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White Horse Eighth Anniversary Extravaganza Sat Dec 3rd 2016 at 7:30pm

$18 in advance
$20 at the door

Celebrating Eight Years of Serving
 The Community Through 

  • Presenting A Wide Variety of Quality Music  and Performing Arts Events

  • Hosting Benefits for a Variety of Causes and Individual Needs

  • Screening Films of Significance

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

In 2007 Asheville native Bob Hinkle returned to the mountains of Western North Carolina after a successful 50 year career in the New York entertainment world. He 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. The dream is now a reality and 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.

Our Featured Performers at this year's anniversary celebration 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.

Christine Garvin's 
GoGo Christmas Dancer
What goes together better than GoGo and Christmas? Nothing! Which is why they'll be breaking out the best in 1960s GoGo dancing to some groovy holiday hits. Sit back and enjoy their amazing moves and zest for life. 
Led by Christine Garvin, these ladies are bringing the holiday cheer and a smile to your lips. Find out more about Christine's classes at

The Belfast Boys
Alyn Mearns and Adrian Rice hail from the Troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mearns has lived in the States since his late teens, but Rice only settled in Hickory (NC) in 2005, having come to Lenoir-Rhyne College as Visiting Writer-in-Residence. Both men have been happily ‘captured’ by lovely American brides. The men met in a local Hickory bookstore and quickly formed a strong bond based on their shared Northern Irish heritage and ‘Belfast-speak’. In performance, the boys work hard to deliver a serious traditional Irish set of jigs, reels, polkas and songs. They perform truly stunning new versions of folk favorites like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘The Mountains of Mourne’, alongside less well-known songs such as the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Blue Hills of Antrim’, and original material like the enchanting ‘Shimna’.

Kevin Spears
Considered by many as one of the best kalimba players alive today, Kevin Spears musical gifts have astounded audiences around the world and redefined what is humanly possible on the exotic musical instrument called kalimba. For his masterful gift on kalimba, Kevin was flown to Anaheim CA. where he was the featured artist at the 2014 NAMM Show's Breakfast Of Champions event. Kevin received a standing ovation for his rousing performance and created considerable buzz among thousands of music industry personnel who witnessed his blinding skill, musical creativity and quiet humility on display. Spears' ability on this seemingly simple instrument is often compared to legends such as Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix and Les Paul among others and his uncanny ability to play multiple musical and percussive ideas simultaneously in a live setting is iconic, pure and simple. For his unique playing style and groundbreaking work as a kalimba innovator, Kevin was honored with a kalimba named after him called the "Kevin Spears Style Kalimba" which can be seen here

Jay Brown and Aditi Sethi
Jay Brown: Jay Brown is a founding member of the classic blues, country and swing group, Lazybirds. He has played his guitar and harmonicas with the likes of Doc Watson, Etta Baker, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Jay has studied the roots of American music all across the south, traditional Ghanian music in West Africa, and Indian Classical music with his wife, Aditi. Aditi Sethi Aditi began playing the harmonium, an indian instrument, and singing bhajans and shabads, spiritual songs of the indian traditions, when she was 5 years old. She first learned music from her grandparents in India. Her family moved to America from India in 1983. As a child, Aditi frequently performed at concerts with her father, who is an accomplished singer in the traditional Indian style.

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.

Ian Ridenhour
Ian Ridenhour writes smart, piano-driven alternative rock music with pop sensibilities and a dark streak, or as Sav Buist of The Accidentals puts it: “like Jack White and Ben Folds had a baby.”
Ian is a unique performer. 2016 marks not only his sixteenth birthday, but also ten years as a professional musician. He began drumming with Bismarck, ND-based band Blind Mice at only six years old, the youngest band member by thirty years. He added songwriting the next year, and has never looked back.
In the decade since, Ian has shared the stage with artists like David LaMotte, BJ Leiderman, and The Accidentals, composed classical and jazz music for concert and big band ensembles, been nominated in the same year for Best Percussionist and Best Keyboardist at the North Dakota Music Awards, played on albums by David LaMotte and Bronwyn Holmes, and recorded his own album, 2014’s Quietly Making Noise.

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.