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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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Myriam Phiro Quintet

Featuring Vinny Raniolo, Chuck Redd, Elias Bailey and Gordon Au
An International Jazz Day Concert

Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

For International Jazz Day we are pleased to present an outstanding evening of jazz featuring French-Canadian actress, jazz singer, dancer and cabaret chanteuse Myriam Phiro. She will be joined by Vinny Raniolo, the wonderful guitarist who often tours as a duo with Frank Vignola, vibraphonist and percussionist extraordinare Chuck Redd, trumpet player Gordon Au and bassist Elias Bailey. Myriam Phiro is a bi-lingual performer who has performed on stages and in theaters worldwide. She studied musical theatre performance at AMDA (the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College of the Performing Arts in New York) and then studied jazz with Barry Harris and Janis Siegel, voice and cabaret with Bill Zeffiro. Her influences run from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Edith Piaf to Jane Monheit, Madeleine Peyroux, Chet Baker, Norah Jones, and Manhattan Transfer, and encompass the style and elegance of The Jazz Age of the 1920s, the energy and pizzazz of the Big Band Era, and the intimacy of the classic French music-hall, her musical stories told with wit, flair, and poignancy. Vinny Raniolo is best known to for his accompanying skills and is in great demand as a rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has led him to 14 countries on three continents and to The Mainstay with Frank Vignola. Chuck Redd is known to Mainstay audiences and worldwide for his skills on the vibes on drums. Playing professionally sice the age of 15, Elias Bailey has for the last ten years, been playing bass with The Freddy Cole Quartet at some of the most prestigious venues around the globe.International Jazz Day logo Trumpet player Gordon Au draws upon a palette ranging from the traditional jazz of Armstrong and Bechet to the modern jazz of NYC. He leads the Grand St. Stompers, a traditional jazz band called “a pillar of New York’s hot jazz scene” by The New York Times, and appears with the Grammy-winning Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland, Wycliffe Gordon, and many more.

Myriam Phiro's website

Myiram Phiro and Vinny Raniolo video

International Jazz Day website

Dick Durham 1-2-3-4

Solo, Duo, Trio and Quartet
Piano Jazz

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

The spectacular jazz pianist Dick Durham returns in a concert featuring solo, duo, trio and quartet numbers. Joining Dick will be Blake Cramer, who is lyrical interpreter of the American song form on vibes, Bob Offerman on bass and Bill McHenry on drums. Don’t miss this memorable, magical evening of jazz piano. A brilliantly unique pianist, Dick is also an arranger and composer. He is a strong believer in melody, harmony, and rhythm and uses both hands quietly, joyously and raucously. John Wilson in the New York Times once proclaimed that Dick has “A Style approaching that of a quartet." His compositions have earned him two separate Maryland Governor’s Citations for excellence in the performing arts in 2003 and 2005. Ballads from his original musicals (adaptation of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘Celluloid’) reflect on the joy and pathos of life. His jazz variations on the scores of musicals like “West Side Story” earn standing ovations. This will be a wonderful evening of jazz played with virtuosity, emotion and humor.

About Dick Durham's 2013 CD "Live at the Mainstay" (and others with purchase info and samples)

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

Traditional Bluegrass

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned traditional bluegrass. With their new recording, “Weary River,” they pay a compelling visit to not only bluegrass music roots but to the band’s own rich tradition. Danny’s father, the late Bob Paisley, founded Southern Grass and fronted bands going back into the 60s. Danny joined the band at the age of 15 in 1974 on guitar and vocals. His stature has grown as a vocalist and he is a past nominee for the IBMA (International Bluerass Music Association) Male Vocalist of the Year award. Now a third generation has joined the band with Danny’s teenage son Ryan, a superb mandolin player, stepping in. Fiddler TJ Lundy has recently returned to Southern Grass. He masterfully treads the line between bluegrass and old-time mountain music with roots going back to the Galax, VA area. He played with Bob Paisley back when his father, banjo player Ted Lundy played with the group and played with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass after Bob passed away in 2004. The other members of the band are Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen) on banjo and the fine bluegrass tenor Eric Troutman on bass and vocals. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are based in southern Pennsylvania and Maryland. They tour nationally and have taken their hard-driving, traditional bluegrass played with power and a deep soulfulness to such notable festivals and events as Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and more.

Danny Paisley's website

Danny Paisley video