‘Community’ star Donald Glover holds impromptu rap show at Chandlers Steakhouse on Wednesday night

Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

I know, I know. This is a sports blog. And I promise I’m not going to turn it into something else. Beside, I have enough things to do without becoming a concert reviewer or an entertainment writer.

But it’s also my blog. So indulge me for this one post.

Not sure how many of you have seen NBC’s Thursday night comedy "Community," but it’s one of the few shows I don’t miss. (Thanks, DVR.)

One of its stars is Donald Glover — who also raps under the handle Childish Gambino and is currently doing a comedy/rap tour. Glover and his band happened to be in Boise on Wednesday night, like most musicians he was passing through our city on the way from Salt Lake City to Seattle. (He’s also playing Vancouver and Portland before heading to California.)

At 9:10 p.m., Glover tweeted this: “Okay. We have an off day in Boise, Idaho. And we're bored. If we played in impromptu show at a bar, who would come out tonight?”

It sent the small, but extremely active Boise Twitter-verse into a frenzy. (Note: myself included.) But an hour passed and there was no word from Glover — and I figured there would be no show, either.

Then and at 10:31 p.m., Glover tweeted this: “We're doing a small set at Chandler's steakhouse in Boise.”

I headed there — and so did a lot of other people. Chandlers had its youngest crowd in history. I’m often terrible at guessing crowds, but I’d say more than 70 and maybe close to 100 people showed up for the Glover’s “small set.”

Glover seemed impressed by the turnout. There was no advertising for the show (or tickets sold) — just a bunch of tweets.

At 11:05 p.m., he tweeted: “Whoa...a ton (of) people showed. This is hilarious.”

He ended up playing for about 30 minutes. I’d only heard a little bit of his rap. Some knew every word. But it is clever and funny and really smart (and dirty).

(Note: Too explicit for me to post a You Tube video on this blog. But here is a link to his Childish Gambino stuff.)

Glover and four bandmates had no set list. They'd only planned on playing a song or two for the Chandlers' staff, which recognized them.

After the set, Glover hung around for another 45 minutes, posing for pictures, signing autographs and just talking with fans in the middle of Chandlers.

Given the success of his no-advance warning set Wednesday, I'd expect Childish Gambino to actually play Boise sometime soon.

There are plenty of photos and videos from Wednesday night out here. I'll link when I get my hands on some.

Donald Glover at Chandler's - Impromptu set

Photo courtesy of Kevin Rank.

Here is a link to "Freaks and Geeks" from Wednesday night.

Also, kudos to Chandlers for allowing the group to play – and the in-house musicians for allowing the act to use some of their musical equipment. Nice move by all involved. Very cool evening.

Programming note

• I'll be co-hosting "Idaho Sports Talk" with Jeff Caves on KTIK 93.1 FM from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Don't think we'll have Donald Glover on, but if he wants to call in we'll make room for him.

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Was Sally Tibbs there?

Chattin' it up with audience members and diners? Doobee doobee, yeah, wop wop, how ya doin', love the shirt. Oh, you're here for Donald? *drops mic

And was Jeff Caves there handing out business cards to women way out of his league using the tired "I'm a celebrity...."
At Barbacoa he pulled that on my very hot and very married to a vascular surgeon dining companion. She snorted from laughing so hard.

Don't mess with Sally!

As much as I enjoyed the twitter explosion and freestyle mushroom cloud from Wednesday night, you can't pick on Sally for that! She is a great entertainer, a part of our family, and no, she wasn't even here. As far as Caves goes, well, just don't pick on Sally!

Beatbox with Caves and Prater

We be chillin
never illin
with our everlovin style

Got the Broncos
ain't no Donkos
less you really wanna rile!

Got some Hawks who really rock
We hook Steelheads without barbs

but hey Murphy please don't tell me
that you gamin in THAT GARB?

Oh my god, Becky, look at those Bermudas.

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