‘Alaska’ singer Maggie Rogers to perform first Anchorage show

After being praised by artist Pharrell Williams, singer Maggie Rogers rose to fame. Best known for her single, “Alaska,” Rogers will perform at the Egan Civic and Convention Center on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is put on by UAA’s Concert Board, with help from KRUA 88.1 and Student Activities and Commuter Programs.

“Maggie Rogers is definitely on the upward artist projection in her career. She’s a big artist and we’re really excited to have her up here this year,” Kelly Ireland, UAA Concert Board chair, said. “She’s a really cool artist who I think is kinda like a mix of Glass Animals and Ellie Goulding and Sylvan Esso… I think everyone that’s going to go is going to enjoy Maggie.”

Though Rogers will be performing for the first time in Alaska, this is not her first trip here. In a 2016 interview with Genius.com, Rogers said she was training to be an outdoor guide to lead hiking trips as an alternative option to pursuing music. She wrote her song “Alaska” about her experience here, then presented it for her senior year masterclass at New York University with Pharrell Williams in 2016. He gave the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music students critiques but when it came to Rogers, he raved about her sound and song, and the video went viral.

Maggie Rogers performing at Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, Alabama. Rogers will be coming to perform in Alaska for the first time on Nov. 17 at the Egan Center. Photo credit: Bryan9026

UAA sophomore environment and society major, Klaire Rhodes, heard about the event through Facebook and is looking forward to Nov. 17.

“I’ve enjoyed Maggie Rogers’ music for a while and was excited to hear she is coming to Anchorage. She has a really unique sound,” Rhodes said.

Formerly a folk artist who released two independent albums, Rogers ditched her banjo and started adoring and creating dance music after studying abroad in France. She signed with Capitol Records shortly after the video with Williams went viral, then released her EP, “Now That the Light is Fading,” in Feburary. Her music has pop and dance influences, but has a different and mesmerizing kind of sound.

Opening the show is local 14-year-old artist Ava Earl. Earl is a singer-songwriter based out of Girdwood. Rogers announced on her Instagram she was looking for local artists to send their songs to her, would listen to them all and then choose who would open her show. Earl, a South Anchorage High School freshman, was chosen.

“I think I screamed a few times,” Earl said. “I was doing math homework or something and my mom kept texting me. I didn’t see it because my phone was flipped over and so when I picked up my phone all [the messages] said ‘Ava! Ava! Ava! Look at your email! Ava! Ava!’ so I looked at my email and freaked out.”

Earl has opened for other concerts locally before and is grateful for her upcoming performance.

“I’m super excited and honored to have this opportunity. A lot of the people in the community have helped me get to where I am now, so I’m super thankful for all of that,” Earl said.

Tickets for Maggie Rogers are still available at ticketmaster.com for $35. For UAA students, $25 tickets can be purchased at the Student Union Information Desk. Tickets will be an additional $5 at the door.