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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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Dick Durham

Dick Durham's 75th Jazz Jam

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Note our new winter start time.

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

For his 75th Birthday, pianist extraordinaire Dick Durham has pulled out all the stops and assembled a group of 10 musicians including 3 Navy Band masters AND, in a cameo appearance, Mainstay Founder Tom McHugh. These wonderful musicians will join Dick on stage in various configurations for an evening of exquisite instrumental jazz, full of the beauty of the American Song Book. John Wilson in the New York Times once proclaimed that Dick has “A Style approaching that of a quartet." His compositions have earned him two separate Maryland Governor’s Citations for excellence in the performing arts in 2003 and 2005. Ballads from his original musicals (adaptation of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘Celluloid’) reflect on the joy and pathos of life. His jazz variations on the scores of musicals like “West Side Story” earn standing ovations. Whatever the surprises this musical magician pulls out of his hat, this will be a wonderful evening of jazz, from solos to large ensemble numbers played with virtuosity, emotion and humor. Note the 7pm start time.
And Happy Birthday Dick!


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Steve Abshire
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 20, 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 Steve Abshire, one of the Mainstay’s favorite guitarists. He has appeared here with Max n’ Friends where his blues solos were favorites and as part of several different jazz duos and trios. He was featured soloist with the U.S. Navy Band’s premiere jazz ensemble the Commodores. Expect an evening of sparkling jazz standards with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Jeff Davis with Ray Anthony
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 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 guest tonight is bassist Jeff Davis, a multi-instrumentalist who performs regionally for a variety of groups. Jeff has performed several times on our stage, and returns to Mainstay Monday to join Joe in a jazz trio setting, playing bass, along with some vocal selections. Ray Anthony on drums completes the trio.


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Philip Dutton and the Alligators

New Orleans and Louisiana Sounds

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Philip Dutton & the Alligators play Louisiana and New Orleans-inspired music. Their influences and rhythms range from the jazz of Satchmo to the zydeco of Clifton Chenier, from Professor Longhair to Dr. John, from The Meters’ funk to the R&B of Allen Toussaint, and many, many more. Philip Dutton on keyboards and vocals was born and raised in Louisiana and cut his teeth on the music from the bayou dancing the two step to Clifton Chenier at the LSU student union. With Pres Harding, an Eastern Shore native, on guitar: Marc Dykeman, well known as bass man for the Chester River Runoff and the High & Wides; and Ray Anthony, keeping the groove on percussion, their music reflects the rich cultural gumbo that is soul of Louisiana and the heart of New Orleans.

Philip Dutton and the Alligators Website


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