Witchy feminist rockstar Maggie Rogers brought her unendingly joyful energy to Berkeley, CA with an incredibly sold out stop on her Heard it in a Past Life tour.
Rogers is a performer who seems effortlessly timeless. Equal parts folk, pop, and rock, Rogers’s genre-defying music and intoxicating stage presence is that of music eras long past. Boasting a captivating voice, a bewitching command of the stage, and unfairly perfect hair, Rogers is a modern fusion of Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks.
Rogers had the Berkeley audience wrapped around her finger before even taking the stage. Several minutes before showtime, the large outdoor amphitheater echoed with chants of the singer’s name. At the start of the show, anticipation overwhelmed the crowd as Rogers performed her first song behind a gauzy curtain with only her shadow projected. Dressed a cascading white cape, Rogers belted and twirled around the stage all night to a delighted crowd. The performance was one the seemed to mutually consume artist and audience, both captured in a mystical trance. From “Fallingwater” to “On + Off” to “Light On,” each song felt like a classic, despite Rogers having debuted her first album only eight months ago.
Maggie Rogers has been on a seemingly limitless rise for the past three years, to the delight of her fans and music critics alike. This show marks her third in the Bay Area since last October, with each performance somehow topping the last. And based on the magic this powerhouse performer brought to The Greek Theatre last week, Maggie Rogers’s domination shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
Check out a gallery of the performance below: