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Sixto Rodriguez performs during a sold out concert at the Masonic Temple in Detroit on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The "Searching for Sugar Man" star is performing for his biggest home crowd ever. | Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press
Sixto Rodriguez performs during a sold out concert at the Masonic Temple in Detroit on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The “Searching for Sugar Man” star is performing for his biggest home crowd ever. | Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press

You could practically feel the buzz crackling inside the Masonic Temple Theatre Saturday night, where Rodriguez hit the stage for a triumphant homecoming night.

It was an apt setting, just down the road from his longtime Woodbridge home and near the bars where he’d plied his trade before finally breaking into the wider public consciousness via the film “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Greeted by a long standing ovation from the capacity crowd of 4,400 — fans ready to be as enchanted as they’d been by the film — Rodriguez opened the show with “Climb Up on My Music,” first of the decades-old songs that have suddenly found a resonant new life.

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