Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet at The Mainstay May 18

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The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner are joined by Rachel Eddy on fiddle, guitar and vocals and Alex Laquement on bass. They weave together a mesmerizing soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles and push the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” At this concert, they add bassist Alex Lacquementwho locks everything together with his commanding approach and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

May 14 – Joe Holt welcomes Tom Lagana
May 18 – Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet
May 20 – Chester River Youth Choir
May 21 – Joe Holt welcomes Michael DeMaio
May 28 – Joe Holt welcomes Tom McHugh
June 2 – Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
June 22 – Barbara Parker with Joe Holt and Camillo Carrara
June 23 – Grand Ole Ditch
June 30 – Charlie Byrd Tribute with Chuck Redd All-Stars

Ben Price and Cliff City at The Mainstay April 28

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Local rising stars Ben Price and Cliff City bring their original tunes to The Mainstay! $10 online AND phone reservation/door.

Cliff City is a newly formed band of friends that practice locally in Kent County.  Their music is a mix of Indie Folk and Pop. Band members are Gabriel Warner on bass, Nick Basham on drums, Alex Spry on lead guitar and bandleader Ben Price on guitar and vocals. Please join us at The Mainstay for an evening of the freshest new sounds in Kent County!

Ben Price is a high school senior who has been playing guitar, singing and writing music for most of his life.  At an early age, Ben was taught by his father and has continued on to study classical Spanish guitar with Kent County’s esteemed strings teacher, Tom Anthony.  Ben has played locally for First Friday events in Chestertown, at the Downrigging Festival and other town events.  He will be attending Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida next year and plans to major in music production.

Nick Basham, also a high school senior, has been playing drums for seven years.  He has studied with numerous master drummers and Nick’s previous band, Ricochet, has played at The Avalon (Easton, MD) and the Baltimore Soundstage.  Nick plans to major in business and music next year when he enters college.

Gabriel Warner is 17 and has been playing bass guitar since 6th grade.  He is a self-taught musician who has drawn most of his play style and influence from Punk and Pop Rock and has toured around Maryland with his previous band, The 47, playing multiple venues including The Baltimore Soundstage and The Fish Head Cantina.

Alex Spry has been playing guitar for 20 years.  You may have caught him at (the former) Andy’s Bar, the Garfield Center for the Arts or in many of the Music in the Park performances in Chestertown.

This concert is a production of The Mainstay’s Byrd’s Nest featuring student work.  Special thanks to The Peoples Bank for supporting young artists.The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 30 Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel
May 4 John Thomas Quartet
May 6 Teodora Adzharova
May 7 Joe Holt welcomes Sam Guthridge
May 10 YacineBoulares and Ajoyo
May 14 Joe Holt welcomes Matt Brower
May 18 Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet
May 20 Chester River Youth Choir
May 21 Joe Holt welcomes Michael DeMaio

Julian Brezon’s Deep Light Ensemble at The Mainstay April 22

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Baltimore Saxophonist and Peabody graduate student brings his jazz sextet to The Mainstay! $15 online AND phone reservation/door.

Welcome to Peabody at The Mainstay! This new concert series presents some of the most exciting young musicians attending the Peabody Conservatory and is sponsored by the Hedgelawn Foundation. This Sunday we present The Julian Brezon Deep Light Ensemble.

Saxophonist and composer Julian Brezon brings a fresh ear to the world of modern creative music, drawing upon literary works and visual art to lend his compositions a singular character. Thanks to his mother’s career as a painter and his late father’s massive and diverse record collection, Brezon was exposed to music and art ranging from A Love Supreme and Saxophone Colossus, to the paintings of Pierre Bonnard and Edward Hopper at a young age. This rich world of sound and color has helped Brezon develop a nuanced ear, which lends his compositions a rare synthesis of introspection and listenability.

Brezon has performed his original music at venues across Maryland and his forthcoming debut album, The Deep Light, represents the honing of several years’ worth of compositions for jazz sextet. A wide interest in varied styles of music has led Brezon to explorations in freely improvised music, blues, punk, and rock music with various groups in the Baltimore area.

Brezon will complete a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in May, where he studied with renowned saxophonist Gary Thomas and trumpeter Alex Norris.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 23 Joe Holt welcomes Karen Somerville
April 28 Ben Price and Cliff City
April 30 Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel
May 4 John Thomas Quartet
May 6 Teodora Adzharova
May 7 Joe Holt welcomes Sam Guthridge
May 10 YacineBoulares and Ajoyo
May 18 Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet

Dena DeRose Trio at The Mainstay April 21

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Swinging jazz vocalist and pianist Dena DeRose brings her NYC trio The Mainstay! $17 online advance and $20 phone reservation/door.

It’s no small accomplishment to be thought of as “The most creative and compelling singer-pianist since Shirley Horn”, but that’s exactly how Joel Siegel of the Washington City Paper described Dena DeRose. If you want to catch this show, get tickets early, because the room is going to be packed. She not only awes her audiences and music critics with her facility on the piano and her swinging, soothing vocal style but, as Richard Scheinin (San Jose Mercury) aptly put it, “… she exudes joy … what soul!” She has brought her vitality and innovation to performances to some of the biggest names in jazz.

As a recording artist, DeRose has 10 CDs as a leader, all of which have received superior accolades. Her newest release ‘United’ features DeRose’s longtime rhythm section of Martin Wind and Matt Wilson with guests Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and Peter Bernstein on guitar. This CD has garnered excellent reviews by Downbeat, JazzTimes, The New York Record, and many international jazz publications. Allof DeRose’s recordings have received no less than 4 stars from Downbeat and she continues to gain listeners around the globe. Astoundingly, Dena has also found time to hone her skills as a Jazz educator, and in the past was on the adjunct faculty at Manhattan School of Music, NYU, The New School, and was on faculty for 10 years at Prince Claus Conservatoire of Music in Holland. Ms. DeRose is currently tenured as Professor of Jazz Voice at The University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 22 Julian Brezon Deep Light Ensemble
April 23 Joe Holt welcomes Karen Somerville
April 28 Ben Price and Cliff City
April 30 Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel
May 4 John Thomas Quartet
May 6 Teodora Adzharova
May 7 Joe Holt welcomes Sam Guthridge
May 10 YacineBoulares and Ajoyo
May 18 Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet

Tom Principato Band at The Mainstay April 14

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Legendary DC blues guitarist Tom Principato brings his rocking 5 piece band to The Mainstay! $20 online advance and $25 phone reservation/door.

A winner of 29 WAMMY awards, bluesman Tom Principato never disappoints.  A veteran of multiple world tours, Principato brings his band and signature guitar style to The Mainstay.  This rocking unit enjoys the passionate virtuosity of Matt Everhart on bass, Joe Wells on drums and Josh Howell on Congas, percussion and vocals and harmonica.  Special guest organist and vocalist Tommy Lepson will be joining the band for this not to miss engagement.

Tom began his solo career in 1984, notably recording a live album with the late Washington guitar legend Danny Gatton titled “Blazing Telecasters”.  Since 1984 Tom has recorded eleven solos albums as well as two collaborations including Tom’s newest release, 2015’s “Live And Still Kickin’”

The band has toured clubs and festivals extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, France, Slovenia, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, Sardegna, Corsica, Spain, Portugal, Majorca, Menorca, St. Croix, and even Greece and Turkey.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 16 Joe Holt welcomes Nate Grower
April 21 Dena DeRose Trio
April 22 Julian Brezon Deep Light Ensemble
April 23 Joe Holt welcomes Karen Somerville
April 28 Ben Price and Cliff City
April 30 Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel
May 4 John Thomas Quartet
May 6 Teodora Adzharova

Dick Durham Returns to Mainstay Nov. 18

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Dick Durham

The spectacular jazz pianist Dick Durham returns to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m to celebrate his 75th birthday with the music he loves in a jazz jam featuring a multitude of friends. Admission is $20 if purchased in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

For his 75th birthday, pianist extraordinaire Dick Durham has pulled out all the stops and assembled a group of musicians including 3 Navy band masters and, in a cameo appearance, Mainstay Founder, Tom McHugh. The musicians will join Durham on stage in various configurations for an evening of exquisite instrumental jazz, full of the beauty of the American Song Book and full of surprises. This will be a varied evening of jazz, from solos to large ensemble numbers, all played with virtuosity, emotion and humor.

Many of Dick Durham’s friends and associates from the jazz world, from the Eastern Shore and beyond will join him on stage. In a note to the Mainstay staff, Durham said that joining him would be “James Herron on drums, a noted voice actor who has won a Cannes Film Festival Award and awards for his portrayal of Sam Elliot. James Fowler, on bass is an exquisite Navy band musician. Blake Cramer, a frequent bandmate, is a retired Navy band musician who studied with Gary Burton at Berklee School of Music. Dick Glass on flugelhorn also is retired from the Navy band. John Harris on trombone is a Washington College graduate, the owner of Chesapeake Light Craft, an Annapolis boat building company and a fine musician. Bob Offerman on electric bass frequently plays with me. He is a retired IBM executive who played for many years in New York and resides in Queen Anne’s County. Billy McHenry is a jazz drummer who performs regularly at 49 West in Annapolis and other venues. John Starr on flute is a Washington College graduate who performs in Annapolis regularly and has played with me for 35 years. Aiden Pratt is a terrific up and coming drummer who is a senior at Kent County High School. Tom McHugh, on harmonica, is known to many as the founder of The Mainstay.”

John Wilson in the New York Times once proclaimed that Dick Durham has “A style approaching that of a quartet.” He is a brilliant jazz pianist who is also a wonderful arranger and composer and holds a strong belief that melody, harmony, and rhythm are essential components of jazz. Among his early influences were Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Teddy Wilson and Monte Alexander but his style is uniquely his own. He has performed in concert with Count Basie, Stanley Turentine and Grover Washington.

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 (adaptations of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘Celluloid’) reflect on the joy and pathos of life. In May 2010, his musical “Celluloid” with Earl Lewin was produced in New York City at the 45th St. Theater.

Durham lives in Church Hill, MD and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in music.

Note the 7 p.m. start time. For the darker, cooler fall and winter months, The Mainstay is experimenting with an earlier start time for their Saturday concerts.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

November 20  Joe Holt welcomes Steve Abshire

November 27  Joe Holt welcomes Jeff Davis and Ray Anthony

December 2    Philip Dutton and The Alligators

December 4    Joe Holt welcomes Geoff Gallante

December 9    Chris Owen and The Knockdown

December 11  Joe Holt welcomes John Schratwieser and Melissa McGlynn

December 17  Harp & Soul

December 18  Joe Holt welcomes Sylvia Frazier

Karen Somerville Sings at The Mainstay, Nov. 11

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Karen Somerville

Vocalist Karen Somerville returns to The Mainstay Saturday, November 11, at 7 p.m with a wide-ranging program featuring songs to honor our veterans and some soulful Motown memories.  Admission is $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Karen Somerville is a favorite on the Eastern Shore for her stylish arrangements, her grace and her ability to interpret a wide variety of material. For this Mainstay program 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.

Somerville was born the second oldest of four children in rural Kent County. She speaks proudly of the advantages of being reared in a small town; of close-knit families, and everyone looking out for the other, of church services filled with praise.

Her love for music began at home, and was cultivated in church. She says, “Both of my parents played instruments and sang; that was how we entertained each other at home.  It was our favorite pastime. My Pop Pop Emory played the accordion and harmonica though he called it a mouth-harp. He was awesome.  He would sing and play for us, and make the sound of the train whistle blowing, the dogs barking, and would be telling a story all at the same time.”

“When I was barely in first grade, my Mom taught us to sing harmony; I remember it like yesterday.  She would take us with her when she was asked to sing in churches around the County….  I don’t know how we had the nerve, except she was so confident that we could do it well.”

Somerville’s recordings include “Love Cures” and “The New Gospelites, Every Day Is Sunday.” Last year she was in New York City with the local cast of “Red Devil Moon,” the original musical by Robert Earl Price and Pam Ortiz, for a week’s worth of shows in the FringeNYC off-Broadway Festival.

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 the 7 p.m. start time. For the darker, cooler fall and winter months, The Mainstay is experimenting with an earlier start time for their Saturday concerts.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas, and snacks are available at the bar.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

November 12 The Mainstay at The Garfield: Cassie & Maggie

November 13 Joe Holt welcomes Philip Dutton

November 18 Dick Durham’s 75th: A Jazz Jam

November 20 Joe Holt welcomes Steve Abshire

November 27 Joe Holt welcomes Jeff Davis and Ray Anthony

December 2 Philip Dutton and The Alligators

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Peter and Will Anderson Quartet at The Mainstay Nov. 4

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Peter and Will Anderson bring their quartet featuring Chuck Redd on vibes and their fresh creative take on traditional jazz to The Mainstay in Rock Hall, on Saturday Nov. 4 at p.m.  Admission is $20 if purchased in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website  Reservations can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Peter and Will Anderson are identical twins who are both virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. Will Anderson also adds flute to the mix. Originally from the DC area, they started touring internationally at 15 and moved to New York City 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 have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, DC’s Blues Alley, have played live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and were featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundtrack of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

Though they compose their own music, the Andersons have a deep love of jazz standards, noting that “you can’t write something good unless you’ve heard something good,”

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.”

Peter Anderson plays tenor sax and clarinet. Will Anderson plays alto sax, clarinet, and flute. They will be joined by Mainstay favorite and jazz advisor Chuck Redd on vibes and drums and guitarist Felix Lemerle for a fresh, creative swinging take on traditional jazz.

Note the 7 p.m. start time. For the darker, cooler fall and winter months, The Mainstay is experimenting with an earlier start time for their Saturday concerts.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

October 30 Joe Holt welcomes Brad Chaires

November 4 Peter and Will Anderson Quartet featuring Chuck Redd

November 6 Joe Holt welcomes Maria Rusu

November 11 Karen Somerville

November 12 The Mainstay @ The Garfield: Cassie & Maggie

November 13 Joe Holt welcomes Philip Dutton

Sue Matthews Sings Cole Porter at The Mainstay

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Sue Matthews

Sue Matthews, along with Robert Redd on piano, Tommy Cecil on bass, Frank Russo on drums and Scott Silbert on saxophone, presents an evening of Cole Poerter standards at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website. Reservations to pay at the door can be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Mainstay and Kent County favorite Sue Matthews brings to life the sophisticated, irresistible music of Cole Porter whose classic singable lyrics and music, written from the 1920s to the 1950s, are a substantial part of the Great American Songbook.

Porter was a Yale and Harvard educated Tin Pan Alley composer who wrote for popular recordings, Broadway and Hollywood. His songs like “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” and “Night And Day” have timeless classic sound. His musicals dominated Broadway from the 1930s to the 1950s from “The Gay Divorce,” which as a film became “The Gay Divercee,” and “Anything Goes” to his masterpiece “Kiss Me Kate”, which won the first ever Tony Award, Porter’s shows were full of sophisticated lyrics and melodies that echoed his lavish lifestyle.

Sue Matthews’ silky voice, exquisite phrasing and passion for finding every bit of meaning in song will be the perfect will be the perfect instrument for conveying the richness of Porter’s legacy of song.

Sue Matthews came to the music world’s attention in 1991, when she released the traditional jazz album “Love Dances.” She was soon playing clubs and festivals and her next release “When You’re Around,” reached the top 20 on the Gavin and R & R Jazz charts. Since then she has released a number of recordings and become a favorite throughout the mid-Atlantic jazz clubs, concert halls, jazz festivals and television studios and, of course, at The Mainstay.

She has been a featured artist at the W.C. Handy Music Festival, with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Florida Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Showcase in NYC and the Saluzzo Musical Festival in Italy as well as artist-in-residence at the Clifden Arts Week Festival, County Galway, Ireland and at Augusta Heritage Cente. She is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council individual artist award.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

October 23      Joe Holt welcomes Rebekah Hock

October 30      Joe Holt welcomes Brad Chaires

November 4    Peter and Will Anderson Quartet featuring Chuck Redd

November 6    Joe Holt welcomes Maria Rusu

November 11  Karen Somerville

November 12  The Mainstay @ The Garfield: Cassie & Maggie

November 13  Joe Holt welcoms Philip Dutton