Rapper Childish Gambino to headline Spring Fling

A stand-up comedian turned musician will bring his blend of electronica and hip hop to campus next month for Spring Fling.

Donald Glover, who performs under the stage name Childish Gambino, is known for his role on the NBC series “Community.” He will perform April 15 in the Smith Center.

Connor Currier, chairman of Program Board, said the group chose Childish Gambino because of his widespread appeal.

“He’s an artist everyone can enjoy,” Currier said, adding that Childish Gambino was the board’s top choice for Spring Fling after being passed over as a contender for Fall Fest earlier this year.

The rising rap star launched his career in 2008 and gained fame with his “I Am Just a Rapper” mixtape series in 2010. His most recent album “Camp,” released last November, solidified his up-and-coming status with hit songs like “Bonfire” and “Heartbeat.”

Since drawing attention as a member of sketch group Derrick Comedy, Glover has also written for “30 Rock” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Before Childish Gambino’s 5 p.m. performance, Program Board will offer activities, giveaways and food truck snacks on G Street between Square 80, or Guthridge Park, and the Smith Center starting at 2 p.m.

More than 10 food truck vendors have already committed to selling, including CapMac, TaKorean and Curbside Cupcakes, Currier said.

Though in previous years Spring Fling has been planned for University Yard, Currier said the organization wants to avoid potential weather-related problems.

Last year, stormy weather conditions forced the event from University Yard into the Smith Center, capping attendance at 800 students.

Currier declined to give a cost estimate for the performance but said it was on par with last year.

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