Rodriguez

RODRIGUEZ IN CONCERT:Forgotten '70s folk hero Sixto Rodriguez finally has the audience he deserves. Enjoying a renewed interest in his music spurred by acclaimed Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez released his first music in nearly 30 years in 2012, delighting fans around the world who thought his story ended with 1971 cult favorite Coming From Reality. At his 2013 shows, Rodriguez stunned with new songs from the documentary soundtrack alongside his classic '70s material, proving he's more than worthy of his belated stardom and building excitement for a new album and tour in 2014.BACKGROUND SNAPSHOT:Born in Detroit to Mexican immigrant parents, Sixto Rodriguez was named after his position as the sixth child in his family.

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Fan Reviews

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JaapJan
Long time Rodriguez fan. Finally had the opportunity to see him in concert. Had front row seats. Unforgettable experience
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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MelKate
Rodriguez put on an amazing show. He is a true artist. He s real and down to earth and I loved that he was so open about his political views.
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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JumpersCoke
Taking center stage at over 70 years in age was none other than the Sugar man himself. Complete with laughter, music and hat changes-- Rodriguez wowed the crowd playing his classics. The venue was set up with balcony and lower level seating creating a space for everyone to enjoy a laid back show.
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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Jackgloucester
Excellent. His voice and songs were great and the band was right on. Should be great show in Boston tonight. Town Hall is a great venue.
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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Geedl
I wonder if the opening act was part of a dare? I wonder if the band rehearsed before the performance? I wonder if Rodriguez picked up his guitar before going on stage? I wonder if Rodriguez realizes that his original work is far better than Elvis or Frank Sinatra? I wonder why there was a need for a profane Mickey Mouse joke mid-concert? I wonder how the group is going to be received at Radio City Music Hall and The Barclay's Center in the fall? I wonder how many other fans felt the same?
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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Bug8
Rodriguez is a clever, talented guy and it was great seeing him in person. The warm up performer though - an hour? Way too long. She would have been smarter to play just 4 songs (since we didn't know about her, and we weren't there to see her), and ones she knew well (think there were 5 songs she stumbled in). A few songs, maybe 20 minutes, we wouldn't feel like we were trapped in a bad dream, an hour of our lives wasted. Venue could use screens so we could see his face (looked down, wore a hat).
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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TheCookieMan
I was really looking forward to seeing the Sugarman in concert, but the guy is 70 years old and needed help in stepping up to the mike, so I wasn't sure what kind of concert I was in for. Rodriguez was amazing! His voice was strong & clear, he was funny, he was still relevant. He played for almost 1 & a half hours so he is 70 years young! With people comparing him to Elvis and Dylan in the documentary movie, he had great good humor in covering Blue Suede Shoes and Like a Rolling Stone during the concert. His banter with the crowd was spot on, including telling an off-color Mickey Mouse joke. Also, the peacefulness and serenity of the man shines. Great music, great story, great man! PS Keswick is always a good place to see a show like this.
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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Crlbecker
Combine a Dylan, a Neil, and a genuine charismatic socially conscious soul into a humble, gracious singer and song writer.
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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taub
His music was wonderful. Little quips of wisdom ringing in my ears. The audience including myself and my spouse absolutely loved him.
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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sophieluv
Having seen "Searching for Sugarman," I knew I had to see a Rodriguez performance in person if for no other reason, to express my love and support for him. The performance was straightforward - no special effects, little conversation - but I was mesmerized from start to finish. His voice was clear and wonderful, I could not take my eyes off of the way his fingers moved across his guitar and I loved his surprising song selection. He did not play some of his own songs that I expected but he covered Dylan, (with a MUCH better voice!) Elvis and even Frank Sinatra, putting his own touch on each of their songs. I was sad and concerned when he first appeared as he needed help onto the stage but once he started, all of that was forgotten and he was in command. What else can I say except, I LOVE Rodriguez!
Beacon Theatre - New York, NY - Sun, Apr 7, 2013
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Emeraldsinglass
This guy was absolutely incredible. At the age of 70, Rodriguez is able to sound almost exactly like his recorded material back in the 60's and 70's. I am so glad I got to see him live. Remarkable.
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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PhineasNewbone
Very glad to have been part of this concert and the audience who came to be there and listen.
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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AKiki
After seeing 'Searching for Sugarman', I was so excited to see that Rodriguez was touring. What a great evening at The Beacon! Rodriguez put on a great show ... playing both his original songs and some great covers. He seems like a great, down-to-earth man. Wishing him and his family continued happiness and success.
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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Draidez1
Not since Elvis has there been the epitome of the word Cool in music! Rodriguez reeks of it ! Why did the music industry rob us of such a talent for so long? Prejudice? I have seen well over 500 concerts in my lifetime(Floyd, Who,Springsteen, U2 etc.)and never have I seen an audience hang on every movement, note and word from a musician like they did for this Giant, and humble all I can say is WOW!!! What a show and a privilege to have been able to find Sugarman! Thank You Rodriguez, and looking forward to more new tunes. Even though you are losing your sight, you have helped us see the light! Yours Truly A Devoted Fan For Life!!!!!!
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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Anonymous
Good Show. He played almost everything you would want to hear, plus a lot of cool covers. His voice is immaculate and he had pretty good crowd interaction. His backup band is mediocre, but that is not a reason not to go....he was great.
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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Anonymous
weirdly beautiful touchful and easy is going to be a while
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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Kirwankid
I saw Rodriguez in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre the week before last. What a fantastic night. Saw him with the Break which was a real experience. All our family has loved Rodriguez since the 70s in Australia, Mum and Dad who are now in their late 70s themselves. They loved his gritty lyrics and wonderful voice quality, telling it like it is.Then we found him again in Searching for Sugarman which I saw twice at the theatre and now own. Reliving his music has given our family much joy! What a legend. He sang all my favourites faithfully and despite his jokes about being a 'solid 70' he gave a wonderful performance. It's wonderful seeing Rodriguez, who we have listened to for years, finally getting the recognition he deserves worldwide. We are visiting NY and my son has surprised me with a ticket. it will be the highlight of my trip. Can't wait for tonight!
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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djFlaxx
"Waiting For Sugar Man" was the most fascinating music documentary I've ever seen. I'm hopeful that the Oscar nomination will bring even more people into the incredible story of Detroit's magnetic musician Rodriguez. His songs are like a combination of Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Donovan and Curtis Mayfield, recounting stories of the streets with melody and a gritty sense of humor. It is inexplicable to me that Rodriguez has flown under the radar so long with his songwriting gifts and compelling voice. Can't wait to see him in New York City. Get on this!
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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AaronWolf
Rodriguez was plain and simple an absolute experience. If you're looking for a new sound that's ironically been around for decades, and a humble, gracious artist, that played for over two hours, then go see Rodriguez (Sugar Man). What a cool night. I hear he's playing NYC come spring...count me in!
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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5hourfan
My wife and I drove nearly six hours to Cleveland to see this show. It was fantastic!! The story behind the music and the man is great, but his lyrics and the soul behind this man are unbeatable. We won´t ever forget this concert. On a side note to purists don´t expect laser light shows and teams of people setting up amazing acoustics and synthesizers in perfect venues. It is a man and his guitar in it´s purest form. What you will find is his daughters and grand kids are most of his staff and this made the show even more special for us. We will certainly travel to see another show! Can´t wait.
House of Blues Houston - Houston, TX - Tue, Oct 23, 2012
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LGHuddleston
I was so looking forward to seeing Rodriguez live, especially after seeing the recent documentary about him. The tickets said 8 p.m., but he didn't start until 10:15. Standing on a cold, hard, concrete floor, waiting for over two hours, with no seating available, was excruciatingly difficult on a Tuesday night, after working all day. The crowd was mostly 40+, and when people tried to sit on the floor along the edge of the room, they were told to get up. When Rodriguez finally came on after a very lackluster opening act, the acoustics were terrible, people were talking loudly, and whenever the door to the adjoining bar opened, the loud music from there drowned out Rodriguez. It got a bit better when many people just left, and the loud talking subsided some.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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RobertJ7
I wasn't real impressed with the venue. Everyone was stuck standing the whole time. No seats. The sound quality was nothing special. It was just Rodriguez by himself with a guitar and he needed a backup band. He spent a lot of time tuning his guitar and, even with all the tuning, it only lasted an hour.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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Didntseeshow
This was our first time at the House of Blues. We were not aware that, if we bought the voucher for dinner, that we would not have a place to sit. (We thought that was the point of the voucher.) We also were not aware that Rodriguez would not perform until 10 o'clock. So, rather than stand around for two hours, waiting, we left. I feel that we wasted a lot of money!
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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tessslo
Came to see Rodriguez and had to wait a long time to hear him. Did not dissapoint me with his clear voice and songs that grab the heart. Traveled 5hrs to see him and would do it again. I grew up in Los Angeles and have seen The Doors to Hendrix and this was my favorite show ever.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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JVMP1234
All of the performers were well worth watching. The final even, Rodgriguez, was all we hoped it would be. He is a very special soul, wouldn't have missed it!
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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Umused
Four performers whose average age was 70.3 years shared the El Rey stage Friday night in Los Angeles. Problem- old people (we fans) need to sit. The headliner, Rodriguez, came on stage 3.5 hours after the door s opened and we were already agitated by that time. A DJ filled in between sets and he obviously had a record collection that was second to none, problem is no one was there for vinyl discovery.No head bobbing or toe tapping was to be found. I summed up the night thinking, 'Now I know how the folks trapped on the ride at Knotts felt'. Hyun, the elder statesman of the crowd, impressed with his virtuoso skills but there was really no connection with the mostly non Korean crowd. Ok, Rodriguez finally takes the stage. He seemed to be obsessed with tuning his guitar and experienced a few mis-starts. Most of the awkward silence moments were filled with South African accented yeels from the crowd, "We love you Rodriguez". The band was able enough but there were between song huddles that led one to believe they were winging it. We were not treated to a show of a polished stage presense. Instead, a guy with a guitar who had some songs to offer. The two encore songs, "I Wonder" and "I think of You" were truely the highlight of the night. It all came together for a grand finale but by no means (other than the story) was it great.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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everynamesbeentaken
Terrific show, terrific intervie, and terrific venue. My first time to Landmark, was thoroughly impressed with the staff. Do they pay them enough? Everything else there impressive, too. Rodriguez did Q&A after the film. Great time!
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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Anonymous
the sound mixing was something from high school, the "announcers" were painful. how many times did they need to introduce THEMSELVES???? too bad such fine artists were subject to such crappy support
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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Anonymous
Went to see the great Sixto Rodriguez at the El Rey Theatre last night. His set was last in a long night of celebration for the 10-year -anniversary of the "Light In The Attic" record label. Rodriguez was escorted to the stage at 11:30PM and proceeded to play for his adoring fans (many of them native South Africans) who loved his every move. I, unfortunately, didn't love many of his moves. The band was shoddy (and out of tune), the sound was "HISTORICALLY" terrible AND Mr. Rodriguez was disconnected and all over the place. He even tried to pull off an acoustic set of "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Blue Suede Shoes/Whol Lotta Shakin/Good Golly Miss Molly." OY. The band seemed shocked and the crowd was polite, but starting to leave in droves. I was happy to hear "Sugar Man," "Can't Get Away," "I Think Of You" and other great songs from his 40+-Year-Old 2-album catalog (which I purchased on vinyl last night). I was also happy to hear that he will be featured on 60 Minutes in October, but I will never pay money to see him perform live again. This was NOT a professional concert. This was a lot of people rightfully celebrating a terrific story. I'm glad I got to see him in person, but it was NOT WORTH ALL THE HYPE LIVE. I will enjoy my new vinyl and be glad I saw the incredible "Searching For Sugar Man" movie twice with my girl.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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DRBABY24
I am an old folkie from the sixties and never heard of Rodriguez until 3 weeks ago when I saw his interview for the movie. I played his music and found out he was in Washington DC the same night I was there. I loved the concert and bought all the cd's. My wife put it best by saying that it was a happening and that it was. He is a gentle soul with words of a poet
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - Washington, DC - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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Paja7
The movie "Searching for Sugar Man" made me curious to go see him live. The cleverness of his lyrics, the feeling was great. Sad that we never heard him when he and I were younger. He has real talent and much, much better than a lot of the folk music of the sixties. Good show. I'd love to hear him in a smaller venue.
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Anonymous
I shouldn't have expected that the live performance in 2012 would be as good as the movie performance from a decade ago or the recordings from 40 years ago. It was sweet to see Rodriguez but his playing was poor and his voice is gone.
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Plexina
Gritty, Raw and Real!!! Perfect venue. The fans were all true fans!
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Cscoobydoo
Humble, elegant, political, and with it. Loved his show. Pure and mesmerizing. Will never forget. Thanks Sixto
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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DCmusicfiend
Sadly Rodriguez's voice doesn't hold up anymore but his guitar playing is still fantastic. We were a little disappointed by the show but still think his story is remarkable and wish him the best.
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Jaumby
Rodriguez has a great life story and he is a fine song writer but I've seen better performers at local clubs. There was no back-up band and the concert lacked energy. I guess I expected too much but it was not worth going to see Rodriguez. Listening to his records or watching the DVD is much more entertaining.
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Parrotthead60
A sensational opening act by Victory, then a interesting transition act. Rodriguez is a legend and the crowd was appropriately enthusiastic to see a legend live,. But the enthusiasm was for that legendary status not the current state of his music. It was great to see him, but not musically as good as I had hoped, but then he is 76 and seems to have significant sight impairments. Go for the experience, listen to the records.
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Jan1s
Rodriguez was disappointing, but opening act, Victory Boyd, was amazing!
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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Allmusicloverinnc
I always wanted to go see him after watching the documentary several years ago. He's really past the age where he can sing anymore, and his mumbling on stage is pretty annoying. Sorry, but didn't enjoy it.
Parker Playhouse - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Fri, Feb 23, 2018
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