Sugarman is back! Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rodriguez - subject of the Oscar Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, returns to NYC this September. The Detroit-based Rodriguez's rise to international fame is one of the most remarkable stories in music. After the release of two little-sold albums in the early 1970s Cold Fact and Coming from Reality, his music became hugely successful in South Africa and Australia, unbeknownst to him. Years later a group of loyal South African fans set out to establish what had happened to their hero, only to discover he was still alive. Their successful journey and Rodriguez’s life-story and body of songwriting were retold in the celebrated documentary. Now appreciated by a new generation of listeners who find common ground in his music, Rodriguez's surprise resurgence and inspirational story has triggered a return to live performance for the artist, who has played to rapturous concert crowds around the world.
This show will open with Arum Rae:
It could be the plot for a character-driven seventies film. Bouncing between states, “indie soul” singer and songwriter Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible—including dive bars, mental hospitals, and organic produce markets—to landing a high-profile placement on ABC’s Nashville, touring with the likes of Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014 Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more. On that road, she came face-to-face with addiction, loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. Inspired by a diverse musical palette including Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Outkast, Bill Withers and Hank Williams, Sr., her story comes into focus on 2016’s Loners EP and forthcoming full-length debut for Secret Road Records.