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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 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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Tom McHugh's Last Hurrah (for now)

Benefits the Mainstay Forever Campaign
Concert and Recording Session

Saturday, December 5, 2015
A limited number of seats are available for the 2:00 p.m. performance

Join Tom and a never-to-be-repeated gathering of some of The Mainstay's most beloved musicians in a Songfest, celebrating Tom's 20-year tenure with a live recording session of 13 songs from his own Chesapeake Bay Songbook.

Tom will be joined by Tom Anthony, Sue Matthews, Bill Matthews, Chuck Redd, Daryl Davis, Dick Durham, Guthrie Matthews, Meredith Hadaway, Steve Stanne, Parris Bradle, and Nagy Zsolt from Kiskunfelegyhaza, Hungary.

Tickets are $100 per person.

Reservations will be honored in the order in which payment is received.

A limited number of seats are available for the 2 p.m. concert. The performance will be accompanied by a copious array of delicious hors d'oeuvres, complemented by a selection of wine and beer.

This event has been generously underwritten by a grant from The Hedgelawn Foundation. All proceeds benefit The Mainstay Forever Capital Campaign.

To purchase tickets, $100 per person
Please make your check payable to The Mainstay,
Note "Dec. 5" on the memo line and mail it to:
P.O. Box 238, Rock Hall, MD 21661.
Reservations will be honored in the order in which payment is received

Frank Vignola Guitar Workshop

Hands on. Bring Your Guitar

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

only $30

Bring your guitar and $30 (Cash or Check made out to Frank Vignola).  ALL LEVELS OF EXPERTISE ARE WELCOME!  Frank will teach simple daily exercises, songs and improvisation techniques. Guitarists, don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from a master. Call The Mainstay for reservations. Pay Frank at the class.

Frank Vignola's Instruction Web Page

The Frank Vignola Trio

"Thank You Charlie and Joe"
with Chuck Redd, Gary Mazzaroppi and Jan Knutson

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Frank Vignola is a stunning guitarist, one of the most respected and sought after acoustic guitarists in the world. He plays everything from Jazz and swing to blues and bluegrass. He has has toured and recorded with major artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Ringo Starr, Madonna, Dave Grisman, and Mark O’Connor who calls him “the perfect guitarist” and “a genuine virtuoso.” He is also a Mainstay favorite and has played here many times. This evening will be his personal tribute to Charlie Byrd and Joe Byrd who were some of his early mentors and influences. This will be an evening of songs that he once played with both Charlie and Joe or that are inspired by their memory. Frank will be joined by Chuck Redd (who was part of the Charlie Byrd Trio for 20 years) on vibes & drums and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass as well as by special guest Jan Knutson. Sponsored by the David Pike Memorial Fund & People’s Bank.

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