Friday, November 21, 2014

Childish Gambino Concert

              "I want to see you move to this." Childish Gambino commanded as he started to sing a verse from Palisades, a song from his new mixtape. And the whole crowd obeyed. The thousands of people that were packed into the amphitheater swayed their hips and bobbed there heads along to the music, in that moment we were all connected. This was one of the many amazing moments from the Childish Gambino and Erykah Badu concert that we attended last month.
       When we heard that Childish Gambino was coming to Bay we were really excited and bought tickets immediately. He is one of our favorite artists because of how honest his music is and the fact that he seems to be a jack of all trades. Not only is he a successful rapper, he is a writer, producer, actor and comedian. So obviously we jumped at the chance to see him live, and the fact that Erykah Badu would be there was just an added bonus. 
      We made preparing for this concert a process. We both planned our outfits weeks ahead of time and stayed with a freind who lived close by so we could get there quickly. Three hours before the show started we got to the theatre and waited in line with our friends. We were so excited we forgot to take pictures of our outfits but you can kind of see them in this picture of us in line with our friends.

     When we got in the amphitheater we were really close to the stage in the mosh pit. It got a little intense in there so we moved a little farther back, but we still had a pretty good view. In all honesty the opening act Overdoz was pretty bad. One of the performers repeatedly lit blunts and after one puff through them into the audience. After that we were starting to wonder what exactly we got ourselves into. 

     And then we heard his voice. There was a simultaneous scream from the crowd verifying that he was walking on stage. From that point on we were mesmerized by the performance. Not only was Gambino amazing, but his band and full strings section made the whole thing a grand spectacle. After a breathtaking set by Gambino, Erykah Badu came out and her performance can really be summed up in one word: FIERCE. Badu played some of her old hits as well as her more recent ones and ended every song in a majestic pose. 
Gambino sent chills through our spines when he was onstage and Badu made us feel beautiful and free. These two made this a night to remember and this was by far the best concert that we had been to.