Live Review: Maggie Rogers - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver 17/04/2019
Maggie Rogers brought her Witchy Feminist Rockstar vibes to a sold out crowd in Vancouver this past Wednesday.
Another success made from viral talent, Melanie Faye, opened up the show with an incredible display of her skills on guitar. She stunned the audience with her epic and seemingly effortless guitar solos, switching between covers of R&B and soul songs, and her own unreleased songs. It’s clear that playing music in front of an audience comes naturally to the 20 year old, as she jokes around with the crowd, giving shameless social media plugs–for herself of course–and making sure that everyone in the room is excited for Maggie Rogers to hit the stage. Faye is a musical phenomenon that you don’t want to miss out on being a part of. Follow her youtube and instagram pages to see what magic she drops next!
Maggie Rogers ran on stage to the opening chords of Give A Little, the first track off of her debut album Heard It In A Past Life, as well as the deafening crowd. This is the first time the global sensation has made a stop in Vancouver since her steep rise to fame in 2016, so it’s no surprise that the show sold out almost immediately and easily filled the 1000 capacity venue with excited and passionate fans. The NYU graduate has become a household name over the three years since she made Pharrell Williams cry in a masterclass, playing sold out shows and massive festivals all around the world.
Over the course of the show Rogers sang and danced her way through almost her entire discography, seemingly not losing an ounce of energy throughout. She did, however, take a couple moments here and there to take it all in and allow herself to be in the moment and be comfortable in the space. Before heading into the song that allowed her to be in this position, she ran backstage coming back with a maple-leaf adorned cowboy hat, as well as Melanie Faye to give a new dimension to the certified hit, Alaska. There’s some kind of beauty in seeing these two grace the stage together, having had extremely similar rises into the spotlight.
Maggie is slated to spend the next six months continuing her worldwide travels, as she continues touring throughout North America, Australia/New Zealand, the UK, and Europe. If a show near you has any tickets still available, you’d do best to snag them while you can before all of her shows sell out entirely.
Words and photos by Kelli Anne.