Friday night at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Annette Strauss Square Amphitheater, two things were pristinely clear: the gorgeous night sky above the blanketed crowd of BYOB-ers, and that the Search for Sugarman is now a full-blown phenomenon of followers who've found their guy in Rodriguez.
The crowded, but comfortable, lawn of the sold-out venue was dominated by folks in 50-plus age range, yet the 40-and below folks began to appear as the sun dropped and the music began. Thanks to some packed-house positivity and the generally beautiful surroundings of ATTPAC, this show had the feel of a grand-scale event. The pre-show conversation among many focused on the 70 year-old Rodriguez's story, the Oscar-winning documentary and how unique it is that, at this point, he's touring and finally benefitting from his stunning records of over 40 years ago. By the time the folk-rocking opener, Jenny O, left the stage at 8:35pm, anticipation for the headliner's entrance was palpable.More »