Rodriguez began his career in the 60s, but without any enthusiastic response, he was ultimately let go by his label and forced to work outside the music industry. Unbeknownst to him, and to the rest of the world, his songs became the inspiration for millions struggling against apartheid in South Africa, where he was regarded as a superstar.
Rodriguez became the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which depicts the story of the hunt to learn the truth behind his rumored death and disappearance in the late 1970’s. With his new-found celebrity status, Rodriguez has been a headliner at every major festival in the world and has finally found commercial success forthe album he produced nearly four decades ago.
Rodriguez returns to the Luckman with his classic hits and the songs that helped shape his fascinating life.
Bouncing between states, “indie soul” singer and songwriter Arum Rae went from performing on any stage possible—including dive bars, mental hospitals, and organic produce markets—to landing a high-profile placement on ABC’s Nashville, touring with the likes of “Sugarman” Rodriguez, Gary Clark, Jr. and B.B. King, and independently releasing her 2014 Warranted Queen EP acclaimed by Noisey, Spin, Paste, and more. On that road, she came face-to-face with addiction, loss, heartbreak, and everything in between. Her inspiration derives from a diverse musical palette including Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Outkast and Bill Withers, ultimately creating a multi-faceted musical experience for the listener.
On the heels of her recent Loners EP and forthcoming unplugged & b-sides collection Past Present Future, Arum’s story comes into focus on her debut full-length album, slated for release in 2017.