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Memorable Past Performances

Over the years The Mainstay has had two to four performances per month on its stage, for a total of more than 750 to date. The genre presented has been diverse, drawing an equally diverse audience. In the list below, there are names that are recognized nationally, even internationally. There are also names that will be recognized only closer to home. The Mainstay deliberately offers its stage to talent that is just getting started, the next generation.

Bill Allred

Bill Allred

Gene Bertoncini

Gene Bertoncini

Cephas & Wiggins

Cephas & Wiggins

Guy Davis

Guy Davis

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Critton Hollow

Critton Hollow

Bonnie Rideout

Bonnie Rideout

Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands

Whirligig

Whirligig

Gordon Bok

Gordon Bok

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Becky Kilgore

Becky Kilgore

The Byrd Series

The Mainstay was fortunate to have the late jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd on its stage several times before his death. Because he and his family developed such an affection for The Mainstay, in 2001 The Mainstay inaugurated an annual Charlie Byrd Concert Series in his memory. These concerts feature musicians who play in the jazz style of Charlie Byrd, many of whom were his friends and protégés. Concerts to date have included:

  • Charlie Byrd (1998 & 1999)
  • Howard Alden
  • Bill Allred
  • Gene Bertoncini
  • Joe Byrd
  • Nate Najar
  • Bucky Pizzarelli
  • Chuck Redd
  • Robert Redd
  • Warren Vaché
  • Frank Vignola

Blues

  • Rory Block
  • Cephas and Wiggins
  • Daryl Davis
  • Guy Davis
  • Catfish Hodge
  • Ann Rabson
  • Clarence Turner Blues Band
  • Terraplane
  • Toby Walker
  • Phil Wiggins & Corey Harris

Bluegrass

  • Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition
  • Bitter Creek
  • Chester River Runoff
  • Critton Hollow String Band
  • Gibson Brothers
  • King Wilkie
  • The Lovell Sisters Band
  • Claire Lynch Band
  • Molasses Creek
  • New & Used Bluegrass
  • Red Mountain
  • Seldom Scene
  • Tony Trischka

Chesapeake Bay Music

  • Chesapeake Scenes
  • Them Eastport Oyster Boys

Classical

  • Alturas Duo
  • Andrew Owens, tenor
  • Michael Chapdelaine, Guitar
  • Chesapeake Brass
  • Diamond Trio
  • Duo Transatlantique
  • Susan Duer, Fortepiano
  • Louise Earhart, Piano
  • Langley Winds
  • Stacey Mastrian, soprano
  • Moeller Guitar & Cello Duo
  • Navy Brass Quintet
  • Pyxis Piano Quartet
  • Serafin String Quartet
  • Mark Snyder & Andre Tarantiles

Country

  • Chester River Ramblers
  • Jerry Harmon
  • The Mooks
  • Mike McBride
  • Courtney Spath & Early Bird
  • David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience
  • J. B. Beverley & the Wayward Drifters

Folk, Americana & Roots

  • Alison Brown Quartet
  • Angel Band
  • Archie Fisher
  • Craig Bickhardt
  • Gordon Bok
  • The Boomers
  • Buskin & Batteau
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  • Aengus Finnan
  • Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
  • Kim & Reggie Harris
  • Honey Dewdrops
  • Hootenanny Fun
  • The Kennedys
  • Magpie
  • The Obsoleets
  • John McCutcheon
  • Sara McQuaid
  • Walt Michael & Company
  • Nowell Sing We Clear
  • Tom Paxton
  • Missy Raines & the New Hip
  • Red June
  • Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group
  • Kevin Roth
  • Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
  • Tom Rush
  • April Verch
  • Susan Werner
  • Bob Zentz

Gospel

  • Friends in Christ
  • Gospelfest
  • The New Gospelites
  • Prophets of Praise
  • Sombarkin

International and World Music

  • Daduka da Fonseca & Maucha Adnet - Brazilian
  • Rogerio Souza Trio - Brazilian
  • Meredith Hadaway - British & Celtic
  • Catonsville H.S. Steel Drum Band - Caribbean
  • Castlebay - Celtic
  • Ceoltoiri - Celtic
  • Connemarra - Celtic
  • The Kane Sisters - Celtic
  • Col. Leonard’s Irregulars - Celtic
  • Music from the Isles - Celtic
  • Bonnie Rideout - Celtic
  • Antoinette Smith - Celtic
  • Lynn Saoirse - Celtic
  • USAF Heritage Aire - Celtic
  • Whirligig - Celtic
  • John Wright & Maurice Dickinson - Celtic
  • Washington College Afro-Cuban Ensemble - Cuban
  • Carmel Dempsey - Irish
  • Craobh Rua - Irish
  • Kitchen Quartet - Irish
  • Tommy Sands - Irish
  • Mike Elosh - Israeli
  • Judith Kay - Latin
  • Trio Sambosa - Latin
  • Real Time - Scottish
  • Santa Cruz River Band - Southwestern

Jazz Musicians

  • Steve Abshire & Vince Lewis
  • Howard Alden & Dream
  • Harry Allen
  • Bill Allred
  • Gene Bertoncini
  • Charlie Byrd
  • Joe Byrd
  • Dick Durham
  • Dick Durham Trio with Max Murray & Frank Russo
  • Jeff Hamilton
  • Holly Hoffman & Mike Wofford
  • Joe Holt
  • John Jorgenson Quintet
  • Jon-Erik Kellso
  • James King
  • Max n' Friends
  • Hendrik Meurkens
  • Dick Morgan Quartet
  • Joe Negri
  • Ken Peplowski
  • Bucky Pizzarelli
  • Chuck Redd
  • Robert Redd
  • RevElation: Tribute to Milt Jackson
  • Statesmen of Jazz
  • Stef Scaggiari
  • Byron Stripling
  • Warran Vaché
  • Frank Vignola Duo
  • Frank Vignola’s Hot Club

Jazz Vocalists

  • Bryan Clark
  • Guys & Doll
  • Harmonious Wail
  • Esther Haynes
  • Becky Kilgore
  • Sue Matthews
  • Melissa McGlynn
  • Jacqui Naylor
  • Nicki Parrott
  • Lynn Roberts
  • The Swing Sisters
  • Karen Somerville
  • Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
  • Veronneau

New Orleans, Dixie & Ragtime

  • Banjo Dusters
  • Banjo Jim & The 23rd Street Sultans
  • Dixie Power Trio
  • Mickey Dulin, Stride Piano
  • The Federal Jazz Commission
  • Sally McHugh, Boogie Woogie
  • New Line Brass Band
  • The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Bob Seeley, Piano
  • US Army Blues Swamp Romp
  • U.S. Naval Academy Jazz Ensemble

Rock & Roll, R&B, Doo-Wop

  • The Beach Bumz
  • The Blues Brothers Revisited
  • Deanna Bogart
  • Daryl Davis
  • The Elliots
  • The Holmes Brothers
  • Native Son
  • Quiet Storm
  • Ruthie and the Wranglers
  • Tempest
  • The Trash
  • Viv Vacuum & the Attachments
  • Wicomicos

Swing & Big Band

  • Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band
  • B.E.D. with Becky Kilgore
  • Conservatory Classic Jazz Band
  • John Coury Sings Sinatra
  • Sam Scalzo Jazz Band
  • USNA Commandant’s Combo
  • University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble

Theater

  • "The Golden Sardine" by Robert Earl Price
  • Cliff Jewell in "Sam Clemens & the Real Mark Twain"
  • "Love Letters"
  • "Rôles de Dame" with Bruno and Alyse Pilloix
  • Washington College Independent Playhouse "Give Her Away"

Testimonials

“The Mainstay is a unique and wonderful refuge where music is performed with the warmth of friendship in a comfortable, accepting, homey atmosphere.”

Gene Bertoncini
Musician


“The feel of The Mainstay is very much like being in your Aunt Millie’s living room.”

Max Murray
U.S. Naval Academy Band


“Of the many venues in which I’ve performed in over thirty years of playing folk music, there are few that I return to as eagerly as The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland.”


Steve Stanne

Betty & The Baby Boomers

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