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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!
The Mainstay Calendar
Featured Guest: Geoff Gallante
With your host Joe Holt
Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
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, a teenage trumpet phenom who has headlined several times at The Mainstay. Geoff continues to expand his reputation and his musical career as a regional and national performer.
Traditional and Contemporary
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
Kathy Kallick is a legend in bluegrass: one of the great bluegrass composers and vocalists. Her band is based along the West Coast from San Francisco to Alaska. Their innovative bluegrass honors tradition and yet is contemporary in sound and vision and they are known for their solid, hard-driving mix of originals and classics. The band features Kathy Kallick on guitar and vocals; Annie Staninec on fiddle and vocals; Cary Black on acoustic bass and vocals; Greg Booth on dobro, banjo and vocals; and Tom Bekeny on mandolin and vocals. The instrumental work is dazzling and inventive and the vocals are luminous and extraordinary. Kallick’s many recordings include nearly 150 of her original songs and include her work with the Good Ol’ Persons, several duos and her current band. Her latest and 20th recording is Foxhounds, a collection of new and traditional bluegrass with The Kathy Kallick Band. Its title track describes an evening spent on Bill Monroe’s porch listening to the high lonesome sound of his foxhounds in the distance.
Featured Guest: Nevin Dawson
With your host Joe Holt
Monday, September 5, 2016
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 Nevin Dawson with his "versatile viola" and a wide range of music
The Chestertown Jazz Festival Opening Concert
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The Chestertown Jazz Festival opener is at The Mainstay with Chuck Redd on vibes and La Lucha, the Latin-inspired Florida-based trio of Alejandro Arenas, (Colombia) bass; John O’Leary (Mexico), piano; and Mark Feinman (USA), drums. Tickets for this concert, and other Chestertown Jazz Festival events can be purchased through the Garfield box office (details below.) Chuck Redd is well known to Mainstay audiences for his work on drums and vibraphone. Chuck began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: "Redd's vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness." Jazz Times on another occasion described his vibes work as, "Exquisite!” and The Washington Post has admired his "melodic sparkle." La Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio that consists of three best friends from three different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico & United States. Their repertoire is a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with Jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs and original compositions. For tickets call the Garfield Box Office 410-810-2060 or purchase online at Chestertown Jazz Festival Tickets.