Last year Fairgrounds went searching for Sugar Man. This year we found him. Following 2015’s prophetic Friday night screening of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man, Fairgrounds is excited to welcome the real thing to Berry this December. Enigmatic songwriter and cult hero Rodriguez will grace our opening night for a spellbinding twilight performance.
Lauded as the downtown Bob Dylan, Rodriguez’s blend of social politics, emotional insights and street observations, showcased in songs like Sugar Man, I Wonder and Cause, vividly capture a certain time and place, all complemented by his impeccable voice.
Rodriguez released his debut album Cold Fact in 1970 to critical acclaim, but drifted into obscurity following its lack of commercial success. Nonetheless, the LP had made its way around the world to South Africa, where it became an unlikely soundtrack to the anti-Apartheid movement, being banned by the repressive government but achieving Platinum equivalent sales through illegal bootlegs. Rumours of Rodriguez’s fate over this period speculated that the singer had died, only put to rest decades later when two South African fans, Stephen “Sugar” Segerman and Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their quest formed the basis of Malik Bendjelloul’s Academy Award winning documentary, Searching For Sugar Man.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the mysterious, revolutionary Rodriguez in the glow of country dusk.