A Tribute to Billie Holiday Featuring Karen Somerville July 20

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Karen Somerville

Join us at The Mainstay for day of nonstop music on a great sound system Saturday, July 13, 12 noon to 10pm. All tickets are $25 online or at the door.

A tribute to the quintessential voice of jazz, Billie Holiday, aka Lady Day, as celebrated by the Shore’s own Lady K, Karen Somerville Saturday July 20 at 8pm.  Tickets $20 online and $25 by phone reservation/at the door.Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website at www.mainstayrockhall.org

Ms. Somerville originated the show Just Call Me Billie in 2008 and since then the evening has taken on a life of its own.  Somerville’s vocal kinship with Holiday’s timeless sound delights and pleases audiences everywhere garnering praise and rave reviews.  The show depicts Billie’s life story capturing her brilliance as well as the icon’s true blues.  It’s an evening of passion comprised of a blend of anecdotes, poetry and songs composed by Holiday and those made popular by her renditions during the 1930 -1950s.

Join Somerville and her quartet in wearing black and white apparel to add a special sparkle as we delight to Billie’s life of song in what would be her 104th year.  Joe Holt on piano, Tom Anthony on bass, Seth Kibel on sax and Mike McShane on 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:

July 22 Joe Holt Welcomes Vaughan Bratcher and Dave Gladding
July 27 John Gorka returns to The Mainstay!
July 29 Joe Holt Welcomes Libby York
August 3 Bluegrass Supergroup Blue Highway!
August 5 Joe Holt welcomes Fred Hughes
August 9 Sue Matthews and the American Jazz Trio
August 12 Joe Holt welcomes Alex Lacquement
August 19 Joe Holt welcomes Pat Mercuri

Vinyl Revival: The Mainstay Summer Fundraiser July 13

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Join us at The Mainstay for day of nonstop music on a great sound system Saturday July 1312 noon to 10pm. All tickets are $25 online or at the door.Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website at www.mainstayrockhall.org

The Eastern Shore’s best venue for live music is throwing the record party of the year!  The Vinyl Revival is The Mainstay’s summer fundraising event.  We’ll be spinning platters and raising money from noon until 10:00 p.m.  As a special treat, the LPs will be played over an incredible sound system graciously provided by the Listening Room of Chestertown.  The soundtrack of your life never sounded better!  Bart’s Records Chestertown will be on hand all day for those looking to buy that elusive, vintage vinyl LP.

Starting at noon, each hour of the 10-hour event will highlight a specific style of music.  Come for the whole day or stop by or a few hours to hear your most beloved genres.

To keep the party going and, as part of your entrance fee, “Barbecue Sal” will be providing ribs and side dishes at two serving times- 2 and 6 p.m.  The Byrd Room will be selling all your favorites beverages.

The schedule is as follows:

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bluegrass, NewGrass

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Folk: Traditional, Celtic, Revival

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Jazz: New Orleans, Dixieland

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Classical: Symphonic, Chamber

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Big Band Vocalists

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Jazz: Latin

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Blues: Traditional, Electric

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Jazz: Bebop, Afro-Cuban

8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Jazz: Swing

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Anything Goes

Do you have a favorite cut that belongs to one of these categories?  Would you like to hear it played on the best sound system around?  Bring your vinyl LP along and, for a mere $20 donation, you can share its magic with the crowd!  This extra is offered first come, first served.

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:

July 15 Joe Holt Welcomes Paul Midiri
July 20 “Just Call Me Billie” Featuring Karen Somerville
July 22 Joe Holt Welcomes Vaughan Bratcher and Dave Gladding
July 27 John Gorka returns to The Mainstay!
July 29 Joe Holt Welcomes Libby York
August 3 Bluegrass Supergroup Blue Highway!
August 5 Joe Holt welcomes Fred Hughes
August 9 Sue Matthews and the American Jazz Trio
August 12 Joe Holt welcomes Alex Lacquement
August 19 Joe Holt welcomes Pat Mercuri

Tonight — June 24 — Peter Heck Joins Joe Holt for Mainstay Monday

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Peter Heck — guitar

Join us for another Mainstay Monday! These eclectic evenings happen every Monday night and are hosted by our own Joe Holt at the piano, partnering with a special guest. Each week is a unique, one of a kind show. Seating is casual and tables are available (bring your own dinner, if you like), along with a cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00. This 4th year of Mainstay Mondays is funded in part by Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company.

Our featured guest tonight, June 24, is Peter Heck. Peter is often seen on stage at the Garfield Center open mic, among, other area performance spaces. He was, for many years, a member of Col. Leonard’s Irregulars, featuring our own Owen McCoy as lead vocalist. The band performed a wide range of styles including blues, folk, bluegrass, Irish music, and standards. Pete will revisit this varied repertoire, along with some of his own favorites, in a duo performance with Joe, dedicated to the memory of Owen McCoy.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The music fun starts at 7:00 pm. Admission $12 at the door.

 

The Mainstay at the Garfield Presents: Haint Blue in Concert

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This Friday, June 7th, Haint Blue is coming to the Garfield Center for the Arts from their native Baltimore. The Garfield has once again joined forces with Rock Hall’s home for live music, The Mainstay, to bring this group to Chestertown for a night of Baltimore folk and Americana.

“There’s folk music, and then there’s Haint Blue. The local sextet’s bold take on the Americana genre lands somewhere in the eye of the storm—between calm and chaos—a lilting chamber orchestra meets a holy roller gospel choir…. In the three years since the band’s debut EP, their chemistry has coalesced into a crescendo of emotion and talent. You feel their rich harmonies, of voice and instrument, in your bones.” -Baltimore Magazine

“Beyond the well-written folk tunes and catchy songs, there is something deeper and more complicated behind the inspirations for the band. Their vocal harmonies are seamless and the energy they bring to live performances cannot be denied. They transition well from entertaining a packed venue to filming in a small studio with ease; they have a familiar rapport with each other that is engaging and inviting. But driving these songs are deeply personal stories that carry a certain sadness. The lyrics tell stories of struggles with faith, family, addiction, and the achievement of moving forward… This multifaceted structure to their music makes Haint Blue not just a successful folk band but a welcome addition to the scene as a whole.” -BMOREhush

“The seven-strong group artfully amalgamates poppy beats with Americana roots and instruments, producing a sound akin to Shovels & Rope or Avett Brothers, but still apart in its context and tonal shifts. Haint Blue has layers of pain and living in its lyrics, wrapped carefully in cheery beats and twangy harmonics.” -Jonathan Goodwin, Deli Magazine

Co-sponsored by The Mainstay and The Garfield Center for the Arts, the concert on June 7th is at 7pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.garfieldcenter.org, over the phone by calling 410-810-2060, or in person at the Garfield Center box office. The theatre is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Phil Wiggins and House Party at The Mainstay March 30

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Renowned blues harmonica player Phil Wiggins brings his amazing House Party show to The Mainstay. Admission is $22 online or $26 by phone reservation/at the door. Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org and reservations can also be made by calling 410-639-9133.

Washington, D.C. native Phil Wiggins, a Takoma Park, Maryland, resident, blues musician, teacher and artistic director, a two time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States.

Phil Wiggins is a versatile traditional harmonica player, continuing the Piedmont blues tradition, a gentle and melodic blues style of the mid-Atlantic region. He plays the diatonic ten-hole harmonica in the country blues style, cupping both hands around the instrument and playing acoustically. His sound is not shaped by the gear, the microphone or amplifier when performing on stage, instead by his complex syncopated patterns, breath-control and rhythm, stylistic virtuosity and fiery solo runs.

Phil and partner John Cephas performed together for 32 years as internationally renowned stars of the country blues, and a staple on blues radio, ever present on the concert and festival. Cephas & Wiggins played Carnegie Hall, Royal Prince Albert Hall in London and the Sydney Opera House, as well as small venues worldwide, touring every continent except Antarctica. They recorded more than a dozen critically acclaimed albums, including on Flying Fish and Alligator Records. They even performed at the White House with B.B. King. Phil Wiggins has have been featured in major music magazines, including on the cover of Living Blues, and the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and many more.

Since the 2009 death of John Cephas, Phil has performed with numerous musicians including Nat Reese, Corey Harris, Australian guitarist Dom Turner, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, Sherman Holmes, the Rev. John Wilkins, Jerron Paxton, and longtime friends Eleanor Ellis and Rick Franklin. He fronts the acoustic swing/roots/blues ensemble, the Chesapeake Sheiks, and is actively engaged in reuniting the Piedmont blues with its origins of African American buck and tap dancing.

The House Party is an acoustic blues ensemble that reunites the dance tradition with the Piedmont and other country blues styles. Phil Wiggins is joined by the D.C. based Piedmont picker and longtime friend, guitar player Rick Franklin and Marcus Moore, a fiery jazz violinist steeped in the black string band tradition. They joined forces with urban dancer, Junious Lee Brickhouse, who understands the African American cultural reconnection of the act of dance with the dance music that is the blues.

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 1 Joe Holt welcomes Clark Bjorke and Johnson Fortenbaugh
April 6 Banda Magda
April 8 Joe welcomes Steve Giordano
April 14 The Hedgelawn Series presents Taylor Hillary Boykins
April 15 Joe Holt Welcomes Sue Matthews
April 20 Mainstay Scholarship Winner: The Zack Lambert Quartet
April 22 Joe Holt Welcomes Lester Barrett
April 27 The Mainstay Folk Series: Lula Wiles
April 29 Joe Holt Welcomes Paul Midiri
May 4 Keyed Up: Dick Durham and Stef Scaggiarri

Saxophonist Tae Ho Hwang at The Mainstay March 17

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The Hedgelawn Classical Series presents saxophonist Tae Ho Hwang at The Mainstay Sunday March 17 at 4:00 pm. Admission is $15 or by phone reservation/at the door.Information and advance ticket sales are available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org and reservations can also be made by calling 410-639-9133.

The Hedgelawn Classical Series presents some of the most exciting young musicians at the Peabody Conservatory in a friendly interactive setting. The month we host saxophonist Tae Ho Hwang.

A passionate performer and educator, Tae is dedicated to advancing the saxophone repertoire by exposing new works to audiences and inspiring future generations. His remarkable technical capabilities combined with his inventively beautiful interpretation generate innovative performances and special experiences for the audience.  An advocate of expanding the saxophone repertoire, Tae Ho Hwang commissions and performs music of living composers. Tae plans programs that integrate works of contemporary composers with masterworks of established composers. Actively collaborating with composers, Tae is developing concerts that spotlight the saxophone with new and significant works. Tae has performed the works of world-renowned composers such as William Albright, Luciano Berio, Edison Denisov, Michael Hersch, and Lori Laitman.

For one so young, Tae Ho Hwang has a deep background of performing experience. In 2015, Tae won the annual Concerto Competition at the University of Delaware and performed Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra with the University’s  Symphony Orchestra. In recital, he has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Annapolis since 2014. Presently, he is exposing diverse audiences to his music as he performs in coffee shops, art galleries, museums, and prominent concert series throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In addition, Tae has participated in master classes presented by distinguished saxophonists Claude Delangle, Timothy McAllister, Joseph Lulloff, Timothy Roberts, Ray Ricker, as well as saxophone quartets Musato Kumoi Quartet, Donald Sinta Quartet, and New Thread Quartet.

An advocate of education, Tae has been teaching music to students of different ages and backgrounds for some time. Tae earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Delaware in 2016.  Tae has been teaching privately since 2012 and is currently in programs throughout Maryland.

Mr. Hwang recently earned a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and  Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with  renowned saxophonist, Gary Louie.

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:

March 18 Joe Holt Welcomes John Schratwieser
March 23 The Mainstay Tribute to Charlie Byrd featuring Chuck Redd
March 25 Joe Holt welcomes Dick Durham
March 30 Phil Wiggins and House Party
April 1 Joe Holt welcomes Clark Bjorke and Johnson Fortenbaugh
April 6 Banda Magda
April 8 Joe welcomes Steve Giordano
April 14 The Hedgelawn Series presents Taylor Hillary Boykins
April 15 Joe Holt Welcomes Sue Matthews
April 20 Mainstay Scholarship Winner: The Zack Lambert Quartet

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

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