Eye on the Arts: Official launch party for the new spoken word label

By Marc Gave | New Pelican Writer

Sunday, August 28 is a landmark night at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. That’s when Profitcy Society – a new spoken word label created by 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 organized to celebrate the sixth anniversary of another roundtable 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. His first event was in his hometown of Arcadia, Florida, near Venice and Port Charlotte. She describes the upcoming launch party as the “full loop moment,” bringing the production of her vision to Pompano Beach. A red carpet mixer begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m. Like the new record label, the event will feature elements of hip-hop, rap, storytelling, comedy, prose and music.

Peterson, herself a well-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 the others performing on August 28, Miami-born Lyriq Tye has been described as an “alternative R&B artist.” And then there’s Deidre Bluez, a spoken word artist from Pompano Beach with a “gift of hard-hitting storytelling akin to a slow burn of brown liquor” who has been delighting slam and spoken word audiences since 2005. Hot’s DJ Sco 105 is the official DJ for STNPT and will provide the music for the evening.

Peterson suggests that this show and future shows hosted by the Round Table Project will be fertile scouting grounds for artists to sign to the Profitcy Society label. She envisions a great synergy between live performances and recorded numbers. A variety of sponsors support his vision. In addition to the City of Pompano Beach and its consultant, Redevelopment Management Associates, they include the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, IDS Health Foundation, Barbwire VIP, Hype Magazine, GM Print and Flamboyant Talent. Black Billionaire Catering provides food and Duke & Dame provides alcohol.

Peterson describes the Profitcy Society event and label as welcoming and inclusive experiences, but clearly grounded in black culture, the African American experience, and hip-hop. These characteristics inform the overall work of the Roundtable Project, which, in addition to its recording and event production 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 places are limited.

Joseph K. Bennett