Searching for Sugar Man star Sixto Rodriguez to play Masonic Temple Theater in May

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The star of the Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man will be performing his first post-Oscar show here in his hometown.

Sixto Rodriguez has scheduled a show at the Masonic Temple Theater for Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 pm. The show is being presented by the Crofoot Ballroom.

Ticket prices for the show have been set at two levels. They will cost you either $35 for the Balcony or $45 for the main floor. Tickets go on sale March 1 at Ticketmaster.com or thecrofoot.com.

Rodriguez is a local musician whose music made him bigger than Elvis in South Africa, all the while he remained little known her in his hometown.

via Searching for Sugar Man star Sixto Rodriguez to play Masonic Temple Theater in May.

Searching for Sugar Man Interview

In the early ’70s, Rodriguez recorded two albums in the United States, working with some of the biggest producers in the industry and even attracting a capable suitor in the form of Motown Records. He only sold more than a handful of records. His records had made it to South Africa, where Cold Fact became a sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies. Rodriguez talks about his experience discovering his South African fan base and gives some advice for songwriters and musicians. “Searching for Sugarman”, a film on his story won the BAFTA award for Best Documentary and is nominated for an Oscar in 2013. The Film Director talks about his experiences making the film.

France Is Sweet on ‘Sugar Man’ – NYTimes.com

Rodriguez

A love story is developing between the French and Rodriguez, the Detroit-born musician who flopped in the 1970s, was a star without knowing it in apartheid South Africa and was rediscovered last summer in the United States when the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” was released.

The film tells the extraordinary story of a talented and philosophical musician who spent his life working in construction while struggling to bring up his three daughters, and the mind-boggling mutual discoveries in 1997: for him, that he was more famous than the Rolling Stones in South Africa, and for South African fans (who believed him to be dead), that he was alive.

The Swedish-British film by Malik Bendjelloul which has made more than $3 million at the box office in the United States, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary category. In France the now-70-year-old Rodriguez has created something of a frenzy: The soundtrack album is among Sony France’s top sales on iTunes. Sony had planned on putting fewer than 3,000 CDs in stores, but after calls from vendors who sensed something was up, made 15,000 copies available.

via France Is Sweet on ‘Sugar Man’ – NYTimes.com.

Searching for Sugar Man is Critics’ Choice | Channel24

Searching For Sugar Man
Searching For Sugar Man

Los Angeles – Just hours after receiving an Oscar nomination on Thursday, SA-filmed musical documentary Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary Feature at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

The film, which is a UK/Sweden co-production, tells the story of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez who, as portrayed in the film, became a source of hope and inspiration in apartheid South Africa before mysteriously disappearing.

Searching for Sugar Man follows South African music fans who set out to discover what exactly happened to their idol Rodriguez – who will be performing in South Africa in February.

via Searching for Sugar Man is Critics’ Choice | Channel24.

Searching for Sugar Man – an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall

Searching for Sugar Man - an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall
Searching for Sugar Man – an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall

“SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN – AN EVENING WITH RODRIGUEZ”

with special guest DAVID HOLMES

It’s one of the lost classics of the ’60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in colour and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion. The album is Cold Fact, and what’s more intriguing is that its maker – a shadowy figure known as Rodriguez – was, for many years, lost too. A decade ago, he was rediscovered working as a menial day laborer in Detroit, Michigan. He was unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for the people of South Africa, a beacon of revolution.

via Searching for Sugarman -an evening with RODRIGUEZ | The Belfast Empire Music Hall.

Searching For Sugar Man: world exclusive trailer – video

Searching For Sugar Man - 4 and 5 Stars
Searching For Sugar Man – 4 and 5 Stars

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, mysterious 1970s folk rocker, Rodriguez. Malik Bendjelloul’s acclaimed documentary premiered at the Sundance film festival, where it won two awards, opened last week’s Sheffield DocFest, went down a storm at this week’s Los Angeles film festival and opens in the UK on 27 July – The Guardian

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