With the sound and spirit of a true rock legend, the songs of Rodriguez have gained an audience around the world. An inventive and innovative lyricist, known simply by one name – Rodriguez created two lost classic albums: Cold Fact and Coming from Reality back in the 1960s in between shifts at Detroit's auto plants and factories. Tapping directly into the social angst of generations before and of those to come, Rodriguez is as relevant today as his original recordings from the early ´70s. His unique blend of psychedelic folk-rock has withstood the test of time and lives on for a new generation of enthusiastic listeners.

A man always ahead of his time, Rodriguez’s music still resonates today as it pulls at the heartstrings and pierces the collective social conscience. His songs are fueled with his passionate and poetic critique of lost love, missed opportunities, and the struggle to find hope in a decaying inner city. Now there is a resurgence of interest in his music and his unbelievable true story has reestablished his rightful place in music history – fueling a renewed appreciation for his music and sparking successful tours around the world. His songs and story have inspired legions of fans, artists, writers, filmmakers, and fellow musicians internationally. Reinterpretations and remixes of his work have been recorded by artists such as Paolo Nutini, David Holmes, and Nas. Rodriguez’s amazing discovery of fame in South Africa is told in the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man which continues to receive accolades and awards. The soundtrack to which is a compilation of must-have Rodriguez tracks and is released in a joint effort by Light in the Attic and Sony Legacy. Today, Rodriguez continues to perform live in concert worldwide and continues to cement his place as a legend in music history. Rodriguez has the story of an unimaginable dream come true; where the music lives on, proving to have a life of its own and fame is found by fate. Visit

Jenny O will be opening for Rodriguez. Visit for more information.

May 9 Ferguson Hall

On-Site Dining

Enjoy a meal before the show.

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Show Dates & Times

Thurs., May 9, 8 p.m.


Regularly priced tickets start at $35.50.

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