell Williams. As you’ll see in the following video, Pharrell was left absolutely speechless by the raw talent Maggie brings to the table.
I first heard of Maggie Rogers at the beginning of the year from a good friend of mine who told me I’d love her music. I listened to a few tracks of hers here and there and immediately liked them, but it wasn’t until I listened to nearly every song when I knew I’d grown to love her unique tunes. Needless to say, it was a special night to see her perform at Stubb’s, as I’d spent the better part of 2018 attaching my emotions to her music and couldn’t wait to hear it all live.
The evening was mystically moving as Maggie glided, danced, and poured out her heart on stage. The audience went wild for her unyielding energy and charmingly relatable commentary between each song. Though a celestial talent, Maggie had a such a humble presence, one that made it feel like she was a normal person just trying to jam out and groove with her friends.
Songs in the full set included the following (those bold with links are personal favorites):
- On + Off
- Say It
- The Knife
- Light On
- Dog Years
- Give a Little
- Back in My Body
- Color Song
- Angel from Montgomery
Overall, the set was well-thought-out, beautifully crafted, and perfectly delivered. Cheers rang through the air as Maggie exited the stage before her encore which included a haunting solo version of “Color Song” along with a magical cover of Bonnie Raitt and John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery.” Last but certainly not least, Maggie wrapped up the evening in a pretty bow with one of her most well-known tracks, “Alaska.”
For more information on Maggie Rogers and where you can catch another show of hers visit https://www.maggierogers.com/, and be sure to check out our photos from the show below!
Featured image credit: Leigh Kettle/Shuffle Online