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Harp & Soul

Songs for the Season
Meredith Hadaway and friends

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

$15 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $18 at the door (call for reservations)

Celebrate the Songs for the Season with the lovely and lively traditional songs, dance tunes & carols from the British Isles, Celtic lands & beyond. The core group of Meredith Hadaway (Celtic harp & concertina), Ben Bennington (guitar & vocals) and Rebekah Hardy (oboe) will be joined their special guests Bob Ortiz (percussion), Nevin Dawson (viola) and singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz who will add some of her originals to the mix as well as adding her voice to the group. This will be an afternoon of delightful and unusual songs for the season and lots of holiday cheer.



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Sylvia Frazier
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, December 18, 2017; 7:00-8:30 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 Sylvia Frazier, best known for her work over the years leading the locally-based 100 Voice Choir. For this Mainstay Monday, she will perform Gospel, Soul and Popular favorites, along with songs of the season, accompanied by Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
New Year's Eve Potluck with Joe Holt

Bring a good potluck dish to share
with Joe Holt at the Piano

Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

It's free but please RSVP to 410-639-9133

only $free

Join us as we get ready to ring in the new year with a potluck supper and music with Joe Holt at the piano. Bring one of your good potluck specialties to share, enough to feed several people, but don't bring alcohol, the Mainstay bar will be open. Rock Hall will be doing their annual hat parade with registration at 6:45 and the parade at 7:00pm. There's more info about that on Rock Hall's website, but it's always a fun event and the Mainstay is the perfect spot to watch from or to use as a base to be a part of the festivities. Think of your hat as parade float. There are prizes in various "hat-egories" including "Best Group" and "Most Rock Hallesque" but there are many, more.  Meanwhile it will be toasty warm in The Mainstay, the music will be sparkling, the bar will be open and the spirit of community high. PLEASE RSVP to 410-639-9133 so we can plan accordingly.

Rock Hall Hat parade info


 
The Deanna Bogart Band

7:00 PM New Year's Day!
Blues, Boogie Woogie and R&B

Monday, January,1 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

Start off the New Year right as Mainstay favorite Deanna Bogart returns with her spectacular combination of boogie-woogie, rocking contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.” In defining it, she says, "...it all grows out of the blues... it just doesn't always end there..." Her keyboards dazzle, her saxophone soulfully wails, and her smoky vocals bring out the best in her original cut-above songwriting and her covers. 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. The rest of the band is Mike Aubin on drums, Chuck Underwood on guitar and Scott Ambush on bass.

Deanna Bogart's website

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

Deanna Bogart video sampler


 


Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Robert Redd, Piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 8, 2018; 7:00-8:30 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 Mainstay favorite Robert Redd, a current member of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, performing throughout the U.S. and abroad. Robert has a long history of performance credits including with Keter Betts, Kenny Rankin, Charlie Byrd and of course with his brother Chuck, and at the Mainstay with Max and Friends. Tonight he joins Joe, for the first time, for a delightful 2 piano evening.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Shannon Whitaker
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 15, 2018; 7:00-8:30 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 Shannon Whitaker, a lifelong Chestertown resident who grew up, coincidentally, next door to Joe. Shannon has been singing and acting all her life (Joe accompanied her as a teenage church soloist). She went on to graduate as a Theatre Arts major from University of New Haven, CT and has appeared in many shows, most recently performing as Carrie, in the 2017 Chesapeake College/Church Hill Theatre production. Shannon joins Joe to sing favorites from stage, screen, and more.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Lynn Henderson
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 22, 2018; 7:00-8:30 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 Lynn Henderson who is known to our area through her longstanding and regular appearances at open mic night, at the Garfield in Chestertown. Lynn lives in St. Michaels and performs regionally with the Royal Oak Musicians. She is best known for her inspired folk and blues guitar playing. New spaces will be found tonight - the magic of Mainstay Mondays - in a duo performance with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

with Alan Blackman, piano; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums
Jazz

Sunday, January 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

$17 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $20 at the door (call for reservations)

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet returns to The Mainstay. The press has declared them "electrifying," "pure fun," "old school moving to new cool," and "vocalese at its best." For more than two decades, UVJQ (Ginny Carr, Robert McBride, Holly Shockey, Andre Enceneat) backed by their jazz rhythm section (Alan Blackman, piano; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums) have built a loyal audience across five continents with their stylized arrangements of head-turning original songs and harmonically rich renditions of American Songbook classics. With their tight harmonies, engaging presentation and vocal sass, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has put their creative signature on the group vocal style that mixes great fun with great art. They have been highly celebrated for extending the vocal jazz repertoire beyond standards and made their own songbook of originals the spotlight of their ear-popping arrangements.

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet website

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests:
The Washington College Jazz Combo
Directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 29, 2018; 7:00-8:30 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 The Washington College Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer, making a return appearance. The jazz combo features students Michael DeMaio (alto sax), Kevin Jin (tenor sax), Gabby Bucci (bass), Maura West (piano), and Ben Lammers (drums). The combo has a pianist this year, so Joe has attended rehearsals to provide encouragement. Tonight, they all perform together.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Mardi Gras Dance Party

A Chester Gras Celebration
The Dixie Power Trio

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or at the door (call for reservations, this will sell out!)

only $20

Chester Gras comes to Rock Hall as the one and only Dixie Power Trio (the Trio of 4!) brings their soulful New Orleans style jazz back to The Mainstay in a dance party that is part of the Chester Gras Celebration sponsored by Peoples Bank. Net proceeds will benefit the Kent County Backpack Program. This event is a production of the Chester River Revelers Mardi Gras Krewe. Zach Smith and the Dixie Power Trio are Mainstay favorites and have played FallFest many times but it's been a while since they've been indoors on our stage. Their sound is a sly gumbo of zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade, and rock featuring Andy Kochenour on electric bass, Chuck Underwood on guitar, drummer Byron McWilliams singing some leads, and Zack Smith on cornet, accordion, rubboard and vocals.

Dixie Power Trio Website

Dixie Power Trio video


 

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