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Todd Marcus Quintet

Jazz

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$25 in advance (Use Buy Tickets link below) or $28 at the door (Call for reservations)

Todd Marcus is a Baltimore based composer and arranger and one of the few bass clarinetists to use his instrument as the lead in a straight-ahead jazz ensemble. The Quintet features Marcus’ rich harmonic approach and his ability to present the bass clarinet as a hard blowing jazz horn equal to saxophone and trumpet as a front line solo instrument. They play Marcus’ arrangements of standards and his own compositions that swing with fiery, introspective intensity. Their music offers a strong lyrical sensibility, and often incorporates the Middle Eastern influences of Marcus’ Egyptian-American heritage.

Todd Marcus' website

Todd Marcus video

 

 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Nevin Dawson, viola
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 27, 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 versatile violist Nevin Dawson whose wide-ranging interests will make this a varied evening of music from classical to jazz and everything in between (and off to the side!)

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 

 

 
NMF: The Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet

National Music Festival presents
Resonance (The Kent Chamber Music series)

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are only available on the NMF website at http://nationalmusic.us/product/resonance-project-fusion/

Project Fusion brings the rarely heard classical chamber repertoire for saxophone to the Mainstay in a concert that is part of the National Music Festivals chamber music series, Resonance (formerly Kent Chamber Music.) They will perform works by Thierry Eschaich, Eugene Bozza, David Maslanka, Alexander Glazunov, and the world premier of a new work by Marc Mellitus. Go to the National Music Festival website to purchase tickets for this concert.

NMF: Project Fusion tickets

 

 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Vince Lardear with Bob Colligan
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, March 6, 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 Vince Lardear, a highly respected alto saxophonist from Wilmington, DE who was with us last June. Vince brings creative and masterful bebop improvisation to the Great American Songbook. Vince and Joe will be joined by Wilmington, DE area bassist Bob Colligan.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos
 
Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers

New Orleans Swing, Harlem Swing, Parisian Cabaret, and Gut Bucket Blues
Hot Jazz

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets Link below) or $18 at the door

Sweet Megg and her wayfaring musicians will transport you, not to the past but to a new world of their own making. The band is lead by the charmingly enigmatic Sweet Megg, who imbues each song with her own concoction of melancholy and euphoria that will delight you, surprise you, and break your heart all at once. The band seamlessly incorporates elements of New Orleans Swing, Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and gut bucket blues into one charming musical performance. Saxophonist Ryan Weisheit reimagines a world where Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker blow side by side. Together Sweet Megg, Ryan, and all the Wayfarers create a world where jazz is alive and well and living in New York.

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers website

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers video


 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Marc Dykeman and Mike Buccino
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, March 13, 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 guests tonight are Marc Dykeman on guitar and vocals and Mike Buccino on bass. Marc and Mike are known to local and regional audiences as members of the roots Americana band The High and Wides.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos

 
 
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

One of Africa's top touring bands
World Music

Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

$25 ($20 with student ID) in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $30 at the door ($25 with student ID) at door (Call for reservations)

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have risen from the ashes of war to bring songs of hope, faith and joy to the world. Formed in a West African refugee camp, they were the subject of an acclaimed 2005 documentary and have matured into one of Africa's top touring bands. Inn addition to performing their instantly appealing music on stages worldwide, they also play a role as spokespersons for the ever-increasing millions of refugees worldwide. Since embarking on their incredible journey, the All Stars have released four of the most acclaimed world music albums of the last decade. On their most recent recording Libation, the band made a concerted effort to mine the riches of Sierra Leonean folklore, basing their songs on the highlife, maringa and palm wine styles that the band members listened to in their youth but are not heard as often today, as well as baskeda and gumbe, the Sierra Leonean relatives of reggae and soukous respectively. The recording embodies the contagious joy, optimism in the face of struggle and love for their fellow man that has earned the All Stars a devoted following across the globe The All Stars are an example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through hardship and emerge with optimism intact.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars website

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars video


 

This engagement of The Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 
Zoe & Cloyd

Fiddle, guitar and vocals
New Appalachian Music

Saturday, March 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets Link coming soon) or $18 at the door

Zoe & Cloyd spring from deep roots in American music. They are long-time veterans of the Asheville, NC music scene and are familiar to Mainstay audiences as founding members of the acclaimed Americana trio, Red June. Natalya Zoe Weinstein on fiddle and vocals and John Cloyd Miller on guitar and vocals shifted gears to their duet project after the birth of their daughter in early 2015. Their debut recording, Equinox, released in April 2015, featured original and traditional repertoire spanning bluegrass, old-time and folk. It showcases the elegant simplicity of two instruments and two voices. The album met with high acclaim in publications such as No Depression and Bluegrass Unlimited and their banner year continued with a 1st place win at the Duo Contest at the prestigious FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. 2016 saw them at festivals such as Merlefest and Music City Roots. They have finished recording a new album to be released in early 2017.

Zoe & Cloyd's website

Zoe & Cloyd video 


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Brad Chaires, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, March 20, 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. Joe’s featured guest tonight is Brad Chaires, a comic actor and accomplished vocalist. He is active in the local theater community most recently appearing in the Garfield’s production of 39 Steps. Despite his young age, he favors the crooning music of an era gone by.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos

 

 
 
Chuck Redd and The Bucket Brothers

Logan and Casey Valleroy
Jazz

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Our favorite jazz drummer and vibraphonist, Chuck Redd brings us the North Carolina-based Bucket Brothers, Logan and Casey Valleroy. Logan has played violin since the age of 7, winning fiddle competitions, scholarships, and numerous accolades along the way. He is also a highly accomplished swing and jazz guitarist, and enjoys playing the mandolin, electric bass, drums, and piano. Casey began playing piano when he was 5. He also plays drums, saxophone, and melodica. Since 2012, they have captivated audiences with their sophisticated arrangements, seamless improvisation, and beyond-their-years mastery of jazz. Both brothers display a depth of musical understanding and an ability to listen to one another that is rare at such a young age. – they are 13 and 16. Derek Kratzer, who has shared the stage with David Grisman and Del McCoury, says, "Technical proficiency and performance can be learned, but listening to one another requires a different kind of understanding and awareness that can only come through experience."

The Bucket Brothers website

The Bucket Brothers video

Chuck Redd introduces the Bucket Brothers at the Kennedy Center (at 35 minutes)

 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: John Ewart, sax and Mike McShane, drums
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, March 27, 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 guests tonight are John Ewart on sax/clarinet and Mike McShane on drums. John Ewart is a dual resident of Lewes DE and New Orleans, LA, and can be found playing the music venues in both. In DelMarVa, John, Joe and Mike form the nucleus of "Shore Jazz", and that will be reflected in this Mainstay Monday performance.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
 
The High and Wides

Americana Roots

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

The High and Wides play music inspired by days when the lines blurred between bluegrass, old-time, country, boogie, blues, rockabilly and western swing. The band features three veterans of the long-time Eastern bluegrass fixture Chester River Runoff Marc Dykeman on guitar and vocals, Sam Guthridge on banjo/mandolin and vocals and Nate Grower on fiddle. Add jazz bass player Mike Buccino and you have the High and Wides. They perform a wide assortment of material, from old-time brother duets to original material that defies convention all informed by their years of playing bluegrass. They will be previewing material from their upcoming recording.

The High and Wides website

The High and Wides video


 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: Pam and Bob Ortiz
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, April 3, 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 guests tonight are singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz and percussionist and vocalist Bob Ortiz.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
The Tom Lagana Group featuring George Garzone

Brazilian-Influenced Jazz and Standards
Jazz Guitar and Saxophone

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Jazz and classical guitarist Tom Lagana is joined by master saxophonist George Garzone (whose students have included Joshua Redman and Branford Marsalis), bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Dominic Smith for an evening of exquisite Brazilian influenced jazz and compelling straight ahead standards. Tom Lagana has been steadily building a strong reputation as a multi-faceted artist in the mid-Atlantic region as a jazz guitarist, classical guitarist, educator, and composer. Following in the footsteps of his mentor Charlie Byrd, his trio played The King of France Tavern in Annapolis, three nights a week for over a year. He plays regularly in the Annapolis area. George Garzone is known internationally for his work on tenor and soprano sax. A member of the influential and experimental jazz group The Fringe since 1972 and of the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano Nonet, he teaches at Berklee College of Music. This evening at the Mainstay will include selections from their two recordings together "Vol. 1" and "Schematic", originals by Lagana, Baldwin and Garzone, tunes by Jobim, Ary Barroso, Chick Corea, Jim Hall and more.

Tom Lagana's website

George Garzone's website

Tom Lagana-George Garzone video


 
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.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 

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