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Banjo Man and Bill with Tom Anthony

Banjo Man and Bill go to Downrigging
Songs of the River, Songs of the Seas
at Music Life, 214 High Street, Chestertown

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

only $15

Banjo Man and Bill (and the Mainstay) go to Chestertown for Sultana Projects’ Downrigging Weekend as we present an evening of nautically and environmentally themed music with Mainstay founder and Executive Director Tom McHugh, Bill Matthews and Tom Anthony at Music Life, Bill Drazga's music store at 214 High Street in Chestertown. Tom McHugh plays banjo, blues harmonica, kazoo, sings and is the composer of a number of fine songs about life along the Chesapeake. He is joined by Bill Matthews who sings and plays a great bluesy guitar. Both are experts on blues and old jazz tunes. Tom Anthony adds a fine upright bass to the mix. Their music is a blend of classic old jazz, some obscure blues, a sprinkling of folk classics and what have you. These old friends have been playing together for more than fifteen years and their performances are always entertaining Call the Mainstay for reservations. Note the 7 p.m. start.

Downrigging website

The Brazilian Jazz All-Stars

with Maucha Adnet, Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves and Chuck Redd

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00pm

only $20

The MainstayBrasil series continues with this spectacular concert of Brazilian jazz highlighting the Jobim songbook and other Brazilian classics from vocalist Maucha Adnet who was with Jobim for his last 10 years and her husband, the legendary Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca whose recordings have been nominated for a Grammy along with their frequent partner, the brilliant Brazilian pianist Helio Alves and our own Chuck Redd on vibes. Brazilian jazz is often described as “magical” or “mystical”. The polyrhythms of the samba and bossa nova drive the music forward while the seductive vocals encourage a listener to linger and savor the experience of each note. It is a distinctive sound immediately evocative of the lush beauty and the cultural crosscurrents of Brazil. This will be a most magical evening of many of the great Brazilian classics by some greatest Brazilian artists now living in this country.

Duduka Da Fonseca's website

Maucha Adnet's website

Helio Alves' website

Chuck Redd's website

Video of Maucha Adnet, Dudka Da Fonseca and Helio Alves

Jim Kweskin with Happy Traum

Folk Legends

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Folk, country blues and ragtime from two legendary folk musicians. Singer and bandleader, Jim Kweskin (The Jim Kweskin Jug Band) created one of the core guitar styles of the 60s folk revival, adapting ragtime-blues fingerpicking to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. His lifelong devotion to American folk styles continues to produce stellar recordings and live shows, both solo and in collaboration with various artists. On this tour he is collaborating with folklorist, performer, writer, and teacher Happy Traum. altTraum is best known for his duo work with his late brother Artie and with the Woodstock Mountain Revue, but he also has played and recorded with Bob Dylan, Chris Smither, Maria Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Jerry Jeff Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and innumerable others. As founder of Homespun Tapes he is the author of more than a dozen best-selling guitar instruction books, has written for numerous national publications, and continues to add to his vast repertoire of traditional folk, blues and country songs.

Jim Kweskin website

Jim Kweskin video

Happy Traum website

Happy Traum (with Jim Kweskin)video

Max's Mainstay All-Stars

with Adrian Cunningham, sax and clarinet

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

Max’s Mainstay All-Stars return with a very special guest, the gifted multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinet, and flute) Adrian Cunningham who is originally from Sydney Australia and now based in New York. He plays regularly in New York, throughout USA and Europe with countless club and festival appearance and has a number of highly acclaimed albums. He has toured and recorded with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. All of your favorite All-Stars, Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, John Doughten, Steve Abshire, Tom Anthony, Sue Matthews and Dick Durham will be on hand for this evening of stellar improvisational jazz.

Adrian Cunningham's website

Adrian Cunningham video


An engaging Pan-American blend of American Folk and Brazilian Chorro

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

only $20

MainstayBrasil! continues with the joyous, ebullient music of Matuto. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana, from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams, Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace. With an honest love for roots and world music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, they create an inspired Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. Band founder Clay Ross is no stranger to the Mainstay having appeared here years ago with Canadian fiddler April Verch. Since then his interest in Brazilian sounds and rhythms has led to a partnership with master accordionist Rob Curto. Born in New York, Curto is widely regarded as forró’s foremost ambassador in the States. An early devotee of North American swing music, bebop piano, funk, rock, and blues, he has combined these influences with his mastery of their Brazilian counterparts forró, chorinho, samba, maracatu, and frevo to produce stunning new results. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions. Ross and Curto began exploring a shared musical vision and set about combining their individual repertoires into an extensive library of Pan-American influences. In 2009 they received a prestigious Fulbright Grant and completed a six-week residency in Recife, Brazil. This mix has proven to have real legs, taking the band from club dates in the Deep South to diplomacy-minded State Department tours across Eastern Europe and West Africa. They will be joined by Aynsley Powell on drums, and Mike Lavalle on bass and percussion.

Matuto's website

Matuto video

A Very Special Work in Progress

To Benefit the National Music Festival
Sue Matthews,vocals
Camilo Carrara, guitar

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Mark your calendars, details soon.

Harp and Soul

Meredith Hadaway and Friends
Songs  for the Season

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

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