Phoebe Bridgers keeps the music going during the intimate SF show after the set of Outside Lands

Phoebe Bridgers keeps the music going during the intimate SF show after the set of Outside Lands

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 makes singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers tick.

After exiting the Twin Peaks stage on the first night of Outside Lands just hours earlier, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter showed no sign of fatigue as he attended an intimate aftershow at the Independent on Friday, August 5 with with a capacity of 500 people.

And that’s on top of a surprise performance Bridgers had in Healdsburg the night before, where she reportedly played a full set for about 150 guests at newly opened Little Saint bar and vegan restaurant.

Highlights of Outside Lands 2022

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

Well before Bridgers took the stage at the Independent on Friday, a line snaking down Divisadero Street offered visible evidence of the artist’s popularity over the course of a career spanning just five years and two solo albums. Last fall their concert at Berkeley’s Greek Theater sold out instantly, making the opportunity to see Bridgers in a venue as tiny as the Independent a rare treat.

She was joined by Bridgers’ usual bandmates for the specially billed “acoustic only” performance, plus the special addition of her dog Maxine, who seemed perfectly happy to wedge himself between her and another guitarist on an oversized beige couch cuddling, which took up most of the stage.

“I just told them to make it look like a 1980s living room,” Bridgers explained mid-set, pointing to the blue and pink lava lamps that flanked her center piece of furniture. “I think they did it.”

It wasn’t just the facility that received good marks.

With a voice that has garnered her a legion of die-hard fans, Bridgers mostly sat while going through popular setlists “Kyoto,” “Waiting Room,” and “Motion Sickness,” which she also performed during her festival set at Golden Gate Park rocked . By the time Bridgers took the stage at 11:30pm, it was already Saturday when Charlie Hickey, currently signed to her Dead Oceans label imprint, Saddest Factory, returned to join his boss on a poignant rendition of Play Chinese Satellite.

Other highlights included Bridgers, who, second-guessing a joke she’d apparently told at a previous show in San Francisco, about Birkenstocks, wisely chose to send her pooch off the stage before leading the audience into a chorus of “Happy Birthday” and handed him a cake by her friend who runs her merch table. Bridgers even managed to find a guitar suitable for “Smoke Signals” after initially telling a fan who asked for it that it was “the only song we can’t do tonight.” .

Bridgers, who took time throughout her set to chat and exchange ideas with the audience at the front of the stage, seemed affable, genuinely pleased to be playing in front of a tiny crowd, and understandably a little tired.

“This is way past my bedtime,” she revealed just before the end of her second sentence of the night.

As the clock struck 12:40, Bridgers once again found an energy store to tap into to send a grateful crowd home with a dazzling, acoustic yet booming cathartic performance of “I Know the End.”

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