By Berkley Moates
On September 22nd, the Houston humidity was muffled by a steady sprinkle of rain as Gambino fans found their way into the Toyota Center. As the audience flooded into their seats, there was a collective energy of excitement and curiosity throughout the crowd.
So what does one expect from a concert by one of the most influential creatives in the game today? Donald Glover, the being behind the musical stage name Childish Gambino, encompasses the ultimate meaning of an artistic innovator. Outside of his music career, Glover has launched huge success as a comedian, writer, actor, producer and director. It was no exaggeration to say his talented presence on stage was made known by the chills creeping up the crowd’s arms as Gambino was struck by a spotlight opening the show.
Gambino’s eloquent yet coarse cries echoed as the crowd roared with excitement and awe. With his head down for the entirety of the beginning ballad, the drama built up uncontrollably around the stage. Before the concert commenced any further, Gambino spoke to the audience stating that this was ‘Childish Gambino’s’ last tour and that tonight was simply church. He continued to insist everyone to turn their phones off and enjoy the spiritual experience with each other. Gambino’s transitions between sets were effortless and colorful, as he performed songs from his early albums and recent Summer Pack. Swerving back and forth from different records, crowd favorites included, “This is America”, “Summertime Magic”, “Sober”, “IV. Sweatpants”, “Worldstar”, and of course the classic rager, “3005”.
Closing his performance with the sensual, groovy hit “Redbone”, Gambino made the audience sway and fall in love with his outstanding presence all over again. Applauding all the way out into the streets of downtown Houston, the concert left the crowd feeling warm and rejuvenated by his soulful music.