DETROIT (WWJ) – Hours after the documentary based on his life won Best Documentary film at the Oscars, Sixto Rodriguez announces he’ll be taking center stage at the Masonic Temple Theater in May.
Rodriguez, an acclaimed singer/songwriter and subject of the Oscar-winning “Searching for Sugar Man,” will be returning to Detroit with his first post-Oscar show on May 18.
“This is a happy occasion for us. We’re presenting a Detroit legend at a legendary venue, at a time when the world is watching Rodriguez closely,” said Dan McGowan, of Crofoot, the promotions company behind the event.
With the Oscar for “Searching for Sugar Man” as Best Documentary film, Rodriguez has experienced an explosion of interest. A sold out show at Pontiac’s Crofoot Ballroom in November, an appearance at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and several high-profile TV appearances, including 60 Minutes, Late Show with David Letterman, a CNN feature story, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, have reinforced Rodriguez status as cult icon.
Rodriguez’s story is a fairy tale come true, his album is one of the lost classics of the ’60s, a psychedelic masterpiece inspired by life, love, poverty, and 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 day laborer in Detroit. He was unaware that his defining album had become not only a cult classic, but for some young people in South Africa, a beacon of revolution.
See a trailer of “Searching for Sugar Man.”