During Black Locust Society's first monthly party — BLS954 — at Five Points Lounge this past May, local rapper Protoman introduced fellow MC Ricardo "Gaps" Tejeda as the "Hologram of Tupac." "I just got jumped into the Bloods," Gaps later confessed, rocking a gold rope around his neck and a red bandanna on his head. He was almost certainly joking. There isn't much room for violence in Black Locust Society. From warehouse parties to an outdoor swap meet, BLS has been a Broward-based outlet for all kinds of arty experimentalists since 2010. "Fort Lauderdale is full of creative, forward-thinking, rad people," event organizers told New Times earlier this year. "The scene is here, just not well organized; BLS954 is our answer to that." Later this month, Black Locust Society will embark on the BLS Florida World Tour, a four-city trek across the Sunshine State that will kick off at Green Room. And no doubt, the Broward scene is just getting started.
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