Rodriguez – 2014 Concert Schedule
Rodriguez is ready to hit the stage again with his 2014 tour, bringing
hits like "Sugar Man" and "I'll Slip Away" to venues across the globe. This fascinating folk musician has been the subject
of a recent documentary, which details the efforts of two fans who tried to find out what happened after Rodriguez seemed
to vanish from music altogether. The recent attention of his career has galvanized renewed fame and interest in his music,
spawning a resurgence for this talented American folk singer. Loyal fans can look forward to hearing Rodriguez's classic hits
in concert, while burgeoning fans of Rodriguez's music are in for a musical journey, as the elusive singer and songwriter
performs his beautiful tunes. For an unforgettable show, be sure to visit StubHub to get your Rodriguez tickets today!
Born in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (known simply as Rodriguez) is a Mexican-American
folk singer. Rodriguez was born to Mexican immigrants who had come to the United States to work in the Midwest. Growing up
in an impoverished, inner-city neighborhood, Rodriguez's songs often carry political undertones of the hardships and marginalization
facing the inner-city poor.
In 1966, Rodriguez released his first single "I'll Slip Away" under the moniker "Rod Riguez."
The single was released through a small record label called Impact, but he didn't release anything further for about three
years. In 1970, Rodriguez was signed with Sussex Records and he recorded the albumCold Fact, followed byComing From Realityin
1971. Unfortunately, due to less-than-stellar reviews and low sales, Rodriguez was dropped from the label shortly thereafter.
this point, Rodriguez decided to give up on his aspirations of being a musician, but in a bizarre twist, his albums were starting
to gain significant airplay in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia by the mid 1970s. In fact, the Australian record label,
Blue Goose Music, bought the Australian rights to Rodriguez's back catalog and released his two albums, along with a new compilation
album. While Rodriguez was living in complete obscurity in the states, rumors began to form about his disappearance from the
music scene, and some even surmised that he had died or committed suicide. Meanwhile, his album went platinum in South Africa,
launching him to cult status among his South African fans. This resurgence of support and interest allowed Rodriguez to start
playing live shows, and he soon began touring Australia along with the Mark Gillespie Band.
Two live shows from this
tour were released on an album calledAlive, whose title joked about the rumors that had started in Rodriguez's absence. After
touring again in Australia in 1981, Rodriguez settled back into regular life in the states, pursuing a degree in philosophy
and working a blue collar job. While Rodriguez was living his life under the radar, his albums in South Africa were becoming
increasingly popular. One day in 1998 his daughter happened to come across a South African-based website that was dedicated
to him. After discovering his new fan base, Rodriguez toured in South Africa later that year, much to the delight of thousands
of longtime fans.
Adding to Rodriguez's career resurgence was the documentary film,Searching for Sugar Man, which documented
the journey of two South African fans who set out to see if Rodriguez was in fact alive, and if so, what exactly happened
to him. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and went on to win the World Cinema Special Jury Prize and
the Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary.
Rodriguez's Breakthrough Album
Rodriguez's career has taken
many fascinating turns, from popularity to obscurity and back again. But it was the Australian re-release of his back catalog,
along with the compilation albumAt His Bestthat launched him to cult status in South Africa. The compilation featured unreleased
tunes from 1973, including "Can't Get Away" and "Street Boy". The album went platinum and paved the way for his future success,
but interestingly, Rodriguez didn't find out about his newly acquired fame until much later.
you know that Rodriguez tried to run for city council in Detroit?
After disappointing sales from the initial release
of his first two albums, Rodriguez resigned himself to a life of normalcy, and he left the music scene altogether. While living
back home in Detroit, Rodriguez remained politically active and tried to advance the plight of the inner-city poor to the
mainstream. He ran for mayor of Detroit twice, and also for city council and state representative.
you've been a Rodriguez fan since the first release ofCold FactandComing From Reality, orSearching for Sugar Manrecently piqued
your curiosity, his live shows do not disappoint. From Sweden to California, Rodriguez has worldwide shows planned for 2014,
and this is your chance to see the elusive folk singer live in concert. Check out StubHub today to get your Rodriguez concert