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Willie Nelson, Eddie Izzard and Childish Gambino to Perform at Bridges Auditorium

Childish Gambino
Eddie Izzard
Willie Nelson

Bridges Auditorium, the 1931 theatre that presides over Marston Quad, will see a handful of impressive performers this academic year, including upcoming concerts from comedian Eddie Izzard (Dec. 2), country legend Willie Nelson (Feb. 28), and rapper Childish Gambino (Nov. 10).

Tickets for the Nelson and Izzard concerts go on sale for the Claremont Colleges on Oct. 24, and tickets for the general public go on sale Oct. 31. The Eddie Izzard performance will cost $20 for Claremont Colleges students and $35 for general admission, and tickets for the Willie Nelson concert are $45, $55 and $65. Childish Gambino tickets ($24 for Claremont Colleges students, $34 general) are already on sale. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.pomona.edu/administration/bridges-auditorium/index.aspx or at the Bridges Auditorium Box Office (450 N. College Way, Claremont), Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-8032.

“We've been home to the best in politics, arts and culture for the better part of the last century,” says Bridges Director Christopher Waugh. “The Bridges team is committed to leveraging this momentum to move the Auditorium to the forefront as one of Southern California's premier college venues for the best in music, theatre and the performing arts. To wit, Bridges Auditorium has hosted some of the most groundbreaking artists and musicians in the business in recent years. Among them, Fiona Apple, Morrissey, Dave Matthews, Capitol Steps, John Mayer, LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas, Cocteau Twins and, just last week, Taylor Swift."

Childish Gambino is the stage name of comedian, actor and rapper Donald Glover, best known for his role on NBC’s Community. He has released several albums and mixtapes. His first studio album, Camp, was released in 2011;  Entertainment Weekly saidCamp “offers up a serious display of lyrical prowess, heartbreaking autobiographical details, and brutally dark humor.” RollingStone writes: “Donald Glover, who raps as Childish Gambino, is closest in lineage to College Dropout-era [Kanye] West: he boasts an Everyman appeal built on witty, biting humor, a prideful disdain for hip-hop clichés and some incendiary prodding of racial typecasts, post-Obama and post-Chappelle's Show.”  His video for “Heartbeat” was nominated for the Best Hip-Hop video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

Izzard has been hailed as one of the foremost stand-ups of this generation, taking ideas, historical stories and situations and extrapolating them into bizarre tangential, absurd and surreal comic narratives, using observational humor, improvisation, mimicry and mime. He has won numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for his comedy special, Dress to Kill (2000). He was the lead in the television show The Riches. Among his film credits are The Riches, Cars 2, Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 13. He was named No. 5 of the 100 Greatest British National Comedians in 2010. His several concert films include Glorious, Dress to Kill and Stripped, and he was the subject of a documentary in 2009, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story.

Legendary singer-songwriter Willie Nelson has been a lauded country music star since the 1960s. He began as a singer-songwriter in Nashville, famously writing the classic “Crazy,” which became a hit for Patsy Cline in 1962. After having some charting country songs in the 1960s, he found a renewed vigor after moving from Nashville to Austin in the 1970s, creating his first album, Shotgun Willie, in “outlaw country” style (i.e., non-Nashville style). His new style, which incorporated folk and Americana elements, really erupted with the 1975 album Red Headed Stranger.

He is known for his collaborations with Waylon Jennings, including the first country album what went platinum, Wanted! The Outlaws, and Waylon & Willie, which included the hit “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Nelson continued to chart hits in the 1980s, including “On the Road Again” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” He toured the world with Kris Kristofferson ’58, Jennings and Johnny Cash as The Highwaymen in the mid-1980s. Nelson continues to tour, release albums and play in charity concerts, such as Kokua for Japan, which benefited the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. His 2011 release album, Heroes, reached No. 4 on Billboard’s country music chart and featured guest appearances by Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Snoop Dogg, Ray Price and Sheryl Crow, among others.

Nelson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the National Agriculture Hall of Fame for his work with Farm Aid. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998, has won seven Grammy awards, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Nelson has also appeared in many films, including Red Headed Stranger, based on his album of the same name, and has written or contributed to several books, including Willie: An Autobiography (1988) and Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road (2012).

Other upcoming performances at Bridges Auditorium include a screening of silent film classic Nosferatu on October 26, and SCAM Fest, the 17th annual Southern California A Cappella Music Festival on November 9.

Bridges Auditorium is a premier college venue for the best in music, theatre and performing arts. Located on the Pomona College campus in beautiful Claremont, California, the 2,500-seat theatre, built in 1931, is a historic venue modeled after European concert houses of that time. Bridges has hosted such performers, artists, public figures, icons and personalities as Amelia Earhart, Steve Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Martha Graham, Muhammad Ali, Benny Goodman, Sandra Day O'Connor, Hilary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, James Earl Jones and Bono.