Falling Mirror at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 28 April 2013.

Falling Mirror at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 28 April 2013. Photo: Irene McCullagh
Falling Mirror at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge, 28 April 2013.
Photo: Irene McCullagh

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Sixto Díaz Rodríguez (“Searching for Sugar Man”) at The Warfield | San Francisco, California | 4/23/2013 (Concert Review)

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

“I’m not gettin’ old. I’m gettin’ dead.” Sixto Díaz Rodríguez, at age 70, standing before an enthusiastic, sold out crowd at The Warfield in San Francisco last night. He took time away from his set of late 60s folk protest rock and some surprising covers to engage the audience, often with humor (and some of it lighthearted and self deprecating) and incredible charm. I don’t know about the rest of the crowd, but if I could have one wish granted at the show, it would probably be to go up and give him a hug. He seems to be quite a sweet character, and beaming with happiness, which was not quite what I expected having his work on rotation for the 2.5 hour drive into the city. With boots, leather pants, black shirt and coat, and his trademark hat and glasses, he stood before us like some kind of elder statesman rock star… long lost and forgotten, that he was there at all playing on stage was as much unlikely as it seemed to be a part of his destiny. Truly an incredible opportunity to experience his music live and in person, I can’t imagine anyone in the room went away anything less that ecstatic with the show.

Who: Sixto Díaz Rodríguez

Who or Supporting: Giant Giant Sand

Venue: The Warfield

Where: San Francisco, California

Promoter: Goldenvoice

When: April 23, 2013

Seating: General Admission Standing (front row center)

There was quite a crowd lined up outside The Warfield even more than an hour before doors, and a lot of excitement in the air about the evening before us.

For me, it was an even more, well, for lack of a better word, unbelievable night, in that I had two concerts planned… completely unrelated at two different venues in San Francisco. First up was Rodríguez… kind of a legend as well as would be legend (as showcased in the Academy Award-winning film, Searching for Sugar Man)… this show ran from 7:00 doors until 10:30. About a mile and a half away, I then caught the “late” Prince show at the DNA Lounge, with the music icon taking the stage there at 11:30 and running until after 2:00 AM… so it was quite a surreal night, and I couldn’t help but to draw some contrasts and comparisons to the two artists.

Read more:  Sixto Díaz Rodríguez (“Searching for Sugar Man”) at The Warfield | San Francisco, California | 4/23/2013 (Concert Review).

On 3rd Degree: Rodriguez – Echoes of Freedom

Broadcast date: Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Eva Rodriguez
Eva Rodriguez

Singer Songwriter Sixto Rodriguez’s first album Cold Fact was released over forty years ago. Though unknown in America, his music had been a huge hit in South Africa since the 70s. Now years later, an Oscar-winning documentary has finally made him a star in his own country, and around the world.

South Africa has a special place in his heart and his daughter Eva was drawn to the place where her father’s music had resonated for so long. She settled in the beautiful Wilderness on the Cape Garden Route 12 years ago after a 20 year career as a pilot in the United States military.

Now, she has turned her life towards the healing arts. She trained as a Sangoma in the Eastern Cape and has found a deep connection to South Africa.

Like her father Rodriguez, Eva focuses on freedom, enlightenment and harmony, a message South Africa and the rest of the world seems ready to hear.

3rd Degree travelled to the Wilderness to meet Eva and find out about her journey, and what it’s like to be the daughter of Sugar Man.

3rd Degree is on e.tv, the eNews channel and SKY Digital Platform in the UK – on Tuesdays at 21h30.

via On 3rd Degree: Rodriguez – Echoes of Freedom.

Rodriguez to play Montreux Jazz Festival in July | Reuters

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American comeback musician Sixto Rodriguez, enjoying a second career at age 70, will inaugurate the “Lab” on July 4, a new venue with a capacity of 2,000.

“Searching for Sugar Man”, a film by Malik Bendjelloul which won the Oscar for Best Documentary this year, chronicles an amazing bid to find the mysterious Detroit-based Rodriguez who shot to fame in South Africa but remained unknown in America.

Rodriguez made only two albums in the early 1970s, “Cold Fact” and “Coming from Reality”. His poetic lyrics about the drug scene and poverty are tinged with “anti-establishment blues” and led to a cult following in apartheid-era South Africa – which he learned of only decades later.

The festival along Lake Geneva, whose two traditional venues are the larger Stravinski Auditorium and more intimate Miles Davis Hall, draws some 250,000 music fans each year.

via Montreux jazz festival draws Prince, Sting, Marcus Miller | Reuters.

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Sixto Rodriguez to receive Wayne State degree; Masonic Temple show sells out | MLive.com

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

DETROIT, MI – Add another honor to 70-year-old Detroit resident Sixto Rodriguez’s impressive stash.

The star of an Academy Award-winning documentary called “Searching for Sugar Man” will reportedly receive an honorary degree from Wayne State University this spring.

The Detroit News reported the news this week and mentioned Rodriguez will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from WSU on May 9 at the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony.

Rodriguez is an 1981 graduate of Wayne State who studied philosophy. He lives in the city’s Woodbridge neighborhood near the school’s campus and bought his home for $1 decades ago during a federal land auction.

via ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ star Sixto Rodriguez to receive Wayne State degree; Masonic Temple show sells out | MLive.com.

Feed The Pack [Gavin Minter Benefit Concert]

Feed The Pack
Feed The Pack – Gavin Minter Benefit Concert

Bookings have opened – https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=404860567

On the 10th March Gavin Minter entered his first Argus. 24km from the finish line – at the bottom of Chapmans Peak – a cyclist pulled out in front of him. He was doing over 40km/h and after braking went over the handle bars and landed on his elbow.

He shattered his elbow in 6 places and dislocated his shoulder. On the 18th he underwent a successful 4 hour operation and has started physio to get his mobility back into his arm and fingers. Unfortunately it will be months till he picks up the saxophone again and a lot longer till he plays percussion.

There is a den of wolves camping outside his door with a healthy litter ready to be fed [hence “Feed The Pack”] and this concert is to benefit and help with growing hospital and doctors bills. Gavin has created and provided work for countless musicians over the past 20 years and is overwhelmed by the support and commitment he has received for this concert.

The concert will be on the 30th April at 19h30 to 01h00 at The Mercury Lounge. The night will feature many of South Africa’s top jazz and blues artists and include people like Arno Carstens – Albert Frost – Melanie Scholtz – Richard Ceasar – Rus Nerwich – Kevin Gibson – Natasha Meister – Gerald Clark – Schalk Joubert – Andrew Lilley – Tina Schouw – Amanda Tiffin – Kevin Floyd – Doc John – Lee Thomson – Alvin Dyers – Gorm Helfjord – Simon Orange – Richard Pryor – Charles Lazar – Lee Gold – Bobby Minter – Vuyo Sotashe – Kesivan Naidoo – Jonno Sweetman – Reg Edwards – Romy Brauteseth – Marlon Witooi – Shaun Johannes – Mike Horn – Benjamin Jephta – Justin Bellairs – Adam Coolset – Heinrich Goosen – Mike Laatz and a few more to be confirmed.

There will be 2 stages with jazz and blues being the order of the day. The minimum donation at the door will be R150. Presale tickets available at webtickets – https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=404860567 Bothners have donated a Fender Acoustic guitar as a give away – so hold onto your ticket as there will be a draw at 11pm. I would like to thank Kevin Winder and the Mercury, Bothners for the guitar and most importantly all the musicians who have offered their time and talent for Gavin’s cause.

For any of you who cannot make the concert and would still like to contribute – you can deposit any contribution into the following account. Real Wired Productions – Standard Bank – Cheque acc no – 271152052 – Branch code – 036309 – [pls give your name as reference] THANK YOU – Des Kieswetter [For any queries please phone 072-185-1230 or email des.kieswetter@gmail.com]

Gavin Minter
Gavin Minter

“KINGS OF CHAOS” announces the addition of a 2nd Cape Town show – FRIDAY 7th June 2013

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Hey folks,

It’s been just over 3 weeks since we announced that Rock Royalty in the form of Super Group “KINGS OF CHAOS” will be hitting our shores in June.. and the response has been phenomenal!!

So much so, in fact, that the Cape Town show on Saturday 8th June is almost SOLD OUT.. with just a few hundred General Admission tickets left..

With this in mind, we chatted to the band, and it’s now been decided that they will fly in a little earlier so that we can add an additional show in Cape Town on FRIDAY 7th June at the Grand Arena, GrandWest.

I know that a lot of Capetonians were super disappointed not to be able to secure either a seated or Golden Circle ticket before they sold out the first time round.. so here’s your second chance.. but don’t delay, get to Computicket ASAP and book!

As for the Sun City shows, well what better way to spend a long weekend than to hang out with Rock Royalty in those beautiful surrounds..?? Remember that Sunday is Father’s Day, and Monday is a Public Holiday.. so make it one to remember and join us at the shows!

“KINGS OF CHAOS” is made up of original members of iconic rock bands such as Guns n Roses, Def Leppard, Velvet Revolver, Skid Row, Deep Purple & Collective Soul!!

If you’ve always dreamed (like I have) of experiencing SLASH belt out his iconic riffs and solos on “Sweet Child of mine”, “Paradise City” & “Welcome to the jungle” alongside his Gn’R bandmates.. or wondered whether you’d ever get to see Joe Elliott from Def Leppard tear through their rock anthems like “Pour some sugar on me”, “Love Bites” or “Animal” live in SA.. now you get to experience it all.. on one stage.. on the same night.. in the perfect indoor environment..

Collectively these iconic artists have sold in excess of 300 million albums, and instead of having to pack in to a huge stadium, you will get to enjoy them in 2 of the finest indoor Arena’s in South Africa – Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town or the Super Bowl in Sun City.

FRIDAY 7th June 2013 – Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino

SATURDAY 8th June 2013 – Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino

SATURDAY 15th June 2013 – Super Bowl, Sun City

SUNDAY 16th June 2013 – Super Bowl, Sun City (Monday is a Public Holiday)

This is not a bunch of different bands entering and exiting the stage.. this is one SUPER BAND playing together as a unit, and performing their own and each other’s biggest hit songs in one gigantic 2 hour long Rock n Roll spectacle!! Sebastian Bach does lead vocals on all the GnR material, and he absolutely KILLS it! He has a fantastic vocal range! Joe Elliott sings all the Def Leppard material he’s made famous, while Glenn Hughes and Ed Roland do their Deep Purple and Collective Soul hits. With guitarist Dave Kushner joining the line-up, the band obviously throws in a few Velvet Revolver hits and even has some fun with some of the Cult songs (Matt Sorum was drummer for the Cult) along with one or two covers of stuff like Led Zeppelin, Queen etc..

It’s a real Rock n Roll feast!!

Band line-up:

GUITAR: SLASH (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash’s Snakepit)

BASS: Duff McKagan (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded) *Duff performing at CT shows only*

DRUMS: Matt Sorum (Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult)

GUITAR: Gilby Clarke (Guns n Roses)

GUITAR: Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver, Janes Addiction)

VOCALS: Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

VOCALS: Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)

VOCALS (and BASS): Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion)

VOCALS: Ed Roland (Collective Soul)

With only a limited number of tickets available for each of the shows.. please DO NOT hesitate on this one..

Tickets on sale at Computicket now!

You have been warned..

See you at the gigs!

Peace

Andy Mac

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Johnny’s Back … SA’s legendary band Falling Mirror Live at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge – Cape Town

Johnny's Back

Try to imagine what a cross between Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Rodriguez would sound like, throw in Mark Knopfler and The Stones, and you are close to the sound of Falling Mirror, South Africa’s hit band from the ’80’s.

Remember the hit songs ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ and ‘Neutron Bop’ that topped local charts and even received some recognition in America?

Well, “Johnny’s Back!” albeit for one night only in The Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge on Sunday the 28th of April, to Rev up the Rock. This concert will also form part of an upcoming major international documentary that will tell their unique rock story and capture the band’s reconnection with their audience.

Founding band members and cousins, Allan Faull (lead guitar) and vocalist Nielen Marais (the band’s name is a play on their surnames) together with drummer Patrick Humphries, were known as a non-performing, inordinately introspective group whose debut album ‘Zen Boulders’ was critically acclaimed upon release and gained a cult following for the band in SA. Now joined by George Den Das (Keyboards) and Harvey Cohen (bass guitar), Faull (recognised as one of South Africa’s best ever guitarists) together with Humphries’ rock-firm percussive patterns and Nielen “Mirror’s” bold, captivating voice and lyrics makes this one-night-only live performance a rarity and a must-see.

Nielen’s voice is probably the most distinctive feature of Falling Mirror’s music and it has often been compared to Dylan’s and although that artist’s influences still weave through some of Nielen’s songs, his sound is undeniably authentic and unique. Nielen is a man with a story to tell and he does so with his exquisitely beautiful music, unmistakable voice, timeless melodies and haunting lyrics. Allan’s guitar playing has the neat clarity of Mark Knopfler, deceptive simplicity, with incredible diversity and delivered with great emotion.

Unusual, hypnotic and totally addictive, Falling Mirror remains unique in SA and world rock, and has stayed rooted in the nation’s musical psyche ever since ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ was released.

For an unforgettable evening of legendary Rock that will include all Falling Mirror’s hits, and some new material, book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited.Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE via www.barnyardtheatre.co.za or via the booking line on 021 914 8898. All tickets are priced at R100.

Cape Town
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Barnyard Theatre – Willowbridge
Show starts at 7pm
Doors open at 5.30pm

Website: http://fallingmirror.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FallingMirror
SA Rock Encyclopedia: http://rock.co.za/fallingmirror
Buy CDs: http://freshmusic.co.za

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Johnny’s Back … SA’s legendary band Falling Mirror Live at Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge – Cape Town

Johnny's Back

Try to imagine what a cross between Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Rodriguez would sound like, throw in Mark Knopfler and The Stones, and you are close to the sound of Falling Mirror, South Africa’s hit band from the ’80’s.

Remember the hit songs ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ and ‘Neutron Bop’ that topped local charts and even received some recognition in America?

Well, “Johnny’s Back!” albeit for one night only in The Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge on Sunday the 28th of April, to Rev up the Rock. This concert will also form part of an upcoming major international documentary that will tell their unique rock story and capture the band’s reconnection with their audience.

Founding band members and cousins, Allan Faull (lead guitar) and vocalist Nielen Marais (the band’s name is a play on their surnames) together with drummer Patrick Humphries, were known as a non-performing, inordinately introspective group whose debut album ‘Zen Boulders’ was critically acclaimed upon release and gained a cult following for the band in SA. Now joined by George Den Das (Keyboards) and Harvey Cohen (bass guitar), Faull (recognised as one of South Africa’s best ever guitarists) together with Humphries’ rock-firm percussive patterns and Nielen “Mirror’s” bold, captivating voice and lyrics makes this one-night-only live performance a rarity and a must-see.

Nielen’s voice is probably the most distinctive feature of Falling Mirror’s music and it has often been compared to Dylan’s and although that artist’s influences still weave through some of Nielen’s songs, his sound is undeniably authentic and unique. Nielen is a man with a story to tell and he does so with his exquisitely beautiful music, unmistakable voice, timeless melodies and haunting lyrics. Allan’s guitar playing has the neat clarity of Mark Knopfler, deceptive simplicity, with incredible diversity and delivered with great emotion.

Unusual, hypnotic and totally addictive, Falling Mirror remains unique in SA and world rock, and has stayed rooted in the nation’s musical psyche ever since ‘Johnny Calls the Chemist’ was released.

For an unforgettable evening of legendary Rock that will include all Falling Mirror’s hits, and some new material, book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited.Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE via www.barnyardtheatre.co.za or via the booking line on 021 914 8898. All tickets are priced at R100.

Cape Town
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Barnyard Theatre – Willowbridge
Show starts at 7pm
Doors open at 5.30pm

Website: http://fallingmirror.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FallingMirror
SA Rock Encyclopedia: http://rock.co.za/fallingmirror
Buy CDs: http://freshmusic.co.za

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Falling Mirror 11

Rodriguez In New York: ‘Sugar Man’ Star Pleases Fans At Beacon Theatre | Huffington Post

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

NEW YORK — Sixto Diaz Rodriguez can’t hit the high notes like he used to, but that didn’t matter to his fans.

The 70-year-old singer made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” performed Sunday night to a worshipful crowd at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre.

The folk-rocker was at his best performing his own songs, like “I Wonder,” with the catchy line, “I wonder how many times you had sex,” and a slightly jazzy version of his beautiful, mournful ballad “I Think of You.”

Read more at Rodriguez In New York: ‘Sugar Man’ Star Pleases Fans At Beacon Theatre.

Rodriguez – Sugar Man (RocknRolla Soundsystem Edit)

Sixto Rodríguez is an American folk musician from Detroit. His career initially proved short-lived with two little-sold albums in the early 1970s. Unbeknownst to him, however, his work became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, although there he was mistakenly rumoured to have committed suicide. The full story is reflected in the 2012 Oscar winning documentary: Searching for Sugar Man.

This retreat is done with respect to the original by RocknRolla Soundsystem and Joris Vos

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