Live Video: Rodriguez at The Triple Door

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

Greg Vandy of The Roadhouse calls Rodriguez‘s the “Story of the Year.” In the early ’70s, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez recorded two albums — Cold Fact (1970) and Coming from Reality (1971), both of which saw limited sales and critical response at the time. Eventually, the label that put them out folded, and Rodriguez went on with his life of education, working construction, and social activism. During those years, his albums became more and more popular in South Africa and Australia, but Rodriguez himself was so far removed from music that he was unaware of his growing success and his fans thought he was dead! He made a brief appearance, touring Australia in the late ’70s but soon slipped back into obscurity. Occasional references were made to his song “Sugar Man” in this current decade in movies and mixtapes, but it wasn’t until 2008, when Seattle label Light in the Attic re-released Cold Fact (and subsequently Coming From Reality), that Rodriguez, now in his 60’s, has finally received the recognition in America that he deserves.

Recently, KEXP hosted a very special performance by Rodriguez at The Triple Door in Seattle as part of KEXP’s VIP Club concert series. We knew that many more people would be dying to see him perform, so we’ve captured several songs from the session on video for you here:

Check out photos from the session by Kyle Johnson here.

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  1. Erik Godo
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    The flute/sax/trumpet/trombone are cool! The flute especially….

  2. Judy Engel
    Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to everyone for bringing Rodriguez to me as I haven’t had the opportunity to go see him in person!

  3. scott mallett
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    reminicent of the band “love” quite nice. of an era. thanks to all who have aided on that long journey.

  4. stevesstuff
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    there is one more song I found from this gig – Inner City Blues:

  5. Scott Chatfield
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    where can I buy this great gig on dvd? This is one of the Greats, that was never
    appreciated in his time…I just found his music, and WOW.

  6. Judith Shumate
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    I love listening to Sixto Rodriguez. But, this band who played with him is by far the best band I have heard him with. Live at KEXP. I do not know the band’s name. Could you please tell me the band’s name? Can they ever play with Rodriguez again? This band really compliments him to his best. I would like to eventually order any DVD from KEXP live. Really enjoy and love Rodriguez. Please, please let him play with this band again. Thank you.

  7. Posted June 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    Members of The Fresh & Onlys backed Rodriguez during his 2009 performance live on KEXP.

  8. lorenzo covarrubias
    Posted June 23, 2013 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    A couple of the younger band members are awed at playing with him…this means they knew they were next to an inspiring force. As this was before the SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN documentary was released and made famous by its Oscar, someone and someones in Seattle were truly visionary!!

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