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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Lynn Henderson
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 22, 2018; 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 Lynn Henderson who is known to our area through her longstanding and regular appearances at open mic night, at the Garfield in Chestertown. Lynn lives in St. Michaels and performs regionally with the Royal Oak Musicians. She is best known for her inspired folk and blues guitar playing. New spaces will be found tonight - the magic of Mainstay Mondays - in a duo performance with Joe.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet

with Alan Blackman, piano; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums
Jazz

Sunday, January 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

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

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet returns to The Mainstay. The press has declared them "electrifying," "pure fun," "old school moving to new cool," and "vocalese at its best." For more than two decades, UVJQ (Ginny Carr, Robert McBride, Holly Shockey, Andre Enceneat) backed by their jazz rhythm section (Alan Blackman, piano; Max Murray, bass; Frank Russo, drums) have built a loyal audience across five continents with their stylized arrangements of head-turning original songs and harmonically rich renditions of American Songbook classics. With their tight harmonies, engaging presentation and vocal sass, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has put their creative signature on the group vocal style that mixes great fun with great art. They have been highly celebrated for extending the vocal jazz repertoire beyond standards and made their own songbook of originals the spotlight of their ear-popping arrangements.

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet website

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet video



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests:
The Washington College Jazz Combo
Directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, January 29, 2018; 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 Washington College Jazz Combo, directed by Dr. Kenneth Schweitzer, making a return appearance. The jazz combo features students Michael DeMaio (alto sax), Kevin Jin (tenor sax), Gabby Bucci (bass), Maura West (piano), and Ben Lammers (drums). The combo has a pianist this year, so Joe has attended rehearsals to provide encouragement. Tonight, they all perform together.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Paul Carr, saxophone
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 5, 2018; 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 Paul Carr, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. His long resume as a performer, presenter and educator includes receiving the Howard University “Benny Golson Jazz Master Award” and performing nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with many of the greatest names in jazz. Tonight, he shares the Mainstay stage with Joe.


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Mardi Gras Dance Party

A Chester Gras Celebration
The Dixie Power Trio

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

$20 in advance (use Buy Tickets link coming soon) or at the door (call for reservations, this will sell out!)

only $20

Chester Gras comes to Rock Hall as the one and only Dixie Power Trio (the Trio of 4!) brings their soulful New Orleans style jazz back to The Mainstay in a dance party that is part of the Chester Gras Celebration sponsored by Peoples Bank. Costumes and/or masks are encouraged but not required. Masks will be available at the door. The dance floor will be open, but there will also be plenty of seating for listeners. The Mainstay's cash bar will be open all evening. This event is a production of the Chester River Revelers Mardi Gras Krewe and 100% of the net proceeds of the event will be contributed to the Kent County Food Pantry's Backpack Program. This program sends food home on Fridays with 332 children in our community who do not have enough food resources for the weekend. Zach Smith and the Dixie Power Trio are Mainstay favorites and have played FallFest many times but it's been a while since they've been indoors on our stage. Their sound is a sly gumbo of zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, funk, street parade, and rock featuring Andy Kochenour on electric bass, drummer Byron McWilliams singing some leads, Zack Smith on cornet, accordion, rubboard and vocals and their special guest (also a Mainstay favorite) Tom Lagana on guitar.

Dixie Power Trio Website

Dixie Power Trio video



 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Time Dove, vocals
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 12, 2018; 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 Tom Dove, a vocalist who has been described as having "a voice like silk." Tim has long been active in singing and leading music in his church, but has also performed and recorded with Joe, as well as other local favorites including Sue Matthews, Karen Somerville, John Schratwieser and Beth McDonald. Tonight, with Valentine's Day in view, Tim joins Joe to sing some of his favorites, and yours.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble

Tom McHugh's 80th Birthday Celebration
Big Band Jazz

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Free with a donation, Please make reservations

only $free

Tom McHugh, founder of The Mainstay celebrates his 80th year with a concert by one of his very favorite groups, The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble. This is the big (BIG!) band that is the top Jazz group at the University of Delaware and they are 18 strong for this show. The players compete for positions in this band and they come not only from UDel’s strong music department but from a wide variety of other majors and programs. Guest soloist will be saxophonist Todd Groves who last appeared at The Mainstay in 2014. Groves is a New York City-based musician who performs on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, recorders and ethnic flutes who performs regularly in a variety of musical settings including jazz, classical, commercial and ethnic music. Since 2003, he has been an adjunct professor of saxophone for the University of Delaware Department of Music, where he is a member of the University of Delaware Faculty Jazz Ensemble. He is an active composer and arranger and often gives clinics throughout the area at universities and high schools. The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble has played the Mainstay several times as part of their Spring schedule, always bringing an outstanding group of excellent musicians who capture all the energy and excitement of big band jazz. You may hear some Basie, Ellington, May, Kenton and some great originals with this stellar group. Throughout his career at The Mainstay, Tom McHugh has celebrated young people playing music offering professional gigs in a place where the audience is informed, enthusiastic and supportive of young musicians so what better way to celebrate his 80th year than with jazz from a top-notch university big band. This concert is free but we will be requesting donations to defray the musicians’ expenses and our own. Please be generous. And please make a reservation, either online at Instant Seats or by giving us a call 410-639-9133.

University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble website


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Mainstay Monday

Featured Guest: Keith Thompson
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 19, 2018; 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 Keith Thompson, a familiar voice to Kent County as a longstanding on-air personality at WCTR radio. He has an equally long history as a local musician, having performed on guitar and vocals with the classic rock bands Jack the Penguin, Vice Squad and the Roadhouse Clams. Keith is also a singer/songwriter, and a regular solo performer at the Garfield Center's open mic night, as well as at other local venues. Tonight, in a duo performance with Joe, genres will meld, and fun will be had.


Joe Holt's Mainstay Monday videos



 
L'abri Trio

Hedgelawn Classical Music Series
Peabody at the Mainstay

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Welcome to Peabody to The Mainstay as the Hedgelawn Classical Music Series returns! This new concert series presents some of the most exciting young musicians attending the Peabody Conservatory and is sponsored by the Hedgelawn Foundation. The L'abri Trio is a unique collaboration of saxophone, cello, and piano formed in 2012 by three outstanding young musicians at the Peabody Conservatory. Comprised of saxophonist Kenny Baik, cellist Mauricio Rey Gallego, and pianist Bonghee Lee, this sonorous ensemble has performed at such distinguished venues as Strathmore Mansion, the 37th International Saxophone Symposium, Johns Hopkins University Shriver Hall, Maryland Institute College of Art, Peabody Conservatory, Embassy of South Korea Cultural Center, Academy Art Museum and appearances abroad in Seoul, South Korea. This unusual ensemble is dedicated to new interpretations of traditional music and exploring new music with the eclectic sounds of their unique instrumentation. Rising to the challenge of a limited repertoire, L’abri has reimagined classics from Bach, Schumann, Poulenc, and Piazzolla, while commissioning new works from some of today’s most imaginative composers.

Kenny Baik's website


L'abri Trio video




 
Mainstay Monday

Featured Guests: John Ewart and Mike McShane
With your host Joe Holt

Monday, February 26, 2018; 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 guests tonight are John Ewart on sax and clarinet and Mike McShane on drums. Along with Joe on keyboard they form the instrumental nucleus of Shore Jazz, a longstanding fixture in the Delaware Beach area and beyond. John is a dual resident/musician of Lewes DE and New Orleans, (he also performs with our own Philip Dutton's Alligators). Mike performs regularly with Shore Jazz, his own trio and other groups, in the greater Rehoboth area. Tonight John and Mike join Joe to perform a wide variety of jazz classics.


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