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Rodriguez at The Crofoot, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It’s been five years since “Searching For Sugar Man” made a star out of Sixto Rodriguez.

The Academy Award-winning documentary introduced the world to Rodriguez, the Detroit singer-songwriter who disappeared after a pair of early 70s albums, working construction and other jobs back in the Motor City while he became something of a legend in South Africa and Australia. His albums wer re-releases, while the film and its companion album made Rodriguez a toast of the music world.

The 74-year-old troubadour has been riding the wave ever since, from festival stages to TV appearances, and not just on late night shows. There was also a biography, “Sugar Man,” in 2015. Catching up with Rodriguez, he’s still the same “musico-politico” he dubbed himself years ago, happy to wax on a number of subjects -- even if it’s not exactly what he was asked about...

• In the wake of the film, Rodriguez has become “a citizen of the world...like Socrates,” with performances around the globe. “We’ve got a full load,” he says. “Last year we did Australia, Canada, Europe and the States. this year we’re doing a West Coast tour, a Canadian tour. We end up in Ohio and then we can relax. It’s always great to start a tour and to end it. My tours are staggred so I can get some rest time, and that’s also great. It’s the beginning and the end of something.”

• What Rodriguez has not done since the documentary came out is release any new material, though he’s played some on stage. “That’s a question often asked to people who are into humanity -- ‘Have you written any books lately?,’ that kind of thing,” he says. “I think this whole industry and the world and the art form and the trade has changed so much. Music is an art form, and it’s a business and an industry I’m learning to understand. And it’s ever-morphing into something. There’s enough for everybody, of all kinds.”

• The things you need for success, according to Rodriguez: “You need a passport. You need a bank account. You need a good vocabulary -- one that includes politeness. And you have to have a pair of sunglasses. Keep it real.”

If You Go:

• Rodriguez

• Saturday, April 22. Doors open at 8 p.m.

• The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

• Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 door.

• Call (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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