Swing into the new year at White Horse Black Mountain

Black Mountain News

The concept of ringing in the New Year might have to be revised to read “Swinging in the New Year” for the White Horse Black Mountain’s New Years Eve party.

Two great bands will provide musical fireworks for the dancing and listening pleasure of revelers on Saturday, Dec. 31 beginning at 9 p.m. Vollie & Kari and the Western Wild Cats will serve up classic Western Swing, while Virginia and the Slims will keep the joint jumping with danceable vintage favorites.

 Vollie McKenzie and Kari Sickenburger front the Western Wildcats. Their tight vocal harmonies are a signature of the group’s engaging stage shows, which deliver authentic Western Swing with expert musicianship and a flair for entertainment. Along with other top players, the Wildcat lineup includes Lyn Netherton, an in-demand pedal steel master. Their many fans know that they can expect a show that delivers the goods, whether listening or dancing.

Vollie McKenzie fronts a well-known Western Swing band in gigs all around the area.

Virginia and the Slims is an Asheville party band whose members share a love of good times, good music, and filling the dance floor. There’s no longer a Virginia in the band, but there’s no shortage of toe-tapping jump blues, jazz, swing and oldies when they take the stage. Longtime members include Sean Anderson (guitar), James Kamp (saxophone, vocals), Brian Gant (drums), Sid Heilbraun (bass, vocals) and vocalist Joanna Best, and they’ve recently added harmonica ace Bill Mattocks to the lineup.

This is a general admission event, so tables and seating for the show are on a first-come-first-served basis. A big turnout is expected, and advance tickets are highly recommended. Doors open at 7:45 p.m.

Expect toe-tapping jump blues, jazz, swing and oldies from Virginia and the Slims.

New Year's swing

Who: Virginia and the Slims, Vollie & Kari and the Western Wildcats

When: 9 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $20 advance, $25 door