Subject of Oscar-winning film comes to Austin

Subject of Oscar-winning film comes to Austin

Subject of Oscar-winning film comes to Austin

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by Emily Hummel, KVUE.com

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Posted on February 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 1:28 PM

AUSTIN -- The celebrated musician at the heart of an Oscar-winning documentary is coming to Austin.

Rodriguez will perform at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center Saturday, May 4.

Sixto Rodriguez is the subject of "Searching for Sugar Man," which won Best Documentary Feature in Sunday's Academy Awards.

The film focuses on Rodriguez' attempt to launch a career as a folk musician in the late 1960s. The Detroit-based singer wrote lyrics that captured the disenfranchised mood of the time; his two albums won critical raves but never found much of an audience in the United States.

In South Africa, Rodriguez garnered a large, devoted following that embraced his music as a soundtrack to the anti-Apartheid movement. However, Rodriguez had no idea of his popularity, and he continued to live a quiet life outside the spotlight. The film chronicles the efforts to track down the singer who was a complete mystery to the fans who kept his music alive for decades.

"Searching for Sugar Man" revitalized Rodriguez’s music career and sparked a worldwide tour.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 4 at noon at Texas Box Office outlets.

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