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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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Maryland Poetry Circuit

Poetry Reading and Discussion
with poets
Meredith Hadaway
and Robert Earl Price

Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

only $free

The Kent County Arts Council will launch the Maryland Poetry Circuit with a reading by the circuit’s first touring poets, Meredith Davies Hadaway and Robert Earl Price. Both award-winning poets and teachers, Hadaway and Price will read from their writings and discuss their works with local writers and audience members. Robert Earl Price is an African American playwright and poet who is the author of four books of poetry and has had eleven plays produced in American regional theaters and abroad. He is a recipient of the American Film Institute’s William Wyler award for screenwriting His most recent work, the musical Red Devil Moon featured music by Pam Ortiz. Meredith .Davies Hadaway is the author of three collections of poetry, At The Narrows, The River is a Reason and Fishing Secrets of the Dead all published by Word Poetry. Her work explores the birds, bugs, trees, marshes—and especially the waters—of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, evoking memory and mystery. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and multiple Pushcart nominations. The Maryland Poetry Circuit is an initiative of the Kent County Arts Council and is made possible by a planning grant from the New World Foundation.



Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest:Chuck Redd
vibes and drums
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 23, 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 Mainstay favorite Chuck Redd on vibes and drums for a great evening of jazz.


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Mainstay Monday on Saturday

Jazz
Joe Holt and his special guests

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Mainstay Mondays have been so popular that we asked host and pianist Joe Holt to put together a one time group featuring some of his special Monday guests. This will be a swinging evening of jazz to heat up a January night, a bigger and badder version of Mainstay Monday featuring 5 of the guest artists who made our Mainstay Mondays so special: Joe Midiri on clarinet and saxophone, Danny Tobias on trumpet, David Sacks on trombone, Paul Midiri on drums and vibes, Max Murray on bass and of course, Joe Holt on piano.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: The Washington College Jazz Combo
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 30, 2017, 7:00-8:30 pm

only $10

Join us for a very special 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. 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 guests tonight are The WC Jazz Combo, under the direction of Grammy Award winning Latin Jazz bandleader and drummer Joe McCarthy. The group features Kevin Jin and Michael Demaio on saxophones, Ben Lammers on drums, and Elisabeth Engle on vocals. Joe Holt was invited to join the combo in September to help fill out the rhythm section. Come and support our next generation of musicians, and enjoy the concert they have prepared for Mainstay Monday.


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