Rodriguez - Mesa Amphitheatre - 4/18/2013

Given the build-up over the Oscar Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man -- the reason Sixto Rodriguez is only now getting his due, and the reason for a surprisingly large Mesa Amphitheatre audience -- it seemed only fitting that the street poet and alternative folk-icon would open the show with three songs that didn't even make the documentary's soundtrack.

Those three rocking, gritty, fuzzy, and edgily psychedelic songs introduced many in attendance to an even more unknown side of Rodriguez and only highlighted the untapped potential of a musician given up by many as dead when commercial failure ended his musical career and relegated him to a "normal" life as a Detroit laborer.

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Glenn BurnSilver
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