‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez opens Montreux Jazz Festival | Reuters

 U.S. folk singer Sixto Rodriguez performs during the first night of the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival July 4, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Valentin Flauraud


U.S. folk singer Sixto Rodriguez performs during the first night of the 47th Montreux Jazz Festival July 4, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Valentin Flauraud

(Reuters) – American singer-songwriter Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez, virtually unknown a few years ago, opened the Montreux Jazz Festival on Thursday, which American producer and its former co-director Quincy Jones calls the “Rolls Royce of music festivals.”

Fresh from the Glastonbury festival in Britain last weekend, Rodriguez gave a Fourth of July concert in the Swiss resort, mixing songs from his two albums that never made the charts with borrowed tunes including the classic rock’n’roll hit “Fever.”

The Detroit-based singer, whose lyrics evoke the folksy sound of Bob Dylan, is the shy subject of “Searching for Sugar Man,” a film by Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul that tells the incredible story of his fame late in life. It won the Oscar for best documentary this year.

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10 comments on “‘Sugar Man’ Rodriguez opens Montreux Jazz Festival | Reuters
  1. LIZZIE GRIFFIN says:

    SIXTO, YOU ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST. LOVED YOUR MOVIE, YOUR CD’S AND YOUR GENTLENESS. MY FRIENDS SAY I AM YOU #1 GROUPIE. PROBABLY TRUE: SEE THE MOVIE 12 TIMES, AND EVEN GOT THE MOVIE POSTER FROM THE MOVIE HOUSE. DO TAKE TIME TO RELAX, CATCH UP ON REST, AND DO YOU DO BEST! SING AND SHARE, AND BE HUMBLE. LOVE YOU, LIZZIE GRIFFIN, GREY WOLF

  2. Chance favors the prepared mind.

  3. Nicky says:

    Hiya Rodriguez ? I saw and listened to you many years ago and I was moved.
    Thank you !

  4. Ida says:

    I’m a Swiss and so proud and excited to have Rodriguez open the Montreux Jazz Festival! He’s a goodwill
    Ambassador for the world.

  5. Marion says:

    Thenks for this concert in Montreux! It was so amazing! I have the impression to live in a dream since I went to the concert. What a sympathy and modesty! Thank you Rodriguez

  6. I fell in love with your music, family and Rodriguez himself. For the first time in a long time I was inspired to go out and buy music. I have told many people of the documentary and had them watch it. They came away with the same experience/feelings I did. He’s not only an amazing and talented artist, he’s an amazing human being….

    • LIZZIE GRIFFIN says:

      1 I AGREE WITH YOU 100%! YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH. I HAVE A COPY OF ALL CD’S AND THE MOVIE. FROM OCT TO APRIL/MAY, I THINK I SAW SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN 12 TIMES, WHEN FRIENDS SAID THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT. THANK HEAVENS IT WAS AT THE LEAST EXPENSIVE THEATER. I ALSO GOT THE MOVIE POSTER FROM THE THEATER, AND ITS FRAMED AND IN MY DEB, WHAT A MOST HUMBLE, GENTLE, BEAUTIFUL MAN SIXTO IS. I DID SOME RESEARCH, FOR THE FUN OF IT, AND HE HAS HAD TWO WIVES, ONE I THINK HE MIGHT BE STILL MARRIED TO. ALL OF THEM, AND THE THREE DAUGHTERS ARE GREAT FRIENDS. AND THAT IS A BLESSING!

  7. Happy Birthday! I was so touched by you and your family! I loved the movie and your music…I work for a library in Bainbridge, Ohio and had other patrons watch your movie and so many of them were moved by your story and fell in love with you, your family and your music! Were HUGE fans in OHIO

  8. Would LOVE to see you in person…If you do a concert close enough for me and my fellow patrons from Paxton Library in Bainbridge, OH to come see you would be the ultimate thrill! Again, Happy Birthday Rodriguez and God Bless you and your family!

  9. Mary Meade says:

    My husband and I saw Rodriguez in Austin, TX in May. Great show. Special man. special performer. Our lives have been touched by his music and life story.

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