plus John Kalman
Saturday, Nov 03, 2012 9:00 PM EDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
In the late ‘60s, a Mexican-American rock n’ roller who professionally went by the name of Rodriguez got signed to a record deal amidst the tide of musical revolution that wasn’t just sweeping his city of Detroit, but the entire US as well. Rodriguez released two albums of soulful, politically-conscious folk-rock that fell upon deaf ears in the the United States. Yet in far-off South Africa, his music helped to shape the consciousness of young people resisting the ideological chains of apartheid. Decades later, these same South Africans helped bring Rodriguez’ music back to light. And the recent hit film, Searching For Sugarman, also tells the story of how this artist’s music had been lost -- and found. Because of these developments, this musical underdog has now returned to touring, blessed with a reissue of his music and various appearances on national TV. Loveable Cleveland underdog John Kalman, guitarist for Founding Fathers, curator at Rotting Meat Gallery, opens this show.