My Commodore Quake experience was eventful to say the least.
Commodore Quake is Vanderbilt's annual music festival and this year's may have been the biggest yet. Following in the tradition of Quake's past, the concert was headlined by two of the most prominent hip-hop artists today: Wale and Kendrick Lamar. This is similar to last year's show which included J. Cole and Childish Gambino.
As you can imagine, I was extremely excited for the show up until I found out the date of it. Instead of holding the show on a Friday night, as it has in the past, Vanderbilt chose instead to hold the concert on a Thursday, sending me into a frenzy finding a mid-week ride to Nashville.
Once I found a fellow attendee I could ride with, Thursday immediately turned into the busiest day of my semester filled with class and homework up until our 3:30 p.m. departure time. Once I made it past these hurdles, I found myself in the packed Memorial Gymnasium, Vanderbilt's basketball arena, about to experience what I hoped to be the show of a lifetime.
Wale served as the first act in the concert and set the tempo for the entire show. Starting his performance by proclaiming that he would be the energy for that night's show, he delivered on that promise. He began his performance with his biggest hit to date, "No Hands," followed by a string of some of his other popular songs.
After he had the crowd's attention, Wale decided to come off the stage by walking around the audience, even giving a few people handshakes while performing, myself included.
Once he did this and had the crowd at bay, he returned to the stage to slow the show down with his love ballad, "Bad."
He continued with a string of slower songs before ending his show by performing with his verse from the "Rack City (Remix)" and his regional anthem "Bait" in the Vanderbilt football jersey he changed into towards the end of his set.
Following Wale's performance and a brief intermission, hip-hop's new golden boy Kendrick Lamar took the stage to give a show that people would never forget.
He began his performance with some of the bigger songs off his debut studio album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" including the track "Backseat Freestyle" and "The Art of Peer Pressure."
Buildling off the momentum Wale started, Kendrick had the crowd eating from the palm of his hand once he began to perform his hits, such as "Poetic Justice" and his verse from the A$AP Rocky song "(Expletive) Problems."
Once he had the people right where he wanted them, he then turned the huge venue into a intimate setting by performing lesser known songs from his mixtape days, like the tracks "P&P" and "HiiiPower." He also allowed the crowd to get involved by singing the choruses along with him. Kendrick then concluded his performance with two of his bigger songs "Swimming Pools" and "m.A.A.d city" before returning to the stage to give an encore with his song "Cartoons and Cereal."
Overall, Commodore Quake was a concert experience that had something for everybody.
From the big name acts with hit songs, to these same artists having smaller, more personable records that some members of the audience preferred. They fed off of the energy from this mostly college crowd and turned this experience into one many will have trouble forgetting.
Cell Waller III is a sophomore in sports management. He can be reached at email@example.com.