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Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Rhonda Apple - vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 27, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. 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. This is an opportunity to see some of the region’s finest talent stretching their legs and working in a new setting. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guest tonight is Rhonda Apple, a vocalist from Salisbury, MD. Rhonda sings the Great American Songbook and beyond, performing regularly (as "Apple and Britt") at Aldopho's on the Ocean, in Ocean City, MD.


Joe Holt's website


 
Anat Cohen with The Chuck Redd Quartet

with Chuck Redd, Robert Redd and Nicki Parrott
Acclaimed Jazz Clarinetist and Saxophonist

Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing one of her headlining sets at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number. . . With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Cohen as Clarinetist of the Year eight years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011. In 2009, ASCAP awarded her a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. Earning this acclaim, she has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard and at Columbia University’s prestigious Miller Theatre. At the Mainstay she will play with the Chuck Redd Quartet with Chuck on vibes and drums, Robert Redd on piano and Nicki Parrott on bass and vocals.

Anat Cohen's website

Anat cohen video


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guests: Melissa McGlynn and John Schratweiser - vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 4, 2016 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. 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. This is an opportunity to see some of the region’s finest talent stretching their legs and working in a new setting. The evenings begin at 7:00 p.m and run until about 8:30. Featured guests tonight are John Schratwieser and Melissa McGlynn. A true "dynamic duo," John and Melissa are two veteran theater performers with their own unique chemistry, singing across the great spectrum of Broadway and popular music.


Joe Holt's website


 
Birds of Chicago

Mesmerizing Gospel-tinged Voices
Roots Singer-Songwriters

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

only $18

Beautiful words and music that tap deep veins of emotion, stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds of Chicago draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For the Birds, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music is the good news and “Real Midnight,” the band’s poignant new Joe Henry produced album, throbs with an urgency that feels quietly seismic. Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when JT Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Allison Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over-emoting. On their new recording they alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012. For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. 2016 finds them in constant motion - from sea to sea and beyond.

Birds of Chicago website

Birds of Chicago video


 
Caitlin Canty

Earthy Country and Rootsy Rock
Singer and Songwriter

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Rescheduled from May 13.
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 Mondays

Featured Guest: Chuck Redd
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 11 at 7:00 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. Each is hosted by Chestertown’s Joe Holt at the piano partnering with some special guests. 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. Joe's featured guest tonight is our favorite vibes player, Chuck Redd. Chuck and Joe have never played together but both are masters at their craft. This will be a great evening of jazz. (Note that Pam and Bob Ortiz were originally scheduled for this date but had to bow out due to other commitments.)


Joe Holt's website


 
Low Lily

Liz Simmons,vocals and guitar; Flynn Cohen,vocals, guitar, and mandolin; and Lissa Schneckenburger, vocals and fiddle

Traditional New England, Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Roots with a Contemporary Twist

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

The string and vocal trio Low Lily has an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound. They explore the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) combine deep feel for traditional bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds with stellar compositions and inventive arrangements for a music that is rooted yet contemporary. Liz Simmons grew up listening to her mother sing traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, as well as the New Orleans brass music her father plays. Since then, she has developed a unique vocal and guitar style that draws from her musical history in folk and ballad traditions as well as the sounds of contemporary folk music, and she has also become a respected songwriter. Acoustic guitarist and mandolinist Flynn Cohen has performed all over the world with many notable acts in traditional and contemporary acoustic music. In addition to performing with Low Lily, he can be seen on concert and festival stages with legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, modern bluegrass band Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway, his own solo projects. Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk community where she learned to play at the feet of some of the most venerable musicians in New England. She is now one of the most well-respected versatile fiddlers in the northeast today, a graduate of The New England Conservatory of who has played all over the world as a solo artist and with Solas, Childsplay, and the fiddle group Halali.

Low Lily's website


Low Lily video


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Roo Brown, vocalist
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 18 at 7:00 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer. 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 Roo Brown. Roo retired from a singing and acting career on and off-Broadway in 1995. Now living in Lewes, DE and active in the choral and arts communities, Roo revisits her night club act, sharing stories, songs and fun!


Joe Holt's website


 
The Steve Abshire Trio

Jazz Guitar
with Fred Hughes, piano and Amy Shook, bass

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. $20

Marielle Allschwang

Avant-garde Folk-Rock

Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. $15

Fairlee Diverse Band

Free Outdoor Concert
Global Pop

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

John Gorka

Singer and Songwriter

Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. $20

Kathy Kallick Band

Traditional and Contemporary
Bluegrass

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  $20

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