Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you’ve encountered the talents of Donald Glover or Childish Gambino. One is a writer/actor/director/comedian, the other is a Rapper/R&B singer. Both of them reside within the body and mind of the same person that has spent his career pushing past the boundaries of what is expected. Some people still don’t realize he’s the same person, however by the end of the year his presence will be inescapable.
Following a helluva run in 2016 and 2017 with critically acclaimed projects such as his show, Atlantaon FX and his latest album “Awaken, My Love!”, 2018 has poses to be the year he’s permanently placed in the conversation as one of the greatest performers alive. Atlanta has already hit the ground running on it’s second season. At the end of May, we’ll see him return to the silver screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, in the iconic role of Lando Calrissian that was first played by Billy Dee Williams in the original trilogy. As if that wasn’t enough, he’ll also play Simba in the live action version of The Lion King in the summer of 2019.
Glover Rocking the Lando ‘Stash
A self-described Blerd (Black Nerd), Glover seems to love to push the envelope of creativity into new realms of possibilities. He also seems to seek out new and stimulating works that challenge himself as well. This was exhibited in the reactions to the release of his latest album. Diehard and casual fans expected a track list full of his usual mix of braggadocious M.C. and emo pop. Instead, what we got was a funky soulful collection of tracks that saw him find the heights of his vocal range and the depths of his soul. Initially, fans were slow to accept the change in direction, but upon second and third listens there was no denying the quality work.
Late last year Glover announced he would be retiring the name Childish Gambino. This left fans wondering if they’d ever see him perform his newest materials live. Yet again, Gambino/Glover defy expectations and announce a limited tour through 16 arenas in September. Honestly, this may be the last time the world will get to see Childish/Glover take the stage.
September 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
September 8 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
September 10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
September 12 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
September 14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
September 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 19 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
September 22 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
September 23 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
September 26 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
September 27 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
September 29 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
September 30 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena