By Nicole Denise
Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne will perform from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Historic Sunset Lounge, located at 609 8th Street in West Palm Beach. The concert is part of the Sunset Lounge Music Series and features the West Palm Beach native, who was a staple of the disco and club scene in the 1970s with hits including ‘Gimme Some’ and ‘Dance Across the Floor.’
‘Bo’ Horne says a performance like this is so important during Black History Month because it highlights the significance of establishments like the Sunset Lounge in Palm Beach County. “The Sunset is our Apollo,” ‘Bo’ Horne says. “It was an establishment that reigned in the 1920s featuring music acts like James Brown, the Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner and Smokie Robinson.” During segregation, the Sunset was a place that welcomed Black acts to perform and lodge in Palm Beach County. Mr. ‘Bo’ Horne says that witnessing musical performances from Black legends helped him realize what he wanted to do as an adult. “As a boy, all I dreamt about was playing the Sunset Lounge.” ‘Bo’ Horne Says. He got his opportunity in 1967 when he opened for OV Wright.
Since his debut performance, ‘Bo’ Horne has performed internationally and has achieved double gold album status. However, it is performances in Palm Beach County that ‘Bo’ Horne says mean the most to him. “I’ve been all over the world, but this Saturday I am singing for my community to let my hometown know that ‘Bo’ Horne is black history.”
Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $10 and $15 and are available on Eventbrite.com or WPB.org/CRA. For more information call 561-822-1550.