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Free Outdoor Concert
Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Johnny Never and Zep Harpo (AKA Seth Holzman) are the dynamic duo of the Delta Blues. Johnny’s exquisite finger style guitar work and passionate voice mesh perfectly with Seth’s deep range of sound and harmonica styles in a mix of soft blues ballads, intense Delta slide moans and driving Little Walter and Muddy Waters riffs. In 2011, Johnny, along with his band, was one of only three national acts selected by the Philadelphia Folk Song Society to perform in a concert honoring the 100th birthday of blues legend, Robert Johnson. Seth has performed with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, John Mooney, Roomful of Blues, Dave "Honeyboy" Edwards, Magic Slim, Big Jack Johnson, Ronnie Earl, and other dignitaries of the blues. Together they will make MainstayBlues magic. This free outdoor concert is sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council, People’s Bank, the Rock Hall Business Association and the Mainstay. Bring a comfortable chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move indoors to the Mainstay.
Music and Film Presentation
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Inheritors of a rich family tradition of singing and songwriting, Hugh and Zane Campbell put on a lively, fascinating show. In addition to their music there will be a showing of the prizewinning documentary film about the Campbells and their family, “New River: a family musical history tour.” Come early, as they will also have some of their folk art furniture on display and for sale. With their singing, playing, and storytelling in the colorful mountain tradition of their ancestors, they share their very personal and unique musical family history, a history that runs from the Scottish highlands to the North Carolina mountains, to the rural southern enclave along the Eastern Maryland/Pennsylvania border; from a long ancestral line of hillbilly songwriters and recording artists to the music of Zane and Hugh Campbell. They were born into music. Their great-uncle on their mother’s side, Guy Brooks, was the first member of the family to record. In 1928, he recorded for the historic Gennett label with his band, The Red Fox Chasers. He is credited with having written, in 1929, the first trucker song, “Wreck on the Mountain Road,” which is also considered country music’s first car-wreck song. On their father’s side is their aunt Ola Belle Reed, their father’s sister, a songwriter and folk singer renowned in country folk and bluegrass circles who was an NEA Heritage Fellow and recorded for the Smithsonian. Two of her songs “I’ve Endured” and “High On a Mountain” are bluegrass classics and “High on a Mountain,” was a country hit single for Marty Stuart in 1992.
Piano, voice & guitar
Show Tunes, Folk Songs and more
Sunday,September 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Allen LaMontagne is best known locally as Rector of St. Paul's Parish, Kent but he has an extensive background in community theater and has played many roles in various musicals. For this New Directions concert, he has been working on a program of songs from the 20th century great American Songbook and contemporary folk songs all to the sparkling piano accompaniment of Joe Holt. Joe will play a few solo pieces and Allen will also play guitar on some numbers. The Mainstay "New Directions" series encourages established musicians to explore new areas and journeymen to expand their skills, their repertoire and generally to take it to the next level. This will be a delightful afternoon of wonderful songs with terrific piano settings.
Frank Vignola with Vinny Raniolo
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Bring your guitar and $20 (Cash or Check made out to Frank Vignola). Students under 18 or college students with ID are $5. The first half of this 2 hour workshop will concentrate on exercises and fingerboard study. In the second half Frank and Vinny will teach some songs and then all will play together. Frank says, “We'll discuss, demonstrate, question, improvise and have a heck of a time!” ALL LEVELS OF EXPERTISE ARE WELCOME! Guitarists don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from a master. Student discounts are supported by the Mainstay’s Kids are First program.
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
We welcome back the brilliant guitarist Frank Vignola and his duo sidekick Vinny Raniolo on second guitar. Frank Vignola is a not only one of the world’s great guitarists, he is a Mainstay favorite for his high octane performances, his incredible technique, his sly sense of humor, his friendly stage presence and his mix of high-energy originals, unique renditions of American popular standards, new takes on contemporary tunes and lively classical arrangements. A few years ago Frank started playing with the extremely accomplished young guitarist Vinny Raniolo. Since then they’ve worked together in a number of different group configurations but they’re at their best when it’s just the two of them, each armed with an acoustic guitar and a great desire to have a good time. This will be an unforgettable evening of guitar that bridges the worlds of jazz and popular music. A David Pike Memorial Concert.
Celebrating the Music of Jimmy Van Heusen
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Heroines & Helpmates: Women & Politics in the War of 1812
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
"Leaves of Autumn"
Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
CD Release: "Aquarela Do Brasil"
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
A FallFest Concert
Bluegrass, Roots, Americana
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
A FallFest Concert
Maritime Good Time
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
A FallFest Concert
Banjo traditions and styles with Sam Guthridge, Diane Jones & Bill Quern
Sunday October 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
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