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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: Lynn Henderson
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 22, 2018; 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 Lynn Henderson who is known to our area through her longstanding and regular appearances at open mic night, at the Garfield in Chestertown. Lynn lives in St. Michaels and performs regionally with the Royal Oak Musicians. She is best known for her inspired folk and blues guitar playing. New spaces will be found tonight - the magic of Mainstay Mondays - in a duo performance with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

with Alan Blackman, piano; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums
Jazz

Sunday, January 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

$17 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $20 at the door (call for reservations)

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet returns to The Mainstay. The press has declared them "electrifying," "pure fun," "old school moving to new cool," and "vocalese at its best." For more than two decades, UVJQ (Ginny Carr, Robert McBride, Holly Shockey, Andre Enceneat) backed by their jazz rhythm section (Alan Blackman, piano; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums) have built a loyal audience across five continents with their stylized arrangements of head-turning original songs and harmonically rich renditions of American Songbook classics. With their tight harmonies, engaging presentation and vocal sass, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has put their creative signature on the group vocal style that mixes great fun with great art. They have been highly celebrated for extending the vocal jazz repertoire beyond standards and made their own songbook of originals the spotlight of their ear-popping arrangements.

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet website

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet video



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests:
The Washington College Jazz Combo
Directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 29, 2018; 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 Washington College Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer, making a return appearance. The jazz combo features students Michael DeMaio (alto sax), Kevin Jin (tenor sax), Gabby Bucci (bass), Maura West (piano), and Ben Lammers (drums). The combo has a pianist this year, so Joe has attended rehearsals to provide encouragement. Tonight, they all perform together.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Paul Carr, saxophone
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 5, 2018; 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 Saxophonist Paul Carr, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. His long resume as a performer, presenter and educator includes receiving the Howard University “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award” and performing nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with many of the greatest names in jazz. Tonight, he shares the Mainstay stage with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos