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The familiar smell of sweat and PBR lingers in the Fort Lauderdale air.
A food truck is serving hot dogs to the tipsy attendees at the Black Locust Society warehouse. Projected onto the wall outside is an enormous skull-faced locust toting a can of beer; sort of like an X on a treasure map, it leads the curious here. In the main room, a crowd of 20 and 30-somethings — all races, cultural backgrounds, and social groups — stand shoulder to shoulder, watching local rock band Lavola perform.
The temperature inside the graffiti-adorned building is comparable to that of a baking oven, but nobody seems to mind. A slew of beach balls drop out of the sky. Swarm has officially begun.
In June of 2010, the elusive Black Locust Society made its presence known to Fort Lauderdale with its first-ever gathering of this type. The quarterly celebration of creativity quickly grew to become a staple go-to event in the local scene. Now, two years later, and with seven Swarm events under its belt, the BLS is ready for the next step: a monthly party.
"The Swarm events have proved, if nothing else, that Fort Lauderdale is full of creative, forward thinking, rad people. The scene is here, just not well-organized. BLS954 is our answer to that. A place for the Fort Lauderdale creatives to congregate on a monthly basis. A place to party your ass off on a Friday night. A place for the 954 to call home. Spring break forever," says a representative from the Black Locust Society.
On May 25, the inaugural night of "BLS954" kicks off at the newly opened Five Points Lounge. Keeping things in the family for the first go-around, taking the stage will be the Society's traditional roster of performers: Bleubird, Protoman, Astrea Corporation, Jabrjaw, and Gaps. Between sets, DJs Sensitive Side and Chair Weiner will spin records. The Black Locust Society has a knack for having a few tricks up its sleeve, so there's no telling what might go down. But we have a feeling it will be momentous.
"Come one, come all," says the rep from the Black Locust Society. "It's just about bringing people together. That's what we do."