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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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Trout Fishing in America

Folk, Pop
Music for People who take their Fun Seriously

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. The name, taken from a Richard Brautigan novel, seems almost as incongruous as a picture of this musical duo: Ezra Idlet (guitar) stands six feet eight inches and Keith Grimwood (bass), five feet five and one half inches. As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine. Together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured the imagination (and hearts) of audiences of all ages for over three decades. They are Grammy-nominated and award-winning stars in the world of children’s and family recording but they do wonderfully entertaining performances for grown-ups. Their infectious mix of folk/pop is enriched by the diverse influences of reggae, Latin, blues, jazz and classical music. Each of them bring out the best in the other and the joy that comes from this musical interaction is contagious and impossible to deny. The San Jose Mercury news described their music best when they said, “Their songs are folky and intelligent, part country, part roots, a mix of cheeky lyrics and soulful harmonies. Their live shows blend campy humor and instrumental prowess …The power of their music is that they write kids’ songs that grownups can share without feeling embarrassed or lowbrow. And they write grown-up songs that don’t bore kids.” Note that this concert does not contain any material that would be inappropriate for children, but will focus on more refined original music and lyrics. Sponsored by RHES PTA and Peoples Bank.

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The Peabody Classical Guitar Quartet
including the Charlie Byrd Scholarship recipient:
Young Won Kim

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Max's Mainstay All-Stars

Jazz from the Great American Songbook

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.