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The Art of the Song

Julian Hipkins, Sue Matthews & Lena Seikaly

Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Three fabulous and exquisite vocalists, in town for a daytime Mainstay sponsored, Snow grant funded vocal workshop at Kent County High School, weave their vocal magic for our audience in the evening. Julian Hipkins has a rich baritone and a style that really swings. Sue Matthews has a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and a passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Lena Seikaly's lush mezzo-soprano, clever phrasing and penchant for scat singing have made her a rising star on the DC jazz scene. This will be a stunning evening of classic songs, brilliantly interpreted with an all-star band: Robert Redd on piano, Randy Reinhart on trumpet, Max Murray on bass and Frank Russo on drums. Make your reservations now.

Julian Hipkins website

Listen to Julian Hipkins

About Sue Matthews

Sue Matthews video - "Straighten up and Fly Right"

Lena Seikaly's website

Lena Seikaly video - "After You've Gone"


Ronny Cox

Singer and Songwriter

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

If Ronny Cox looks a little familiar it’s because he is also a Hollywood actor known for playing the villain in films like "RoboCop" and "Total Recall" and the guitar player in “Deliverance” but as a singer-songwriter, he is a study in unforced charisma. He may wear a variety of hats, but if there is one common thread that pulls it all together it’s the “real” person that wears each hat and the warmth his craft brings to anyone exposed to his many talents. His musical style is eclectic and he confesses that he has no set-in-stone criteria for picking or writing songs but he charms audiences with his humor, tart progressive insight, and Southwestern folk sound. He grew up in New Mexico listening to Texas Swing tunes, but then played rock & roll in high school, and was eventually drawn to folk music after graduating from college. His music is a smart mix of witty ditties, bluesy swing tunes, heart-on-sleeve romances, and real-life anthems. His band will include Radoslav Lorkovic on accordion and piano.

Ronny Cox's website

Ronny Cox video

Banjo Man and Bill with Tom Anthony

Banjo Man and Bill go to Downrigging
Songs of the River, Songs of the Seas
at Music Life, 214 High Street, Chestertown

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

only $15

Banjo Man and Bill (and the Mainstay) go to Chestertown for Sultana Projects’ Downrigging Weekend as we present an evening of nautically and environmentally themed music with Mainstay founder and Executive Director Tom McHugh, Bill Matthews and Tom Anthony at Music Life, Bill Drazga's music store at 214 High Street in Chestertown. Tom McHugh plays banjo, blues harmonica, kazoo, sings and is the composer of a number of fine songs about life along the Chesapeake. He is joined by Bill Matthews who sings and plays a great bluesy guitar. Both are experts on blues and old jazz tunes. Tom Anthony adds a fine upright bass to the mix. Their music is a blend of classic old jazz, some obscure blues, a sprinkling of folk classics and what have you. These old friends have been playing together for more than fifteen years and their performances are always entertaining Call the Mainstay for reservations. Note the 7 p.m. start.

Downrigging website

The Brazilian Jazz All-Stars

with Maucha Adnet, Duduka Da Fonseca, Helio Alves and Chuck Redd

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00pm

only $20

The MainstayBrasil series continues with this spectacular concert of Brazilian jazz highlighting the Jobim songbook and other Brazilian classics from vocalist Maucha Adnet who was with Jobim for his last 10 years and her husband, the legendary Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca whose recordings have been nominated for a Grammy along with their frequent partner, the brilliant Brazilian pianist Helio Alves and our own Chuck Redd on vibes. Brazilian jazz is often described as “magical” or “mystical”. The polyrhythms of the samba and bossa nova drive the music forward while the seductive vocals encourage a listener to linger and savor the experience of each note. It is a distinctive sound immediately evocative of the lush beauty and the cultural crosscurrents of Brazil. This will be a most magical evening of many of the great Brazilian classics by some greatest Brazilian artists now living in this country.

Duduka Da Fonseca's website

Maucha Adnet's website

Helio Alves' website

Chuck Redd's website

Video of Maucha Adnet, Dudka Da Fonseca and Helio Alves

Jim Kweskin with Happy Traum

Folk Legends

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Max's Mainstay All-Stars

with Adrian Cunningham, sax and clarinet

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.


An engaging Pan-American blend of American Folk and Brazilian Chorro

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Harp and Soul

Meredith Hadaway and Friends
Songs  for the Season

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

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