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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
Founder


 

 

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PigPen Theatre Co.

Theatrical Indie Folk-Rock
The Mainstay at The Garfield

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

This one night only concert at The Garfield is a joint presentation of The Mainstay and The Garfield and will take place at The Garfield Center for the Arts at 210 High St. in Chestertown. Call the Garfield for tickets (details below.)

Calling themselves “A Band of Storytellers,” PigPen Theatre Co. blurs the lines between indie folk-rock and ensemble theatre. Their imaginative writing, gorgeous vocals, irreverent humor and their creative theatricality have built them a strong concert following and gained them enormous popularity in the NYC theatre scene. They began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more. PigPen’s debut album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Following that, they went on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, “The Way I’m Running,” in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, “Whole Sun” and performed at Mumford & Sons’ return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival. They also made their feature film debut last year in Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash” starring Meryl Streep and are working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel.

For tickets call the Garfield Box Office 410-810-2060 or purchase online at http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/mainstay-garfield-presents-pigpen-theatre-company/


The PigPen Theatre Co. website

PigPen Theatre Co. video


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Geoff Gallante
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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 Geoff Gallante, a teenage trumpet phenom who has headlined several times at The Mainstay. Geoff continues to expand his reputation and his musical career as a regional and national performer.


Joe Holt's website


 
Kathy Kallick Band

Traditional and Contemporary
Bluegrass

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Kathy Kallick is a legend in bluegrass: one of the great bluegrass composers and vocalists. Her band is based along the West Coast from San Francisco to Alaska. Their innovative bluegrass honors tradition and yet is contemporary in sound and vision and they are known for their solid, hard-driving mix of originals and classics. The band features Kathy Kallick on guitar and vocals; Annie Staninec on fiddle and vocals; Cary Black on acoustic bass and vocals; Greg Booth on dobro, banjo and vocals; and Tom Bekeny on mandolin and vocals. The instrumental work is dazzling and inventive and the vocals are luminous and extraordinary. Kallick’s many recordings include nearly 150 of her original songs and include her work with the Good Ol’ Persons, several duos and her current band. Her latest and 20th recording is Foxhounds, a collection of new and traditional bluegrass with The Kathy Kallick Band. Its title track describes an evening spent on Bill Monroe’s porch listening to the high lonesome sound of his foxhounds in the distance.

Kathy Kallick's website

Kathy Kallick video


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Nevin Dawson
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, September 5, 2016

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 Nevin Dawson with his "versatile viola" and a wide range of music


Joe Holt's website