Juanito Pascual New Trio at The Mainstay October 20

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Flamenco guitar virtuoso Juanito Pascual brings his trio to The Mainstay on Thursday, October 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $22 in advance and at $25 by phone and at the door.

Lovers of great guitar can look forward to the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio. For the first time ever, they’ll appear at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday, October 20. The Trio’s sound is a truly masterful and organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco plus influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach, performed with virtuosity and passion.

A versatile guitarist and composer, Juanito Pascual has been called “one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years” by National Public Radio, and “The Rye Cooder of Flamenco guitar” by music journalist Steve Morse.

Pascual’s program is likely to include such tunes as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison, “Afro Blue” by Mongo Santamaria, “Entre dos Aguas” by Paco de Lucia, and “All Blues” by Miles Davis, along with traditional and original compositions.

The Juanito Pascual Trio features two equally versatile and dynamic musicians, New York-based percussionist Guillermo Barrón (Jose Feliciano Band, John Benitez) and stunning bassist Brad Barrett (Jason Moran, Ran Blake). By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, they have created a fresh, exhilarating, and constantly evolving sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad.

A Minnesota native, guitarist Pascual has logged countless miles as his career has taken him from the streets of Madrid to the hallowed halls of the New England Conservatory and concert stages around the world. Numerous appearances on radio, television and film have further widened his audience. He made a cameo performance with Steve Martin and Andy Garcia in the 2009 film Pink Panther 2 and performs much of the music in a film, TV and Netflix series about the life of Pope Francis.

Since the 2003 release of his debut solo recording Cosasen Comun, Pascual’s international touring schedule has brought him to venues including the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center, and Blue Note Jazz Club, The Panama Jazz Festival, and Madrid’s renowned Casa Patas. He has performed with top flamenco artists including a 2016 tour with Jorge Pardo of the legendary Paco de Lucia Sextet. Numerous collaborations include work with Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, bassist John Patitucci, pianist Danilo Perez, percussionist Jamey Haddad and virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev.

As a youth, Juanito Pascual studied with flamenco masters in Spain. He later earned a Bachelor of Music degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory, where he directed the summer flamenco institute for five years. His book The Total Flamenco Handbook (with accompanying CD) was published by Alfred Press in 2011. He released Language of the Heart in 2009 and a self-titled album in 2014. A fourth recording is in the works.

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:

October 22 – Joe Holt Welcomes Barbara Ferris
October 27 – Mainstay at The Garfield with the Eastport Oyster Boys
October 28 – Old Bay Brass Quintet
October 29 – Joe Holt Welcomes Jodie Littleton and Pres Harding
November 3 – Sue Matthews
November 9 – The Joey Calderazzo Trio
November 16 – Frank Vignola Returns to the Mainstay
November 24 – Karen Somerville
Decmber 1 – An Evening of Stories and Music with Tom Anthony

Low Lily at The Mainstay October 18

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Americana folk trio Low Lily returns to The Mainstay on Thursday, October 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and at $18 by phone and at the door.

Start with excellently matched vocals, add some world-class playing, sprinkle with raised-off-grid Americana and you get Low Lily. Flynn’s deft flatpicking on guitar and mandolin and Lissa’s virtuosic fiddle-playing are grounded by Liz’s percussive rhythm guitar playing, the sounds of which combine joyously in this stunning ensemble.

With a vocal blend that has been dubbed “outstanding” and “meticulous,” Low Lily’s cohesive sound comes naturally for musicians whose lives have been entwined on the road and onstage for almost two decades. Setting down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, the band has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK, garnering two #1 songs on international folk radio and two New England Music Award nominations.

Chosen as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted Band” of 2016, Low Lily plays acoustic music that is deeply rooted in tradition yet sounds refreshingly contemporary. With their first full-album release, “10,000 Days Like These” (March 2018, following their 2015 self-titled EP release), Low Lily shares an intimate, no-tricks-involved, collection of songs that showcases their talents and proves them to be a formidable, ready-for-prime-time act. A first album this strong doesn’t come from newbies–all the members have performed with numerous well-known names in folk and traditional music. Flynn has toured with Ruth Moody, John Whelan, Cathie Ryan and Aoife Clancy. Liz has toured with Tom Chapin, Livingston Taylor, Melanie, and Long Time Courting. Lissa has toured as a solo act as well as with Solas and Childsplay. 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:

October 22 – Joe Holt Welcomes Barbara Ferris
October 27 – Mainstay at The Garfield with the Eastport Oyster Boys
October 28 – Old Bay Brass Quintet
October 29 – Joe Holt Welcomes Jodie Littleton and Pres Harding
November 3 – Sue Matthews
November 9 – The Joey Calderazzo Trio
November 16 – Frank Vignola Returns to the Mainstay
November 24 – Karen Somerville
Decmber 1 – An Evening of Stories and Music with Tom Anthony

Megg Farrell and Friends at The Mainstay October 13

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Alt-country and Americana vocalist and songwriter Megg Farrell brings hers band, Megg Farrell and Friends to The Mainstay on Saturday, October 13 at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and at the door.

Join us on the main stage at The Mainstay after Fall Fest as we welcome Megg Farrell and Friends. While previously known Mainstay audiences as a purveyor of quality classic jazz, this time Megg returns with her take on classic country and her own new country/Americana compositions.

Megg Farrell is quickly establishing herself as a voice to be heard in the Americana music scene.   After paying her dues in the highly competitive New York City jazz world, she has cultivated a vocal style that is both moving and masterfully proficient.  Taking cues from Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band, she has put together a group of musicians whose technical prowess is sure to excite any audience, without resorting to cheap tricks and flashy pyrotechnics.  Equally impressive as the musicians she surrounds herself with, Farrell’s original compositions truly shine.   Her songwriting has been described as “the essence of folk story telling and organic musicianship.”

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:

October 15 Joe Holt Welcomes Vince Lardear
October 18 Low Lily
October 20 Juanito Pasucal Trio
October 22 Joe Holt Welcomes Barbara Ferris
October 27 Mainstay at The Garfield with the Eastport Oyster Boys
October 29 Joe Holt Welcomes Jodie Littleton and Pres Harding
November 3 Sue Matthews
November 9 The Joey Calderazzo Trio
November 16 Frank Vignola Returns to the Mainstay
November 24 Karen Somerville

Gunson Roses Music and Comedy Show at The Mainstay

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Guitarist, trombonist, and comedian Brad Gunson brings his band Gunson Roses and an all-star team of comedians to The Mainstay! $15 online and $18 by phone and at the door.

Don’t miss this special event at The Mainstay!  Featuring the musical talents of Brad Gunson’s eclectic modern rock band Gunson Roses and top-notch comics Mark Joyner, Bunny Themelis, and Mike Moran, this is a not to be missed evening of fun and laughs.

The show will feature music from some of the Gunson Roses previous hits, a few arrangements of some popular classics, and, of course major shredding. Three great stand-up comedians from the Baltimore scene are performing: Mark Joyner (host of the Monday Sidebar Open Mic), Bunny Themelis (Comedy writer and host of the Zissimos Saturday Open Mic) and Mike Moran (host of the Confessionals Podcast). All three are hilarious, entertaining, and have shared the stage with many notorious performers before, including Gunson Roses. They promise to defy your expectations and make you question your Facebook status!

Mark Joyner is one of the most exciting new comedians to come along in some time. His edgy conversational brand of comedy and almost childlike enthusiasm is hilarious and downright refreshing. Originally from Baltimore, Mark came to comedy after a troubled adolescence and years of real life experiences that add a unique and visceral quality to his stand up. With subject matter ranging from poverty, racism, lizard people conspiracies, classic cartoons and even reverse centaurs (?!) Mark never disappoints. Working all over the country with such notable acts as Wyatt Cenac (from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show) and Todd Rexx (HBO, The Tonight Show, BET) Mark is building a name for himself within the comedy world one audience at a time.

Mike Moran brings timely, relevant, and extremely clever humor to dark topics such as depression, addiction, death, and ice cream. As an outsider of the traditional comedy circuit and mainstream culture at large, he is a truly alternative comedian. He has opened up for such comedy greats as  opened for Creed Bratton, Chris D’Elia, Michael Ian Black, Robert Klien, David Liebe Hart, and more.

Bunny Themelis is a Canadian-born, Baltimore-raised half-Greek who lives with the coolest dogs in the world, Miss Toni and Zeus. She tells stories. Bunny hosts the 2 Geeky web series, the Superior Saturday Mic at the Charm City Comedy Project in Baltimore and has opened for such top comedians as Colin Quinn and Steve Hofstetter.

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:

September 17 – Joe Holt welcomes Nevin Dawson
September 22 – Cowboys and Frenchmen
September 24 – Joe Holt welcomes Steve Herberman
October 1 – Joe Holt welcomes Marsha Gilliam
October 6 – Steve Giordano Trio
October 8 – Joe Holt with Ben Bennington/Ford Schumann/Debbie Campbell
October 13 – Megg Farrell and Friends
October 15 – Joe Holt Welcomes Vince Lardear

Joshua Espinoza Trio at The Mainstay September 6

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The Mainstay kicks off this year’s Chestertown Jazz Festival with the Joshua Espinoza Trio Thursday September 6 at 8 pm!$15 all seats.

With a style that is tastefully modern yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Baltimore pianist Joshua Espinoza blends and bends genres into original compositions and arrangements that are immediately relatable, yet hard to define. Mainstay audience members may remember Joshua from his performance with Chuck Redd and the Jazz Youngbloods in late 2016. Recently, Joshua has performed alongside such notable artists as Warren Wolf, Dezron Douglas, Jerome Jennings, Paul Bollenback, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Brian Settles, and Todd Marcus. A finalist in the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, his playing has been heard on stages large and small including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolftrap, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the DC Jazz Festival.

Possessing a wide color palette, the Joshua Espinoza Trio explores shimmering harmonies and shifting orchestral contours with the aesthetic of a chamber ensemble as much as a jazz trio. Influenced by artists as disparate as Herbie Hancock, bassist Avishai Cohen, Gerald Clayton, and Maurice Ravel, the Joshua Espinoza trio takes listeners on a journey for the ears and mind alike. Josh Espinoza (piano), Mikel Combs (bass), Jaron Lamar Davis (drums).

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:

September 10 Joe Holt Welcomes Tom Baldwin and Aggie Brown III
September 14 Film: Stories in Fragments
September 15 Gunson Roses Music and Comedy Show
September 17 Joe Holt welcomes Nevin Dawson
September 22 Cowboys and Frenchmen
September 24 Joe Holt welcomes Steve Herberman
October 1 Joe Holt welcomes Marsha Gilliam
October 6 Steve Giordano Trio

RUNA at The Mainstay August 2

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Celtic folk sensation RUNA returns to The Mainstay! $18 online advance and $22 phone reservations/door.

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.  Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song and Best Bluegrass Song.

RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Zach White of Missouri on mandolin, vocals, banjo, and flat-picking guitar, and Maggie White of Kentucky on the fiddle.

RUNA recently released their fifth album, RUNA: LIVE, which was recorded at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD on Thursday, March 17th, 2016. Receiving lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic, the album has been hailed as “an incredible masterpiece” – Marcene Bronson, The Celtic Crier

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:

August 6 Joe Holt welcomes Van Williamson and Tom Anthony
August 11 Benefit for Guys and Dolls
August 13 Joe Holt welcomes Holly Lane and Mike McShane
August 18 Nasar Abadey Trio
August 20 Joe Holt Solo Show!
August 25 Folk Singer Reggie Harris
August 27 Joe Holt welcomes Eddie Sherman and Peggy Raley
August 31 Americana favorites the Bumper Jacksons
September 1 FREE Concert Phil Dutton and the Alligators
September 3 Joe Holt welcomes Beth McDonald
September 6 Joshua Espinoza Trio

Zach Lambert Wins The Mainstay 2018 Music Scholarship

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Rock Hall, Md. . . . .Zachariah Lambert, a recent graduate of Kent Island High School, has won The Mainstay’s 2018 music scholarship competition.  Zach will perform at the venue’s Rendezvous au Cabaret fundraising gala on July 14 this year at Hodson Hall Commons on the Washington College Campus.

The Mainstay – the premier live music performance venue in Rock Hall, Kent County, opened its $3,000 scholarship competition to senior music students attending a public school in Kent, Cecil and Queen Anne’s counties who plan to pursue music study in higher education.  The scholarship is funded by the proceeds from The Mainstay’s July 14 gala.

Zach has played the guitar for 10 years and intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and minor in Music Industry with a goal toward becoming a professional musician.  He has been part of his high school’s jazz band, concert band, pit orchestra and marching band, playing the guitar, trombone and percussion, bass guitar and snare drum respectively.

His numerous community activities include playing with the Community Jazz Band at Anne Arundel Community College and Priddy Music Academy as a leader of bands, and playing at area festivals and fundraisers for local charities.

“It’s an honor to receive the Mainstay Scholarship,” said Zach.  “As a guitar player, I hope to continue the legacy of great jazz musicians like Charlie Byrd.”

In addition to letters of recommendations from their primary music teachers and letters outlining their experience, interests and plans for further study, each candidate in the competition submitted an audition video posted to YouTube to showcase two pieces of music of contrasting styles.  Judging was based on technical abilities and musical interpretation.

The Mainstay’s program manager, John Thomas, led the scholarship committee judging the competition. “Zach displays a lot of maturity in his playing.  Based on that and the sparkling recommendations from his mentors, I think Zach is a great example of the kind of young ambitious musician we want to be supporting with this scholarship,” said Thomas.

In addition to presenting an eclectic mix of extraordinary live music at its popular venue in Rock Hall, The Mainstay is committed to providing educational experiences and opportunities to students.  Carol Colgate, managing director, notes that “music education develops other attributes as well, such as creativity, discipline, perseverance, composure and collaboration.  We hope the scholarship encourages and fosters not only a high level of technical and performance abilities, but a lifelong appreciation of music for a whole generation of students. “

To purchase admittance to the Rendezvous au Cabaret gala to hear Zach’s spotlight performance, in addition to the Classical Conservatory Jazz Band with vocalist Lena Seikaly, please go to: MainstayRockHall.org, or call, 410-639-9133.  Food by Occasions Catering, live and silent auctions, room for dancing, a Mainstay libations bar, and valet parking are all part of the evening’s offerings and festivities.

The Mainstay’s Rendezvous Au Cabaret Gala will be a Musical Gathering

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The board of directors of The Mainstay, renowned live music venue in Rock Hall, Kent County, Md., announces its July 14, 2018 fundraising gala, Rendezvous au Cabaret, with music by Washington, DC area’s premier Conservatory Classic Jazz Band, featuring local favorite jazz singer and chanteuse for the evening, Lena Seikaly. The gala’s 1920’s French cabaret theme reflects its connection to the era of jazz experimentation and promises a night to remember.

In addition to the spectacular music, the gala will be a fun-filled evening for friends, neighbors and supporters of The Mainstay with honorary host, Mainstay founder Tom McHugh. Delectable food will be provided by Occasions Catering; a Mainstay Bar will be set up for libations; exciting live and silent auctions will present attractive offerings, including getaways, meals, gift certificates and services; and a special performance by the winner of the $3,000, 2018 Mainstay Music Scholarship – a competitive annual contest for high school seniors who plan to study music at schools of higher education – will all be part of the fun.

“I’m looking forward to having everybody gathered together to share the evening,” said Carol Colgate, managing director. “This will be an opportunity for all the new people we’ve met at our concerts to get to know each other as well as the members of our audience who have come to The Mainstay over the years. “

Exciting vocalist and recording artist, Lena Seikaly, garners praise and tributes from a wide circle of music critics. A Washington, DC-area native, she is classically trained and equally strong in traditional or contemporary jazz. She has headlined the Center City Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Mel Bay Jazz Festival in St. Louis, the DC Jazz Festival, and locally at the Chestertown Jazz Festival. She has performed as the featured vocalist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and U.S. Army Blues among others. A composer and educator, she conducts workshops at Strathmore, and has released three albums under her name. A fourth album with guitarist, Steve Herberman, entitled “A Little Closer” was released at Blues Alley in February this year.

The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band was formed in 2003 and plays New Orleans style, Chicago style, small-group swing and mainstream jazz. In addition to vocalist Seikaly, the band is comprised of Brian Alpert on drums; Gary Gregg, clarinet and tenor sax; Dan Hall, bass; Brian Priebe, trombone; Jeff Reynolds, guitar and banjo; and leader Dave Robinson on cornet and trumpet. The band members each have an impressive history of performances across the country as well as professional teaching credentials. Their repertoire encompasses the music of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Benny Goodman and other early jazz pioneers in addition to the Great American Songbook of composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael.

Hodson Hall Commons on Washington College’s Campus is the setting; valet parking will make it easy to pull up in front and enter the Hall.

The Mainstay is a 501 c (3) non-profit dedicated to the arts and education with more than 20 years in operation. The gala will support venue operations and programs and the annual music scholarship. Tickets may be purchased on The Mainstay’s website at MainstayRockHall.org, or by calling 410-639-9133.

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