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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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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Jeff Davis with Ray Anthony
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 27, 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 bassist Jeff Davis, a multi-instrumentalist who performs regionally for a variety of groups. Jeff has performed several times on our stage, and returns to Mainstay Monday to join Joe in a jazz trio setting, playing bass, along with some vocal selections. Ray Anthony on drums completes the trio.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Philip Dutton and the Alligators

New Orleans and Louisiana Sounds

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Philip Dutton & the Alligators play Louisiana and New Orleans-inspired music. Their influences and rhythms range from the jazz of Satchmo to the zydeco of Clifton Chenier, from Professor Longhair to Dr. John, from The Meters’ funk to the R&B of Allen Toussaint, and many, many more. Philip Dutton on keyboards and vocals was born and raised in Louisiana and cut his teeth on the music from the bayou dancing the two step to Clifton Chenier at the LSU student union. With Pres Harding, an Eastern Shore native, on guitar: Marc Dykeman, well known as bass man for the Chester River Runoff and the High & Wides; and Ray Anthony, keeping the groove on percussion, their music reflects the rich cultural gumbo that is soul of Louisiana and the heart of New Orleans.

Philip Dutton and the Alligators Website


Philip Dutton and the Alligators Video



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Geoff Gallante, trumpet
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, December 4, 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 Geoff Gallante  Geoff is now 17 and a senior in High School and has grown from a child prodigy to a respected jazz artist with a growing national reputation. He is the youngest high school student to win chairs in both the Grammy Band and the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Generation Orchestra (at 15). Tonight he joins Joe for duo explorations on the Great American Songbook.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Chris Owen and The Knockdown

Originals and Covers
Folky Acoustic Rock

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

$10 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $13 at the door (call for reservations)

Chris Owen and The Knockdown are a local group playing originals and covers. Their infectious rhythms, warm vocal harmonies and hard-charging percussion create a folky acoustic rock sound. Chris Owen (lead vocals, guitar) and Mat Warrington (bass) are Kent County natives and founding members of 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. Matt and Chris have played together off and on since their teens. A little more than a year ago they got together again and formed this band as a vehicle for their songwriting with some rocking and familiar covers thrown into the mix for fun. They played a free concert at the Mainstay last year and were a hit on Main Street during FallFest 2017.