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Mainstay Mondays with Joe Holt

Written on:July 16, 2017
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Memorial Day 2016, the Mainstay, a cultural and artistic center housed in a 100 year old building in Rock Hall, Maryland began an experiment. They invited Joe Holt, a Chestertown based pianist to invite guests to play with him on Mondays through the Summer for a casual show. One with casual seating and tables set up so you can bring your own dinner. The Mainstay has a cash bar.

More than a year later the shows are still happening every Monday evening. I have attended a couple of times, including the 1st Anniversary Concert with the former Director of the Mainstay, Tom McHugh. During that night Tom McHugh performed with about a dozen different instruments. It was announced that Mainstay Mondays will continue. Joe has already put together a schedule that will go through 2017.

Photo by SG Atkinson: Mainstay Monday Joe Holt with Tom McHugh

Photo by SG Atkinson: Nina Sharp

Nina Sharp

Tomorrow July 17, 2017 Joe has invited Nina Sharp, a 2013 graduate from Washington College, as his guest. I have known Nina for several years, meeting her in her role as the Exec Director of Church Hill Theatre. I’ve seen her perform in a number of shows there, including working with her in the recent production of “Witness For the Prosecution”.

Her acting talent is superb, but I have not had the chance to hear her sing, although the announcement from the Mainstay says she is “talented performer has a lot of singing experience as a character in stage musicals, but for Mainstay Monday she appears as herself, accompanied by Joe”. And I am looking forward to hear the selections they have put together. I have a feeling that there will be a few show tunes.

Photograph by SG Atkinson: Joe Holt Mainstay Mondays

Joe Holt

Every Monday at the Mainstay in Rock Hall at 7pm, $10.

Upcoming Mainstay Mondays:
July 24 – Joe Holt welcomes Roo Brown
July 31 – Joe Holt welcomes Paula Johns
August 7 – Joe Holt welcomes Ken Cicerale

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Photo by SG Atkinson: Phil Dutton and the Alligators performing at the 2015 Chester Gras

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Photo: David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience

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Photo: MUSICAMP Rehearsal

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Photo: Mighty Men of Mount Olive A.M.E. Church

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