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October 5, 2013

'Nice little club' hosts Nashville star

Energy was high at the B Side Ballroom and Supper Club Wednesday night as the club celebrated its one-year anniversary. 

To celebrate a year of offering Oneonta a wide range of musical talent and food, B Side brought back Nashville musical legend Billy Joe Shaver for the evening. 

Shaver, a Texas native, has written songs for Nashville musicians for the past half a century. His songs include those performed by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Bob Dylan. 

“He is great,” said B Side co-owner Wayne Carrington. “The people really like his music. My customers asked when he was coming back, and we are lucky it happened during our one year anniversary.” 

To celebrate a year in business, B Side offered a supper club special with dinner and a show of live music featuring Shaver and his band. 

“It is exactly what I hoped it would be,” Carrington said. “We have a really good group of people who come in to hear really good music. We do not have television or other distractions. We wanted to be a supper club that fosters culture, community and conversation.” 

SUNY Oneonta communication professor Brian Dolber is a regular visitor to B Side, where he meets friends to enjoy dinner and a specialty beer.

“I come here about every Wednesday,” Dolber said. “I really like the pork dinner. My band has played here on occasion.” 

Dolber plays the drums in the musical group Hagalicious. 

Every seat in the house had been purchased by Wednesday evening. The cost to attend the concert was $30 in advance, which guaranteed the patron one seat for each ticket purchased. 

Dinner was served until 7 p.m. 

“That is the one thing that surprised me, I guess, was the excitement for our food,” Carrington said. “I really have to credit our chef, Rhett Mortland, for that. We change the menu with the seasons and we use locally grown, fresh produce when it is available. We have a cheese board that is made from cheese from a local, organic, milk farmer in Bovina.”

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