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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 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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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Blake Cramer on vibes
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 26, 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 Blake Cramer, a vibraphonist who is a Berklee College of Music graduate, was a student of Gary Burton and is a veteran of the United States Navel Academy Band. This will be Blake and Joe's first time playing together, and a great evening of improvisational jazz.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos

Giacomo Gates

with Fred Hughes on piano, John Pineda on bass and Frank Russo on drums
Jazz Vocalist

Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$22 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $25 at the door (call for reservations)

Vocal fireworks to kick off the July Fourth holiday week. Giacomo Gates is a jazz singer with the poise of a showman, the zeal of an aficionado and to quote the New York Times, a “ deep, cognac baritone.” with a “vintage-hipster lexicon.” With his phrasing, his bearing and a deceptively easy nonchalance, he has made a specialty out of vocalese, the jazz practice of setting original lyrics to melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or a musician’s improvisation. It is probably no accident that his vocal timbre can evoke Eddie Jefferson, a pioneer in the style, but his considerable chops are always at the service of the song and in concert, the vocalese is applied judiciously brightening an already stylish selection of swing and be-bop. Gates plays clubs in the US, has toured internationally and has seven acclaimed CD's, his most recent, "What Time Is It?" was released in April. His previous release, "The Revolution Will Be Jazz-The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron" reached #1 for six weeks on the National Jazz Playlist, and "MilesTones" was #1 for four weeks. Giacomo Gates will perform at The Mainstay with Fred Hughes on piano, John Pineda on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

Giacomo Gates website

Giacomo Gates video

The Deanna Bogart Band

Blues, Boogie Woogie and R&B

Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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

The fireworks continue as Mainstay favorite Deanna Bogart returns with her spectacular combination of boogie-woogie, rocking contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” In defining it, she says, " all grows out of the blues... it just doesn't always end there..." Her keyboards dazzle, her saxophone soulfully wails, and her smoky vocals bring out the best in her original cut-above songwriting and her covers. Her fusion of blusion -- spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun -- has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region. This is a rare trip to the area as she is now based on the West coast. The rest of the band is Mike Aubin on drums, Chuck Underwood on guitar and Scott Ambush on bass.

Deanna Bogart's website

Deanna Bogart video "Fine by Me if It’s Good Bayou"

Deanna Bogart video sampler


No Mainstay Monday July 3

Mainstay Mondays return next week, July 10, when Joe Holt welcomes Joe Midiri