GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Rodriguez, the legendary singer-songwriter known only by his surname, will play the Peace Center on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
A self-taught guitarist, Rodriguez began performing in bars and clubs around the city of Detroit in the 1960s. It was there that he recorded two studio albums, Cold Fact in 1969 and Coming from Reality in 1971. These recordings went unnoticed in the United States, and Rodriguez eventually turned to other pursuits.
In the mid-1970s, his music gained airplay in Australia and New Zealand and in the late 1990s, South African fans sought him out, leading to the unanticipated renaissance of his music career. Their story is told in the 2012 Oscar®-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, which has given Rodriguez a new measure of fame in the United States and around the world.
Rodriguez was unaware that he had reached legendary folk-rock superstardom status in South Africa,
where mistaken rumors circulated that he had perished. As it turns out, South African anti-Apartheid
activists and musicians alike were inspired by his counterculture lyrics.
Rodriguez now tours extensively in South Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States. His albums Cold Fact and Coming from Reality have been re-released and the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack is available on Sony Legacy.
Tickets for the Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. performance by Rodriguez are $35-$65 and may be purchased by calling 864.467.3000 or 800.888.7768, in person at the Peace Center Box Office or online at www.peacecenter.org. Tickets go on sale to Peacekeepers beginning now and go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. Handling fees will apply to phone and online sales.
The Peace Center presents free screenings of the 2012 Oscar®-winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man on Jan. 13-14, at 4 p.m. Tickets are required and available at www.peacecenter.org.