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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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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Dick Durham,piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, April 24, 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 guest tonight is the brilliant jazz pianist and composer Dick Durham. There will be two pianos on stage for a 176 key extravaganza.


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Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz

Innovative Venezuelan/Cuban Jazz

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

Cesar Orozco is a prolific Cuban/Venezuelan pianist, violinist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator based in the New York City area. In 2012, he moved to the United States after receiving a full tuition Assistantship from The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in Jazz Piano. He also holds a degree in violin and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. He is a Cubadisco Award winner (the equivalent of our Grammy Award) and wrote a hit musical while living in Venezuela. He created Kamarata Jazz in Venezuela back in 2006. The group was originally conceived as a quintet: piano, electric bass, drums, percussion and Venezuelan cuatro. Currently, they perform as a quintet but use a saxophone instead of the cuatro. Kamarata Jazz mixes Venezuelan and Cuban traditional music with Jazz plus other genres such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. The core of the repertoire is based on some of the Orozco’s original compositions, as well as innovative versions of Venezuelan and Cuban pieces from the traditional repertoire. Since arriving in the States, Orozco has become a much in-demand pianist in both Jazz and Latin-American music and with Latin jazz legends such as Paquito D’Rivera, who calls Orozco’s music, “the best combination of Cuban, jazz and Venezuelan music I ever heard.”

Cesar Orozco's website

Cesar Orozco video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Fredy Granillo, singer, songwriter, guitarist
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 1, 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 guest tonight is Fredy Granillo, singer, songwriter and guitarist originally from El Salvador.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
The Eastport Oyster Boys

Maritime Good Time Music

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

It’s Spring! You’ve burned your socks, the smell of varnish and bottom paint is in the air and the snowbirds have returned to put a new coat of paint on the deck chairs. Once again it’s time for a concert with the Eastport Oyster Boys, the musical Goodwill Ambassadors for the City of Annapolis, the Maritime Republic of Eastport and the Chesapeake. The Eastport Oyster Boys play good-time original folk tunes, island rhythms, salsa, boogie, dixie-swing, waltzes, chanteys and some good ol’ rock-and-roll - all with a maritime theme. Their songs are about deadrise workboats, oysters, good dogs, blue crabs, and other themes unique to the Chesapeake. They may invite you to “Rock Around the Docks” or go “Downy Ocean Hon”. Spinsheet Magazine said “The Boys’ style is fun and easy, while their lyrics sing true to the beauties and realities of living on the Bay.” Though calling the waterman’s village of the Maritime Republic of Eastport home, their songs and stories ring true in any of the Chesapeake’s harbor towns, rivers or quiet coves and have been appreciated as far as the shores of Nova Scotia, Ireland, Europe and Australia. The Boys’ spirit and music has also been featured in numerous national and international radio, television, print and film productions. The band includes some of Eastport’s finest musicians (and boat bums): Kevin Brooks on guitar and six string banjo, the versatile Tom Guay on hammer dulcimer, fiddle and guitar, Andy Fegley on trombone and percussion, and Mike Lange on keyboards, uke and melodica.

Eastport Oyster Boys website

Eastport Oyster Boys video

Annapolis Capital Gazette article about The Eastport Oyster Boys