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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Van Albert
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, September 25, 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 Van Albert. Van has been a comedian, entertainer, fiddle player, guitarist and storyteller both in the US and in Europe. Since settling in Chestertown a few years ago, he’s performed sparingly, but will come out of hiding to join Joe for a wide ranging musical romp. “Music is hard work, but when you’re playing with Joe, it’s just plain fun.” Come and share in the fun with us.


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Michel Nirenberg Quartet

Saxophone
Brazilian Jazz

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Saxophonist and composer Michel Nirenberg is building bridges between the classical, samba and choro music he grew up playing in Brazil and the jazz music he has explored more deeply in the United States. His compositions celebrate and build on the common roots found in the music of both hemispheres - a place where African and European influences combine to create a rich and inviting sound. Nirenberg was born into a musical family in Rio de Janeiro. He had already made a name for himself in Brazil, performing in many festivals and winning in competitions throughout the country before coming to this country to earn a master’s degree in music in 2014 from James Madison University while also carving out a niche in the Washington, DC jazz scene. His music has been described as a delightful mix of up tempo Brazilian street music with a slight New Orleans tinge and classically inspired melodic explorations (tangos and the like).

Michel Nirenberg's website


Michel Nirenberg video


 
PigPen Theatre Co. @ The Garfield

Theatrical Indie Folk-Rock
The Mainstay at The Garfield

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

only $15

This one night only concert at The Garfield is a joint presentation of The Mainstay and The Garfield and will take place at The Garfield Center for the Arts at 210 High St. in Chestertown. Call the Garfield for tickets (details below.)
(NOTE: This concert is indeed the same date as the Michel Nirenberg concert at The Mainstay. It was unavoidable, you'll have to decide.)

Calling themselves “A Band of Storytellers,” PigPen Theatre Co. blurs the lines between indie folk-rock and ensemble theatre. Their imaginative writing, gorgeous vocals, irreverent humor and their creative theatricality have built them a strong concert following and gained them enormous popularity in the NYC theatre scene. They began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more. PigPen’s debut album, “Bremen”, was named #10 album of the year in The Huffington Post’s 2012 Grammy preview. Following that, they went on tour playing to sold-out crowds across the country. American Songwriter premiered their follow-up EP, “The Way I’m Running,” in 2013 while the band was playing a series of concerts that became one of the most popular residencies of the past decade at the legendary Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago. In 2015, PigPen released their sophomore album, “Whole Sun” and performed at Mumford & Sons’ return to the Gentlemen of the Road Festival. They also made their feature film debut last year in Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash” starring Meryl Streep and are working with Writers House, one of the world’s leading literary agencies, to develop their debut children’s novel.

For tickets call the Garfield Box Office 410-810-2060 or purchase online at PigPen Theatre Co. at The Garfield website


The PigPen Theatre Co. website

PigPen Theatre Co. video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Barbara Parker
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 2, 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 Barbara Parker, a singer and songwriter who most recently appeared on our stage as a guest of Camilo Carrera during the National Music Festival. She returns to Mainstay Monday in a duo performance with Joe showcasing her original compositions.


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Tom McHugh

with Bill Matthews, Tom Anthony and Guthrie Matthews
Old Songs, Old Blues, Old Bay

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

A lively evening of song from song collector, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (banjo, blues harp) and Mainstay founder and former Director Tom McHugh. There will be old songs – some of Tom’s favorite songs from the folk revival, of the 60-s and early 70's, songs from legendary sources such as Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton along with commentary about those times. There will be old blues - Delta and early Chicago blues from the likes of Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton and Lightning Hopkins. And of course, there will be Old Bay, songs about the Chesapeake including some of Tom’s best loved originals. Tom will be joined by his musical pals Bill Matthews on guitar and vocals, and Tom Anthony on bass are their very special guest, the award-winning blues guitarist Guthrie Matthews.



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Rosemary Benson
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 9, 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 Rosemary Benson, a vocalist, actress and voice-over artist based in South Jersey. Her credits include recordings, numerous cabaret and jazz groups and leading her own band in various venues in Las Vegas and Atlantic City where she was named Entertainer of the Year. Joe has not performed with her for many years so this will be another of those wonderful musical reunions.


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The Josh Christina Band

A FallFest Concert
Classic Country Rock and Rockabilly

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Josh Christina is a Baltimore based rockabilly and country singer and songwriter. He’s a ridiculously good piano player who has been dazzling audiences from Baltimore to Nashville with his piano and vocals. Born into a musical family in Baltimore he’s spent the last 15 years honing his sound. It’s a danceable combination of country, classic rock, big band and rockabilly with influences from Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and maybe even a little Elton John but it’s a sound distinctly his own and there’s a modern streak as his more recent influences have included Adele, Charlie Puth, Chris Stapleton, and Meghan Trainor. His most recent recording, ‘I’m 21’ (a reference to his age) was produced in Nashville by Kent Wells and features the title song as well as other originals such as ‘Rockabilly Saturday Night’ and ‘Kiss Me when You’re Sober.’

Josh Christina's website

Josh Christina Band video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Chuck Redd
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 16, 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 Chuck Redd. Chuck is an extrordinary vibraphone player who tours nationally and internationally but he lives in the DC area and is a Mainstay favorite and advisor. The Mainstay's Chuck Redd performance fund was created in his honor.


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Sue Matthews

Jazz
Matthews Sings Porter

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $25 at the door (call for reservations)

Mainstay favorite Sue Matthews brings to life the sophisticated, endearing music of Cole Porter whose classic singable lyrics and music were written from the 1920s to the 1950s and are a substantial part of the Great American Songbook. Porter was a Tin Pan Alley composer who wrote for popular recordings, Broadway and Hollywood and songs like “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” and “Night And Day” have timeless classic sound. Sue is a superb singer with a silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song. Give her a great song, no matter how familiar, and she will find in it fresh nuances and new depth of meaning. With Robert Redd on piano, Tommy Cecil on bass, Frank Russo on drums and Scott Silbert on saxophone.

Sue Matthews website

Sue Matthews video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Rebekah Hock
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 23, 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 Rebekah Hock. Rebekah as been to the Mainstay many times, most often with Harp and Soul. Tonight she joins Joe, performing on multiple woodwind instruments, with music ranging from from classical to Celtic and jazz to jigs.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Brad Chaires
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, October 30, 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 Brad Chaires a local vocalist and actor who joins Joe to sing some of his favorite pop and country classics (and we do mean classics - don't let his young age fool you), as well as songs from stage and screen. Join us for a delightful evening of music and memories.


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