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Tim Sparks: Free Outdoor Concert

Banjo Man & Tom Anthony open
Fingerstyle Guitar: blues, gospel, jazz, classical and world music

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

A FREE outdoor concert on the Mainstay back deck with Tim Sparks, an extraordinary fingerstyle guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music "Fresh, exotic, and totally cool." Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it "rich and sensuous", and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says "He's really one of the best musicians I know." From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, he has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide. Opening will be Banjo Man and Tom Anthony with a short set of blues, folk and mischief. 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.

Tim Sparks video: Mississippi Blues

Tim Sparks video: Chinese Dance from The Nutcracker Suite

Matt Palmer

The Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie's 90th
Classical Guitar

Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

only $15

Classical Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, he has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine), “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine), “a truly accomplished and refined musician” (Cleveland Classical), and “one of the world’s best guitar players” (The Royal Gazette). An active performer, winner of numerous guitar competitions, and author of “The Virtuoso Guitarist,” Palmer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Arizona and has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist. His program will feature music from Brazil, Paraguay, USA, Belarus, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, and Spain.

Matt Palmer's website

Matt Palmer video

Big Joe and the Dynaflows

MainstayBlues featuring drummer & vocalist Big Joe Maher
Jump Blues with a bit of Funk and Swing

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Big Joe is a rarity in the blues world. He's a drummer who doubles as a vocalist with a voice reminiscent of Delbert McClinton. He relies on well-chosen vintage material, but he also writes first-class originals. His music is a mix of rocking, often humorous jump blues, retro-blues, and swinging jazz/blues with the occasional swamp-pop weeper like his own “Evangeline. Joe Maher AKA "Big Joe" started out his music career in his Maryland high school jazz band "The Starliners.” Musical greats like Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Mudell Lowe & James Moody often sat in with the band as guest performers and they were an inspiration to him as was the recorded music of jump blues greats like Louis Jordon and Big Joe Turner. In his early career, he shared the stage, opened for or backed up music legends like Willie Dixon, Delbert McClinton, Johnnie Johnson, Mick Fleetwood, Jimmy McCracklin, Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Otis Rush and Earl King. In the late 80's after managing and performing with the nine piece swing band "The Uptown Rhythm Kings," and after a few years as drummer with the Tom Principato Band, Joe formed his own five piece jump blues group "Big Joe & The Dynaflows." They have made several well-received recordings, play locally, regionally, nationally and have toured Europe.

Big Joe Maher's website

Big Joe & the Dynaflows video

Philadelphia Jug Band

Free Outdoor Concert
A Goodtime Mix of Country Blues, Folk and Stomps

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

The Philadelphia Jug Band makes a welcome return visit to our free outdoor concert series. They always live up to their slogan,“If this music doesn’t make you smile, nothing will!” They trace their roots to the Second Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1963 where two of the then high school student band members heard Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band. Since then they have performed throughout the Delaware Valley and further afield always returning to the Philadelphia Folk Festival in both official and unofficial capacities for more than 50 years. The core band is Frank Zemlan on guitar and vocals, Jim Klingler on guitar and vocals, Bob Beach on harmonica, flute and vocals, Dave Gauck on washtub bass and jug and Steve Miller, on washboard, blues kazoo and vocals. They play a wide ranging mix of country blues, folk, rags and stomps. 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.

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass


Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned traditional bluegrass. Their instrumentation, lead vocals and vocal harmonies converge with all the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals are captivating, combining a powerful range and one of a kind soul that have earned him an IBMA nomination as Male Vocalist of the Year. Since Danny’s father Bob Paisley (founder of Southern Grass) passed away in 2004, Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass have made their own niche in the bluegrass world. Their album, The Room Over Mine, earned accolades and significant chart action, and the song, “Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away” won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year. Their latest “Road Into Town” made many reviewers' Top 10 of the Year listings for 2012. Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band whose list of notable festivals and events include: Rocky Grass, Grey Fox, Grass Valley, Del Fest, Wind Gap, Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival and more. Danny is joined by his son Ryan on mandolin, Mark Delaney (formerly with Randy Waller and the Country Gentlemen) on banjo; the fine bluegrass tenor Eric Troutman on bass and vocals and 2015 marks the return of fiddler TJ Lundy to the group. TJ treads the line between bluegrass and old-time mountain music with roots going back to the Galax, VA area. He played with Bob Paisley back when his father, banjo player Ted Lundy played with the group and played with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass after Bob passed away in 2004.

Danny Paisley's website

Danny Paisley video

Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing Along

Adults only - 18 and older
For Rock Hall Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Come-all-ye seamen, wenches, lusty laddies and ladies! It’s baa-ack! Just in time for Rock Hall's Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend, we bring you (once again by popular demand) “Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing-Along,” a raucous romp through centuries of dirty ditties. Come in good voice (or just a loud one) and join in with master balladeers Jennifer Cutting, Steve Winick, Riki Schneyer and Craig Williams on the choruses of naughty songs that have come down to us through the centuries from medieval brothels, pubs, tall ships, British music halls, armies, navies, schoolyards, and wherever such songs are sung. This will be an ample show of shameless songs that have propelled innocent sailors to their moral doom from time immemorial. The group (which contains an ethnomusicologist, a folklorist, a traditional singer and a member of Pyrates Royale) has conducted research into dusty archives of depravity and delight that will ensure that this isn't just any old bawdy songs show - you're bound to hear refreshingly raunchy songs you've never heard before and be entertained in the time-honored tradition of gathering to raise our voices in song. No experience necessary but bring your sense of humor. Must be age 18 or older.

The Daryl Davis Band

A Tribute to Pinetop Perkins

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

In 1985, the legendary boogie woogie pioneer Pinetop Perkins selected Daryl Davis to succeed him in the piano and vocal slot of the Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band. Daryl also played Chuck Berry’s band as did Perkins. Now Daryl brings his band to the Mainstay to pay tribute to Perkins, one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen who began playing blues in the late 1920s, and was widely regarded as one of the best – and certainly most enduring – blues pianists. Perkins forged a style that has influenced three generations of piano players, and continues to be the yardstick by which great blues pianists are measured. Daryl Davis is a vocalist and keyboardist extraordinaire and a huge favorite with Mainstay audiences. Davis was born in Chicago, electric blues capital of the world, received a Bachelors in Music from Howard University in jazz and then went to work with such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), to name a few. The great boogie woogie and blues pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson both praised Davis’s authenticity playing a style that was popular 20 years before he was born. This will an unforgettable evening of blues and rockin’ boogie and is sure to sell out so make your reservations now!

Daryl Davis' website

Daryl Davis video

Charm City Junction

Irish, Old-Time and Bluegrass Roots

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Philip Dutton and the Alligators

Free Outdoor Concert
Louisiana Music: From Satchmo to Chenier

Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Mamie Minch: Wild Women Don't Get the Blues


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

Geoff Muldaur

Folk, Roots & Blues

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

The Pam Ortiz Band

Singer and songwriter

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

Sue Matthews


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

Anthony John Clarke with Dave Pegg

A FallFest Concert
One of the UK's best songwriters with the legendary Fairport multi-intrumentalist

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.

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