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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



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NEWS: In May, the Voice of America came to the Mainstay to record a feature on trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante who was the featured artist with Max's Mainstay All-Stars. Video of the original story and a feature about the making of the story are now available on the VOA website. Here are the links for the original story "Trumpet Prodigy Blows Audiences Away" and the "On Assignment" piece.

Hugh and Zane Campbell

Music and Film Presentation
Roots, Americana

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Inheritors of a rich family tradition of singing and songwriting, Hugh and Zane Campbell put on a lively, fascinating show. In addition to their music there will be a showing of the prizewinning documentary film about the Campbells and their family, “New River: a family musical history tour.” Come early, as they will also have some of their folk art furniture on display and for sale. With their singing, playing, and storytelling in the colorful mountain tradition of their ancestors, they share their very personal and unique musical family history, a history that runs from the Scottish highlands to the North Carolina mountains, to the rural southern enclave along the Eastern Maryland/Pennsylvania border; from a long ancestral line of hillbilly songwriters and recording artists to the music of Zane and Hugh Campbell. They were born into music. Their great-uncle on their mother’s side, Guy Brooks, was the first member of the family to record. In 1928, he recorded for the historic Gennett label with his band, The Red Fox Chasers. He is credited with having written, in 1929, the first trucker song, “Wreck on the Mountain Road,” which is also considered country music’s first car-wreck song. On their father’s side is their aunt Ola Belle Reed, their father’s sister, a songwriter and folk singer renowned in country folk and bluegrass circles who was an NEA Heritage Fellow and recorded for the Smithsonian. Two of her songs “I’ve Endured” and “High On a Mountain” are bluegrass classics and “High on a Mountain,” was a country hit single for Marty Stuart in 1992.

Hugh and Zane Campbell's website

Hugh and Zane Campbell video

New Directions: Allen LaMontagne & Joe Holt

Piano, voice & guitar
Show Tunes, Folk Songs and more

Sunday,September 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

only $free

Allen LaMontagne is best known locally as Rector of St. Paul's Parish, Kent but he has an extensive background in community theater and has played many roles in various musicals. For this New Directions concert, he has been working on a program of songs from the 20th century great American Songbook and contemporary folk songs all to the sparkling piano accompaniment of Joe Holt. Joe will play a few solo pieces and Allen will also play guitar on some numbers. The Mainstay "New Directions" series encourages established musicians to explore new areas and journeymen to expand their skills, their repertoire and generally to take it to the next level. This will be a delightful afternoon of wonderful songs with terrific piano settings.

Frank Vignola's "Let's Jam" Guitar Workshop

Frank Vignola with Vinny Raniolo

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

only $20

Bring your guitar and $20 (Cash or Check made out to Frank Vignola). Students under 18 or college students with ID are $5. The first half of this 2 hour workshop will concentrate on exercises and fingerboard study. In the second half Frank and Vinny will teach some songs and then all will play together. Frank says, “We'll discuss, demonstrate, question, improvise and have a heck of a time!” ALL LEVELS OF EXPERTISE ARE WELCOME! Guitarists don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from a master.  Student discounts are supported by the Mainstay’s Kids are First program.

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