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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, 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



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Harp & Soul

Songs for the Season
Meredith Hadaway and friends

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Celebrate the Songs for the Season with the lovely and lively traditional songs, dance tunes & carols from the British Isles, Celtic lands & beyond. The core group of Meredith Hadaway (Celtic harp & concertina), Ben Bennington (guitar & vocals) and Rebekah Hardy (oboe) will be joined their special guests Bob Ortiz (percussion), Nevin Dawson (viola) and singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz who will add some of her originals to the mix as well as adding her voice to the group. This will be an afternoon of delightful and unusual songs for the season and lots of holiday cheer.

Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Sylvia Frazier
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, December 18, 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 Sylvia Frazier, best known for her work over the years leading the locally-based 100 Voice Choir. For this Mainstay Monday, she will perform Gospel, Soul and Popular favorites, along with songs of the season, accompanied by Joe.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos

New Year's Eve Potluck with Joe Holt

Bring a good potluck dish to share
with Joe Holt at the Piano

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

It's free but please RSVP to 410-639-9133

only $free

Join us as we get ready to ring in the new year with a potluck supper and music with Joe Holt at the piano. Bring one of your good potluck specialties to share, enough to feed several people, but don't bring alcohol, the Mainstay bar will be open. Rock Hall will be doing their annual hat parade with registration at 6:45 and the parade at 7:00pm. There's more info about that on Rock Hall's website, but it's always a fun event and the Mainstay is the perfect spot to watch from or to use as a base to be a part of the festivities. Think of your hat as parade float. There are prizes in various "hat-egories" including "Best Group" and "Most Rock Hallesque" but there are many, more.  Meanwhile it will be toasty warm in The Mainstay, the music will be sparkling, the bar will be open and the spirit of community high. PLEASE RSVP to 410-639-9133 so we can plan accordingly.

Rock Hall Hat parade info

The Deanna Bogart Band

7:00 PM New Year's Day!
Blues, Boogie Woogie and R&B

Monday, January,1 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Start off the New Year right as Mainstay favorite Deanna Bogart returns with her spectacular combination of boogie-woogie, rocking contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” In defining it, she says, " all grows out of the blues... it just doesn't always end there..." Her keyboards dazzle, her saxophone soulfully wails, and her smoky vocals bring out the best in her original cut-above songwriting and her covers. Her fusion of blusion -- spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun -- has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region. The rest of the band is Mike Aubin on drums, Chuck Underwood on guitar and Scott Ambush on bass.

Deanna Bogart's website

Deanna Bogart video "Fine by Me if It’s Good Bayou"

Deanna Bogart video sampler