Monday and Tuesday’s shows were Rogers’ first in D.C. since releasing her major-label debut, January’s “Heard It in a Past Life,” which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s albums chart.
Rogers has a knack for writing personal pop songs about love and life that feel universal. She can also craft a big hook, best evident on breakout singalongs “Alaska” and “Light On.”
Rogers’ stage presence suggested that she may have outgrown 9:30 before she even got there. She kind of did: The club had a truck out front selling tickets to her just-announced Oct. 8 show at sister venue The Anthem (officially on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketfly).
“This record is about change happening very quickly and being scared,” she said. “The thing that kept me coming back every night was knowing that this is what I wanted to do with my life.”
During “Overnight,” Rogers got animated, vamping on the line “lie to me” as she danced around the stage. It wasn’t hard to imagine her back in her childhood bedroom, dreaming of headlining at 9:30. Only this time, it wasn’t a dream.