Boards + Bands + Beers

Local skateboard and apparel company Ashevillain  not only sells gear and accessories for riding Asheville’s streets, but does so in an eco-conscious way. “We strive to be as sustainable as possible and have as little impact on the Earth as we can,” says the companies website. How? By working with like-minded supplies and using sustainable resources such as recycled skate wax, and boards made from bamboo and maple.

Ashevillian is set to hold a launch party but in true conscious style it’s not all about the company. The launch, part of the B3 (that’s Boards/Bands/Beers) series, doubles as a fundraiser for A.skate Foundation. That non-profit puts on skate clinics (safety gear and equipment included) for kids with autism, and does so at no cost to participating families. (“We provide one on one skate lessons for children with autism in an environment that is appropriate to their sensory needs in order to learn,” says the foundation’s website. “We strive to make the experience as incredibly successful for the child as possible! We work with children ages 3 to adulthood.”)

Ashevillian will host an A.skate Clinic in Asheville next spring and has planned a number of fundraisers leading up to the event. Here’s the thing — the inaugural B3 event is exactly the kind of local music-and-more kind of happening that you’d want to go to, even it wasn’t for a good cause. Remember: B3 stands for Boards/Bands/Beers!

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the B3 series takes over Wicked Weed Brewing and The Orange Peel. It starts at 6 p.m. with a two hour qualifying rail jam located between the Peel and Wicked Weed (with DJ Flypaper and announcers). The Rail Jam final takes place at 9:15 p.m. (with Ivan the Terribles performing). During transitions there’s more music inside the Peel (Leopard Island! Dave Eggar!) along with skateboarding videos and other fun stuff.

Fun stuff like a raffle that includes a beach cruiser bicycle donated by New Belgium, Ashevillain skateboards and brewery tours. See the full schedule below. Tickets are $8 until 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 and $10 after 8 p.m. $2 of each ticket will go to A.skate Foundation.

• Registration at Orange Peel Box Office, ​noon-4 p.m.
• Doors, 5 p.m.
• Rail Jam w/ Flypaper (musical guest),  6-8 p.m.
• Leopard Island (musical guest), 8:15-9 p.m.
• Final Rail Jam warm-up, 9-9:15 p.m.
• Final Rail Jam w/ Ivan the Terribles (musical guest),  9:15-10 p.m.
• Deoro w/ Dave Eggar & Amber Rubarth (musical guest),  10-10:30 p.m.
• Prizes and Winners Announced, 10:30-11 p.m.

Photos by Ashevillian

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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