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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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Anthony John Clarke

A Rock Hall FallFest Concert
Irish Singer and Songwriter

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

“Once you let a song under your skin it’s harder to remove than a tattoo.” That’s a quote from Anthony John Clarke who has written many a song that gets under your skin. Clarke started songwriting at the age of nine inspired by the great songwriters of the sixties but it was only when he left Ireland for England that he actively pursued his passion for writing. Since then he has recorded more than a dozen albums, published two songbooks and played in hundreds of clubs and festivals in the UK, Europe, Australasia and the USA. He has the ability to capture an audience and mesmerize them with his intelligent lyrics, humor and musicianship. In the UK, audiences often sing along with gusto to the choruses of such vastly different songs as ‘The Only Life Gloria Knows’, ‘Blame it on Dolores’ and ‘Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke’.

Anthony John Clarke's website

Anthony John Clarke video

Vic Vacuum & the Attachments

A Rock Hall FallFest Event
Rock n' Roll Dance Party

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

The FallFest finale is a dance party with our favorite classic rockers, Vic Vacuum and the Attachments playing the great hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s and more. Mike McBride powers the band with his industrial strength bass lines and vocals. Born and bred on the Eastern Shore, he once won a battle of the bands in Fountain Park in Chestertown back in the 60s. He moved to Nashville in the 1970s where he played with country "outlaw" Johnny Paycheck and with such country rock legends as Barefoot Jerry. He also recorded with fiddle legend Vassar Clements, mandolin master Jethro Burns, and country stars David Frizell and Shelly West, among others. He can be heard on six platinum records and six gold records, with more than 15 million in sales including Paycheck’s hits “Take this Job and Shove It” and “Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets.” He also toured and recorded with Cowboy Jazz and with Mary Ann Price of Asleep at the Wheel. Now based on the Eastern Shore, Mike has developed quite a following for his classic interpretations of great rock n’ roll hits from the likes of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix and more. He will be joined by Carl Peters on guitar and vocals; Joe Martone on keyboards and vocals and Dale Trusheim on drums and vocals. We’ll roll up the rugs, leave chairs for listeners and keep the bar open for the show. Wear your dancing shoes!

Vic Vacuum & the Attachments website
Listen to Vic Vacuum & the Attachments

Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott and Chuck Redd

A Salute to George Shearing and More

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

Three noted jazz musicians and good friends: Rossano Sportiello on piano, Nicki Parrott on bass and vocals and Chuck Redd on drums and vibes, team up for “A Salute to George Shearing and More.” The Italian jazz pianist, Rossano Sportiello (now based in New York) has a light, precise, yet authoritative touch on the keyboard and an approach to the music that lends great joy to his playing. His tribute to pianist George Shearing “The Smiling Piano” ran for two weeks at the Café Carlyle in NY to great critical acclaim from publications such as The New York Times and Jazz Lives. Aussie bassist and Mainstay favorite Nicki Parrott, (also based in NYC) is known for her superb bass lines and sparkling vocals. Chuck Redd is a master at vibes and drums. Sportiello, Parrott and Redd have worked together countless times at jazz festivals, jazz parties, jazz cruises and other events around the US and in Europe. In spring of 2015 they played to packed house at The United Nations, inaugurating the new jazz concert series there. The three musicians have all recorded on each other’s projects and will present a program of pieces inspired by Shearing’s playing and other works the Great American Songbook. This outstanding jazz program is sponsored by Dick and Marvel Evans.

Rossano Sportiello's website

Nicki Parrott's website

Chuck Redd’s website

Nicki Parrott and Rossano Sportiello video

Chuck Redd and Rossano Sportiello video - with Harry Allen