Concert Review: Maggie Rogers Live at the Commodore Ballroom

Thursday 18th, April 2019 / 12:56

By Clarence Sponagle

Photo by Joshua Peter Grafstein

Commodore Ballroom
April 17th, 2019

Photo by Joshua Peter Grafstein

ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” blared through the speakers as Maggie Rogers came bounding from stage right, skipping and clapping, embodying the energy of a young Fiona Apple. She opened her set with “Give A Little” as she released her hair from a top bun, allowing it to dance freely as she was.
Rogers has the ability to take you on an undeniable, unforgettable lyrical journey, as if every song was not just a part of her life, but part of your own.

Photo by Joshua Peter Grafstein

“In different cities I find the space to work through things by dancing,” Rogers said, softly addressing the audience.

Ingratiating nature and calm tones into her set had the audience sitting at her feet, looking up asking for more. From “Falling Water” to “Back In My Body” and “Light On,” she never once stopped dancing, sharing and reminding fans why she’s infamously known for once bringing Pharrell Williams to tears.
After the audience stopped chanting her name, pleading for more, Rogers stood centre stage, mic in hand, saying “I’m just going to sing,” and offered a beautiful acapella send off.