Review: Tad Robinson

12:15 P.M.
Artsgarden, Circle Centre Mall
Downtown Indianapolis
Tad Robinson

The Artsgarden is an amazing place for a daytime concert. You’ve been to it, through it, and under it before, probably without even knowing it. The skybridge connecting the Hyatt Regency to the Circle Centre mall is constructed of glass, filling the large room with natural light. The sound quality is superb, contrary to what one might expect in an enclosed space such as the Artsgarden. Whether you’re looking for a warm spot to eat your lunch, passing through in a rush on your way to a conference, or in attendance strictly for the love of the music, this space will lighten your spirit and help you get away from it all.

Tad Robinson has charisma. He performs to his audience, not for them. A seasoned veteran in the art of entertaining, he’s found the perfect blend of movements for his shows. Some songs are sung stationary and anchored to the mic; other times he utilizes the full space of the stage. Sometimes he steps to the side, allowing focus to shift to his band. Other times he leaves the stage completely and walks right into the crowd. It’s during these times one can observe the emotion with which Tad exerts the songs he sings. Eyes squinted, knees bent, and torso leaning forward, he throws his head back as he howls the climax of a song. Tad’s style is Memphis blues and his voice is perfect for his chosen genre. A Tad Robinson concert is not complete until he hits that high note. Don’t concern yourself with what the actual note is, trust me, you’ll know it when you hear it.

Tad doesn’t just sing; he’s an expert harp blower, too. When Tad and his band play at The Slippery Noodle, I get giddy with excitement at the sight of four, sometimes five or six, harmonicas sitting out. Tad was a double nominee at the 2008 Blues Music Awards (Soul/Blues Album of the Year & Soul/Blues Male Artist of the Year) – a testament to the pure talent residing right here in Indianapolis. If you’d like to subject yourself to one of the best soul & blues bands one could ever find in our great state, I suggest you venture to one of the upcoming Tad Robinson shows: Wednesday November 12 at 12:00 p.m. at The Artsgarden or Thursday December 18 at 9 p.m. at The Slippery Noodle Inn.