The city is moving forward on plans for a three-day festival pitched by Pharrell Williams to coincide with College Beach Weekend. It would be the first time that Virginia Beach organizes events the same weekend tens of thousands of college students descend on the area for spring break. Last year, a task force comprised of community leaders and business owners recommended organized programming to manage crowd control.
Something In The Water is planned for April 26 to 28, the city manager has confirmed. Pharrell, a city native and entertainment star, has said he envisions a yearly gathering that becomes like more established music events around the country. The City Council will be briefed today on aspects of the festival. The official lineup of performers and guest speakers will be announced next week along with the date that tickets go on sale. Continue reading HERE!
Photos by The Morelli Brothers & Nick Garcia. David Grutman is unequivocally one of Miami’s most prominent figures—cementing his pristine legacy in the Magic City by creating one of the world’s top nightclubs, LIV, and later opening his second mega-club, STORY. Since then, his newly rebranded company, Groot Hospitality, launched and has been on a massive conquering of the city, opening up top dining and drinking destinations in key neighborhoods throughout Miami. Currently, Groot Hospitality boasts LIV, STORY, the hip coffee shop OTL in the Miami Design District, Downtown Miami Asian hot spot Komodo, trendy plant-based eatery Planta and most recently, the team’s newest gem: Swan + Bar Bevy.
Always ahead of the game, Grutman knew that the corner of NE 1st Avenue and NE 39th Street was destined to be his newest culinary mecca. He also knew that to make it complete, he needed to have an all-star team on board. Enter Pharrell Williams—music producer, singer, fashion icon and designer—and also one of Grutman’s close friends. “Pharrell is my guy. And he’s been a huge believer of the Miami Design District for many years from when he used to live here. So the minute this opportunity came up, he was the first person I called,” he shares. “This corner just spoke to me over and over again. I could just imagine the garden and the restaurant coming together to create the ultimate experience.”
Gesaffelstein revealed today the released date and the tracklist of his second studio album titled ‘Hyperion‘ which is due March 8. The French record producer and DJ enlisted the help of Pharrell Williams, pop-rock trio Haim, electro pioneer The Hacker and Bronwyn Griffin of the Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth for the new album, check out the tracklist below.
Gesaffelstein – Hyperion (2019)
01 – Hyperion
02 – Reset
03 – Lost In The Fire feat. The Weeknd
04 – Ever Now
05 – Blast Off feat. Pharrell
06 – So Bad feat. Haim
07 – Forever feat. The Hacker & Bronwyn Griffin
08 – Vortex
09 – Memora
10 – Humanity Gone
The Oscars may not have a host this Sunday, but there will still be plenty of star power on the award show’s stage. Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams, Helen Mirren, Michael Keaton and “Black Panther” actors Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira are among the latest stars to be announced as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. Tyler Perry, Michelle Yeoh, Paul Rudd, Brian Tyree Henry, John Mulaney, Krysten Ritter and Elsie Fisher were also announced as presenters on Tuesday.
They join a lengthy list of big names who were already announced presenters at the annual ceremony, with others including Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Awkwafina, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Laura Dern, Jason Momoa, Chadwick Boseman and Angela Bassett. The Oscars were left without a host for the first time in 30 years after Kevin Hart stepped down amid a scandal involving homophobic tweets he shared years in the past resurfacing.
Pharrell Williams has joined National Geographic’s new ad-funded, global documentary series, ACTIVATE, that will highlight global efforts to change the lives of people living in extreme poverty. ACTIVATE, sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, is a 6-Episode Documentary series co-produced by RadicalMedia, set to broadcast later in 2019 on National Geographic in 172 Countries around the world and will take viewers behind-the-scenes of major advocacy campaigns across the globe trying to drive change for the world’s poorest people.
Film crews are already out in the field – in South Africa, the Philippines, Nigeria and Peru – to film content for Activate that will feature Bonang Matheba, Usher, Gayle King, Hugh Jackman and others. Each episode will delve into a different issue connected to the root causes of extreme poverty, with topics that will focus on clean drinking water and sanitation, racial bias and criminalisation of poverty, girls’ education, responsible sourcing, plastic waste and disaster relief. Together with the documentary series, the National Geographic magazine’s September 2019 issue will include a 12-page sponsored print section for ACTIVATE, Coming Fall 2019 to National Geographic Channel.
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