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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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Mainstay Monday on Saturday

Jazz
Joe Holt and his special guests

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (Use the Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (Call for reservations)

Mainstay Mondays have been so popular that we asked host and pianist Joe Holt to put together a one time group featuring some of his special Monday guests. This will be a swinging evening of jazz to heat up a January night, a bigger and badder version of Mainstay Monday featuring 5 of the guest artists who made our Mainstay Mondays so special: Joe Midiri on clarinet and saxophone, Danny Tobias on trumpet, David Sacks on trombone, Paul Midiri on drums and vibes, Max Murray on bass and of course, Joe Holt on piano.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: The Washington College Jazz Combo
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 30, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for a very special 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. 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 The Washington College Jazz Combo. The group features Kevin Jin and Michael Demaio on saxophones, Ben Lammers on drums, and Elisabeth Engle on vocals. Joe Holt was invited to join the combo in September to help fill out the rhythm section. Come and support our next generation of musicians, and enjoy the concert they have prepared for Mainstay Monday.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Amy Shook, bass
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 6, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm

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 Amy Shook on bass. Amy is one of the most in-demand upright bassists in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, known for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
 
RUNA

A Celtic Valentine
Celtic Roots Music

Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 p.m.

$17 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $20 at the door (call for reservations)

It’s a Celtic Valentine as RUNA returns with their lively traditional and contemporary Celtic songs and instrumentals. Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song. The group features vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, from Philadelphia, who co-founded RUNA with her husband, Dublin-born guitarist and composer Fionán de Barra. The rest of the band is Canadian percussionist Cheryl Prashker, Galway’s Dave Curley, a singer, dancer and sensational multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bodhrán) and the brilliant Kentucky fiddler, Maggie Estes. RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, to lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic.

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