Upcoming Live Shows

Joe Holt Presents "Smooth Soul" with Vaughn Bratcher 12/2/2022 8:00 PM

Harp and Soul: Songs for the Season 12/11/2022 4:00 PM

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What's New at The Mainstay

Live Streamed Shows

Most of our shows will now be streamed in their entirety on our YouTube page. There is no admission charge, but please help us defray our program expenses by hitting the Donate button.. You can also choose to watch some of our past shows, while you’re there.

New Window Displays

The Mainstays front windows have received a face-lift, and we’ve never looked better. Take a stroll by the building and see what we mean.

Open Mic Night

The Mainstay now features a monthly Open Mic Night on the second Wednesday of every month (starting at 7 p.m.). The event welcomes area performers to take the stage and perform a sampling of their repertoire. The invitation is open to musicians (individual and small ensemble players) who bring their own instruments to perform both cover songs and originals. The event is open to performers in all musical genres, but also welcomes original poetry recitations and short comedy bits. The Open Mic events are open to the public and there is no admission charged.

Outdoor Stage

The Mainstay is excited to complete our outdoor mini-amphitheater to the rear of our building later this Spring, with its larger covered stage, more seats, and the same Mainstay chill vibe. Stay tuned for announcements.

Who We Are

"The best listening room in the Mid-Atlantic"

Home of Musical Magic!

The Mainstay, founded in 1997, is a nonprofit live music venue dedicated to the performing arts, serving the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and readily accessible to our neighbors from Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington D.C., Wilmington, and Philadelphia. In its keystone location in the harbor town of Rock Hall, Maryland, the Mainstay programs an impressive year-round, weekly calendar of accomplished local, regional, national, and international performing artists. 

Know Before You Go

Admissions and Reservations

High School and college students can attend Mainstay shows for free.

Please be mindful that show times and ticket prices may vary from one event to another.

Tickets can be purchased on this website and at the door on the night of the show if still available. Phone reservations are accepted by calling the Mainstay office at (410) 639-9133.

Covid Updates

We are returning to LIVE in person shows! Thank you to all who helped support our programming by watching our livestreams throughout the pandemic. We will continue to offer livestreaming access for those who can’t make it to The Mainstay in person. We’ve got some great new shows lined up for the rest of the year, and can’t wait to see you in person! To stay up to date with the latest news, show info, and artist content, subscribe to our email list.