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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 below) or $23 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.


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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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Peter and Will Anderson Quartet

Featuring Chuck Redd
Jazz

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Note the new winter start time.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

"Remarkable, toe-tapping, heart-lifting jazz" from Peter and Will Anderson who are twins and are both virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Will also adds flute to the mix. Originally from the DC area, they started touring internationally at 15 and went on to attend Julliard. Now in their 20s, their fresh, creative, swinging take on traditional jazz has taken them as headliners to major jazz festivals and clubs around the country. Lauded by The New York Times as “virtuosos” they write original tunes but also have a deep love and respect for the jazz classics. Their abilities have made them saxophonists of choice for Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon, and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. They played live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and were featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. In reviewing a 2014 recording, Mike Joyce of the Washington Post said “[their] saxophones and clarinets elegantly converge, converse and engage in delightful counterpoint… the arrangements, imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic pop and jazz tunes.” They will be joined by Chuck Redd on vibes and drums and guitarist Felix Lemerle for a fresh, creative swinging take on traditional jazz.

Peter and Will Anderson's website


Peter and Will Anderson video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Maria Rusu
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 6, 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 Maria Rusu, a multi-instrumentalist and jazz singer. She led the scat singing workshop at the Mainstay for the National Music Festival's jazz concert earlier this year. For Mainstay Monday Maria joins Joe to sing Jazz and Brazilian Standards, along with her own original compositions. And yes, expect some scatting


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Karen Somerville

with special guests Lester Barrett, Jr and Jerome McKinney
Jazz, Motown and more

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Note our new winter start time.

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

Vocalist Karen Somerville returns with her ear for stylish arrangements, her grace and a wide-ranging program featuring some soulful Motown memories and some classic songs to honor our veterans. She will be joined by Joe Holt on piano, Jeff Davis on bass and Mike McShane on drums as well as by her special guests (and compatriots in the trio Sombarkin), Lester Barrett, Jr., and Jerome McKinney. This will be a special evening indeed. Karen Somerville doesn’t just sing, she inhabits each song, making every nuance and every phrase her own and when she sings with Lester and Jerome, the harmonies are stunning and powerful. Note our 7:00 p.m. winter start time.


 
Cassie and Maggie

The Mainstay @ The Garfield
Celtic Music from Nova Scotia

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
At The Garfield, 210 High Street, Chestertown

$15 Buy tickets on the Garfield website www.garfieldcenter.org or at their box office 410-810-2060

Nova Scotians Cassie and Maggie MacDonald return to Kent County, this time to the Garfield Center for the Arts at 210 High St. in Chestertown in a performance co-sponsored by The Mainstay. Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia’s musical culture and traditions, they have used their unique upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. The music is anchored by the powerful, lively fiddling of elder sister Cassie MacDonald and the beautiful piano work, guitar and clear vocals of her younger sister Maggie MacDonald. Both are accomplished step dancers. This is the kind of family music that has always fueled the Maritimes, and there’s a very real closeness and joy in this music that can only come from siblings making music together. They are equally at home playing tunes passed down through generations of musicians, seamlessly weaving a theme from the Moonlight Sonata into a set of sure-fire reels or bringing a breath of fresh air with their original compositions and arrangements. They manage to stay true to their Celtic roots while exploring and testing the boundaries of traditional music. Their infectious energy, clear vocals, driving Celtic rhythms and lilting melodies on keyboards and fiddle are sure to have you dancing in your seat. $15 Buy tickets on the Garfield website www.garfieldcenter.org or at their box office 410-810-2060.

Cassie and Maggie's website


Cassie and Maggie video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Philip Dutton
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 13, 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 Philip Dutton who a favorite local performer with his band, the Alligators and with the Pam Ortiz Band. He returns to Mainstay Monday for a 2 piano evening with Joe. Phil will sing and play some of his Louisiana favorites, as well as some standards, and an original song or two. Another unique Mainstay Monday evening.


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Dick Durham

Dick Durham's 75th Jazz Jam

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Note our new winter start time.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $23 at the door (call for reservations)

For his 75th Birthday, pianist extraordinaire Dick Durham has pulled out all the stops and assembled a group of some 10 musicians (some familiar to Mainstay audiences and some not) who will join him on stage in various configurations for an evening of exquisite instrumental jazz, full of the beauty of the American Song Book. John Wilson in the New York Times once proclaimed that Dick has “A Style approaching that of a quartet." His compositions have earned him two separate Maryland Governor’s Citations for excellence in the performing arts in 2003 and 2005. Ballads from his original musicals (adaptation of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘Celluloid’) reflect on the joy and pathos of life. His jazz variations on the scores of musicals like “West Side Story” earn standing ovations. Whatever the surprises this musical magician pulls out of his hat, this will be a wonderful evening of jazz, from solos to large ensemble numbers played with virtuosity, emotion and humor. Note the 7pm start time.
And Happy Birthday Dick!


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Steve Abshire
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 20, 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 Steve Abshire, one of the Mainstay’s favorite guitarists. He has appeared here with Max n’ Friends where his blues solos were favorites and as part of several different jazz duos and trios. He was featured soloist with the U.S. Navy Band’s premiere jazz ensemble the Commodores. Expect an evening of sparkling jazz standards with Joe.


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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Jeff Davis with Ray Anthony
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, November 27, 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 bassist Jeff Davis, a multi-instrumentalist who performs regionally for a variety of groups. Jeff has performed several times on our stage, and returns to Mainstay Monday to join Joe in a jazz trio setting, playing bass, along with some vocal selections. Ray Anthony on drums completes the trio.


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Philip Dutton and the Alligators

New Orleans and Louisiana Sounds

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Philip Dutton & the Alligators play Louisiana and New Orleans-inspired music. Their influences and rhythms range from the jazz of Satchmo to the zydeco of Clifton Chenier, from Professor Longhair to Dr. John, from The Meters’ funk to the R&B of Allen Toussaint, and many, many more. Philip Dutton on keyboards and vocals was born and raised in Louisiana and cut his teeth on the music from the bayou dancing the two step to Clifton Chenier at the LSU student union. With Pres Harding, an Eastern Shore native, on guitar: Marc Dykeman, well known as bass man for the Chester River Runoff and the High & Wides; and Ray Anthony, keeping the groove on percussion, their music reflects the rich cultural gumbo that is soul of Louisiana and the heart of New Orleans.

Philip Dutton and the Alligators Website


Philip Dutton and the Alligators Video


 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Geoff Gallante, trumpet
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, December 4, 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 Geoff Gallante, the astonishingly fine young jazz trumpet player who has headlined at the Mainstay several times. Now a high school student, he continues to grow as a musician and is expanding his resume with appearances a major jazz venues and festivals.


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Chris Owen and The Knockdown

Originals and Covers
Folky Acoustic Rock

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

$10 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or $13 at the door (call for reservations)

Chris Owen and The Knockdown are a local group playing originals and covers. Their infectious rhythms, warm vocal harmonies and hard-charging percussion create a folky acoustic rock sound. Chris Owen (lead vocals, guitar) and Mat Warrington (bass) are Kent County natives and founding members of local band The Turnpikes, which produced an album in 2006 and performed across the Delmarva peninsula and up and down the east coast. Tim Kerr (drums, vocals) joined Chris and Mat after playing with Hot Rock and the Heat Strokes during his time at Washington College, and with Kentavius Jones post-grad. Tom Fogarty (guitar, vocals) rounds out the rhythms and harmonies, and has performed solo at venues in Chestertown and the Baltimore area, including Howard’s Tavern and Ottobar. Matt and Chris have played together off and on since their teens. A little more than a year ago they got together again and formed this band as a vehicle for their songwriting with some rocking and familiar covers thrown into the mix for fun. They played a free concert at the Mainstay last year and were a hit on Main Street during FallFest 2017.


 
Harp & Soul

Songs for the Season
Meredith Hadaway and friends

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Celebrate the Songs for the Season with the lovely and lively traditional songs, dance tunes & carols from the British Isles, Celtic lands & beyond. The core group of Meredith Hadaway (Celtic harp & concertina), Ben Bennington (guitar & vocals) and Rebekah Hardy (oboe) will be joined their special guests Bob Ortiz (percussion), Nevin Dawson (viola) and singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz who will add some of her originals to the mix as well as adding her voice to the group. This will be an afternoon of delightful and unusual songs for the season and lots of holiday cheer.

 

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