If you’re a fanatic for live music, The Mainstay in Rock Hall is the perfect place to visit. This unique venue hosts everything from country music artists to smooth jazz performers, making it the best location for all types of music lovers. Support their mission of bringing a cultural, artistic experience to the Eastern Shore by catching one of their shows or attending their outstanding events! You can also discover more ways to get involved with our community by exploring our free Vacation Guide. Inside, you’ll find our suggestions for excursions, Rock Hall restaurants, and area festivals to attend during your relaxing vacation in the Chesapeake Bay area.
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What to Expect at The Mainstay in Rock Hall
The Mainstay seats 125 people and is a 3-minute drive from Inn at Huntingfield Creek. The doors open 30 minutes before each show, giving you just enough time to stop by the Charlie Byrd Room. Visit the cash-only bar and order one of their specialty drinks like the homemade Irish coffee or a Bloody Mary. While you’re there, grab a snack and take it all back to your seat to enjoy the show. See who’s performing so you can begin planning your weekend getaway to Rock Hall, MD.
There’s plenty of history to explore throughout the Eastern Shore, but The Mainstay offers a rich and fascinating story in itself! The first concert ever performed in the 100-year-old building was in 1997. At that time, there wasn’t a stage. However, when the famous jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd played in the space, people realized how important this establishment was to the community. Through generous fundraising efforts, in 1999, volunteers finally built a stage on which the esteemed Preservation Hall Jazz Band then performed in 2000. Now, local, regional, national, and even international artists grace the eclectic stage today!
Rock Hall Events at The Mainstay
There are so many events and things to do on the Eastern Shore! The Mainstay hosts some of the most exciting shows and festivals, and here are just a few you don’t want to miss.
–Mainstay Mondays: Every single Monday evening, Joe Holt, a local pianist, pairs up with a special guest to bring you a different show each time!
–Rock Hall Fall Fest: Attend this event every October to experience live music, craft vendors, and local cuisine including delicious Eastern Shore oysters. If you love this event, you’ll want to explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oysterfest as well!
Best Place to Stay Near The Mainstay
If The Mainstay in Rock Hall has you in the mood for even more tunes, Inn at Huntingfield Creek has precisely what you need! Enjoy our library which is filled with a collection of books and plenty of CDs for you to enjoy. Turn on your favorite song and relax in the plush chairs by the warmth of the fireplace.
While this is a great space to unwind on our property, you’ll also feel right at home in our luxurious cottages. Zen Cottage is a peaceful retreat complete with natural bamboo flooring, a stone bath, and French double doors that open to our expansive, green lawn. A weekend of great music and relaxation await here in our lovely town of Rock Hall!