Commodore Quake

Commodore Quake – Thursday, October 3, 2013
Doors Open:  7:00pm
Show Begins:  8:00pm
Tickets on Sale to General Public – Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:00am

Kendrick Lamar

The 12th Annual Commodore Quake presents elite rap artists Kendrick Lamar and Wale on Thursday, October 3 at Memorial Gymnasium on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tenn. Doors open at 7:00 PM and University parking is free. Vanderbilt University’s Homecoming concert continues to deliver A-list musical acts for students, alumni and the public to enjoy.

“Along with the Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group, we are extremely excited about bringing Kendrick and Wale to our campus. These great artists have had a very successful summer and continuously receive a lot of radio play with their chart topping hits,” says Dwayne Elliott, Director of Arts & Campus Events at Vanderbilt University. “Commodore Quake has brought some of the biggest artists to perform for the Vanderbilt community and we are continuing our goals with the bookings of Kendrick Lamar and Wale.”

Hailing from Compton, California, 25-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar has already received major accolades as an elite MC despite his relatively short career in the industry. This includes being nominated for a 2013 MTV Video Music Award, a certified platinum debut release, performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and winning the “Best New Artist” and “Best Male Hip Hop Artist” at the BET Awards and the Vanguard Award at the 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. Lamar, formally known as “K. Dot” earlier in his career, independently released Section.80through iTunes. The album quickly ranked as one of the top digital hip-hop releases of the year. Lamar’s 2012 Interscope Records debut studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, received popular and critical acclaim from media outlets such asPitchforkThe New York Times, and MTV, and sold more copies in its first week than any other 2012 debut album. In his young career, Lamar has put out an elite album, which furthers rap as a vital art form.

Wale represents the savvy, hard-hitting and raw sound for which east-coast hip-hop has come to be known. The Washington, D.C. native and 2012 Grammy nominee with his song, “Lotus Flower Bomb,” rose to prominence in 2006, when his song “Dig Dug (Shake It)” became popular in his hometown.  Wale released several mixed-tapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various urban magazines. In 2008, Wale signed to Interscope Records and released his debut studio album, Attention Deficit, in 2009 with the singles “Chillin,” “Pretty Girls,” and “World Tour.”  In 2011, Wale signed on with Maybach Music Group, and released his second studio album,Ambition, which ranked No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. His third studio album, The Gifted, was released in 2013 and ranked No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. His latest single, “Bad” featuring Rihanna is currently topping the Billboard charts and is certified Gold.

Ticket sales are scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM CST on Friday, August 2, and are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online or by calling (615) 343-3361. They are also available with no service charge at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt Campus. For More information on Commodore Quake, please visit or follow us on Twitter,

The 12th Annual Commodore Quake is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group.

The Office of Arts & Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. Their mission is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt Community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.

Vanderbilt Contact:
Arts & Campus Events – Director, Vanderbilt University
Dwayne V. Elliott
Phone:  615.322.2471 

Media Contact:
Kaleidoscope Media