|by Karen Handley • March 1, 2007|
The Experience Indiana Artists Series at Wabash College will present a concert by soul and blues musician Tad Robinson at 8 p.m., Friday, March 23, in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
Robinson and his band will perform his unique soul/blues music and a debut performance of material from his brand new CD, A New Point of View, which will be released internationally on the Severn Records label, three days earlier, on March 20, 2007.
Robinson attended Indiana University where he started his first band, Hesitation Blues Band. He then moved to Chicago in 1982 where he gigged in the blues happy club scene. His Chicago band with Steve Freund, Marty Binder, and Harlan Terson had a weekly gig as the house band at Rosa’s for three years and also played venues like Buddy Guy’s Legends, The Chicago Blues Festival, B.L.U.E.S., The Wise Fools Pub, and many others.
Variations of this band would play in and around Chicago for years and also toured Europe several times. He contributed to major motion pictures including, Under Siege with Tommy Lee Jones, and A Perfect Murder starring Michael Douglas. He recently sung the song, Hold Tight, for the 2006 hit movie The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Robinson received two nominations for the 26th Annual W. C. Handy Awards. His disc, Did You Even Wonder?, was nominated for Soul/Blues Album of the Year and Robinson was also nominated for Soul/Blues Male Vocalist of the Year in 2005.
"Robinson places near the top of the list of the finest living singers of soul blues. His upward-bound voice is of a genuinely handsome quality and he uses it with confidence," said Frank-John Hadley of Downbeat.
In addition to his concert, Robinson will hold a workshop at 4:15 p.m., Friday, March 23 in Salter Hall in the Fine Arts Center. Robinson and a member of his band will share insights on their careers as working artists/performers in Indiana. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions from the audience. The workshop is free and open to the public.
The Wabash College Experience Indiana program is sponsored by a grant from the Eli Lilly Endowment. It is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.