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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



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Mainstay Mondays: A Halloween Theatrical Special

Featured Guests: Matt Folker, Shannon Whitaker, Mark Wiening and Nina Sharp from Church Hill Theatre
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm

only $10

Join us for a spooky theatrical 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 or guests. 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 Matt Folker, Shannon Whitaker and Mark Wiening, all actors associated with Church Hill Theatre and CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp for a special theatrical edition of Mainstay Monday.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Mondays YouTube Channel

The Chesapeake Guitar Quartet

Steve Abshire, Vince Lewis, Steve Herberman, & Amy Shook on bass.
Jazz Guitar Quartet

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

The Chesapeake Guitar Quartet is a new group that features long-time collaborators Steve Abshire, Steve Herberman and Vince Lewis on guitars with Amy Shook on bass. While they play together frequently in different combinations in live performance and on their own and others’ recording projects it is rare to have all four together on stage. This will be a performance in the musical tradition of the Great Guitars. The Quartet’s repertoire includes Jazz standards, Jazz waltzes, blues and some Brazilian favorites all with arrangements that highlight the three distinct styles of these guitarists. Steve Abshire is a jazz guitarist, teacher, and clinician in his native Washington D.C./ Baltimore area. Some years ago, he retired from the U.S. Navy Band’s premiere jazz ensemble the Commodores, where he performed as the guitarist and featured soloist. Steve Herberman is a seven string guitarist who has performed at venues such as Birdland in NYC, Spazio in Los Angeles, Blues Alley, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts with renowned musicians such as Keter Betts, Buster Williams, Chuck Redd and many more. Vince Lewis is a veteran jazz performer, composer and recording artist. He has been a headliner on Jazz Festivals with Dave Brubeck, B.B King, Ellis Marsalis, John Pizzarelli and Melissa Manchester. He is also an educator featured frequently in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. Amy Shook is one of the most in-demand acoustic bassists in the mid-Atlantic, coveted for her huge sound and infectious, driving groove. She co-leads the Shook/Russo 5tet, and performs regularly with the Fred Hughes Trio, as well the 3Divas and has also performed Maurice Hines, Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Felicia Carter. This will be an evening of deep musical conversations between good friends.

Steve Abshire and Vince Lewis video

Steve Abshire and Steve Herberman video

Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guest: Scott Silbert, sax
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 7, 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 Scott Silbert, on sax. Scott is no stranger to the Mainstay having appeared here with many groups. He is the chief arranger for the United States Navy Band and plays with the Jazz Commodores.

Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano saxophonist
Afro-Cuban Inspired Jazz Sextet

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

only $20

Internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett is known for her explorations of Afro-Cuban styles and for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. A multiple Juno Award winner presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, she has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has also been nominated for Grammy Awards, received a Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. “Maqueque” consists of Jane and five young Cuban women instrumentalists and composers. Their brand new recording, Oddara, radiates an intoxicating spirit of joy and their live shows have thrilled audiences in clubs and festivals throughout North America. Jane Bunnett has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous Jazz festivals, displaying her musical versatility and as an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence.

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque video