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Located in a 100 year old building on Main Street, The Mainstay is a cultural and artistic center for Rock Hall, a historic “waterman’s” town on the Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The town’s healthy mix of people with a deep heritage on the Eastern Shore and newcomers who have fallen in love with the area give it a vitality, a hometown feeling and a sense of community that is hard to beat.

The Mainstay is a warm friendly place with great sound and sight lines. With only 120 seats, there’s not a bad one in the house. It’s a listening room that’s almost as comfortable as your living room. Beer, wine, soft drinks, home-baked goodies, Mainstay merchandise, Mainstay Music CDs, Chesapeake Scenes CDs and Charlie Byrd CDs are available at the bar in The Byrd Room.

Our audiences range from local Rock Hallers and Eastern Shore residents to those who find their way here from Philadelphia, Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC and beyond.

The Mainstay offers more than 50 concerts a year. You can hear great jazz, blues, classical, folk …almost any form you enjoy. Check out our list of memorable performances.

So, come and see us in Rock Hall… our town motto is “nice people live here” and you’ll find a whole group of those people right here at The Mainstay!

Tom McHugh
Founder


 

 

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Mainstay Mondays

Featuring Mike McShane and Paul Midiri of the Mike McShane Trio
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 30, 2016     7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

only $10

Join us for a new Monday evening music series called appropriately enough, “Mainstay Mondays.” These eclectic evenings begin on Monday May 30 and will happen every Monday night through the summer and maybe beyond. Each evening will be hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano. Joe is not only a wizard at the keyboard, he is a student and connoisseur of many kinds of music and of local and regional talent. Each evening will feature Joe on piano partnering with a special guest or guests. The music will be diverse and spontaneous. We’ll have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. This will be an opportunity to see some of the region’s finest talent stretching their legs and working in a newThe Mike McShane Trio photo setting. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests on May 30 are Mike McShane and Paul Midiri. Joe plays regularly with Mike and Paul at the Cultured Pearl in Rehoboth as the Mike McShane Trio featuring piano, vibes, drums.
Here’s the line-up for Mainstay Mondays guests through the summer. Join us!

  • 5/30 - Mike McShane andPaul Midiri - drums/vibes
  • 6/6   - Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman - vocalists
  • 6/13 - Vince Lardear - sax>
  • 6/20 - Dan Tobias - cornet
  • 6/27 - Rhonda Apple - vocals
  • 7/4  - Melissa McGlynn and John Schratweiser - vocals
  • 7/11 - Pam and Bob Ortiz - guitar/vocals
  • 7/18 - Roo Brown - songs and stories
  • 7/25 - Donato Soverio - guitar
  • 8/1   - Max Murray - bass
  • 8/8   - Midiri Brothers - clarinet/drums
  • 8/15 - Sue Matthews - vocals
  • 8/22 - Dick Durham - piano
  • 8-29 - Geoff Gallante - trumpet
  • 9/5   - Nevin Dawson - viola

Joe Holt's website


 
The Chuck Redd Quartet

with Robert Redd, piano; Romeir Mendez, bass and Wesley Anderson, drums
Vibes: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Terry Gibbs

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Chuck Redd and his quartet featuring his brother Robert Redd on piano, bassist Romeir Mendez and Wesley Anderson on drums, pay tribute to three iconic jazz vibraphone players that have had a profound influence on him and probably every other vibraphone player in the world. Lionel Hampton introduced the world to the Vibraphone when he became a member of the Benny Goodman Quartet. Milt Jackson transcended the possibilities of the instrument with his ability to "sing" through the instrument when playing ballads and blues. The legendary Terry Gibbs is a bebop and swing master who became a household name as musical director for the Steve Allen and Regis Philbin television shows. Chuck is honored to call Terry Gibbs a good friend -Terry is still very active, energetic and witty at age 92!! The Chuck Redd Quartet will perform music closely associated with all three of these jazz vibes virtuosos. Along with Robert Redd on piano, a Mainstay favorite who has been touring with the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra, Chuck is pleased to present two young musicians: the Baltimore based bassist Romeir Mendez who performs at major jazz venues in DC and Baltimore and has toured internationally with Warren Wolf and Donald Harrison as well as Wesley Anderson from Los Angeles who recently began working with The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, the premier Army touring jazz big band. This will be a wonderful evening of swing, ballads, a little be bop and some American Popular Song classics that were performed by Hampton, Jackson and Gibbs.

Chuck Redd's website

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Mainstay Mondays

Featuring Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman - vocalists
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 6, 2016    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

only $10

Join us for our new Monday evening music series called appropriately enough, “Mainstay Mondays.” These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer and maybe beyond. Each evening will be hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano. Joe is not only a wizard at the keyboard, he is a student and connoisseur of many kinds of music and of local and regional talent. Each evening will feature Joe on piano partnering with a special guest or guests. The music will be diverse and spontaneous. We’ll have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. This will be an opportunity to see some of the region’s finest talent stretching their legs and working in a new setting. The evenings Eddie Sherman and Peggy Raley photobegin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests on June 6 are vocalists Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman. Sherman and Raley are the founders and hosts of the "True Blue Jazz Series" in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and perform as "The Eddie Sherman Show", saluting the great composers and singers of another time.
Here’s the line-up for Mainstay Mondays guests for the rest of the summer. Join us!

  • 6/13 - Vince Lardear - sax
  • 6/20 - Dan Tobias - cornet
  • 6/27 - Rhonda Apple - vocals
  • 7/4  - Melissa McGlynn and John Schratweiser - vocals
  • 7/11 - Pam and Bob Ortiz - guitar/vocals
  • 7/18 - Roo Brown - songs and stories
  • 7/25 - Donato Soverio - guitar
  • 8/1   - Max Murray - bass
  • 8/8   - Midiri Brothers - clarinet/drums
  • 8/15 - Sue Matthews - vocals
  • 8/22 - Dick Durham - piano
  • 8-29 - Geoff Gallante - trumpet
  • 9/5   - Nevin Dawson - viola

Joe Holt's website