By Marc Gave | New Pelican Writer
Sunday, Aug. 28, is a landmark evening at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. That’s when Profitcy Society – a new spoken word label that is the creation of The Round Table Project – will hold its official launch party.
On June 9, this column featured Sarahca Peterson of The Round Table Project, the cultural arts and entertainment company that is the force behind Profitcy Society. And the launch party will be held as a celebration of the sixth anniversary of another Round Table product: Small Towns Need Poetry Too [STNPT].
Peterson started STNPT while working part-time for the organization that helped open the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Its first event was in her birthplace/hometown of Arcadia, Florida, near Venice and Port Charlotte. She describes the upcoming launch party as the “full circle moment,” bringing the production of her vision to Pompano Beach. A red-carpet mixer begins at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is at 8. Like the new recording label, the event will have elements of hip-hop, rap, storytelling, comedy, prose, and music.
Peterson, herself a widely known spoken word artist, is the co-host, along with popular South Florida rapper Brisco. In addition to their headlining performances there will be two poets who appeared at the first STNPT show six years ago: GS Cole and Will Seri’us. Among others who will perform on Aug. 28 are Miami-born Lyriq Tye, who has been described as an “alternative R & B artist.” And then there’s Deidre Bluez, a Pompano Beach native spoken word artist with a “hard-hitting storytelling gift akin to a brown liquor slow burn” who has been delighting slam and spoken word audiences since 2005. DJ Sco of Hot 105 is the official DJ for STNPT and will provide music for the evening.
Peterson suggests that this show and future shows staged by the Round Table Project will be fertile scouting grounds for artists to be signed to the Profitcy Society label. She envisions a great synergy between the live performances and the recorded numbers. A variety of sponsors backs her vision. In addition to the City of Pompano Beach and its consultant, Redevelopment Management Associates, they include the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the IDS Health Foundation, Barbwire VIP, Hype Magazine, GM Print and Flamboyant Talent. Black Billionaire Catering is supplying food, and Duke & Dame is offering liquor.
Peterson describes the event and the Profitcy Society label as welcoming, inclusive experiences, but clearly based in black culture, the African-American experience, and hip-hop. Those features inform the overall work of the Round Table Project, which, in addition to its record and event-producing capacity, provides speakers and public-speaking training to the community.
To attend the event at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., visit theroundtableproject.org/subscriber to RSVP. The event is free, but tickets are limited.
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