Vanderbilt Welcomes Childish Gambino, J. Cole for Commodore Quake
Childish Gambino and J. Cole will perform at this year’s Commodore Quake concert on the campus of Vanderbilt University.
The concert will take place at the Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville on October 26. The show is open to the general public as well as Vanderbilt students, though students can purchase discounted tickets.
“We strive to bring the best and brightest stars in the music industry to Vanderbilt and we accomplished this again with booking J. Cole and Childish Gambino,” said Mayank Bishnoi, the chair of the Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group. “The caliber of artists that we usually bring is higher than those at other universities, so that was something we kept in mind while picking our artist this year.”
This year marks the 11th annual Commodore Quake at the University. Bishnoi also said that this year’s lineup improves upon some previous events.
“I think one of the things we improved on was making the lineup more cohesive than it was in previous years,” Bishnoi said. “Childish Gambino and J. Cole are diverse enough that they each bring a different demographic, but they still come together for a cohesive show. In the past, we’ve had artists from completely different genres and sometimes it doesn’t work as well.”
Childish Gambino is the moniker of Donald Glover, more widely known for his role as Troy Barnes on the NBC show “Community.” The rapper released his first album, Camp, in November of last year.
“Based on student surveys, we knew a lot of people wanted Gambino to come,” Bishnoi also said. “We pitched the idea to the group, and everyone was really receptive. We put in that offer (to Gambino) entirely based on the student response.”
J. Cole is also still supporting the release of his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart and contributed to Cole’s nomination for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards.