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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 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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NEWS: In May, the Voice of America came to the Mainstay to record a feature on trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante who was the featured artist with Max's Mainstay All-Stars. Video of the original story and a feature about the making of the story are now available on the VOA website. Here are the links for the original story "Trumpet Prodigy Blows Audiences Away" and the "On Assignment" piece.

Modern Man

David Buskin, George Wurzbach and Rob Carlson
Singers, Songwriters, Humorists

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers - David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, "terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits." Together they claim to have “quickly redefined something-or-other” and have delighted audiences as they interweave themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness, from ESPN to the FBI with” a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways.” The group began in New York in 1998 at the legendary Bottom Line when David Buskin of Buskin and Batteau met Rob Carlson who was performing there. David introduced Rob to George Wurzbach and the three became Modern Man and when on to win Back Stage Magazine’s “Bistro Award” in 2002 for Best Musical Comedy and the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York. And Spike Barkin, producer of the Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center said, “without question the cleverest, funniest, most versatile group that I have heard in years.” They went on hiatus in 2010 but are now doing limited dates.

Modern Man's website

Modern Man video

Karl's Music

Free afternoon event
Bluegrass, Americana, Folk

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:30pm - 6:00 p.m.

only $free

Once again the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association, the Kent County Arts Council and the Mainstay present an afternoon of bluegrass, folk, Americana and good times to celebrate the memory of our good friend Karl Gottesman with music from some of Karl’s good friends and one of his favorite bands. Performing will be Banjo Man Tom McHugh, Col. Leonard’s Irregulars, the Eastern Shore Foggy Memory Boys and The Lions of Bluegrass. We will close out the afternoon with one of Karl’s favorites Patuxent Partners with Tom Mindte (pictured), a hard-driving bluegrass band based in Southern Maryland. Since 1975, their high lonesome bluegrass sound has been heard at festivals, dances, concerts, and special events throughout the mid-Atlantic region. With great vocal harmonies, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass, their sound and repertoire are true to the roots of the music whether the song is a country tear-jerker or a bluegrass classic. Mama Pia’s will have hot dogs and more out back from 1-4 and Marvel’s (cash) Bar will be open in the Byrd Room. Free/Donation.

Patuxent Partners website

Patuxent Partners video

Johnny & Zep

Free Outdoor Concert

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

Johnny Never and Zep Harpo (AKA Seth Holzman) are the dynamic duo of the Delta Blues. Johnny’s exquisite finger style guitar work and passionate voice mesh perfectly with Seth’s deep range of sound and harmonica styles in a mix of soft blues ballads, intense Delta slide moans and driving Little Walter and Muddy Waters riffs. In 2011, Johnny, along with his band, was one of only three national acts selected by the Philadelphia Folk Song Society to perform in a concert honoring the 100th birthday of blues legend, Robert Johnson. Seth has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, John Mooney, Roomful of Blues, Dave "Honeyboy" Edwards, Magic Slim, Big Jack Johnson, Ronnie Earl, and other dignitaries of the blues. Together they will make MainstayBlues magic. This free outdoor concert is sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council, People’s Bank, the Rock Hall Business Association and the Mainstay. Bring a comfortable chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move indoors to the Mainstay.

Johnny & Zep's website