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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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Todd Marcus Quintet

Jazz

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$25 in advance (Use Buy Tickets link below) or $28 at the door (Call for reservations)

Todd Marcus is a Baltimore based composer and arranger and one of the few bass clarinetists to use his instrument as the lead in a straight-ahead jazz ensemble. The Quintet features Marcus’ rich harmonic approach and his ability to present the bass clarinet as a hard blowing jazz horn equal to saxophone and trumpet as a front line solo instrument. They play Marcus’ arrangements of standards and his own compositions that swing with fiery, introspective intensity. Their music offers a strong lyrical sensibility, and often incorporates the Middle Eastern influences of Marcus’ Egyptian-American heritage.

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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Nevin Dawson, viola
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 27, 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 the versatile violist Nevin Dawson whose wide-ranging interests will make this a varied evening of music from classical to jazz and everything in between (and off to the side!)

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 

 

 
NMF: The Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet

National Music Festival presents
Resonance (The Kent Chamber Music series)

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are only available on the NMF website at http://nationalmusic.us/product/resonance-project-fusion/

Project Fusion brings the rarely heard classical chamber repertoire for saxophone to the Mainstay in a concert that is part of the National Music Festivals chamber music series, Resonance (formerly Kent Chamber Music.) They will perform works by Thierry Eschaich, Eugene Bozza, David Maslanka, Alexander Glazunov, and the world premier of a new work by Marc Mellitus. Go to the National Music Festival website to purchase tickets for this concert.

NMF: Project Fusion tickets

 

 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Vince Lardear with Bob Colligan
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, March 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. Joining Joe will be featured guests Vince Lardear, a highly respected alto saxophonist from Wilmington, DE who was with us last June. Vince brings creative and masterful bebop improvisation to the Great American Songbook. Vince and Joe will be joined by Wilmington, DE area bassist Bob Colligan.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos