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The Mainstay

5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD 21661
+1 410-639-9133
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Amazing jazz

What a fun local spot with gifted musical artists- and they even serve wine! Love the cozy venue. A... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Deborah B

Absolutely amazing talent at this storefront-type cabaret. Reasonably priced - has a liquor license... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2016
Chestertown, Maryland
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The Mainstay is a storefront nonprofit performing arts center on Rock Hall's down home Main Street. We are dedicated to presenting local, regional, national and international talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Our intimate listening room seats 120. We do 50 to 60 shows a year. Performances are listed on our website and you can subscribe to our email list there.
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5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD 21661
+1 410-639-9133
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a fun local spot with gifted musical artists- and they even serve wine! Love the cozy venue. A gem right in the center of Rock Hall.

Thank Deborah B
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Absolutely amazing talent at this storefront-type cabaret. Reasonably priced - has a liquor license - and they usually have home-made cookies.

Thank gagirl7934
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We dropped into the Mainstay during Rock Hall's Fall Fest. The place was extremely popular! Despite being a small intimate venue, they seemed to bring in top talent. We wandered in and out a few times during the day, listening to different acts. There was...More

Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Weekly shows in a small, intimate atmosphere. Judging by the wide variety of talent this place books, it is an attraction worth going out of your way. Performers often come from long distances Limited seating at about 120 and up close to performance stage. Very...More

1  Thank Philly2VT
Reviewed 8 August 2016

This is a small, really small town music hall. But don't let the size nor the outside fool you. Some of the best music in the region is performed here on a regular basis. We know because we have lived in the County of Kent...More

1  Thank Hokie67
Reviewed 27 July 2016

My wife is a professional musician so we couldn't help but stop in for "Monday at the Mainstay" while staying at a nearby B&B (Inn at Haven Harbor, also excellent). Mainstay's music was exquisite, the price was right, and the locals friendly. GO!

2  Thank Craig S
Reviewed 21 June 2016

We visit Rock Hall by boat or car every year or so and are never disappointed in the offerings and energy this small town offers its guests. The Mainstay is one of those special spots that only exists when a local group of dedicated, music-loving...More

1  Thank AnotherHappyTraveler
Reviewed 28 February 2016

My husband and I went to see a show (Toby Walker- who was brilliant and so talented) and loved this venue. It is small with seating for 120 people. There are mismatched chairs and church pews to sit and it is such an intimate place...More

Thank punkiepam
Reviewed 15 February 2016

Upscale entertainment - jazz, blues, classical, folk .... it's all good. The atmosphere is laid back - funky and fun ! Great acoustics - beer, wine and snacks available. A must attend !!

Thank imsittinonthedock
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Just a little small town venue that some how finds a way to bring in some great talent. (Anthony John Clarke) Very homey and interactive, had a great evening of entertainment for $15 bucks. We will go back again.

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