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Nevin Dawson: The Versatile Viola

From Classical to Celtic and Jazz to Rock

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Chestertown’s Nevin Dawson will be joined by Sammy Marshall on piano, Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums in a concert showcasing the many facets of the viola. Moving seamlessly from classical to Celtic to jazz to rock, Nevin will share how he grew from a third grader playing Twinkle Twinkle into a cross-genre musician. He is equally at home playing his own compositions and arrangements, performing Celtic music with Meredith Hadaway’s group Harp and Soul or providing sensitive back-up in the Pam Ortiz Band. This evening, in addition to playing with the other musicians in various configurations, Nevin will build his own one-man backup band on the spot with a looper pedal and present a few vocal numbers as well. This will be a fascinating evening with a wide variety of music spotlighting the versatility of the viola and many talents of the violist.

Steve Abshire & Steve Herberman

Jazz Guitars with special guest Jan Knutson
"Between Friends" A CD Release Celebration

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

Steve Abshire (6 string guitar) and Steve Herberman (7-string guitar) celebrate the release of their new CD “Between Friends” (the 2nd on the Mainstay Music label), a live concert recording recorded last summer in Annapolis. They will play some of the selections from the CD, songs from the Great American Songbook, some well-known Brazilian standards and will be joined by 16-year-old jazz guitar phenom Jan Knutson. Steve Abshire is no stranger to the Mainstay being a regular in Max’s Mainstay All-Stars. His recording with Vince Lewis was the first on the Mainstay Music label. He performed with various Navy Bands for 24 years and was the guitarist/featured soloist with the Commodores, the Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years. Steve Herberman is a graduate of Berklee College Of Music later adopting the seven-string guitar in 1993. He has performed at major jazz venues across the country and at European Jazz Festivals. Both play regularly in the DC area.

Steve Abshire's website

Steve Herberman's website

Steve Abshire and Steve Herberman video

Pizzarelli, Vignola & Abshire: Great Guitars

The Byrd Series: Bucky, Frank and Steve Celebrate Charlie's 90th

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

A spectacular evening of jazz guitar as the great guitarists Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Steve Abshire pay tribute to The Great Guitars (Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel) with a program of swinging jazz classics including music by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Charlie Christian, some blues, bossa nova & Frank Vignola photobeyond. This concert is part of our year-long “Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie’s 90th” and will capture the essence and excitement of the original Great Guitars who joined forces in 1973 and issued the first of four exceptional jazz recordings in 1974. Like the original concerts, this will be an evening of hard driving swing, sensitive ballads and good-natured, respectful interplay. The legendary Bucky Pizzarelli has had a stellar career and has been a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. He is the master of the seven-string guitar, a Benedetto Bucky Pizzarelli Signature Guitar, which provides him with a continuous bass line and gives him the ability to play melody, harmony and bass all at the same time. Frank Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the Steve Abshire photoworld’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Steve Abshire’s rock solid rhythm guitar, deep heartfelt blues interpretations and inventive solos are all outstanding. He performed with various Navy Bands for 24 years and was the guitarist/featured soloist with the Commodores, the Navy's premiere jazz ensemble, for 18 of those years. He has appeared in concert with the original "Great Guitars", sitting in for Barney Kessel. Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Steve Abshire will be joined by Chuck Redd on drums, Tommy Cecil on Bass and special guest Vinny Raniolo on guitar.

Video of Bucky and Frank with a solo by Vinny

About Bucky Pizzarelli

Frank Vignola's website

Steve Abshire's website

Marcia Ball

Legendary Roadhouse Roots-Rock

Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

only $25

The legendary Marcia Ball has blended Texas blues, soul, boogie-woogie, Louisiana swamp ballads, and New Orleans second-line rhythms into her distinctive piano-based roadhouse roots-rock for 30 years. She’s also a fine singer, an incredible songwriter and a first-rate observer of life. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage even when playing solo. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame, in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and in May 2015 received the Blues Foundation's Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including five of her six previous Alligator albums. Always a songwriter of renown, her most recent recordings “Roadside Attractions” and “The Tattooed Lady and The Alligator Man” are mostly original material. This is a rare opportunity to see her solo in a small room. Don’t miss it, make your reservations now. Note the 7pm start.

Marcia Ball's website

Marcia Ball video

The Deanna Bogart Band

Blues, Boogie and R&B

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Deanna Bogart combines boogie-woogie, rocking contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” In defining it, she says, " all grows out of the blues... it just doesn't always end there..." She is a Mainstay favorite (and favorite with fans around the country) for her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals and cut-above songwriting. 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, Dan Leonard on guitar and Eric Scott on bass.

Deanna Bogart's website

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

Deanna Bogart video sampler

Samuel James

Innovative Roots Guitar and Intense Vocals

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Samuel James plays ferocious, masterful, original country blues and is in a class by himself. A blues-based singer & songwriter who is one of the world's most innovative guitar players, he has been described as a mixture of Charlie Patton, Preston Reed, Bill Withers and Townes Van Zandt. He will have you stomping your feet, wondering how he's getting all those sounds out of one one guitar, remembering old heartbreaks and falling in love all over again. James was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, story tellers, choir singers, porch-stomping guitar thumpers, and a session-jazz pianist dating way back to the 1890s. His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy (2008) For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (2009) And for the Dark Road Ahead (2012) for Toronto's Northern Blues label have earned him praise not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being an innovator as well.

Samuel James website

Samuel James video

Tim Sparks

Free Outdoor Concert
Fingerstyle Guitar: blues, gospel, jazz, classical and world music

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

Matt Palmer

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

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

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.

Philadelphia Jug Band

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

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

Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing Along

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

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

Daryl Davis Band

A Tribute to Pinetop Perkins

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

Charm City Junction

Irish, Old-Time and Bluegrass Roots

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 8:00 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.

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.

Jez Lowe

from County Durham
English Folk Singer and Songwriter

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

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