Macklemore on the UT campus: A fluting glimpse of the rap sensation

Macklemore at Bass Concert Hall in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to campus. It is National Flute Day!” So proclaimed Seattle rap star Macklemore, speaking to a smallish crowd at Littlefield Fountain on the University of Texas campus in a video he posted to his Facebook page on Monday.

Two things up front: 1) No, yesterday was not actually National Flute Day. And 2) Given that Macklemore had a concert in Toronto last night, the spot most likely was filmed last month, when he played the Austin360 Amphitheater as part of his tour with Kesha.

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That said, the minute-long Facebook video is fairly amusing. Macklemore strolls around UT’s south mall with a megaphone, extolling the virtues of National Flute Day to the relatively few people on campus during summer break. Many of those he encounters don’t recognize him.

On a couple of occasions, he pulls out not a flute but a recorder, that small woodwind you might have played in elementary school. A few commenters on the video took issue with this. We’ll let it go on a technicality, as the recorder is a type of internal duct flute, according to Flutopedia. (The esteemed Flute Journal does a deeper dive on this, for those who must know more.)

We found no evidence of any National Flute Day actually existing, though there is apparently an International Toot Your Flute Day, on Oct. 4.

In the meantime, check out Macklemore’s sunny afternoon on campus:

Update: Gary Susswein, chief communications officer for UT president Gregory Fenves, fessed up in a tweet on Tuesday that he kicked Macklemore and his crew off campus:


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