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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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Washington College Jazz Combo

under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

only $free

The Washington College Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer, is made up of six talented student-musicians. In addition to a rhythm section, they will feature trumpet, alto saxophone, and flute. For this free concert, they will present an eclectic repertoire, including a wide variety of swing, bebop, Bossa Nova, and Latin jazz standards. In addition to their talented instrumentalists, several of their pieces will feature the wonderful vocal renditions of Kent County's own Anna Black.

Blake Thompson Blues

A Blues Journey

Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8;00 p.m.

only $15

Blake Thompson will take you on a blues journey from the roots of the blues in the rural South with stops in Detroit, San Francisco, Austin, New Orleans, New York and more. From Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin to Mike Bloomfield, Ry Cooder to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Blake has made his name as a hard-rocking guitarist with a deep love of the blues, for his blistering rock leads and his powerful blues chops. This will be a terrific evening of the blues in all of its foot-stomping, hard-driving variety from solo acoustic bottleneck blues to electric blues with the full band. He'll be joined by Kate Russo on keys, blues violin and vocals, Russell Reinacher on drums and a bass player to be named later. This is another concert in our MainstayBlues series.

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Ann Hennessy Live Poets' Society

Poetry Reading

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

only $free

An afternoon of magical words in our magical space. Our good friend, the late Ann Hennessy, a Rock Hall writer and activist, organized this poetry reading with local poets for several years at the Mainstay. We are pleased to continue the event in Ann’s memory and to celebrate the wealth of talent we find among our local writers as we celebrate National Poetry Month ( a week late). The readers for this poetry reading are local poets and include the winners of the Ann Hennessy Live Poets’ Society Poetry Contest for middle school students in Kent County. The event is free and reservations are not required. Refreshments will be available. Our thanks to poet, photographer and environmentalist Howard McIntyre for organizing the contest and the reading and to the Kent County Arts Council for their support.