Annual Commodore Quake at Vanderbilt University Welcomes J. Cole & Childish Gambino Friday, October 26th

WHAT: Vanderbilt University’s 11th Annual Commodore Quake

WHO: J. Cole and Childish Gambino

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012

WHERE: Memorial Gymnasium – Vanderbilt University Campus

TIME: 7:30 pm – Doors
8:00 pm – Show Begins

TICKETS: $15 – Vanderbilt Students with ID
$35 – Vanderbilt Alumni & General Public – Floor Seats
$30 – Vanderbilt Alumni & General Public – General Admission

Vanderbilt University’s Homecoming festivities are sure to have people talking this year. The 11th annual Commodore Quake continues the tradition of showcasing music’s most popular acts by presenting hip‐hop MC, J. Cole along with hip-hop artist Childish Gambino on Friday, October 26th. This show at Memorial Gymnasium is sure to be nothing short of extraordinary and will continue their tradition of featuring some of the most prominent artists for their annual concert.

“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” says Mayank Bishnoi, Co-chair of the 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.”

Ask J. Cole how he carries the immense pressure of being tagged as both Jay-Z’s heir to the throne and hip‐hop’s next game‐changing MC. Indeed, that seemingly overwhelming expectation has followed the 26‐year‐old lyricist/producer following a string of critically acclaimed mixtapes (2007’s The Come Up; 2009’s The Warm Up; and 2010’s now classic Friday Night Lights). Cole made the jump from underground rhyme monster to being hailed as the next MC to blow up. Then came a wave of mainstream accolades including being named in XXL Magazine’s 2010 installment of Top Ten Freshmen and scoring the no. 5 spot in VIBE’s 2011 Greatest Rapper Alive Under 30. More recently, he’s received a nomination at the Grammy’s as the Best New Artist, and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards. As his debut album title Cole World: The Sideline Story makes clear, this is J. Cole’s time. This is his moment. The Sideline Story debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Thinking back on his unlikely journey, Cole takes an insightful pause and adds, “I want to win at all levels of my career. I’m ready.”

When he’s not busy writing for television and acting on the NBC comedy Community, Donald Glover somehow finds the time to make beats and rap as his alter ego, Childish Gambino. Starting as a pragmatic solution to finding someone to rhyme over the beats he had been making in his spare time, the project began to take on a life of its own. In 2008, Glover released his first record as Childish Gambino, Sick Boi, and followed it up the next year with Poindexter. In 2010 he released two mixtapes, I Am Just A Rapper and I Am Just a Rapper 2, which found him rapping over indie rock gems like Sleigh Bells’ “Infinity Guitars” and Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks.” Later that year, he released his third full-length album, Culdesac. In 2011, Gambino released his fourth album entitled Camp which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hip Hop Albums Chart. The album peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album charts and features his singles “Bonfire” and “Firefly”. In addition, his single “Heatbeat” is currently nominated for an MTV VMA. During 2012, Gambino performed to hundreds of thousands at virtually every major festival in the US such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza — not to mention that he was widely acknowledged as one of the best acts at each.

Ticket sales are scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, August 31st and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling (615) 343-3361. They are also available with no service charge at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt Campus. For More information on Commodore Quake, please visit
The 11th Annual Commodore Quake is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group.

The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Student Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. The mission of Student Campus Events is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.
Vanderbilt Contact: Student Campus Events, Vanderbilt University – Dwayne V. Elliott – (615) 322-2471

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