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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 multi-instrumentalist Tom McHugh who shares from a lifetime of performing experience, partnering with Joe in a wide ranging and entertaining program. As only Tom McHugh can.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Legendary Harp Player and Acoustic Guitar Sensation
Blues Harp, Guitar and Vocals

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

The legendary Magic Dick’s innovative harmonica playing anchored the distinctive sound of the J. Geils Band in the 70s and continues today. He has toured with the top names and jammed with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. His collaboration with the sensational international acoustic guitar phenomenon Shun Ng is now in its third year and they have just released an EP together appropriately titled "About Time." Shun Ng's virtuoso guitar style includes elements of Soul, Funk, Blues and Jazz. As the legendary Quincy Jones said, "When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears -- he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science -- his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding." Put the two of them together and you create magic. Their music is soulful blues, rocking yet thoughtful and performed by two of the top musicians in the world on their respective instruments. Their concerts over the last two years for The Mainstay have been stunners. Don’t miss them this time around.

Magic Dick's website

Shun Ng's website

Magic Dick and Shun Ng video



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Fred Hughes, piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 5, 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 Fred Hughes, an eclectic, delightful and wonderfully creative jazz pianist. There will, of course, be two pianos on stage.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Viktorija Gečytė with Go Trio

Lithuanian Vocalist based in Paris
Jazz: The "Steam Heat" Tour

Friday, June 9, 2017  at 8:00 p.m.

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

Viktorija Gečytė [Get-CHEET-Hey] is a Lithuanian-born, Paris-based vocalist steeped in the jazz tradition. She hit the stage at the age of five in her native Lithuania and was soon singing festivals, touring Europe, recording, and making appearances on Lithuanian television. Some years later, influenced by the great American singers, she started to feel the swing and decided to freelance. Her ease, sense of rhythm, and strong low voice appealed to many ears, and earned her international awards. She met Gene Perla, bass and Sean Gough, keyboard of Go Trio while in college in the U.S. Since returning to Paris, she has returned each year for short tours with Go Trio. Propelled by American jazz bassist Gene Perla, who has played with Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, Go Trio features pianist Sean Gough, a young man who continues to stretch the boundaries of the American Songbook, jazz standards, and original melodies. They will be joined by drummer Nic Cacioppo and Ben Seacrist on trumpet. Even as they mine the most familiar tunes, each musician's effortless attentiveness guarantees vital and spontaneous music. Go Trio has played at leading jazz clubs and music festivals and released a recording “No Detour Ahead” with Viktorija Gečytė last spring.

Viktorija Gečytė website

Go Trio website

Viktorija Gečytė video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Celine Mogielnicki, soprano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 12, 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 Celine Mogielnicki who was the featured soprano last year and is again featured soprano this year at the National Music Festival. She will join us for Mainstay Monday while she is here for a program that will include some of her (and Joe's) favorite Great American Songbook classics.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet

Hammered Dulcimer, Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals and more
Old-Time Americana Roots

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner are joined by Rachel Eddy on fiddle, guitar and vocals and Alex Laquement on bass. They weave together a mesmerizing soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles and push the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” In concert, they regularly perform as a trio with bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices and as a quartet they add multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.

Ken and Brad's web page

Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Cody Leavel on sax and clarinet
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 19, 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 Cody Leavel, an accomplished young saxophonist and clarinetist just coming off the road from a 3 year run as lead tenor for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Tonight he goes "off book" to stretch his legs in a duo performance with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
The Chuck Redd Quartet

Jazz
Featuring Robert Redd on Piano

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

A sterling jazz quartet fronted by vibraphonist Chuck Redd and featuring his brother Robert Redd on piano. Both are favorites at The Mainstay but The Brothers Redd haven’t played together for a while as Robert has been touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Their reunion at The Mainstay will include a selection of tunes from the American Popular Songbook - classics by Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Frank Loesser, Cole Porter and of course, Duke Ellington! They will also perform Chuck’s new original composition " A Groove For Gail" that he premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April.

Chuck Redd's website

Chuck Redd with Robert Redd video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Blake Cramer on vibes
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 26, 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 Blake Cramer, a vibraphonist who is a Berklee College of Music graduate, was a student of Gary Burton and is a veteran of the United States Navel Academy Band. This will be Blake and Joe's first time playing together, and a great evening of improvisational jazz.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Giacomo Gates

with Fred Hughes on piano, John Pineda on bass and Frank Russo on drums
Jazz Vocalist

Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$22 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $25 at the door (call for reservations)

Vocal fireworks to kick off the July Fourth holiday week. Giacomo Gates is a jazz singer with the poise of a showman, the zeal of an aficionado and to quote the New York Times, a “ deep, cognac baritone.” with a “vintage-hipster lexicon.” With his phrasing, his bearing and a deceptively easy nonchalance, he has made a specialty out of vocalese, the jazz practice of setting original lyrics to melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or a musician’s improvisation. It is probably no accident that his vocal timbre can evoke Eddie Jefferson, a pioneer in the style, but his considerable chops are always at the service of the song and in concert, the vocalese is applied judiciously brightening an already stylish selection of swing and be-bop. Gates plays clubs in the US, has toured internationally and has seven acclaimed CD's, his most recent, "What Time Is It?" was released in April. His previous release, "The Revolution Will Be Jazz-The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron" reached #1 for six weeks on the National Jazz Playlist, and "MilesTones" was #1 for four weeks. Giacomo Gates will perform at The Mainstay with Fred Hughes on piano, John Pineda on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

Giacomo Gates website

Giacomo Gates video


 
The Deanna Bogart Band

'Blusion'
Blues, Boogie Woogie and R&B

Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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

The fireworks continue as Mainstay favorite Deanna Bogart returns with her spectacular combination of boogie-woogie, rocking contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” In defining it, she says, "...it all grows out of the blues... it just doesn't always end there..." Her keyboards dazzle, her saxophone soulfully wails, and her smoky vocals bring out the best in her original cut-above songwriting and her covers. Her fusion of blusion -- spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun -- has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region. This is a rare trip to the area as she is now based on the West coast. The rest of the band is Mike Aubin on drums, Chuck Underwood on guitar and Scott Ambush on bass.

Deanna Bogart's website

Deanna Bogart video "Fine by Me if It’s Good Bayou"

Deanna Bogart video sampler


 
No Mainstay Monday July 3

Mainstay Mondays return next week, July 10, when Joe Holt welcomes Joe Midiri

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