WHITE HORSE - Seventh Anniversary Celebration - Fri November 6th 2015 at 8pm

Celebrating Seven Years of Serving
 The Community Through 
  • Presenting A Variety of Music  and Performing Arts Events

  • Hosting Benefits for a Variety of Causes and Inidividual Needs

  • Screening Films of Significance

  • Providing space for Wedding Receptions, Banquets, Anniversaries, Parties and other occasions

Tonight's Celebration 
Will Include Performances by
Eleven Top Regional Artists 

You'll not hear this much talent on one night anywhere else in the area
(with the exception of Warren Haynes Christmas Jam)

and other special surprise guests

$18 in advance 

 $20 at the door

In 2007 White Horse owners Bob Hinkle and Kim Hughes relocated to Bob’s native North Carolina mountains after successful careers in the New York entertainment world. They had a vision of creating a first-class listening room that would presents artists in a wide variety of styles and genres in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Six years later the White Horse Black Mountain is a destination for top touring and regional acts as well as music lovers, and the venue consistently tops polls as a place to hear great music and as a business that gives back to the community.

White Horse knows something about celebrations as well as struggles.    The anniversary celebration will also serve as a fundraiser to help defray mountain debts and keep White Horse going into it's eighth year.

Performers include:

BJ Leiderman is the noted composer of the theme music heard on NPR's Morning Edition,Weekend Edition, Car Talk, and Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me!. His themes are among the most instantly recognizable sounds in all of public radio.  Music and music making comes easily to Leiderman, who was born on Valentine's Day 1956 and grew up as the only child in a musical family. As a member of a variety of different bands during his high school and college years, BJ found he was a natural at writing memorable music — including jingles.  His professional credits also include jingles and soundtrack packages for countless corporate and broadcast accounts. In addition, BJ has worked as a writer (as in "copywriter") for clients as diverse as Nickelodeon, The Chris Rock Show, Fox Kids, Cartoon Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, and Spike TV.   

Marcel Anton is a Vocalist, Composer, Guitarist, Percussionist, Actor, Teacher, Mystic and Poet of Native American and New Orleans Creole descent. Marcel has a Master's in Music and three degrees from the Grove School of Music.

He recently had three songs placed in a film by Hefner Productions' "Glass Cage". Marcel's credit include work with a wide range of artists such as the Skeletones, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linda Hopkins, Third World, Public Image, Shakeh, Collen Clark, Gallivan Burwell, Floyd Dixon, Albert Collins, Stuart Copeland, Dennis Walker, The Van Nuys Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Award-winning composer and musician Rod Abernethy is international known for crafting authentic and memorable music scores for visual media including video games, advertising and television. His rich musical repertoire encompasses traditional acoustic and ethnic scores, unique hybrid soundtracks fusing electronic and organic elements, as well as dramatic music written for orchestra and choir.
A music graduate from the University of North Carolina, Rod maintains a cutting-edge recording studio facility and boasts an extensive collection of vintage amps, guitars and mics. Rod is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS). He's recently returned to the world of performing, writing, and recording his original material.

David Troy Francis is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist. His electrifying and critically acclaimed cd, The Americans, features compositions of living American composers including the world premiere recorded performance of Eight Etudes by two time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem. Mr. Francis was the recording pianist and celeste player for the Will Smith/Sony film Pursuit of Happyness. He was the recording pianist for the classical piano works for the film Elegy starring Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley and was also the recording pianist and musical consultant for the re-make of the film Fame.   

He is the composer, musical director and executive producer for the smash hit musical BARK! which ran for two years in Los Angeles becoming the 3rd longest running production in Los Angeles intimate theatrical history. BARK! has been selected critics’ choice by the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and has received over 30 critic’s pick or rave reviews. Mr. Francis was nominated for Best Score by the distinguished Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards and has been awarded three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards for musical excellence.

Dr. William Bares holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent ten years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Other research interests include jazz and race, and music and environmental issues. Before coming to UNC Asheville, Bares taught at several Boston-based schools, including Harvard University, Brown University, Suffolk University, the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.
After years of additional study and gigging in major jazz centers, Bares and family landed in Asheville, where he and his wife both teach at UNCA. In addition to his teaching, Bares keeps up a busy and varied performance schedule with jazz ensembles of myriad configurations and styles.

Ian Ridenhour is a fifteen-year-old drummer/keyboardist, singer/composer. Since joining the African drumming group Djoliba Jr. at age four, Ian has expanded his musical accomplishments to include rock, funk, jazz, classical, and choral music.
A multiple award-winning performer, Ian played in a number of bands on the Bismarck music scene, including Blind Mice, Hex Radio, and Tigirlily, and he regularly performs as a solo artist and bandleader. Ian was nominated in three categories at the 2015 North Dakota Music Awards--Best Percussionist, Best Keyboardist, and Best High School Band (which he won!) He has recently relocated to the Asheville, NC area. Check him out--according to jazz legend Jimmy Cobb, "in a couple of minutes, he's gonna be a monster!"

Tracey Schmidt is a working poet and a photographer. Her first book of poetry, I Have Fallen in Love with the World, (Turtle Dove Publications) was the focus of a recent 6-week, coast to coast poetry/music tour. She performed the work of Hafiz, Antonio Machado, Mary Oliver and her own work, all by memory. Her poetry has been published in Field of Dreams Poetry Anthology, Western NC Woman, Mountain Express, Sheville, Sunburst Anthology of Women Writers, SOL Poetry Anthology, and numerous other publications. Schmidt’s photographic -based multi-media installation The Awakening of Turtle Island: Portraits of Native Americans won the coveted Regional Designation Award in the Humanities with the Cultural Olympiad during the Olympics in Atlanta, 1996. This museum exhibit about native people has gone on to tour 18 museums in the southeast, and includes a holographic-style video projection of a Cherokee elder.

Barbie Angell is a poet, short story writer, satirist and artist in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1994, a friend encouraged her to pursue her skills as a writer and she soon began writing and performing poetry. . Her words took her to a poetry competition in DC in 1997 as well, where she placed 12th out of 1400 poets from around the world. Her goal has always been to reach people who don’t know they like poetry, and convince them that they do. In addition to live performances, Barbie has sold over 500 copies each of three previous self-published volumes of poetry.Barbie is a writer who rhymes, and her affinity for rhyme is not surprising at all—she grew up devouring the works of Shel Silverstein and Lewis Carroll. Named a Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Poet in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014; Her first book of children’s poetry and illustrations, Roasting Questions, was published by Grateful Steps Publishing House in Asheville in 2013

Kim Hughes is a multi-talented, multi-career, life-coach, counselor, business woman, professional singer with a passion for the healing arts. Kim enjoyed a successful opera career in New York for 15 years. Kim continues to sing professionally and offers private voice coaching. But her busy schedule in other professions has cut back on her professional singing career which flourished during her years in New York. As a professional musician, Kim sang "leading lady" roles in New York City, including Puccini's "Madame Butterfly", "Tosca", "La Boheme", and "Gianni Schicchi". Her other heroines include Countess in "The Marriage of Figaro", and Donna Elvira in "Don Giovanni", (both Mozart), Leonora in "Il Trovatore" (Verdi) and Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Mascagni). She got one crack at Wagner, singing Sieglinde in "Die Walkure", sang one Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, "Iolanthe", and portrayed the title role in Lehar's "The Merry Widow". She also starred as Fanny Brice in Jule Styne's "Funny Girl." She co-founded Dorchester Opera Theatre in Brooklyn in 1992, and released her first CD "True Voice" in 2002

Bob Hinkle, an Asheville native and owner of White Horse Black Mountain, spent over 40 years in New York at the center of popular American music. Beneath his humble demeanor and casual approach is a lifetime of experiences and relationships with many of America’s finest musicians, record labels, and companies of the past half-century. Bob has worn many hats in his career; singer ,songwriter, poet, recording artist, composer/lyricist, corporate executive, consultant, music writer, artist manager, executive producer, record label founder and president. Bob began his career as a performer while in college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a member of a trio called The Good Earth and when he and his bandmates graduated they headed straight to New York where a recording contract awaited them with the DynoVoice label. After a couple years of touring and recording with The Good Earth including serving as the backup band for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Bob released a solo recording of his own entitled Ollie Mogus. Bob moved to the business side of music serving as artist manager, consultant, producer, etc for the next few decades but remains a talented writer and performer.

We believe what we offer to individuals and to the community is important and we want to be in the position to continue doing what we do.   Our anniversary celebration will serve as a fund raiser to pay off a significant debt to one of the Performance Rights Organizations, BMI.      We thank you in advance for your support by attending this and other events at White Horse.  
As many of you are aware, White Horse is working hard to raise funds to offset   debt and expenses.   Some of you have asked about other ways you can contribute financially to White Horse.    We are always thrilled to accept donations of any size.  For those who wish to do more, we operate as an LLC, which means that we are owned by Unit holders (similar to Stock holders).  
For those interested in purchasing a unit of ownership in the company, or a fractional unit of ownership, contact Bob Hinkle at 828-669-0816 or whitehorseblkmtn@gmail.com