Pro skaters, bikers will ramp up the fun at downtown show

Live bands join skaters for extreme sports event

Outside: sports, activities, events

July 15, 2004|By Matt Whittaker | Matt Whittaker,SUN STAFF

Some of the world's best skateboarders are coming to downtown Baltimore this weekend for a two-day extreme skateboarding and BMX biking jam session mingled with performances by regional and national rock bands.

"It's a chance to see world-renowned athletes skate a big ramp," said Buster Halterman, a California-based professional skateboarder who will be showing off aerial maneuvers and board flips along with Tony Hawk and Baltimore native Bucky Lasek at the Scion Thrash & Jam on Saturday and Sunday. "We'll try to push our own abilities."

Between 7,000 and 15,000 people each day are expected to converge on parking lot C of M&T Bank Stadium to watch performances by bikers and boarders including Hawk, a 12-time National Skateboard Association world No. 1 vertical skateboarder, and Lasek, who placed first at the Global X Games last year, said Lee Corrigan, president of Baltimore's Corrigan Sports Enterprises, which is coordinating the event. "We've lined up the best extreme athletes in the world, and they're coming to Baltimore," Corrigan said.

Hawk, whose last appearance in Baltimore was in the late 1980s, and other performers will be doing "all kinds of different moves they're famous for" on the largest portable vertical ramp in the world, Corrigan said.

One of the tricks Hawk may perform is a 900-degree spin in the air, a move he was the first to complete successfully, Corrigan said. There will be a best trick contest on Sunday.

Hawk will only be performing on Saturday, and Lasek only on Sunday. "It's good entertainment if you're into action sports," Halterman said in a phone interview from his home in California. "There's some good national bands playing."

In addition to the wheeled sports demonstrations, Thrash & Jam will feature live music from bands including Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Operatic, the Unsane, Aphile, Eleven 54, Product, Ballyhoo, Lennex, MxPx and The Argument.

On both days, gates open at 11 a.m. The festival runs until 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Available through Ticketmaster or at the gate, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old. A limited number of VIP passes are available for $100 for both days and include food, drink and seating next to the ramp.

Parking for $10 will be in lots A, B and C at the stadium.

More information can be found at or by calling Corrigan Sports Enterprises at 410-605-9381. The event is open to all ages and is part of a tour that will stop in Washington on Aug. 14-15 and in Virginia Beach, Va., on Aug. 28-29.

Thrash & Jam

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Lot C

When: noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday; gates open at 11 a.m. both days

Who: Tony Hawk, Buster Halterman, Danny Mayer, Sanford Lopez, Derek Krasauskas and Paul Zitzer on Saturday. Bucky Lasek, Buster Halterman, Danny Mayer, Sanford Lopez, Derek Krasauskas and Paul Zitzer on Sunday.

Saturday's music :

Skitzo Calypso: Noon to 12:20 p.m.

Liquid Core Radio: 12:35 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.

Eleven 54: 1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Product: 1:40 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Myracle Brah: 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The Argument: 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Unsane: 3:45 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

SEV: 4:30 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

Aphile: 5:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m.

Jimmie's Chicken Shack: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday's music :

Myan Factor: Noon to 12:20 p.m.

Another Lincoln: 12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Vote Quimby: 1:05 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Fourth Element: 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Dingleberry Dynasty: 2:25 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Ballyhoo!: 3:10 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Aphile: 3:55 p.m.-4:25 p.m.

Eleven 54: 4:40 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

MxPx: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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