Recap: Last night I told myself I was going to somehow get Donald Glover to wear the wristbands I made. He was originally only booked for comedy but people were bombarding him with tweets to bring Childish Gambino to UMBC as well. After his comedy skit, he urged everyone to get out of their seats and move toward the stage. My friend and I got a spot right next to the stage. He literally took his MacBook out of his messenger bag and hooked it up to the sound system. He played the instrumentals for 6 songs and rapped over them. It was a complete impromptu show. No band. No planning. Just him, a laptop on a stool and a microphone. It was incredible. The audience loved it.
I found it hilarious how at one point these two guys began recording me instead because I knew the words to every song, haha. He walked over to where my friend and I were and grabbed a few hands. I held out my wristband. As he was turning away he spotted that I had something to give him. He turned around, took it and put it in his pocket and continued to perform.
I didn’t have passes to see him after the show for the meet-and-greet. A couple of friends and I were waiting behind the venue. As his driver was driving past a crowd of obnoxiously enthusiastic (for lack of a better term) people trying to rush the car, he rolled down his window and waved to them. He reached out his hand and grabbed my hand and surprisingly enough, he had the wristband on. Soon after, he tweeted this.
I respect artists who give others the time of day. I was very surprised, but there’s no reason to be starstruck. Artists are just talented people who make good music and the ones who understand that concept are worth appreciating.