As protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline continue to occupy the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Ashevilleans are offering aid in various forms. Here are several upcoming benefits:
Rock for Standing Rock
“It’s fine to come out for a night and support Standing Rock and just listen to music, hang out and drink a beer,” says local activist Sara Legatski. “But if you’re really in the spirit and want to support this, you need to swallow some of the hard truth and understand some of the details. It motivates you. It fires you up.”
Legatski has helped condense the Standing Rock movement and its precursors into a brief presentation, which she’ll share at the start of Rock for Standing Rock. It usually leads to questions, she says, so an informal talk will follow.
“And then we have tons of art,” she adds. Around two dozen local artists and several out-of-state supporters have donated pieces to the silent auction.
The night’s headlining act, local band Death & The Reverend, contacted Legatski about staging the fundraiser after she put a call out to bands. Proceeds will help indigenous-led nonprofit All Nations Indigenous Center provide the Rosebud Lakota camp with emergency supplies as winter conditions set in.
Rock for Standing Rock is at PULP on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. theorangepeel.net.
LaZoom’s Band and Beer tours
There are two chances to support the Standing Rock movement by embarking on a LaZoom comedy tour. Both entail beers aboard LaZoom’s iconic purple bus, which makes pit stops at several breweries, plus mobile music performances by Sirius B (Thursday, Dec. 1) and Josh Phillips Folk Festival (Thursday, Dec. 8).
LaZoom’s bus departs from Tasty Beverage Co., at 7 p.m., on both nights. $50 donation per person supports All Nations Indigenous Center. lazoomtours.com.
Standing Rock Asheville Council’s meetings
Whether you want to start your own Standing Rock-related project or support an existing initiative, Standing Rock Asheville Council’s weekly meetings provide an opportunity to get involved. At each public gathering, participants present information, hold Q&A sessions and break into focus groups for further planning.
Sol Bar hosts SRAC on Sundays, 5-7 p.m. newmountainavl.com.