Phoebe Bridgers gets the music going during an intimate sci-fi show after the Outside Lands set

Phoebe Bridgers gets the music going during an intimate sci-fi show after the Outside Lands set

Phoebe Bridgers performs at the Outside Lands music festival in Golden Gate Park. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

Forget Red Bull, it’s time to start bottling and selling everything that powers singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.

After closing the Twin Peaks stage on the first night of Outside Lands just hours earlier, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter showed no signs of fatigue as he performed an intimate aftershow at the Independent’s 500-person capacity on Friday, August 5.

And that’s in addition to a surprise appearance Bridgers made the night before in Healdsburg, where he reportedly played a full set for around 150 guests at the newly opened Little Saint vegan bar and restaurant.

Highlights of Outside Lands 2022

Bridgers performs at Outside Lands. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

Long before Bridgers took the Independent’s stage on Friday, a line snaking along Divisadero Street offered visible proof of just how popular the artist has become over the course of a career that still has only five years and two solo albums. Last fall, her concert at Berkeley’s Greek Theater sold out, making the opportunity to see Bridgers in a tiny venue like The Independent a rare treat.

Accompanying her for the specially announced “acoustic only” performance were Bridgers’ usual bandmates, plus the special addition of her dog, Maxine, who seemed perfectly happy to snuggle between her and another guitarist on a beige sofa. oversize that took up most of the stage.

“I just told them to make it look like an 80s living room,” Bridgers explained midway through her set, pointing to the blue and pink lava lamps flanking her central cabinet. “I think they hit it.”

The decor wasn’t the only thing that received top marks.

Sporting a voice that earned her a legion of diehard fans, Bridgers remained mostly seated as she ran through the famous lineup tunes “Kyoto”, “Waiting Room” and “Motion Sickness”, which she also played during the his festival set in Golden Gate Park. With Bridgers on stage at 11:30 pm, it was already Saturday when newcomer Charlie Hickey – currently signed to his Dead Oceans label, Saddest Factory – returned to join his boss to perform a touching rendition of “Chinese Satellite.” .

Other highlights included Bridgers guessing a Birkenstocks joke she had apparently told in San Francisco on a previous show and wisely chose to send her dog offstage before leading the audience into a “Happy Birthday” chorus and presenting. a cake for her friend who runs her merchandising table. Bridgers even managed to find a suitable guitar to play “Smoke Signals” after initially telling a fan that he requested it was “the only song we can’t do tonight”.

Taking the time to chat and interact with audience members near the stage during her set, Bridgers was affable, genuinely happy to play in front of a small crowd and, understandably, a little tired.

“This is way past bedtime,” he revealed just before wrapping up his second set of the night.

When the clock struck 00:40, Bridgers once again found a reservoir of energy to draw from to send a grateful crowd home with a dazzling, acoustic but still booming cathartic performance of “I Know the End.”

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