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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Dick Durham,piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, April 24, 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 brilliant jazz pianist and composer Dick Durham. There will be two pianos on stage for a 176 key extravaganza.


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Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz

Innovative Venezuelan/Cuban Jazz

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

Cesar Orozco is a prolific Cuban/Venezuelan pianist, violinist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator based in the New York City area. In 2012, he moved to the United States after receiving a full tuition Assistantship from The Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) in Jazz Piano. He also holds a degree in violin and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba. He is a Cubadisco Award winner (the equivalent of our Grammy Award) and wrote a hit musical while living in Venezuela. He created Kamarata Jazz in Venezuela back in 2006. The group was originally conceived as a quintet: piano, electric bass, drums, percussion and Venezuelan cuatro. Currently, they perform as a quintet but use a saxophone instead of the cuatro. Kamarata Jazz mixes Venezuelan and Cuban traditional music with Jazz plus other genres such as flamenco, tango, and bossa nova. The core of the repertoire is based on some of the Orozco’s original compositions, as well as innovative versions of Venezuelan and Cuban pieces from the traditional repertoire. Since arriving in the States, Orozco has become a much in-demand pianist in both Jazz and Latin-American music and with Latin jazz legends such as Paquito D’Rivera, who calls Orozco’s music, “the best combination of Cuban, jazz and Venezuelan music I ever heard.”

Cesar Orozco's website

Cesar Orozco video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Fredy Granillo, singer, songwriter, guitarist
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 1, 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 Fredy Granillo, singer, songwriter and guitarist originally from El Salvador.


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The Eastport Oyster Boys

Maritime Good Time Music

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (call for reservations)

It’s Spring! You’ve burned your socks, the smell of varnish and bottom paint is in the air and the snowbirds have returned to put a new coat of paint on the deck chairs. Once again it’s time for a concert with the Eastport Oyster Boys, the musical Goodwill Ambassadors for the City of Annapolis, the Maritime Republic of Eastport and the Chesapeake. The Eastport Oyster Boys play good-time original folk tunes, island rhythms, salsa, boogie, dixie-swing, waltzes, chanteys and some good ol’ rock-and-roll - all with a maritime theme. Their songs are about deadrise workboats, oysters, good dogs, blue crabs, and other themes unique to the Chesapeake. They may invite you to “Rock Around the Docks” or go “Downy Ocean Hon”. Spinsheet Magazine said “The Boys’ style is fun and easy, while their lyrics sing true to the beauties and realities of living on the Bay.” Though calling the waterman’s village of the Maritime Republic of Eastport home, their songs and stories ring true in any of the Chesapeake’s harbor towns, rivers or quiet coves and have been appreciated as far as the shores of Nova Scotia, Ireland, Europe and Australia. The Boys’ spirit and music has also been featured in numerous national and international radio, television, print and film productions. The band includes some of Eastport’s finest musicians (and boat bums): Kevin Brooks on guitar and six string banjo, the versatile Tom Guay on hammer dulcimer, fiddle and guitar, Andy Fegley on trombone and percussion, and Mike Lange on keyboards, uke and melodica.

Eastport Oyster Boys website

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Annapolis Capital Gazette article about The Eastport Oyster Boys

 

 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Barbara Ferris and Bob Colligan
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 8, 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 vocalist Barbara Ferris who came to the Chestertown area in 2001 after a stint playing venues and hosting a public radio show in North Carolina and Wilmington, DE area bassist Bob Colligan for an evening of jazz classics and favorites.


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Le Vent du Nord

Folk and Roots Music
From Quebec

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$25 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $27 at the door (call for reservations)

Mouth music and musical families. Deep history and playful innovation. Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord knows how to turn the lost past into intense and beautiful performances that push their roots in striking global directions. The group is blazing a path that connects their Québecois roots to the wider world, in both arrangements and on stage. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,600 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala. The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions. The group has a rich and varied instrumentation, well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.

Le Vent du Nord's website

Le Vent du Nord video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Meredith Hadaway, harp
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 17, 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 poet Meredith Hadaway on Celtic harp.


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A Tribute to Dick Morgan

with Tadataka Unno, piano; Steve Abshire, guitar; Nasar Abadey, drums and David Einhorn on bass
Jazz

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

The legendary Dick Morgan was the DC area’s signature jazz pianist for more than half a century. He appeared at The Mainstay several times and one of his last recordings, “Timeless” was recorded in Delaware but issued on our own Mainstay Music label. His longtime sidemen, Steve Abshire on guitar; Nasar Abadey on drums and David Einhorn on bass; have teamed up with the New York jazz pianist Tadataka Unno for an evening of jazz paying tribute to a cherished master. Unno was born in Tokyo, grew up idolizing Dick Morgan and absorbed his unforgettable style like no one else. After becoming one of Japan’s leading jazz pianists, Unno moved to the United States in 2008 and was selected to attend Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center and the Jazz Rising Stars Program in Chicago. He finally met his long-time idol at one of Morgan’s many performances at Blues Alley. Unno now lives in New York and plays at such clubs as the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club. Most recently he has been touring with legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb. He has performed with Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Eddie Henderson, Winard Harper, and Steve Williams and recently released his fifth album, "Journeyer." Over the past two years this group’s Tribute to Dick Morgan has played sold out concerts in Annapolis, Washington and Virginia.

Tadataka Unno's website

Tadataka Unno video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Elisabeth Engle, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 22, 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 vocalist Elisabeth Engle who sang with Joe and the Washington College Jazz Combo at a Mainstay Monday in January


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Caitlin Canty

Earthy Country and Rootsy Rock
Singer and Songwriter

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her music veers between earthy country, downtrodden blues, contemplative folk, and thunderous rock. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of a live music startup. Her breakout record “Reckless Skyline” features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. It has garnered glowing praise from NPR, The Telegraph and Philadelphia Inquirer among others. The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise,” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.” Her songs imbue commonplace moments and images with strange magic, wringing vastness from small details. They convey a restless energy, a clarity of purpose and desire to live fully within elemental processes – moving light, moving water, wildfire, ashes. She creates a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, tempered with a voice that is both haunting and distinct.

Caitlin Canty's website

Caitlin Canty video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Tom McHugh
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 29, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for a special Memorial Day 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 Tom McHugh, founder of The Mainstay. Expect some blues, some jazz, a few of Tom's songs and the unexpected!


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