DC is to host Pharrell’s music festival ‘Something in the Water’ at the National Mall

DC will in 2022 be the venue for Pharrell Williams’ music festival “Something in the Water”.

WTOP Jason Fraley Previews Pharrell’s Festival (Part 1)

DC will in 2022 be the venue for Pharrell Williams’ music festival “Something in the Water”.

Traditionally held along Virginia Beach by the ocean, the festival will instead take place on and around Independence Avenue to mark Juneteenth weekend (June 17-19).

The lineup includes such heavy hitters as Jon Batiste; Ashanti and Ja Rule; Dave Matthews Band; Run the jewels; and Thundercat. And because it’s in DC, it’s going to show some go-go acts: Backyard Band, Rare Essence, and Sound of the City.

Also billed is “Pharrell & Phriends & Some People We Can’t Announce.”

Three-day passports will be available on the festival’s website at 10 Saturday. If you are a resident of Virginia, you can take advantage of a pre-sale on Friday from 6 p.m. 10 to through Thursday at 22.00

“DC has always been a deep inspiration to me as a person and a musician,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday. “It’s the country where go-go music was born that has given so much to our people.”

The festival is not just about music. Williams’ nonprofit initiative, Black Ambition, will host a competition for local Black and Latinx startup founders and other entrepreneurs, as well as panel discussions and similar events. It will also include a marketplace to showcase products from such companies.

And on Sunday, a free pop-up service will be held in West Potomac Park, near Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

“If you celebrate music, if you celebrate black excellence, if you draw attention to the people who have dedicated their lives to breaking down barriers and uplifting our society – then there is no better place to do it than in Washington, DC,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser in a statement.

And it looks like DC will be the new home for the festival in the future: In Tuesday’s announcement, Events DC’s Ralph Morton said that Something in the Water will become “a strong tradition in DC”

Last fall, Williams reportedly told Virginia Beach executives that he would move the festival away from the city’s seafront because of how the city investigated a police officer’s murder of his cousin Donovon Lynch.

During a news conference Tuesday at DC’s Ballou High School, Williams said moving the festival to DC was about “lifting our mission and our intent.”

“And the best way to do that is to find the highest cause,” he said.

Prices for three-day cards range from about $ 350 to $ 550, and it made one question whether there has ever been an event near the National Mall that was not free.

Bowser cited, among other things, Dinner and Blanc dinners. The district has not invested anything in the party, she said, but it will help with the usual questions about security and public works.

“I promised the people of DC that we need to get people back downtown,” she said.

‘We need to have people into our restaurants. We need people to fill our hotel rooms so that the city comes to support. We will reach out. We have to compete. ”

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