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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Blake Cramer on vibes
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 26, 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 Blake Cramer, a vibraphonist who is a Berklee College of Music graduate, was a student of Gary Burton and is a veteran of the United States Navel Academy Band. This will be Blake and Joe's first time playing together, and a great evening of improvisational jazz.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Giacomo Gates

with Fred Hughes on piano, John Pineda on bass and Frank Russo on drums
Jazz Vocalist

Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$22 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $25 at the door (call for reservations)

Vocal fireworks to kick off the July Fourth holiday week. Giacomo Gates is a jazz singer with the poise of a showman, the zeal of an aficionado and to quote the New York Times, a “ deep, cognac baritone.” with a “vintage-hipster lexicon.” With his phrasing, his bearing and a deceptively easy nonchalance, he has made a specialty out of vocalese, the jazz practice of setting original lyrics to melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or a musician’s improvisation. It is probably no accident that his vocal timbre can evoke Eddie Jefferson, a pioneer in the style, but his considerable chops are always at the service of the song and in concert, the vocalese is applied judiciously brightening an already stylish selection of swing and be-bop. Gates plays clubs in the US, has toured internationally and has seven acclaimed CD's, his most recent, "What Time Is It?" was released in April. His previous release, "The Revolution Will Be Jazz-The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron" reached #1 for six weeks on the National Jazz Playlist, and "MilesTones" was #1 for four weeks. Giacomo Gates will perform at The Mainstay with Fred Hughes on piano, John Pineda on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

Giacomo Gates website

Giacomo Gates video


 
The Deanna Bogart Band

'Blusion'
Blues, Boogie Woogie and R&B

Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

The fireworks continue as Mainstay favorite Deanna Bogart returns with her spectacular combination of boogie-woogie, rocking contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” In defining it, she says, "...it all grows out of the blues... it just doesn't always end there..." Her keyboards dazzle, her saxophone soulfully wails, and her smoky vocals bring out the best in her original cut-above songwriting and her covers. Her fusion of blusion -- spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun -- has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region. This is a rare trip to the area as she is now based on the West coast. The rest of the band is Mike Aubin on drums, Chuck Underwood on guitar and Scott Ambush on bass.

Deanna Bogart's website

Deanna Bogart video "Fine by Me if It’s Good Bayou"

Deanna Bogart video sampler


 


No Mainstay Monday July 3

Mainstay Mondays return next week, July 10, when Joe Holt welcomes Joe Midiri

Songs for Our Future

A Concert to Support the Right to Free Speech
The Pam Ortiz Band

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

All Proceeds to Benefit the ACLU of Maryland
Suggested Donation $15 (students $10)
Make your reservations using the ticket link below

In describing the reasoning behind her sell-out concert series this spring and Summer, singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz quotes the cellist Pablo Casals: “I am a man first and an artist second. As a man, my first obligation is to defend human dignity. As an artist, I will fulfill this mission through music — the unique weapon which God has given me – and that which trancends the boundaries imposed by language, politics and national borders. My contribution to world peace will be humble, but at least I will have given all for this ideal which, to me, is sacred.” In that spirit the Pam Ortiz Band has launched a monthly concert series to raise funds to protect important rights and vulnerable people. This last concert in the series (and the first at The Mainstay) is to protect the right of free speech. All proceeds will be be donated to the ACLU of Maryland. Make your reservation for this concert at the Eventbrite link below. Your contribution will be collected at the door.

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Parrott, Redd and Sportiello

Nicki Parrott, Chuck Redd and Rossano Sportiello
Jazz

Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

This will be a stellar evening with one of The Mainstay’s favorite jazz trios. These three noted jazz musicians, Rossano Sportiello on piano, Nicki Parrott on bass and vocals and Chuck Redd on vibes and drums are good friends and it shows on stage. The jazz that they play is New York cool and Mainstay hot. They have all played on each other’s projects and are a big hit every time they play The Mainstay. The Italian jazz pianist, Rossano Sportiello (now based in New York) has a light, precise, yet authoritative touch on the keyboard and an approach to the music that lends great joy to his playing. His tribute to pianist George Shearing “The Smiling Piano” ran for two weeks at the Café Carlyle in NY to great critical acclaim from publications such as The New York Times and Jazz Lives. Aussie bassist and Mainstay favorite Nicki Parrott, (also based in NYC) is known for her superb bass lines and sparkling vocals. Chuck Redd is a master at vibes and drums. Sportiello, Parrott and Redd have worked together countless times at jazz festivals, jazz parties, jazz cruises and other events around the US and in Europe. In spring of 2015 they played to packed house at The United Nations, inaugurating the new jazz concert series there. This concert is made possible with the generous support of our good friends Dick and Marvel Evans.

Nicki Parrott's website

Rossano Sportiello's website

Chuck Redd's website

Parrott and Sportiello video

Redd and Parrott video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Joe Midiri
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 10, 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 Joe Midiri. Joe is nationally known, though festivals and concerts with the Midiri Brothers. He is a virtuoso clarinetist who draws inspiration from Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. His first group in high school was with his brother Paul and ... Joe Holt. This will be a reunion evening, with a history about as deep as it gets.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
The Mainstay Mid-Summer Celebration

A Fundraiser to benefit The Mainstay
A Concert and Reception with Daryl Davis and The Josh Christina Band

Saturday, July 15, 2017
6:00 p.m. Meet the Artists Reception with hors d'ouevres & drinks
8:00 p.m. Concert with Daryl Davis and The Josh Christina Band (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

$75 for the Reception and The Concert
$50 for the Concert only
Use the Buy Tickets link (below) to purchase online or call 410-639-9133 and we'll make arrangements to get your check

It’s a party, a concert and a fundraiser to benefit The Mainstay all wrapped up in one wonderful Saturday evening, A Mainstay Mid-Summer Celebration! The main event is a concert with one of our favorites, Daryl Davis, and one of his favorites, The Josh Christina Band. Daryl is a boogie woogie and blues pianist extraordinaire. Josh Christina is a 21-year-old rockabilly, boogie woogie rising star who has been dazzling audiences with his piano and vocals. Born into a musical family in Baltimore he’s spent the last 15 years honing his sound - a combination of country, classic rock, big band and rockabilly with influences from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry. Our evening starts with a reception to meet the artists at 6:00 p.m. with drinks, hors d'oeuvres and time to chat. Then on to the concert. Daryl and Josh will play separately and together. At intermission we’ll have the drawing for a print of Annapolis artist, Nancy Hammond’s 2017 Chesapeake poster complete with a certificate of authenticity. Raffle tickets have been on sale since early June and will be on sale the evening of the concert.

Josh Christina's website

Daryl Davis's website

Daryl Davis and Josh Christina video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Nina Sharp, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 17, 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 Nina Sharp who graduated from Washington College in 2013 and is Executive Manager of Church Hill Theatre. This talented performer has a lot of singing experience as a character in stage musicals, but for Mainstay Monday she appears as herself, accompanied by Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Philip Dutton and the Alligators

Free Outdoor Concert
Louisiana Sounds: From Satchmo to Chenier

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

A free outdoor concert on the Mainstay back deck. Philip Dutton and the Alligators play Louisiana and New Orleans-inspired music with influences and rhythms from the jazz of Satchmo to the zydeco of Chenier, from Professor Longhair to Dr. John, from The Meters’ funk to the R&B of Allen Toussaint, the songwriting of Jon Cleary and many, many more. This is good time music that will make you want to get up and dance and an homage to the rich cultural gumbo of New Orleans and Louisiana. The band members are Philip Dutton on keyboards and vocals, Pres Harding on guitar and vocals, Marc Dykeman on bass and vocals and Ray Anthony on drums. The Mainstay's free outdoor summer concerts are sponsored by Peoples Bank and The Kent County Arts Council. Bring a comfortable chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move indoors to the Mainstay.

Philip Dutton and the Alligators Website

Philip Dutton and the Alligators Video


 
Mainstay Mondays

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

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 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 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 Mainstay Monday videos


 
3Divas

Sherrie Maricle, drums, Amy Shook, bass and Jackie Warren, piano
Jazz

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

3Divas are Sherrie Maricle on drums, Amy Shook on bass and Jackie Warren on piano. They are a powerhouse jazz trio that plays original, traditional, and contemporary standards from all genres with unique style, innovative arrangements, and unified musical joy. They combine exuberance and creativity to create a seriously swinging, highly energized musical experience. A few years ago, as part of Sherrie Maricle’s larger ensemble, Diva Jazz Orchestra, the trio’s blistering hot sound ignited the acclaimed award-winning show “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life.” A reviewer for Broadway World said they “had a large percentage of the audience remaining until the end of the show’s exit music, most of them screaming for an encore at the finish. There were great moments for Jackie Warren (piano) and Amy Shook (bass), and when Maricle takes over for an extended solo, she wildly shakes up the place.”

3Divas website


3Divas video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Paula Johns, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 31, 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 Paula Johns, a Philadelphia based actress, cabaret singer and jazz vocalist, who specializes in the Great American Songbook. Paula and Joe performed often together back in the day (many, many days ago.) Join us as this wonderful vocalist reunites with Joe for a very special Mainstay Monday!


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 

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