Port City Music Hall
Maggie Rogers

98.9 WCLZ presents

Maggie Rogers

Mallrat

Sat, November 3, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

State Theatre

Portland, ME

$29.50 Advance / $30 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. State Theatre box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Maggie Rogers
Maggie Rogers
Maggie Rogers will kick off a North American headline tour on October 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA. The run will include shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (October 18), The Vic Theatre in Chicago, IL (October 30) and Royale in Boston, MA (November 5). Mallrat will support on all dates- see below for itinerary. The outing marks Rogers’ first headline tour since her summer 2017 outing, which sold out in minutes.

Last week, Rogers shared “Give A Little,” a track from her forthcoming debut album. Produced by GRAMMY®-winning producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Foo Fighters) and Rogers, the upbeat, effervescent song can be streamed / downloaded HERE. Look for the official video to premiere in coming weeks. PAPER said, “like every song she puts out, [‘Give A Little’] is a surprise that further proves her dexterity and versatility as an artist.” Stereogum observed, “It’s a warm, rippling pop song that makes the most of Rogers’ graceful, approachable voice. It already sounds like a hit.”

“Give A Little” follows the acclaimed single “Fallingwater,” which NPR hailed as “a powerful, mesmerizing depiction of Rogers’ transition over the last two years – a celebration of the terrifying yet thrilling process of change.” Pitchfork said the song “builds on her promise, flowing toward whatever may lie ahead.”

Rogers, who joined Mumford & Sons as a surprise guest last weekend at the Newport Folk Festival and recently wrapped up a tour with Haim, will headline two sold out shows at Koko in London (August 29 + 30) following her performances at the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds festival. She will also perform at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, TN (September 22 + 23) and co-headline the 2018 All Things Go Fall Classic, one of Washington, DC’s largest signature festivals. She and LPX (Lizzy Plapinger) curated for opening day, October 6.

Maggie Rogers is a producer, songwriter and performer from Easton, Maryland. After her education at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she released her breakout single “Alaska” and subsequent critically acclaimed debut EP, Now That The Light Is Fading. “Alaska” has since charted in Spotify's Viral 50 in 40 countries, hit #1 in 23 countries and now has over 100 million global combined streams to date. The BBC, Tidal, Google Play, Vevo, Pandora and numerous publications – including Rolling Stone, NYLON, SPIN, Billboard and more – have tipped her as an artist to watch. NPR named her one of its Favorite Musicians and The New Yorker declares, “Maggie Rogers is an artist of her time.”  

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Dear listening ears/reading eyes,

For a long time I've introduced myself as a banjo player from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I'm a hiker and an environmentalist. I'm an optimist. I'm loud.

I'm still those things, but I went quiet for a few years. I cut my long hair short. I got a cat named Cat Stevens. I fell in love. I moved to New York, to France, and back.

Inevitably, I found my space in the place between knowing who I was and finding out who I am.

I'm a producer, songwriter, and performer from Brooklyn. I'm an optimist. I'm a feminist. I'm loud when I laugh. I'm freckled. I love my old jeans. I love pink eye-shadow. I cry when I dance sometimes. I feel a lot, maybe too much, but in a song it always seems to be just enough.

The thing about songs is that no matter how far away I go, or how long I stay away, they always seem to find me. And as wild and unpredictable as they are, I've learned to trust them. I write to feel and sing 'til I feel a new way.

I love the music most when it makes me feel human. Feet on the ground, soft hair, standing with my friends and in three parts, singing. Feet off the ground, hair wild, moving to that perfect pulse that mimics your beat and mine.

Sometimes I think it's magic – this thing we can't see, but makes us all feel the same way. When it's real, it raises hair and makes the air taste sweeter.

I want to make music forever. I want to tell the truth. I want to know how it feels to make the best art I'm capable of making.

I can't promise I won't change or that I won't fall in love with new people or ideas that'll change the way I see the world, but I can promise to be me.

To be present. To be open.
To be messy. To be flawed.
To be human.
And of that, I won't let you down.

x

Maggie
Mallrat
Mallrat
“Hannah Montana of the rap game.”

It’s the tongue-in-cheek moniker that Grace Shaw gave herself early in her career as Mallrat, the best description the then 16-year-old could ascribe the bright, bouncy pop she made inspired by the likes of her rap heroes Allday, Drake and Kanye.

Smash cut to three years later and now when you say, “Mallrat,” you know exactly the vibe and sound we’re talking about. The 19-year-old is perfectly positioned to be Australia’s next big name in pop music and with the release of her second EP just around the corner via Dew Process and Nettwerk, stardom seems inevitable.

Much of her huge appeal can be ascribed to the seemingly effortless and irresistible approach Mallrat has to her craft. Whether it’s her music, her effervescent stage shows, her bold and striking fashion choices, or her seriously witty and funny online presence (with strong cameos from her dog/co-star on the rise Charlie), it’s all combined to amass a huge audience from Melbourne to Mexico City. Her refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her relatably confessional lyrics, her penchant for cooking up simple yet sticky melodies – on a surface level there’s not much that separates Mallrat from her fans, as she makes it all seem so easy. Even her origin story is the stuff dreams are made of.

“It all changed at that Allday concert,” says Mallrat, remembering the … Brisbane concert she attended as a then tween. “He was someone I felt like I could relate to.”

That performance saw her headed home feeling inspired and soon after she recorded her very first attempts at making her own music. Sending those Garage Band gems off to a few producers she’d found online turned out to be that one in a million case where naïve confidence pays off. Her discernible talent was quickly recognised, and the foundations of her 2016 debut EP, Uninvited were built.

The EP would go on to fetch millions of streams and launch her career – first via indie incubator Create/Control, and nowadays via full-fledged deals with Dew Process in Australia and Nettwerk internationally. Its stand out tracks – Zane Lowe favourite ‘Uninvited,’ and the dreamy jam ‘For Real’ – saw her stocks seriously take off. Praise came from radio (including triple j, BBC and Beats 1), major music outlets (Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Idolator, NME, Vice), celeb gossipers (Perez Hilton), celebs themselves (Chloe Grace Moretz, Brooklyn Beckham, Lorde), all the way to global tech giant Google, who used ‘For Real’ in a recent ad campaign.

Since then she’s played pretty much every Australian festival you can think of – Splendour, Falls, The Plot, Listen Out, Beyond The Valley, Come Together, St Kilda, Live At The Steps – and supported some of the biggest names in music, including Post Malone, Allday, Peking Duk, and Maggie Rogers. And that’s not even counting the regularly sold-out love affairs that are her own headline shows – usually featuring a delicious Zooper Dooper ice block issued to each punter at the door.
“I feel like the kindest, most positive people come to my shows,” says Mallrat. “Everyone’s just dancing, no-one’s too cool for anything, everyone feels welcome. I’m up their dancing, I’ve got my friend from school [the Daria-esque DJ Denim] and I think it’s so good because you’ll meet a new friend there.”

Then, towards the end of last year, she announced the next phase of her career with the sparkling single ‘Better.’ Praise was once again instantaneous and widespread, garnering write-ups from the of the New York Times, international radio play, and millions more streams.

The song impressively placed 46th in the 2018 Hottest 100, which perfectly primed for the release of the anthemic follow up ‘UFO,’ featuring her former hero/turned friend and collaborator, Allday. The song was added to triple j instantly and has continued to build since – a surreal moment for Mallrat, as her hero became her equal.

“I feel like we’re two peas in a pod, so it’s pretty amazing that we can work together. I don’t know if there are a lot of other vocalists that I would feel comfortable asking to be on my songs, just because I feel like lyrics are so personal for me. But because he’s such a close friend and we always get where each other are coming from, it felt perfect for the song.”

And as for Mallrat – well, she just wants to make music that you can relate to. “I hope that it makes someone feel more relaxed after a weird day and they can just feel calm. I think it’s amazing when music can make you feel something and I’ve tried to do that.”
Venue Information:
State Theatre
609 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101
http://www.statetheatreportland.com/