Call Now to Reserve Tickets • (410) 639-9133 • 5753 Main St, Rock Hall, MD


Home of Musical Magic!

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



The Mainstay Calendar


Join Our Mailing List

The Mainstay is on Facebook!
Mainstay Rock Hall

Become a fan!

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass


Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned traditional bluegrass. Their instrumentation, lead vocals and vocal harmonies converge with all the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals are captivating, combining a powerful range and one of a kind soul that have earned him an IBMA nomination as Male Vocalist of the Year. Since Danny’s father Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass) passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album, The Room Over Mine, earned accolades and significant chart action, and the song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year. Their latest “Road Into Town” made many reviewers' Top 10 of the Year listings for 2012. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band whose list of notable festivals and events include: Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more. Danny is joined by his son Ryan on mandolin, Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen) on banjo; the fine bluegrass tenor Eric Troutman on bass and vocals and 2015 marks the return of fiddler TJ Lundy to the group. TJ treads the line between bluegrass and old-time mountain music with roots going back to the Galax, VA area. He played with Bob Paisley back when his father, banjo player Ted Lundy played with the group and played with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass after Bob passed away in 2004.

Danny Paisley's website

Danny Paisley video

Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing Along

Adults only - 18 and older
For Rock Hall Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Come-all-ye seamen, wenches, lusty laddies and ladies! It’s baa-ack! Just in time for Rock Hall's Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend, we bring you (once again by popular demand) “Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing-Along,” a raucous romp through centuries of dirty ditties. Come in good voice (or just a loud one) and join in with master balladeers Jennifer Cutting, Steve Winick, Riki Schneyer and Craig Williams on the choruses of naughty songs that have come down to us through the centuries from medieval brothels, pubs, tall ships, British music halls, armies, navies, schoolyards, and wherever such songs are sung. This will be an ample show of shameless songs that have propelled innocent sailors to their moral doom from time immemorial. The group (which contains an ethnomusicologist, a folklorist, a traditional singer and a member of Pyrates Royale) has conducted research into dusty archives of depravity and delight that will ensure that this isn't just any old bawdy songs show - you're bound to hear refreshingly raunchy songs you've never heard before and be entertained in the time-honored tradition of gathering to raise our voices in song. No experience necessary but bring your sense of humor. Must be age 18 or older.

The Daryl Davis Band

A Tribute to Pinetop Perkins

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

In 1985, the legendary boogie woogie pioneer Pinetop Perkins selected Daryl Davis to succeed him in the piano and vocal slot of the Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band. Daryl also played Chuck Berry’s band as did Perkins. Now Daryl brings his band to the Mainstay to pay tribute to Perkins, one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen who began playing blues in the late 1920s, and was widely regarded as one of the best – and certainly most enduring – blues pianists. Perkins forged a style that has influenced three generations of piano players, and continues to be the yardstick by which great blues pianists are measured. Daryl Davis is a vocalist and keyboardist extraordinaire and a huge favorite with Mainstay audiences. Davis was born in Chicago, electric blues capital of the world, received a Bachelors in Music from Howard University in jazz and then went to work with such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), to name a few. The great boogie woogie and blues pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson both praised Davis’s authenticity playing a style that was popular 20 years before he was born. This will an unforgettable evening of blues and rockin’ boogie and is sure to sell out so make your reservations now!

Daryl Davis' website

Daryl Davis video