Fri Aug 31 2012

8:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th Street New York, NY 10011

$25.00

All Ages

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Highline Ballroom
Rodriguez
Luba Dvorak

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  • Rodriguez

    Rodriguez

    Folk

    It's one of the lost classics of the '60s, a psychedelic masterpiece drenched in color and inspired by life, love, poverty, rebellion. The album is Cold Fact, and the artist is Rodriguez, Detroit's answer to Dylan. Although Rodriguez released Cold Fact in 1970, the album sank without trace, thanks in part to some of his more idiosyncratic behavior, like performing at an industry showcase with his back to the audience throughout. When the follow-up, 1972's Coming From Reality, also sold poorly, Rodriguez called an end to his recording career. He'd never even played a proper gig. And he got on with life. Over the years, he turned his hand to local politics, gaining a degree in philosophy, and eventually undertook factory work and manual labor.

    As his music career became a memory, Rodriguez's legend was growing – on the other side of the world. In South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, Cold Fact had become a major word-of-mouth success, particularly among young people in the South African armed forces, who identified with its counter-cultural bent. But Rodriguez was an enigma – not even his label knew where to find him – and his demise became the subject of debate and conjecture. Barring a couple of sold out Australian tours in 1979 and 1981, nothing had been heard of him for almost 30 years. That tide began to turn in 1996, when journalist Craig Bartholemew set out to get to the bottom of the mystery. After many dead ends, he found Rodriguez alive, well, free, and perfectly sane in Detroit, ending years of speculation. Rodriguez himself had no idea about his fame in South Africa (the album had gone Multi-Platinum, and he has received not so much as a cent in royalties), and promptly embarked on a triumphant South African tour.

    Since his rediscovery, Rodriguez's star has been shining brightly in the US and Europe. His songs have been featured on several mixtapes, and the 2012 Sundance Film Festival hosted the premiere of Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary detailing efforts by fans to rediscover the iconic folk musician. Best of all, Light in the Attic Records has committed to bringing Cold Fact and Coming From Reality to the ears of an entire new audience, who can finally find out why – halfway across the world – Rodriguez is spoken of in the same reverent tones as The Doors, Love, and Jimi Hendrix.

  • Luba Dvorak

    Luba Dvorak

    Pop

    LUBA DVORAK (pronounced: DVOR-zhack) in black attire and armed with an acoustic guitar has been called a Dylan-Springsteen-Cash combo with his earthy vocal style and enticing storytelling.

    Born in the Czech Republic and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Mr. Dvorak has been playing and writing music most of his life. As his last name suggests he comes from a long line of musicians and is not far down the family tree from world-renowned composer Antonin Dvorak.

     Luba’s new release “Starr Street Blues” is a six song collective giving an Introspective road map of the modern day troubadour, touching on socialand personal issues along with bringing to life his unique brand of GrittyNew York, Americana music.

    “Starr Street Blues” was recorded at Rubber Tracks studio inBrooklyn, New York in one day and features Larry Oakes (Bad Company/Foreigner/Derek Truck) on piano, Tony Tino (Gavin Degraw/ Southside Johnny and theAsbury Jukes) on Bass, Mark Greenberg (Dickey Betts/Leroy Parnell/ Rescue Me TV series) on drums, Benny Landa (Grahm Nash, Joe Vitale) on guitar and Greg McMullen (Chis Whitley/Trixie Whitley) on pedal Steel.

    “Black River Flow” and “Hellfire” were co-written by the talented Natalie Oakeswho also lends her vocals to the two tracks.

    The Album also features the classic Little Feat song “Willin’ “ which was personally approved by Lowell George’s family.

    “Starr Street Blues” is available on iTunes and all other major digital outlets.

Highline Ballroom

Rodriguez
Luba Dvorak

Fri Aug 31 2012 8:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

Highline Ballroom New York NY
Rodriguez, Luba Dvorak
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$25.00 All Ages