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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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Nevin Dawson: The Versatile Viola

From Classical to Celtic and Jazz to Rock

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Chestertown’s Nevin Dawson will be joined by Sammy Marshall on piano, Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums in a concert showcasing the many facets of the viola. Moving seamlessly from classical to Celtic to jazz to rock, Nevin will share how he grew from a third grader playing Twinkle Twinkle into a cross-genre musician. He is equally at home playing his own compositions and arrangements, performing Celtic music with Meredith Hadaway’s group Harp and Soul or providing sensitive back-up in the Pam Ortiz Band. This evening, in addition to playing with the other musicians in various configurations, Nevin will build his own one-man backup band on the spot with a looper pedal and present a few vocal numbers as well. This will be a fascinating evening with a wide variety of music spotlighting the versatility of the viola and many talents of the violist.

Steve Abshire & Steve Herberman

Jazz Guitars with special guest Jan Knutson
"Between Friends" A CD Release Celebration

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Steve Abshire (6 string guitar) and Steve Herberman (7-string guitar) celebrate the release of their new CD “Between Friends” (the 2nd on the Mainstay Music label), a live concert recording recorded last summer in Annapolis. They will play some of the selections from the CD, songs from the Great American Songbook, some well-known Brazilian standards and will be joined by 16-year-old jazz guitar phenom Jan Knutson. Steve Abshire is no stranger to the Mainstay being a regular in Max’s Mainstay All-Stars. His recording with Vince Lewis was the first on the Mainstay Music label. He performed with various Navy Bands for 24 years and was the guitarist/featured soloist with the Commodores, the Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years. Steve Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music later adopting the seven-string guitar in 1993. He has performed at major jazz venues across the country and at European Jazz Festivals. Both play regularly in the DC area.

Steve Abshire's website

Steve Herberman's website

Steve Abshire and Steve Herberman video

Pizzarelli, Vignola & Abshire: Great Guitars

The Byrd Series: Bucky, Frank and Steve Celebrate Charlie's 90th

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

A spectacular evening of jazz guitar as the great guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Steve Abshire pay tribute to The Great Guitars (Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel) with a program of swinging jazz classics including music by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Charlie Christian, some blues, bossa nova & Frank Vignola photobeyond. This concert is part of our year-long “Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie’s 90th” and will capture the essence and excitement of the original Great Guitars who joined forces in 1973 and issued the first of four exceptional jazz recordings in 1974. Like the original concerts, this will be an evening of hard driving swing, sensitive ballads and good-natured, respectful interplay. The legendary Bucky Pizzarelli has had a stellar career and has been a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. He is the master of the seven-string guitar, a Benedetto Bucky Pizzarelli Signature Guitar, which provides him with a continuous bass line and gives him the ability to play melody, harmony and bass all at the same time. Frank Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the Steve Abshire photoworld’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Steve Abshire’s rock solid rhythm guitar, deep heartfelt blues interpretations and inventive solos are all outstanding. He performed with various Navy Bands for 24 years and was the guitarist/featured soloist with the Commodores, the Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years. He has appeared in concert with the original "Great Guitars", sitting in for Barney Kessel. Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Steve Abshire will be joined by Chuck Redd on drums, Tommy Cecil on Bass and special guest Vinny Raniolo on guitar.

Video of Bucky and Frank with a solo by Vinny

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Frank Vignola's website

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