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Home of Musical Magic!

Located in a 100 year old building on Main Street, The Mainstay is a cultural and artistic center for Rock Hall, a historic “waterman’s” town on the Upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The town’s healthy mix of people with a deep heritage on the Eastern Shore and newcomers who have fallen in love with the area give it a vitality, a hometown feeling and a sense of community that is hard to beat.

The Mainstay is a warm friendly place with great sound and sight lines. With only 120 seats, there’s not a bad one in the house. It’s a listening room that’s almost as comfortable as your living room. Beer, wine, soft drinks, home-baked goodies, Mainstay merchandise, Mainstay Music CDs, Chesapeake Scenes CDs and Charlie Byrd CDs are available at the bar in The Byrd Room.

Our audiences range from local Rock Hallers and Eastern Shore residents to those who find their way here from Philadelphia, Annapolis, Baltimore, Washington DC and beyond.

The Mainstay offers more than 50 concerts a year. You can hear great jazz, blues, classical, folk …almost any form you enjoy. Check out our list of memorable performances.

So, come and see us in Rock Hall… our town motto is “nice people live here” and you’ll find a whole group of those people right here at The Mainstay!

Tom McHugh
Founder


 

 

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The Frank Vignola Duo

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
World Class Guitar Virtuosos

Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

only $20

Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo are Mainstay favorites. Frank is a stunning guitarist, one of the most respected and sought after acoustic guitarists in the world. He plays everything from Jazz and swing to blues and bluegrass and has has toured and recorded with major artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Les Paul, Lionel Hampton, Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, Ringo Starr, Madonna and David Grisman. Vinny plays outstanding rhythm and 2nd lead. Drawing on more than 300 years of classic songs, Frank and Vinny create unique, sometimes intense and often quite beautiful arrangements of familiar and beloved songs. Although both guitarists have been deeply influenced by many great jazz guitarists, they are not a jazz guitar duo but the sense of spontaneity, imagination and virtuosity that are hallmarks of jazz are fully present in their performances, taking you on a breathtaking whirlwind tour of musical history. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven will be freely mixed with Ellington and Waller, blended with Gershwin and Carmichael, peppered with Bob Marley, Sting and Lennon/McCartney, and spiced with Rodrigo and Lecuona all with a great sense of humor. In keeping with the season, they also promise a couple of holiday tunes. Don’t miss!

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Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Jason Long, piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, December 12, 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 Jason Long. Jason is a busy and well established full time musician in his native Philadelphia and in the broader region. He has performed and recorded with numerous local and national acts including Bobby Caldwell, Arturo Sandoval, Brian Bromberg, Will Lee and Andrew Neu. Jason and Joe have known each other for many years, but never had the opportunity to perform together. Until now. There will be 2 pianos on stage for this performance.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Harp & Soul

Songs for the Season
Meredith Hadaway and friends

Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

only $15

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/songwriters Barbara Parker and Pam Ortiz for an afternoon of delightful and unusual songs for the season and lots of holiday cheer.

 
 
Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Lester Barrett, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, December 19, 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 vocalist Lester Barrett. Lester is best known to Mainstay audiences for his work with Sombarkin.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos