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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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NEWS: In May, the Voice of America came to the Mainstay to record a feature on trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante who was the featured artist with Max's Mainstay All-Stars. Video of the original story and a feature about the making of the story are now available on the VOA website. Here are the links for the original story "Trumpet Prodigy Blows Audiences Away" and the "On Assignment" piece.

Sue Matthews

Sublime Jazz Vocals
Swinging on a Star: Celebrating the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.p>

only $20

The exquisite vocalist Sue Matthews returns, this time with a tribute to the brilliant music of Jimmy Van Heusen who wrote such classics as “It Could Happen To You,” “Here's That Rainy Day,” “Come Dance With Me,” and of course, “Swinging On A Star.” Sue is a superb singer with a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Give her a great song, no matter how familiar, and she will find in it fresh nuances and new depth of meaning. She will be joined by pianist Robert Redd, bassist Tommy Cecil and woodwinds player Scott Silbert who is the chief arranger for the United States Navy Band. Jimmy Van Heusen wrote songs for films, television and theater, and won an Emmy and four Academy Awards for Best Original Song. He wrote 85 songs that were recorded by Frank Sinatra, more than any other composer and composed the songs for Bing Crosby for six of the seven Crosby/Hope Road pictures. He was one of the original inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971. Most of his songs were written with lyricist partners Johnny Burke (1940 to 1953) and then Sammy Cahn.

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Rachel Walker

Heroines & Helpmates: Women & Politics in the War of 1812

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

only $free

Rachel Walker is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. She studies early American history focusing on transatlantic cultural and intellectual networks of the 18th and 19th centuries, gender, race and ethnicity in early America and the social, cultural, and economic transformations of the early nineteenth century. This free lecture is part of Kent County’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Ocean Quartet

"Leaves of Autumn"
Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

OCEAN Quartet is composer and ethnomusicologist Jennifer Cutting on accordions & keyboard; acclaimed vocalist Lisa Moscatiello on vocals, whistles & guitar; award winning Scottish fiddler Andrew Dodds, and folklorist Steve Winick on vocals and percussion. They play music inspired by traditions from across the British and Celtic world, putting their unique and glorious spin on traditional songs and Cutting’s original compositions, from soaring ballads, seasonally inspired songs and stirring sea chanteys to blazing fiddle and accordion tunes. OCEAN is known for getting audiences up on their feet to dance to their electrifying jigs and reels, as well as for raising goosebumps with their soaring vocals and otherworldly airs. This show will have a seasonal theme and is named after one of Jennifer’s compositions – sung in the video by Lisa. Their love of deep scholarship and great sense of humor adds layers of enjoyment to their performance.

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Lisa Moscatiello singing Jennifer Cutting's Leaves of Autumn with OCEAN