Pharrell Williams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that the music legend’s Something in the Water (SITW) festival will take place in the District this year.
The festival, which was called off in the past two years, will be held on Independence Avenue, on the National Mall from June 17 to June 19, the Juneteenth weekend.
The upcoming SITW’s lineup features Pharrell & Phriends, Dave Matthews Band, Run the Jewels, Usher, Chloe X Halle, Calvin Harris, Lil Baby, Lil Uzi Vert, and dozens of other R&B and hip hop artists.
“SOMETHING IN THE WATER is a Black solution (LOVE) for a systemic issue, and this year we are taking our celebration to a higher platform – the nation’s Capital during Juneteenth Weekend. We want to show the world that there is SOMETHING IN THE WATER across the whole DMV,” Pharrell said in a release.
Something in the Water returns on Juneteenth weekend in DC! 🌊🌤
— SOMETHING IN THE WATER (@sitw) April 26, 2022
Mayor Bowser celebrated the news, saying “If you’re celebrating music, if you’re celebrating Black excellence, if you’re drawing attention to the people who have dedicated their lives to knocking down barriers and uplifting our communities — then there is no better place to do that than in Washington, DC.”
The event originally happened in Virginia Beach, however, Pharrell decided to change its location after his 25-year-old cousin was shot and killed by police in Virginia Beach in 2021.