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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 Mondays

Featured Guest: Rhonda Apple - vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. 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. This is an opportunity to see some of the region’s finest talent stretching their legs and working in a new setting. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guest tonight is Rhonda Apple, a vocalist from Salisbury, MD. Rhonda sings the Great American Songbook and beyond, performing regularly (as "Apple and Britt") at Aldopho's on the Ocean, in Ocean City, MD.


Joe Holt's website


 
Anat Cohen with The Chuck Redd Quartet

with Chuck Redd, Robert Redd and Nicki Parrott
Acclaimed Jazz Clarinetist and Saxophonist

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing one of her headlining sets at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . . With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Cohen as Clarinetist of the Year eight years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011. In 2009, ASCAP awarded her a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. Earning this acclaim, she has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard and at Columbia University’s prestigious Miller Theatre. At the Mainstay she will play with the Chuck Redd Quartet with Chuck on vibes and drums, Robert Redd on piano and Nicki Parrott on bass and vocals.

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Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guests: Melissa McGlynn and John Schratweiser - vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 4, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. 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. This is an opportunity to see some of the region’s finest talent stretching their legs and working in a new setting. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests tonight are John Schratwieser and Melissa McGlynn. A true "dynamic duo," John and Melissa are two veteran theater performers with their own unique chemistry, singing across the great spectrum of Broadway and popular music.


Joe Holt's website