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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!

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Chuck Redd and the Jazz Young Bloods

Jazz Quartet

Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Our good friend Chuck Redd is an internationally known vibraphonist and drummer who travels the world playing with the jazz greats but he is also a firm believer in finding and nurturing new talent. For this show he brings Joshua Espinoza on piano, Savannah Harris on drums and Eliot Seppa on bass, three rising stars in the DC area. joshua espinoza photoPianist Joshua Espinoza has a style rooted in the jazz tradition yet is tastefully modern. Born in Hawaii, raised in Greensboro,, NC, he has a Bachelors in Piano Performance from Furman University (SC) and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Indiana University. Eliot Seppa is an upright and electric bassist who has always been influenced by Eliot Seppa photoa variety of musical styles. As a child, he studied classical bass and heard his dad's favorite rock and folk music at home while also becoming more and more influenced by the hip-hop, R&B, go-go, and Latin American music that he would hear at school, friend's houses, and elsewhere. He attended Howard University, where he graduated in with a Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies. He has been savannah harris photothe regular bassist for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra since 2011 and with the Donvonte McCoy Sextet at Eighteenth Street Lounge since 2013. Drummer Savannah Harris is a recent graduate of Howard University where she was a journalism major and a member of their acclaimed Jazz Ensemble. She hails from Oakland, CA and has performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. In choosing her as one of the 3 best drummers on the DC Jazz Scene in 2015, the DC City Paper said “Harris is the incisive, penetrating young blood who couldn’t lose the beat if her life depended on it.” About this evening, Chuck said, “This should be a fun night- they're all very talented young players!”

Chuck Redd's website

Brazil Project: Rogerio Souza & Edinho Gerber

with Leonardo Lucini, bass & Andrew Connell, clarinet and sax
Brazilian Jazz for Two Guitars

Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

Known widely as Duo Violao Brasil, Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber explore and expand on the musical possibilities of two guitars (violoes) and a Brazilian repertoire from composers like Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Jobim as well as originals all with inventive arrangements in the many styles of 20th century Brazilian popular music. On this fall tour they renew a collaboration with virtuoso bassist, music educator and compatriot Leonardo Lucini who has settled in the Washington, D.C. area, and clarinetist, saxophonist and American ethnomusicologist Andrew Connell, PhD who teaches and performs from his base at James Madison University in Virginia. A master of six and seven string guitars, Rogerio Souza is one of Brazil’s foremost musical ambassadors, best known for showcasing traditional Brazilian music, especially samba and choro. He is a pioneer in the style known as “choro novo” – innovative interpretations of traditional Brazilian instrumental music that remain true to the roots. As the son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber developed a rich musical vocabulary. Enlisting the genres of choro, jazz, samba, and blues, he searches for new points of intersection within his dual cultural identity. A staple in the Chicago music scene, he has performed with U.S. based Brazilian groups such as Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio and A Cor do Brasil and he led samba-jazz group Zona Sul

Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber video

Mainstay Mondays

Featured Guests: Vaughn Bratcher, bass and Ray Anthony, drums
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 3, 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 guests tonight are Vaughn Bratcher on bass with Ray Anthony on drums.

Joe Holt's website

The Daryl Davis Band

Rockin' Blues and Boogie

Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

only $20

The great Daryl Davis returns with a full band (drums, bass, guitar and sax)for a rockin’ boogie-woogie FallFest concert. Daryl is a virtuoso on the keyboard and a great vocalist and guitarist. He was born in Chicago, the electric blues capital of the world, received his Bachelors in Music from Howard University in jazz and then went to work with such artists as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, and Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), to name a few. The great boogie woogie and blues pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson both praised Davis’s authenticity playing a style that was popular 20 years before he was born. This will be an unforgettable evening of pounding boogie-woogie, wailing jazz and searing blues from a master. Daryl is a big favorite with Mainstay audiences and this is sure to sell out so make your reservations now.

Daryl Davis's website

Daryl Davis Band video