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3Divas

Sherrie Maricle, drums, Amy Shook, bass and Jackie Warren, piano
Jazz

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$17 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $20 at the door (call for reservations)

3Divas are Sherrie Maricle on drums, Amy Shook on bass and Jackie Warren on piano. They are a powerhouse jazz trio that plays original, traditional, and contemporary standards from all genres with unique style, innovative arrangements, and unified musical joy. They combine exuberance and creativity to create a seriously swinging, highly energized musical experience. A few years ago, as part of Sherrie Maricle’s larger ensemble, Diva Jazz Orchestra, the trio’s blistering hot sound ignited the acclaimed award-winning show “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life.” A reviewer for Broadway World said they “had a large percentage of the audience remaining until the end of the show’s exit music, most of them screaming for an encore at the finish. There were great moments for Jackie Warren (piano) and Amy Shook (bass), and when Maricle takes over for an extended solo, she wildly shakes up the place.”

3Divas website


3Divas video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Paula Johns, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, July 31, 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 Paula Johns, a Philadelphia based actress, cabaret singer and jazz vocalist, who specializes in the Great American Songbook. Paula and Joe performed often together back in the day (many, many days ago.) Join us as this wonderful vocalist reunites with Joe for a very special Mainstay Monday!


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Fémina

Melodic Latin, Funk and Hip Hop Fusion
World Music from Patagonia

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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

This trio of women from Patagonia (in Southern Argentina) write and sing diverse songs characterized by show-stopping harmonies and a magical on-stage chemistry. Hailing from the tiny mountain town of San Martin de los Andes, Femina consists of two sisters and their best childhood friend, Sofia “Toti” Trucco on vocals, guitar and ronroco (a larger charango, the small guitar shaped 10 stringed instrument that creates the treble rhythms of Andean music), Clara “Wewi” Trucco on vocals and percussion and Clara Miglioli on vocals and guitar. Their live shows fuse a variety of Latin genres and folk styles such as cumbia, candombe, rumba and boleros, with international rhythms such as reggae, funk and hip-hop. A unique and sweet combination, the trio has toured internationally in Mexico, Europe and the US and has released several recordings. Their summer tour of the US has them appearing at world music festivals, jazz centers, Joe's Pub in NYC and The Mainstay.

Femina's Facebook webpage

Femina video (Be sure to check out the harmonies starting at 1:30)




Rhythm Future Quartet

Contemporary Gypsy Jazz

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$17 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $20 at the door (call for reservations)

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward mission: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and growing. A group of virtuosos named for a Django Reinhardt tune, they offer a new sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries while keeping the soaring spirit of Gypsy jazz. Their 2016 recording “Travels” was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post. It incorporates influences gleaned from their worldwide touring into their own compositions all played with a compelling, joyful abandon.

Rhythm Future Quartet's website


Rhythm Future Quartet video




Blues Keepers Band

Free Outdoor Concert
Blues, R&B and Soul

Sunday, August 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

only $free

The Blues Keepers Band brings their deep love and respect for blues and soul music to the back deck of The Mainstay for a free outdoor concert.  At a Blues Keepers show you will hear songs by Blues Masters such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and T-Bone Walker and artists like, Stones, ZZ-Top, Ray Charles, James Brown...and some great Blues Keepers originals. the members of the band are Brice B. Sutton on bass guitar and vocals, Steven (Jerome) McGovern on harp and vocals, Ray Anthony on drums and Jimmy James on guitars, Dobro and vocals.  The Mainstay's free outdoor summer concerts are sponsored by Peoples Bank and The Kent County Arts Council. Bring a comfortable chair. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move indoors to The Mainstay.

The Blues Keepers website


Blues Keepers video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Ken Cicerale
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 7, 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 Ken Cicerele who has recently relocated from the New York area to Southern Delaware. He now performs in the greater Rehoboth DE area. This will be his first visit to the Mainstay, performing from the Great American songbook with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 


Cold Chocolate

A fusion of Bluegrass, Folk and Funk
Americana Roots

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

$13 in advance (use Buy Tickets link below) or $15 at the door (call for reservations)

Cold Chocolate is a fresh and exciting Americana trio from Boston with a unique sound that stretches the boundaries of bluegrass and folk with a dash of funk. With original tunes and great technical prowess, they mesmerize audiences with guitar, upright bass, percussion, three-part harmony and their raw rootsy approach to high-energy performances. Featuring Ethan Robbins on guitar, Kirsten Lamb on upright bass and Ariel Bernstein on percussion, the band has shared bills with such bluegrass giants as Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and has performed at numerous prominent East Coast festivals, including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FloydFest, FreshGrass Festival, and the Ossipee Valley Music Festival.

Cold Chocolate's website

Cold Chocolate video


 


Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Sue Matthews
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, August 14, 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 the incomparable vocalist (and Mainstay favorite) Sue Matthews. She will perform traditional and contemporary Irish selections from her CD L’annmoor, along with her favorites from Great American Songbook, all with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 


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.

jan Knutson's website

Jan Knutson video

 



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.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 


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.

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.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 


The Greg Hatza Organ-ization

Jazz with gospel, R&B and blues roots
Jazz Organ Group

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Greg Hatza is one of the great, unsung heroes of the jazz organ, a expressive instrument full of emotion and feeling, bearing traditions ranging from gospel to blues. An acknowledged master, Hatza coaxes his own brand of rootsy, blues-based jazz from the instrument, a funky, soulful, sinuous sound that satisfies the groove junkie in all of us. Hatza became obsessed with the Hammond organ as a teen in his native Reading, PA when a friend turned him on to records by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Ray Charles, and Johnny Hammond Smith. At 16, he played his first professional jazz gig with the Frankie Scott Trio, playing around small towns in central Pennsylvania. Because there were no jazz organ instructors at the time, he was largely self-taught, learning fromlocal and visiting organ players at jam sessions until Baltimore Colts football great and jazz fan Lenny Moore asked the teenager to perform at a club he was opening in Baltimore. Since then Greg has become a fixture on the Baltimore jazz scene. He received a degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory, and a Master's from Baltimore's Towson State University, where he taught jazz, piano composition, improvisation and music theory for many years turning students on to the wonders of the organ as well. His latest recording, Digging Up My Roots, features some of the R&B and Blues classics of his youth.

Greg Hatza website

Greg Hatza video


 


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