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Olinger Family Benefit Concert Sat 9/28 7:30 pm $10/$12

$10 advance
$12 door

Local Rock Bands Rally Community With 
4th Fundraiser for the Olinger family 
 at White Horse Black Mountain Sept. 28

Holden Dixon & The Straightlines, with openers, The Karma Mechanics, will take the stage for a concert benefiting Montreat College coach Britten Olinger, who suffered serious injuries in a collision in the center town. Holden was a track student of Coach Olinger's at Montreat College, and his band has members that currently attend Montreat.  

Dixon is an Asheville singer-songwriter who was previously the founder and lead singer for the band Seaborn. The freelance songwriter, producer and touring performer cites John Mayer, Adam Young, Nick Littlemore, John Mellencamp and Kenny Loggins as influences

The Karma Mechanics, a brilliantly talented punk, blues and old school rock band from Black Mountain, N.C., will be helping one of their own when the return to White Horse Black Mountain for a second benefit concert for Montreat College’s track coach Britten Olinger on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

            This marks the second fund-raising show staged by the Karma Mechanics at White Horse Black Mountain to help underwrite medical and family costs for Olinger, who was paralyzed in a high-speed traffic accident in downtown Black Mountain in February 2017.  The band also held a benefit at the venue Sept. 14, 2018.

Tickets for the Sept. 28 benefit are priced at $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event and $6 for students . Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 828-669-0816 or go to

The Karma Mechanics, which features Dave Landy (vocals, rhythm guitar), Scott Jones (drums), Hamza Vandehey (electric guitar) and Dan Toomey (bass guitar), discovered a shared love for classic rock as participants at the White Horse Black Mountain open mic nights and it eventually resulted in the band’s formation.

White Horse Black Mountain founder Bob Hinkle, who managed the J. Geils Band and collaborated with such legends as Etta James, Kenny Rogers and The Band, calls their sound “rough-edged rock with a brain.”

At their very first show, former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Artimus Pyle came out of the audience to jam with the band.  Pyle later referred to them as “the Redneck Ramones!”

Inspired by Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Ramones and Iggy Pop, the group plays mostly original tunes.  As their website says, the Karma Mechanics play “old school rock & roll, tight, original songs with a class rock feel, renewing and reviving the spirit of the day.  We play ‘em like we mean ‘em—and we ain’t sellin’ nothin’ but our SOULS!”

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state- of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, Shanti Elixers, soft drinks and snacks.