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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



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Sherrie Maricle, drums, Amy Shook, bass and Jackie Warren, piano

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

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

3Divas are Sherrie Maricle on drums, Amy Shook on bass and Jackie Warren on piano. They are a powerhouse jazz trio that plays original, traditional, and contemporary standards from all genres with unique style, innovative arrangements, and unified musical joy. They combine exuberance and creativity to create a seriously swinging, highly energized musical experience. A few years ago, as part of Sherrie Maricle’s larger ensemble, Diva Jazz Orchestra, the trio’s blistering hot sound ignited the acclaimed award-winning show “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life.” A reviewer for Broadway World said they “had a large percentage of the audience remaining until the end of the show’s exit music, most of them screaming for an encore at the finish. There were great moments for Jackie Warren (piano) and Amy Shook (bass), and when Maricle takes over for an extended solo, she wildly shakes up the place.”

3Divas website

3Divas video

Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Paula Johns, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 31, 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 Paula Johns, a Philadelphia based actress, cabaret singer and jazz vocalist, who specializes in the Great American Songbook. Paula and Joe performed often together back in the day (many, many days ago.) Join us as this wonderful vocalist reunites with Joe for a very special Mainstay Monday!

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


Melodic Latin, Funk and Hip Hop Fusion
World Music from Patagonia

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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

This trio of women from Patagonia (in Southern Argentina) write and sing diverse songs characterized by show-stopping harmonies and a magical on-stage chemistry. Hailing from the tiny mountain town of San Martin de los Andes, Femina consists of two sisters and their best childhood friend, Sofia “Toti” Trucco on vocals, guitar and ronroco (a larger charango, the small guitar shaped 10 stringed instrument that creates the treble rhythms of Andean music), Clara “Wewi” Trucco on vocals and percussion and Clara Miglioli on vocals and guitar. Their live shows fuse a variety of Latin genres and folk styles such as cumbia, candombe, rumba and boleros, with international rhythms such as reggae, funk and hip-hop. A unique and sweet combination, the trio has toured internationally in Mexico, Europe and the US and has released several recordings. Their summer tour of the US has them appearing at world music festivals, jazz centers, Joe's Pub in NYC and The Mainstay.

Femina's Facebook webpage

Femina video (Be sure to check out the harmonies starting at 1:30)

Rhythm Future Quartet

Contemporary Gypsy Jazz

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward mission: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and growing. A group of virtuosos named for a Django Reinhardt tune, they offer a new sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries while keeping the soaring spirit of Gypsy jazz. Their 2016 recording “Travels” was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post. It incorporates influences gleaned from their worldwide touring into their own compositions all played with a compelling, joyful abandon.

Rhythm Future Quartet's website

Rhythm Future Quartet video