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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

Featured Guest: Rebekah Hock
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 23, 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 Rebekah Hock. Rebekah as been to the Mainstay many times, most often with Harp and Soul. Tonight she joins Joe, performing on multiple woodwind instruments, with music ranging from from classical to Celtic and jazz to jigs.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Brad Chaires
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 30, 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 Brad Chaires a local vocalist and actor who joins Joe to sing some of his favorite pop and country classics (and we do mean classics - don't let his young age fool you), as well as songs from stage and screen. Join us for a delightful evening of music and memories.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Peter and Will Anderson Quartet

Featuring Chuck Redd
Jazz

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Note the new winter start time.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

"Remarkable, toe-tapping, heart-lifting jazz" from Peter and Will Anderson who are twins and are both virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Will also adds flute to the mix. Originally from the DC area, they started touring internationally at 15 and went on to attend Julliard. Now in their 20s, their fresh, creative, swinging take on traditional jazz has taken them as headliners to major jazz festivals and clubs around the country. Lauded by The New York Times as “virtuosos” they write original tunes but also have a deep love and respect for the jazz classics. Their abilities have made them saxophonists of choice for Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. They played live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and were featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. In reviewing a 2014 recording, Mike Joyce of the Washington Post said “[their] saxophones and clarinets elegantly converge, converse and engage in delightful counterpoint… the arrangements, imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes.” They will be joined by Chuck Redd on vibes and drums and guitarist Felix Lemerle for a fresh, creative swinging take on traditional jazz.

Peter and Will Anderson's website


Peter and Will Anderson video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Maria Rusu
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 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 Maria Rusu, a multi-instrumentalist and jazz singer. She led the scat singing workshop at the Mainstay for the National Music Festival's jazz concert earlier this year. For Mainstay Monday Maria joins Joe to sing Jazz and Brazilian Standards, along with her own original compositions. And yes, expect some scatting


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