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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 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 and home-baked goodies 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 40 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



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Modern Man

A Cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers
David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach

Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

This is the last tour for Modern Man who are described as a cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers. David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, "terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits." Together they claim to have “quickly redefined something-or-other” and have delighted audiences as they interweave themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness, from ESPN to the FBI with” a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways.” The group began in New York in 1998 at the legendary Bottom Line when David Buskin of Buskin and Batteau met Rob Carlson who was performing there. David introduced Rob to George Wurzbach and the three became Modern Man and when on to win Back Stage Magazine’s “Bistro Award” in 2002 for Best Musical Comedy and the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York. And Spike Barkin, producer of the Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center said, “without question the cleverest, funniest, most versatile group that I have heard in years.”

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Blues Guitar Workshop with Mamie Minch

For Beginning and Intermediate Guitarists
Introduction to Fingerstyle Blues Guitar

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

only $15

This workshop is for beginning and intermediate guitar students interested in entering the world of fingerpicking blues. Blues guitarist Mamie Minch will take you through the process of learning to put an alternating bass line under a melody - no head rubbing and stomach patting experience necessary. By way of some Mississippi John Hurt and some traditional tunes, you'll learn how to isolate parts of a song for a deeper understanding and talk about how to put what you've learned into muscle memory through the right kind of practice. You'll be picking in no time! Mamie Minch is a blues guitarist and singer who has found her niche reviving – and writing antique blues songs. In addition to performing she is also co-founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Lutherie, a NYC business that builds and repairs all kinds of stringed instruments. The cost of the workshop is $15 (Cash or check payable to Mamie Minch.) Please call for reservations - we'll accept walk-ins but reservations will allow us to set up the room properly.

Mainstay Blues: Mamie Minch

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Mamie Minch is a young old-school blues guitarist and singer strongly influenced by blues masters John Hurt and R.L. Burnside as well as Bessie Smith, Sarah Martin, and Memphis Minnie whose unabashed sensuality and the winking, confessional nature of their songs was a major influence. She plays songs of her own devising that sound like they’ve been stored in her 1930s National steel guitar for decades. Mamie has found her niche reviving – and writing antique blues songs. She's performed around New York and the world, both solo and with fantastic collaborators including LAVA, Dayna Kurtz, the Roulette Sisters, and her own blues outfit Mamie Minch and Her Business. Mamie’s trademark lowdown pipes and guitar use the sounds of vintage blues to make a modern statement. She’ll be joined by NYC percussionist and singer Dean Sharenow. $15

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