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Modern Man

A Cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers
David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach

Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

This is the last tour for Modern Man who are described as 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.”

Modern Man's website

Modern Man video

Blues Guitar Workshop with Mamie Minch

For Beginning and Intermediate Guitarists
Introduction to Fingerstyle Blues Guitar

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

only $15

This workshop is for beginning and intermediate guitar students interested in entering the world of fingerpicking blues. Blues guitarist Mamie Minch will take you through the process of learning to put an alternating bass line under a melody - no head rubbing and stomach patting experience necessary. By way of some Mississippi John Hurt and some traditional tunes, you'll learn how to isolate parts of a song for a deeper understanding and talk about how to put what you've learned into muscle memory through the right kind of practice. You'll be picking in no time! Mamie Minch is a blues guitarist and singer who has found her niche reviving – and writing antique blues songs. In addition to performing she is also co-founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Lutherie, a NYC business that builds and repairs all kinds of stringed instruments. The cost of the workshop is $15 (Cash or check payable to Mamie Minch.) Please call for reservations - we'll accept walk-ins but reservations will allow us to set up the room properly.

Mainstay Blues: Mamie Minch

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Mamie Minch is a young old-school blues guitarist and singer strongly influenced by blues masters John Hurt and R.L. Burnside as well as Bessie Smith, Sarah Martin, and Memphis Minnie whose unabashed sensuality and the winking, confessional nature of their songs was a major influence. She plays songs of her own devising that sound like they’ve been stored in her 1930s National steel guitar for decades. Mamie has found her niche reviving – and writing antique blues songs. She's performed around New York and the world, both solo and with fantastic collaborators including LAVA, Dayna Kurtz, the Roulette Sisters, and her own blues outfit Mamie Minch and Her Business. Mamie’s trademark lowdown pipes and guitar use the sounds of vintage blues to make a modern statement. She’ll be joined by NYC percussionist and singer Dean Sharenow. $15

Mamie Minch video

Geoff Muldaur

Folk, Roots & Blues

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes of the 1960s and ’70s. His original highly influential recordings were as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group as well as collaborations with his then-wife Maria Muldaur and other notables such as Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt and Jerry Garcia. He took a sabbatical in the 80s to compose scores for film and television, and produce off-beat albums for the likes of Lenny Pickett and the Borneo Horns and the Richard Greene String Quartet. His definitive recording of "Brazil" provided the seed for - and was featured in - Terry Gilliam's film of the same title. Now touring again, his recent recordings and performances featuring his great voice, excellent guitar and well-crafted interpretations of classic, oftentimes obscure, American material and his own unique compositions have earned high praise worldwide.

Geoff Muldaur's website

Geoff Muldaur video

The Pam Ortiz Band

Singer and songwriter

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Pam Ortiz is that rare songwriter who can touch people where they feel deeply, where they laugh and where they cry. She did that for 10 years with the group Terra Nova in the ‘90s playing to packed coffee houses in the Baltimore, Washington area. Her songs were showcased in the three albums that the vocal group recorded. After a 12 year hiatus to devote herself to raising her children, family and work, she is writing, recording and performing. Recently, she wrote music and lyrics for the musical “Red Devil Moon” with a script by Robert Earl Price and inspired by Jean Toomer's novel, Cane. In addition to Pam on vocals and guitar, the band includes her husband Bob Ortiz, on percussion and guitar, Ford Schumann on guitar, Nevin Dawson on viola and violin and Philip Dutton on piano and keyboards. Her songs and her stories, with her signature clear voice, turn of phrase and melody speak to who we are, what we’ve won and lost and how we love and live.

Pam Ortiz's website

Pam Ortiz Band video

Sue Matthews

The Songs of Irving Berlin

Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood, the exquisite vocalist Sue Matthews returns with some of the gems from pen of Irving Berlin, one of the most prolific and long-lived writers in the Great American Songbook. Sue is a superb singer with a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Give her a great song, no matter how familiar, and she will find in it fresh nuances and new depth of meaning. She’ll be joined by pianist Robert Redd, cornet player Randy Reinhart and bassist James King for some of Irving Berlin’s classic songs and lesser known treasures - songs like “What'll I Do?” “Easter Parade,” “Change Partners,” and “Isn't This A Lovely Day?” Irving Berlin is widely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in American history and his music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films. His songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "White Christmas", "Alexander’s Ragtime Band", "There's No Business Like Show Business" and of course, "God Bless America."

Sue Matthews Video

Anthony John Clarke

A FallFest Concert
One of the UK's best songwriters

Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Vic Vacuum & the Attachments

A Rock Hall FallFest Event
Rock n' Roll Dance Party

Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Nicki Parrott, Chuck Redd and Rossano Sportiello


Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Jez Lowe

from County Durham
English Folk Singer and Songwriter

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Banjo Man & Bill: The Mainstay Goes to Downrigging

At Music Life, 241 High St. in Chestertown
Songs about Rivers, Bays and Streams

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

The Tom Lagana Quartet

The Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie's 90th
Jazz Guitarist

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Chuck Redd, Scott Hamilton and Jacob Fischer

Charlie Byrd 90th Birthday Concert

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Karen Somerville


Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Frank Vignola

"Thank You Charlie & Joe"
with Chuck Redd, Gary Mazzaroppi and Jan Knutson

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Harp & Soul

Songs for the Season
Meredith Hadaway & Friends

Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

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