In the past, the Black Locust Society has relied on its own funds to support what goes down at these legendary warehouse parties. And while they aren't complaining, members of the BLS crew want to take Swarm 2012 to the next level. This is where you come in.
On Saturday, December 1, the Black Locust Society is holding a fundraiser to make the next installment of Swarm even bigger and better than the last seven. Held at the Green Room, live performances will include the Gun Hoes, the Casey Hopkins Duo, some of the BLS usual suspects, and any other tricks they have up their sleeves.
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5. Bleubird: "My fave moment was easily during Swarm666. It was pissing rain outside, and we were all jammed into the warehouse watching Astronautalis' explosive set. We had spent hours constructing a giant cardboard locust, filled it with balloons and candy, and suspended it from the ceiling above the crowd. Just as the band began to play 'Trouble Hunters,' somebody yelled 'PULL THE CORD!!!' and the entire place went nuts."
4. Protoman: "Has to be Gaps getting a fade (onstage) during the BLS All-Star Set. Swarm 7, Spring Break Forever. Barber chair and all!!!"
3. Jinx Remover: "Watching people's faces light up with curiosity as they gaze upon 'The Wheel of Millionaires.' They never know what they'll win or even what the prize is, and it doesn't even matter because the whole time, they're trying to figure out what is going on."
2. Astrea Corporation: "Our favorite Swarm moment has to be from the second Swarm. We played that show, which was the last gig for our previous guitar player Frank before he relocated to New York. Pax and Frank both got the BLS tattoos that night. It felt like a proper send-off. A solid party, good tunes, and the overall feeling that something awesome was developing from this warehouse event/secret society."
1. Chair Weiner: "Seeing over a dozen people get the BLS logo tattooed on them at Swarm is still a bit mindblowing when I think about it, but beyond that, some legendary sets went down throughout the history of the event.
"Radical Face/Electric President at Swarm 3-D having so much fun that they extended their set to play unrehearsed tracks (which had never been played live). Everymen bringing fire and body staplers to the unsuspecting masses of Swarm 4. Astronautalis captivating a packed warehouse of extremely sweaty people at Swarm 666, and so many more. It's been a treat to bear witness to all of this going down in little more than a temporarily converted screen printing shop."
Swarm Fundraiser with Casey Hopkins Duo and the Gun Hoes at the Green Room, 109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Saturday, December 1, 10 p.m. Entry is free; however, donations will be accepted at the merch table. For more info, click here.