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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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Tim Sparks: Free Outdoor Concert

Banjo Man & Tom Anthony open
Fingerstyle Guitar: blues, gospel, jazz, classical and world music

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

A FREE outdoor concert on the Mainstay back deck with Tim Sparks, an extraordinary fingerstyle guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music "Fresh, exotic, and totally cool." Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it "rich and sensuous", and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says "He's really one of the best musicians I know." From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, he has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide. Opening will be Banjo Man and Tom Anthony with a short set of blues, folk and mischief. This free outdoor concert is sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council, People’s Bank, the Rock Hall Business Association and the Mainstay. Bring a comfortable chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move indoors to the Mainstay.

Tim Sparks video: Mississippi Blues

Tim Sparks video: Chinese Dance from The Nutcracker Suite

Matt Palmer

The Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie's 90th
Classical Guitar

Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

only $15

Classical Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, he has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine), “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine), “a truly accomplished and refined musician” (Cleveland Classical), and “one of the world’s best guitar players” (The Royal Gazette). An active performer, winner of numerous guitar competitions, and author of “The Virtuoso Guitarist,” Palmer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Arizona and has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist. His program will feature music from Brazil, Paraguay, USA, Belarus, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Spain.

Matt Palmer's website

Matt Palmer video

Big Joe and the Dynaflows

MainstayBlues featuring drummer & vocalist Big Joe Maher
Jump Blues with a bit of Funk and Swing

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Big Joe is a rarity in the blues world. He's a drummer who doubles as a vocalist with a voice reminiscent of Delbert McClinton. He relies on well-chosen vintage material, but he also writes first-class originals. His music is a mix of rocking, often humorous jump blues, retro-blues, and swinging jazz/blues with the occasional swamp-pop weeper like his own “Evangeline. Joe Maher AKA "Big Joe" started out his music career in his Maryland high school jazz band "The Starliners.” Musical greats like Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Mudell Lowe & James Moody often sat in with the band as guest performers and they were an inspiration to him as was the recorded music of jump blues greats like Louis Jordon and Big Joe Turner. In his early career, he shared the stage, opened for or backed up music legends like Willie Dixon, Delbert McClinton, Johnnie Johnson, Mick Fleetwood, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Otis Rush and Earl King. In the late 80's after managing and performing with the nine piece swing band "The Uptown Rhythm Kings," and after a few years as drummer with the Tom Principato Band, Joe formed his own five piece jump blues group "Big Joe & The Dynaflows." They have made several well-received recordings, play locally, regionally, nationally and have toured Europe.

Big Joe Maher's website

Big Joe & the Dynaflows video