Farrell WilliamsThe Something in the Water festival has taken root in Washington. For his second annual event (vacation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2019), June on the weekend (June 17-19) the festival kicked off in the Chocolate City with an exciting three-day celebration dedicated to the championship of music, education and art across culture.

This year the heavy hitters are like Asher, Justin Timberlake; Tyler, Creator; J. Balvin; 21 The Savage; Lil Baby; Roddy Rich; Chloe x Haley; Ashantsi; I Rule; Skeptics; Anderson .Paak; and Free Nationals graced the three main stages. Other names like John Batiste, Teana Taylor (and she daughter of Juni!), Lucky Day, Sid, Sno Allegra, Ray Sremurd and The footman also organizes fun performances. Participants came out en masse to get an unforgettable musical experience, but Williams made it clear that the festival represents much more than that.

“Something in the water is starting now,” the festival’s creator proudly said during the “Power of Curiosity” panel on Friday ahead of the festival’s official launch. The hour-long discussion, which was attended by retired NASA astronaut / NFL player Leland Melvin and Williams Yellow Education Executive Director Stacy Owsley as participants in the discussion, marked the beginning of the first collaboration between Yellow and STEM. The partnership aims to foster curiosity in today’s youth through nature and science, starting with Nature’s Escape’s interactive learning, which is touring in Nashville, Chicago and Los Angeles this summer.

“It’s an educational initiative to equalize the odds with these kids,” Williams added as a “shameless plug” of his nonprofit. The festival of the famous producer followed the same mission, deciding to prove how useful these kinds of comprehensive cultural events can be, especially in black communities. While this year’s starring cast of Something in the Water was a big draw, it also included a number of information panels, free pop-ups and social events that offered a one-of-a-kind experience you could only find at the District of Columbia National Mall.

Something in the Water made a huge splash with surprises at almost every turn.

This year, something in the water has moved away from its original place because of the “toxic energy” Williams cites in letter to the Virginia Beach City manager last year after the deadly police shooting of his cousin Danov Lynch in March 2021. In an interview with BillboardWilliams shared that it is unclear whether the festival will ever return to his home state, but assured that 757 is still part of the event.

Under three days of bright sunlight on Independence Avenue, something in the water made a huge splash of surprises at almost every turn. Usher shocked fans on Friday night by bringing Eric Bellinger to join him on stage, and 21 Savage and Williams appeared during Tyler, the electric Sunday set Creator for the debut performance of the trio’s new single “Cash In Cash Out”. However, the most exciting moment of the festival was Saturday’s appearance at the Williams Cinema on its long-awaited stage. With a high-profile performance against the backdrop of the US Capitol, the super producer energetically performed “Freedom” in front of a crowd of thousands to begin his hour-long set featuring special guests such as Timberlake, NORE and TI and his son Damani, as well as the DC go-go ode. .

Williams ’presence was felt throughout the weekend when he also appeared during the sets of several performers, including Lil Uzi Vert; Push T; and Tyler, the Creator. In turn, the festival line-up took care to give the musical icon well-deserved flowers. “You’re the greatest of all time,” praised Tyler, the creator of Williams on Sunday night, echoing the same feeling he expressed on the NORE stage the night before. “Innovation, performance, but if Nigerians really want to talk about numbers, numbers also speak for themselves.”

This year’s “Something in the Water” was met with great anticipation by those who admired its first event. As a first-time visitor, I can’t confirm whether the festival has made its debut, but it was a damn comeback. Between nostalgic Y2K moments from Pharrell and Phriends – including the legendary reunion of Clipse with Pusha T and Malice – viral moments from Timberlake and Chlöeas well as a celebration of our biggest rap stars and R&B singers, Something in the Water organized a stellar event that next year may be hard to follow.

Ahead are photos of some great moments from the artists Something in the Water.

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