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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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Jan Knutson

with Grif Kazmierczak on violin, mandolin and trumpet and Eddie Hrybyk on bass.
Jazz Guitar

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Jan Knutson is dazzling 18 year-old guitarist who has been playing for 9 years. He has studied with such luminaries as Rodney Jones, Steve Abshire, Paul Wingo, Shawn Purcell, Frank Vignola, Frank Latino, and Heather McKay in addition to online lessons with Martin Taylor. He was a 2016 Artist in Residence at the Strathmore Music Center in Rockville, MD, was the guitarist for the 2016 Jazz Band of America, won first prize in the 2015 Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Soloist Competition and performed as a soloist with the US Army Blues. He has been a member of the elite Jazz At Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy in Summer 2015 and 2016, attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz program and in May 2016 he was featured with Frank Vignola, Julian Lage, Vinny Raniolo, and Olli Soikkeli at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah. In June 2017 he performed at the Syracuse Jazz festival and will be the featured jazz artist at the Richmond Folk Festival in October 2017. His first performance at The Mainstay was when he was given a solo after a Frank Vignola guitar workshop. He was also on stage for our Great Guitars show with Buck Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Steve Abshire. His first CD was produced by Frank Vignola. For his debut as a bandleader at the Mainstay, he will be joined by Grif Kazmierczak on violin, mandolin and trumpet and Eddie Hrybyk on bass.

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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Danny Tobias
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 21, 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 Danny Tobias, a traditional jazz cornetist from the Trenton, NJ area, who makes his way around the Philly and New York area jazz scenes, with a reputation for being as tasteful as they come.


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Nevin Dawson

with Philip Dutton, Rebekah Hock, Tom Anthony and Ray Anthony
The Versatile Viola

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Nevin Dawson will showcase the many facets of the viola, the oft-forgotten middle child between the violin and cello. Moving seamlessly from classical to Celtic to jazz to rock, he will share how he grew from a third grader playing Twinkle Twinkle into a cross-genre professional. Watch as he builds a one-man backup band on the spot with a looper pedal, and look for some vocal numbers as well. He will be joined by Philip Dutton on keyboards, Rebekah Hock on oboe and sax, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums. Nevin studied viola at Penn State University while earning a degree in Forestry and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello at Music Life in Chestertown and plays with Shore Strings, the Dover Symphony, The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, and is featured on seven recordings. He performs solo shows, including introductory programs for the National Music Festival's Fiddlesticks grade school education program. He also sings with the Chester River Chorale/Chester Chamber Singers. He was a member of the Red Devil Moon ensemble, a new musical selected to participate in the 2017 NYC Fringe Festival. He lives in Chestertown with his wife and son, and serves as Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator with University of Maryland Extension during the day. This concert is funded through the generous support of the Hedgelawn Foundation.

Video: Nevin Dawson's YouTube playlist


 


Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: John Thomas, Saxophone
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 28, 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 saxophonist John Thomas, whose career spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. He started as a jazz player and is now pursuing a classical performance doctorate at Peabody. Equally adept at the arts of improvisation and interpretation, he insistently explores the boundaries between the two. He is currently Director of Jazz Ensembles at the Baltimore School of the Arts and teaches at Washington College.


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