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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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Fairlee Diverse Band

Free Outdoor Concert
Global Pop

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

A Free Outdoor Concert on the Back Deck. What happens when you bring together a South African djembe drummer and a New Zealand singer songwriter along with a couple of Brits.? Is it world music? Or global pop? The band members are all are at Camp Fairlee for the summer and they tell us a drum kit, electric guitar and keyboards will also be involved. Bring a comfortable chair. The concert will move indoors to The Mainstay in the event of rain or excessive heat. The Mainstay free summer concert series is sponsored by Peoples Bank.

Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Max Murray, bass
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 1 at 7:00 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. 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 Max Murray, a bassist who performs in many settings; in both the jazz and musical theater communities, and is no stranger to the Mainstay.

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John Gorka

Singer and Songwriter

Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

Originally from NJ, now based in Minnesota, world-renowned singer/songwriter John Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse in Bethelehem PA. Early on, Rolling Stone called him “The leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement.” And the New York Times says: “Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone and a twisted sense of humor.” His songs have been recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith and his live performances inspire with his thoughtful and thought-provoking songs, subtle wry humor, expressive guitar and warm, friendly, baritone.

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