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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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Peter and Will Anderson

with Chuck Redd

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

"Remarkable, toe-tapping, heart-lifting jazz" from Peter and Will Anderson who are twins and who are both virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Originally from the DC area, they started touring internationally at 15 and went on to attend Julliard. They are now in their 20s and living in New York City. Their abilities have made them saxophonists of choice for Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. In reviewing their most recent recording Mike Joyce of the Washington Post said “[their] saxophones and clarinets elegantly converge, converse and engage in delightful counterpoint… the arrangements, imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes.” For this Mainstay concert, they will be joined by Chuck Redd on vibes and guitarist Alex Wintz for a fresh, creative swinging take on traditional jazz.

Peter and Will Anderson's website
Peter and Will Anderson video

Catonsville High School Steel Band

At the Rock Hall Firehouse
From Reggae to Rock to Broadway

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

only $10

Fall Fest audiences have loved the tropical sounds of the Catonsville High School Steel Band for many years. Now for the first time, we are bringing the band to Rock Hall for a full concert at the Rock Hall Fire House – note the 7:00 p.m. start time. This band of more than 20 enthusiastic student musicians is renowned throughout the state as an innovative and entertaining musical ensemble. In demand for over 30 concerts per year, the band features Caribbean-style steel drums and rhythm section and has a repertoire that spans reggae to rock to jazz. Don’t miss!

Catonsville Steel Band at FallFest video

Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Blues Harp, Guitar and Vocals

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

The first concert in this year’s MainstayBlues series is a stunner. The legendary Magic Dick’s innovative harmonica playing anchored the distinctive sound of the J. Geils Band in the 70s and today. He has toured with the top names, blown away legendary clubs and stadiums and jammed with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. Now he partners with the sensational acoustic guitarist and singer, Shun Ng, an international phenomenon at 23 whose virtuoso guitar playing includes elements of Soul, Funk, Blues and Jazz. As the legendary Quincy Jones puts it, "When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears -- he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science -- his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding."

Magic Dick's website

Shun Ng's website

Magic Dick and Shun Ng video