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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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Caitlin Canty

Earthy Country and Rootsy Rock
Singer and Songwriter

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Her music veers between earthy country, downtrodden blues, contemplative folk, and thunderous rock. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of a live music startup. Her breakout record “Reckless Skyline” features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. It has garnered glowing praise from NPR, The Telegraph and Philadelphia Inquirer among others. The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise,” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.” Her songs imbue commonplace moments and images with strange magic, wringing vastness from small details. They convey a restless energy, a clarity of purpose and desire to live fully within elemental processes – moving light, moving water, wildfire, ashes. She creates a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, tempered with a voice that is both haunting and distinct.

Caitlin Canty's website

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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Tom McHugh
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, May 29, 2017; 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for a special Memorial Day 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 multi-instrumentalist Tom McHugh who shares from a lifetime of performing experience, partnering with Joe in a wide ranging and entertaining program. As only Tom McHugh can.


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Magic Dick and Shun Ng

Legendary Harp Player and Acoustic Guitar Sensation
Blues Harp, Guitar and Vocals

Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

The legendary Magic Dick’s innovative harmonica playing anchored the distinctive sound of the J. Geils Band in the 70s and continues today. He has toured with the top names and jammed with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. His collaboration with the sensational international acoustic guitar phenomenon Shun Ng is now in its third year and they have just released an EP together appropriately titled "About Time." Shun Ng's virtuoso guitar style includes elements of Soul, Funk, Blues and Jazz. As the legendary Quincy Jones said, "When you see Shun Ng, you won't believe your eyes nor your ears -- he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science -- his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding." Put the two of them together and you create magic. Their music is soulful blues, rocking yet thoughtful and performed by two of the top musicians in the world on their respective instruments. Their concerts over the last two years for The Mainstay have been stunners. Don’t miss them this time around.

Magic Dick's website

Shun Ng's website

Magic Dick and Shun Ng video



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Fred Hughes, piano
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, June 5, 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 Fred Hughes, an eclectic, delightful and wonderfully creative jazz pianist. There will, of course, be two pianos on stage.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos