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Childish Gambino to perform SPA Homecoming concert

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Donald Glover is no stranger to performing for a college community.

Playing student Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy “Community,” the actor, comedian and rapper, who goes under the stage name Childish Gambino, will perform at Penn State this October.

During Friday night's SPA LateNight program featuring Nick Offerman, it was revealed that Glover will be performing as the 2013 SPA Homecoming Concert Artist on Oct. 6 in Rec Hall. The concert will begin with the Homecoming Dance Competition at 7 p.m.

"[Glover’s] performance at this year's concert marks the first hip-hop/rap genre of music to headline the annual show in recent years,” an official SPA press release stated.

American Idol alum David Cook and country superstar Gavin DeGraw headlined the concert in 2011, followed by the alternative rock band Taking Back Sunday this past year in 2012, the release said.

Glover has worked as a writer for the NBC show “30 Rock,” after graduating from the New York University with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006, where he co-created the sketch improv group Derrick Comedy.

The beginning of August marked a new point in the Donald Glover empire, as it became known that Glover will exit “Community” in its fifth season, to reportedly write, produce and star in a comedy for FX about the music scene in Atlanta. 

Though he goes by many names and has many talents, his role at Penn State will revolve more so around his hip-hop abilities than his acting.

Glover has released four albums under the alter ego of Childish Gambino, including “Sick Boi,” in 2008, “Poindexter,” in 2009, “Culdesac,” in 2010 and “Camp,” in 2011.

Most recently, Glover has taken to social media to excite his following, launching the newly redesigned website iamdonald.com, which in late July teased fans about the release of his newest album.

Since then, the single “Centipede” has made its way to the masses for download, ahead of Glover’s expected new album, tentatively also titled “Centipede.”

Doors to the Rec Hall event will open at 6:30 p.m. for ticketed students and the general public, the SPA release stated.

Tickets will go on sale from 10-2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 and will be $10 student floor, $4.99 bleachers and $20 public bleachers. Only one ticket can be purchased per student I.D.

Tickets can be purchased at any of Penn State's Center for Performing Arts on-campus and downtown locations, including the HUB-Robeson Center, the Bryce Jordan Center, the Penn State Downtown Theatre, and the Eisenhower Auditorium.

To email reporter: knt5078@psu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @kelseytam.

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