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This Saturday, creative collective Black Locust Society, rolled up America's Backyard, and smoked the shit out of it. As part of Block x Blog music festival, the crew took over the bar to host its latest SWARM pop-up event.
Our shoes were soaked, our hair was sticking to our foreheads, and we were already half-dead from earlier Record Store Day festivities (read: free beer) at Radio-Active Records. But when the doors to the inaugural fest opened at 6 p.m., we got totally and silly stoned on what we found in the backyard of America.
7. Swag Bags
Keeping in theme with Block x Blog's nostalgia-fueled vintage gaming aesthetic, the first 100 guests at this SWARM were the lucky recipients of a pixelated "8-bit" Black Locust Society tote bag filled with goodies like a cool black and white, screen-printed BLS logo patch and an assortment of stickers.
6. 8-Bit Basketball
There might have been a tornado warning, and kids were probably playing in a few-inches of rainwater, but when BLS said they'd be bringing a "fully interactive 8-bit gaming experience" to this swarm event, they weren't kidding. Have you ever seen a square basketball being dunked through a rectangular hoop? We hadn't either...