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Fairlee Diverse Band

Free Outdoor Concert
Global Pop

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

A Free Outdoor Concert on the Back Deck. What happens when you bring together a South African djembe drummer and a New Zealand singer songwriter along with a couple of Brits.? Is it world music? Or global pop? The band members are all are at Camp Fairlee for the summer and they tell us a drum kit, electric guitar and keyboards will also be involved. Bring a comfortable chair. The concert will move indoors to The Mainstay in the event of rain or excessive heat. The Mainstay free summer concert series is sponsored by Peoples Bank.


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Max Murray, bass
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 1 at 7:00 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer and beyond. 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 Max Murray, a bassist who performs in many settings; in both the jazz and musical theater communities, and is no stranger to the Mainstay.


Joe Holt's website


 
John Gorka

Singer and Songwriter

Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

Originally from NJ, now based in Minnesota, world-renowned singer/songwriter John Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse in Bethelehem PA. Early on, Rolling Stone called him “The leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement.” And the New York Times says: “Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goosebumps all over. There are many reasons: fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone and a twisted sense of humor.” His songs have been recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith and his live performances inspire with his thoughtful and thought-provoking songs, subtle wry humor, expressive guitar and warm, friendly, baritone.

John Gorka's website

John Gorka video


 
Chris Owen and the Knockdown

Free Outdoor Concert
Americana Roots Rock

Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

A Free Outdoor Concert on the Back Deck. Chris Owen & The Knockdown write and perform original music with infectious rhythms, warm vocal harmonies and hard-charging percussion. They also present a carefully curated selection of covers from a variety of musical genres. Chris Owen (lead vocals, guitar) and Mat Warrington (bass) are Kent County natives and founding members of the local band The Turnpikes, which produced an album in 2006 and performed across the Delmarva Peninsula and up and down the east coast. Tim Kerr (drums, vocals) joined Chris and Mat after playing with Hot Rock and the Heat Strokes during his time at Washington College, and with Kentavius Jones post-grad. Tom Fogarty (guitar, vocals) rounds out the rhythms and harmonies, and has performed solo at venues in Chestertown and the Baltimore area, including Howard’s Tavern and Ottobar. Bring a comfortable chair. The concert will move indoors to The Mainstay in the event of rain or excessive heat. The Mainstay free summer concert series is sponsored by Peoples Bank.


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guests: The Midiri Brothers
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

only $10

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night through the summer and beyond. 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 guests tonight are the Midiri Brothers. They are favorites in the national trad/swing jazz festival circuit. For this concert, they will revisit their first performing group (formed in the 1970's), modeled after the original Benny Goodman trio.


Joe Holt's website


 
Martin Taylor

Acoustic Jazz Guitar

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist from the UK and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz fingerstyle guitar. Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton have seen him garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe and a record 14 British Jazz Awards. In 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’ by Her Majesty the Queen. Pat Metheny said, “Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable,” and from Jeff Beck: “He out-shred’s all of us put together… I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Martin Taylor's website


Video of Martin Taylor


 
The Obsoleets

Acoustic Old-timey Uke Rock
Americana roots

Saturday August 13, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

The Obsoletes describe their music as “old-timey uke-rock” and themselves as “an American roots string band and show orchestra,” For Pirates and Wenches weekend they’ll combine a wide variety of instruments including vocals, guitar banjo, mandolin, tenor guitar, ukulele, tiple, percussion, bass, accordion and what have you with unusual but entertaining arrangements of American roots and blues classics. They have opened for Chris Thomas King of “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou” fame at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA and played the Media Blues Stroll, The Rose Tree Summer Series and both The Mainstay and Rock Hall FallFest. With a catalog reaching across three centuries, this unique ensemble has performed throughout the region since 2010 re-interpreting or plain old inventing material that showcases a wide range of acoustic instruments and a penchant for finding the heart of the song. Together they clear out the cobwebs on some choice old American Roots and Blues chestnuts

The Obsoleets website

Obsoleets video


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Beth McDonald
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 15, 2016 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 Beth McDonald, a singer/songwriter and a vocalist from another time; where popular music from the first part of the 20th century meets music that was written last year...or maybe even last week.


Joe Holt's website


 
The Sofia Ortiz Project

Andrew Wade on drums and Jeff Davis on bass
Singer-Songwriter

Friday, August 19 and Saturday August 20, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Sofia Ortiz is a 21-year-old guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Born the daughter of two working musicians, she grew up in Chestertown Maryland under the influence of their acoustic-folk leanings. To date, she has played at several smaller venues including the Rock Hall Pavilion, Robert Ortiz Studios and The Root Cellar, a small venue at Bard College where she is currently a student. Her lyric-writing tends to weave together themes of personal experience and observation while tying them to the natural world, while her music has been influenced by people as unrelated as Nick Drake, Ane Brune, Boards of Canada and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. These two performances will be a departure from her usual solo work, and will include Andrew Wade on drums and Jeff Davis on bass. She is excited to be able to collaborate with such talented musicians on this project which is supported by The Hedgelawn Foundation.

Listen to Sofia Ortiz on Bandcamp


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Dick Durham, piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 22, 2016 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 Dick Durham who needs no introduction to the Mainstay audience. There will be two pianos on stage for this performance.


Joe Holt's website


 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Geoff Gallante
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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 Geoff Gallante, a teenage trumpet phenom who has headlined several times at The Mainstay. Geoff continues to expand his reputation and his musical career as a regional and national performer.


Joe Holt's website


 
Kathy Kallick Band

Traditional and Contemporary
Bluegrass

Friday, September 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  $20

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