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The Philadelphia Jug Band

Free Outdoor Concert
Roots Americana

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

The Philadelphia Jug Band makes a welcome return visit to our free outdoor concert series on the back deck. Their slogan is,“If this music doesn’t make you smile, nothing will!” They trace their roots to the Second Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1963 where two of the then high school student band members heard Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band. Since then they have performed throughout the Delaware Valley and further afield always returning to the Philadelphia Folk Festival in both official and unofficial capacities for more than 50 years. The core band is Frank Zemlan on guitar and vocals, Jim Klingler on guitar and vocals, Bob Beach on harmonica, flute and vocals, Dave Gauck on washtub bass and jug and Steve Miller, on washboard, blues kazoo and vocals. They play a wide ranging mix of country blues, folk, rags and stomps. This free outdoor concert is sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council, People’s Bank, the Rock Hall Business Association and the Mainstay. Bring a comfortable chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move indoors to the Mainstay.


 
The Redd Brothers Quartet featuring Houston Person

Jazz
Legendary Saxophone Player

Friday, August 1, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Now in his seventh decade of performing, the legendary jazz man Houston Person carves a hard groove with his tenor sax, a growling blues and soul style all his own. A veteran of more than 75 albums as a player and bandleader, he is one of the greats--“an eloquent messenger from a jazz era rooted in traditional blues, black church music, Broadway love songs and the impersonation, by sax, of a singer's tone palette” (The Guardian) He has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and is currently with High Note Records. His most recent recording “Nice ‘n’ Easy”, released last year, features Chuck Redd on vibes. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Billy Butler, and more. This evening he performs with the Redd Brothers Quartet featuring Chuck on vibes and drums and Robert on piano and a bass player to be named later.

Video of Houston Person

Chuck Redd's website

Robert Redd's website


 
New Directions: Tom McHugh and Dick Durham

Jazz from the Great American Songbook
For Piano and Chromatic Harmonica

Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

only $free

We all know Mainstay founder Tom McHugh for his folksy banjo, driving blues harp, and “The Chester River Song.” And we know jazz pianist Dick Durham for his amazing technique, brilliant arrangements and compositions.

altThe new Mainstay series "New Directions" encourages established musicians to explore new areas and journeymen to expand their skills,their repertoire and generally to take it to the next level. For this concert Dick has been working with Tom on a concert of jazz from the 20th Century American Songbook for piano and chromatic harmonica. Come out and see what they have cooked up. It’s free and promises to be a lively afternoon.


 
Toby Walker

MainstayBlues
Blues, Rags, Songs & Stories

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

MainstayBlues continues with a return visit from Toby Walker, a unique, accomplished fingerstyle guitar virtuoso adept at blues, rags, country picking. He has a knack for improvisation, is a skilled singer and songwriter and a masterful storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. This will be Toby’s 3rd or 4th appearance at the Mainstay and he always leaves his audiences standing, hollering for more. Recently inducted in the NY Blues Hall of Fame, his most recent recording is last year’s “What You See is What You Get.” which been hailed as a shining success as a traditional blues recording. Toby’s passion for the blues was ignited when he learned that some of his favorite Rolling Stones songs were written by Chester Burnett and McKinley Morganfield, better known as Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Once he heard their recordings he was hooked. His passion for the blues and other traditional American music led him to the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure - but immensely talented - music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly at the feet of Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas, Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others. Whether it is telling the humorous and heartwarming tales of these and other masters, talking about his inspirations and his travels, or astounding you with his guitar, his performances are a rich banquet of the blues that will leave you standing, hollering for more.

Toby Walker’s website

Toby Walker video "I Know You Rider" at the Birchmere

Toby Walker video "Ride On that Train" at Caffe Lena

 
Modern Man

David Buskin, George Wurzbach and Rob Carlson
Singers, Songwriters, Humorists

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers - David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, "terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits." Together they claim to have “quickly redefined something-or-other” and have delighted audiences as they interweave themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness, from ESPN to the FBI with” a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways.” The group began in New York in 1998 at the legendary Bottom Line when David Buskin of Buskin and Batteau met Rob Carlson who was performing there. David introduced Rob to George Wurzbach and the three became Modern Man and when on to win Back Stage Magazine’s “Bistro Award” in 2002 for Best Musical Comedy and the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York. And Spike Barkin, producer of the Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center said, “without question the cleverest, funniest, most versatile group that I have heard in years.” They went on hiatus in 2010 but are now doing limited dates.

Modern Man's website
Modern Man video

 
Karl's Music

Free afternoon event
Bluegrass, Americana, Folk

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at noon - 6:00 p.m.


Johnny & Zep

Free Outdoor Concert
MainstayBlues

Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Hugh and Zane Campbell

Special Film Presentation
Roots, Americana

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

New Directions: Allen LaMontagne & Joe Holt

Piano, voice & guitar
Show Tunes & Folk Songs

Sunday,September 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

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