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White Horse’s 9th anniversary gala sparkles
Monday, 04 December 2017 23:54

BLACK MOUNTAIN  — The White Horse nightclub here celebrated its ninth anniversary with a musical show featuring co-owner Bob Hinkle, the Belfast Boys, B.J. Liederman and several other musical guests. 

Roughly 100 or so people attended the potpourri of music that lasted about three and a half hours.

Hinkle opened the show by noting, “About 10 years ago, (Hinkles’ partner) Kimberly (Hughes) and I walked into this place — and it was a hell of a mess.” However, they and others were able to open the club in 2008 — “in the jaws of the recession.”

He said someone pointed out to him a painting of white horses on one wall of the former car dealership, so he decided that that was fate telling him to make that the name of his nightclub.

The White Horse has managed to survive because “we’ve had a lot of help from a lot of people,” Hinkle said. In particular, he recognized Don Talley, whom he called his “partner in crime” in running the club.  He recognized many others who work at the club — or are outsiders — who have helped the White Horse.

“A whole lot of people in this community were enormously helpful, too,” Hinkle said. “A whole lot of people in this town were tremendously helpful” in helping to launch the nightclub and to keep it afloat through hard times.

Hinkle performed several numbers, with accordian accompaniment and backup vocals by Bill Mattocks, who has his own band as well as performing with Virginia and the Slims, an Asheville-based jump blues band

After Hinkle’s set, Utah Green performed a consmic-inflected, dazzling solo set of original works, accompanying her singing with guitar-playing — and occasionally played the banjo and harmonica. She noted that she neither is from Utah nor has lived in Utah, adding, “I originated in the stars.”

Besides the Belfast Boys and B.J. Liederman, other performers included pianist-singer Richard Schulman, who performed several numbers; 24-year-old Dylan McKerkle, who sang and played guitar with a Bob Dylan-inflected sound; and Jim Landry.

All of the performers joined Liederman on stage to sing a rendition of The Youngbloods’ 1968 hit “Get Together” as the show’s finale.

Upcoming White Horse shows include Joshua Messick’s “Hammered Dulcimer Christmas” show at 8 p.m., Dec. 1, the Annual Christmas Eve Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 24, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 and the Big Annual New Year’s Eve Party at 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

— Review by John North, Daily Planet



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