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Apr

20

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Tony Trischka - A Tribute to Earl Scruggs

$20
Saturday 4/20
8:00 pm

Tony Trischka is known as “the father of modern bluegrass" - New York Times

Tony was born in Syracuse, N.Y. and raised in a home filled with music. The first things he learned to play on the banjo were the Ninth Symphony and works by Aaron Copland. But the folk music his father held dear brought the work of Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio, Pete Seeger, and Leadbelly into center stage.

Tony positioned himself in the New York City-centered folk revival in the early ’70s and settled in among a peer group of extraordinary musicians who saw American roots music as a thriving, living language.
His landmark solo debut, Bluegrass Light was a synthesis of the 20th century’s most interesting sounds: bluegrass, Van Dyke Parks’ orchestral psychedelic pop, Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Chick Corea, and Weather Report. Many other milestone albums followed which found him refining his eclectic bluegrass style and featured such newgrass royalty as violinist Darol Anger, guitarist Tony Rice and mandolinist David Grisman.
Béla Fleck began studying with Trischka as a teenaged bluegrass wunderkind.

Tony and his band’s appearance at the Mainstay will pay tribute to Earl Scruggs, one of bluegrass’s most beloved pioneers.


Apr

28

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Diana Sanchez and Alina Antonenko

$15
Sunday 4/28
4:00 pm

Dr. Diana Sánchez, a faculty member of the Peabody Preparatory of Johns Hopkins University, has developed an international career as a violinist. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the New Horizons Symphony in New Mexico and the Ibague Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. She has toured internationally with orchestras including the Colombian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincopando Ensemble. Dr. Sánchez has been teaching professionally since 2008. She currently performs with the Iris Music Project Piano Trio, the String Quartet Alma Ensemble, and as a duo with pianist Alina Antonenko.

Alina Antonenko is a pianist, singer, and music teacher based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a fourth-generation musician in her family. Alina is an active teacher, music director at St. John Lutheran Church, collaborative pianist working with musicians and dancers, and currently sings with the Bach in Baltimore Choir. She also performs as a Duo with violinist Diana Sanchez, and has recently joined the Iris Music project as a community musician-in-residence at Weinberg Village and Manors in the Baltimore area.


May

3

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Joe Holt "Unsupervised"

$20
Friday 5/3
8:00 pm

One of pianist, accompanist, impresario Joe Holt's major talents is how he shifts the spotlight onto the many different musical guests he typically invites to share his First Friday stage shows at The Mainstay. And for those paying close attention, it's easy to recognize that Joe is having more fun than anybody during that process. It's no wonder that this neo-Dave Mckenna jazz guy has said on occasion that "The piano is my playground."

Join us for our May "First Friday" program featuring a night of solo Joe Holt that highlights this man's broad musical tastes and touches. This Joe Holt "Unsupervised" program will include piano jazz, ragtime, tin pan alley tunes, classic pop songs and his signature improvisational lightheartedness. Let's celebrate Joe Holt by giving him his own spotlight.


May

10

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Aztec Two-Step 2.0

$25
Friday 5/10
8:00 pm

The folk-rock duo of Aztec Two-Step left their indelible mark on the music of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and filled concert stadiums. They took their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and were critically acclaimed worldwide in major newspapers, reviewed in Rolling Stone magazine, and were featured guests on national TV and radio programs. Original member Rex Fowler, with his new band (Aztec Two-Step 2.0) has remained committed to the fans of their music with the blessing of his retired former partner Neil Shuman. Come enjoy the original sounds that placed them on stage alongside The Band, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Donovan, Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, Seals and Crofts, Carly Simon, Heart, Orleans, and The Beach Boys.


May

17

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The Return of the Mikey Junior Blues Band

$20
Friday 5/17
8:00 pm

We're excited to welcome back the excellent blues harp sounds of Mikey Junior and his very fine band. Mikey and the guys played for a full house last summer under the stars in our backyard performance space and had the crowd pumped. They hit all the blues bases about heartache and hard-asses. You know the stories – your best friend stole your partner; you used the rent money to buy a bottle of Southern Comfort; you got a hip full of buckshot as you escaped through the shooter’s wife’s bedroom window onto the fire escape. And yet the magic of the blues, in the right hands, somehow transforms these chronicles into a groove in which you can smoothly sail through such difficult waters, and maybe shake your booty along the way. Mikey Junior will show us the way. His stage manner, muscular vocals, and absolute command of both the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas are exactly what Blues music needs today — a front man who is talented, engaging -- and young. In doing so he convinces new generations of music lovers to love something old-school.

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May

31

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Josh Christina and the Revivals

$20
Friday 5/31
8:00 pm

Join us for the return of Josh Christina and his 6-piece band when Josh Christina and the Revivals present “The Ultimate Piano Rock Show”. A high energy tribute to the musical journey of piano rock and roll, covering everything from Jerry Lee Lewis to Elton John, Ray Charles to Billy Joel and more.

Christina, the last of a dying breed, is carrying the torch passed down by the genre’s founding fathers -- pioneers such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley. Christina pays homage to the ones who made him the artist he is today. And his catalog has no shortage of up-tempo, rhythm and blues tracks.

Famed pianist and band leader Daryl Davis, whose credits include Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and BB King proclaimed, “in 20th century 1955, it took several young men to create and define Rock ‘n’ Roll. 65 years later and it only takes one young man who embodies all the pioneers to introduce it to the 21st century– that man is Josh Christina.”


Jul

27

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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

$20
Saturday 7/27
8:00 pm

The Mainstay is thrilled to welcome back John Jorgenson for his third appearance over the years. Jorgenson is often cited as one of the greatest guitarists on the world stage today. He has achieved international acclaim for each of the different musical styles he has performed; country rock, gypsy jazz, and his other passion – bluegrass. This Mainstay appearance features the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (a.k.a. J2B2).

Jorgenson first came to national attention in the mid ‘80s as co-founder of the successful country-rock act The Desert Rose Band (with Chris Hillman, an original member of The Byrds). While with the Desert Rose Band, he won the Academy of Country Music’s “Guitarist of the Year” award three consecutive years. In the 1990s, John formed The Hellcasters along with Jerry Donahue, former member of Fairport Convention. In 1994 Elton John invited Jorgenson to join his band for an 18-month tour that lasted six years. Jorgenson has also recorded or toured with Bob DylanBob SegerWillie NelsonJohnny CashEmmylou HarrisHank Williams Jr., Roy OrbisonPatty LovelessMichael NesmithJohn Prine, Sting, Billy Joel, and Bonnie Raitt.

Joining Jorgenson at The Mainstay will be Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals, Mark Fain on bass, and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals.

As one music critic stated, “Expect fireworks and amazing playing from some of the best string players in the world.”