VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach businessman Bruce Thompson recently turned down Grammy award-winning singer and Virginia Beach native, Pharrell Williams’ plans to hold an event at the historic Cavalier Hotel featuring comedian Dave Chappelle.
Pharrell decided not to bring his Something in the Water music fest to Virginia Beach, days after the initial report was made.
Pharrell claims that the cancellation is due to his dissatisfaction at the city’s handling in March of Donovon Lynch’s fatal police shooting.
Thompson said that his main concern was that Cavalier is a family resort and Chappelle isn’t appropriate for the environment.
“I made it clear that the Cavalier is a family resort in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We feel Dave Chappelle’s material is not appropriate to be in that environment,” he said.
He says the event should not be outside on the lawn and should be inside “where people can elect to go to the show rather than be subjected to the show.”
Thompson believes that the event could work if it were held inside.
Thompson wanted to learn logistics.
He stated that the current format does not allow for the large crowd to be accommodated outside on the lawn.
He told WTKR that Pharrell’s production manager suggested the Cavalier’s decision was racially motivated. However, Thompson states that is not the case and says, “it’s unfair to suggest that.”
Thompson stated that he would love to speak directly with Pharrell, but he has never heard back from the team.
WTKR reported that he had nothing to do with Pharrell, and that he hosted him and his crew at the hotel during the Something in the Water Festival.
WTKR spoke with a source close to Pharrell Williams who said that the event was tried to be held at Cavalier but was unable to take place due to various reasons. It will be moved to another place later in the month.
This story was first reported on by WTKR.