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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 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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Chuck Redd and The Bucket Brothers

Logan and Casey Valleroy
Jazz

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$17 in advance (use Buy Tickets below) or $20 at the door (call for reservations)

Our favorite jazz drummer and vibraphonist, Chuck Redd brings us the North Carolina-based Bucket Brothers, Logan and Casey Valleroy. Logan has played violin since the age of 7, winning fiddle competitions, scholarships, and numerous accolades along the way. He is also a highly accomplished swing and jazz guitarist, and enjoys playing the mandolin, electric bass, drums, and piano. Casey began playing piano when he was 5. He also plays drums, saxophone, and melodica. Since 2012, they have captivated audiences with their sophisticated arrangements, seamless improvisation, and beyond-their-years mastery of jazz. Both brothers display a depth of musical understanding and an ability to listen to one another that is rare at such a young age. – they are 13 and 16. Derek Kratzer, who has shared the stage with David Grisman and Del McCoury, says, "Technical proficiency and performance can be learned, but listening to one another requires a different kind of understanding and awareness that can only come through experience."

The Bucket Brothers website

The Bucket Brothers video

Chuck Redd introduces the Bucket Brothers at the Kennedy Center (at 35 minutes)

 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: John Ewart, sax and Mike McShane, drums
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, March 27, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests tonight are John Ewart on sax/clarinet and Mike McShane on drums. John Ewart is a dual resident of Lewes DE and New Orleans, LA, and can be found playing the music venues in both. In DelMarVa, John, Joe and Mike form the nucleus of "Shore Jazz", and that will be reflected in this Mainstay Monday performance.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
 
The High and Wides

Americana Roots

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (call for reservations)

The High and Wides play music inspired by days when the lines blurred between bluegrass, old-time, country, boogie, blues, rockabilly and western swing. The band features three veterans of the long-time Eastern bluegrass fixture Chester River Runoff Marc Dykeman on guitar and vocals, Sam Guthridge on banjo/mandolin and vocals and Nate Grower on fiddle. Add jazz bass player Mike Buccino and you have the High and Wides. They perform a wide assortment of material, from old-time brother duets to original material that defies convention all informed by their years of playing bluegrass. They will be previewing material from their upcoming recording.

The High and Wides website

The High and Wides video


 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Pam and Bob Ortiz
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, April 3, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with a special guest. The music is diverse and spontaneous. Every Monday we have casual seating, tables so you can bring your own dinner and a cash bar. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests tonight are singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz and percussionist and vocalist Bob Ortiz.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos