Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Got to perform on the Mainstay stage twice in 2 weeks; on 1/31 for Barbara Parker's show (in a musical director role) and last Saturday (2/13) for a double billed performance with Beth McDonald, for Valentine's weekend. Always a great experience. This has also given me the opportunity to get to know Rory Trainor, the Mainstay's new executive director, a bit. Rory succeeds Tom McHugh, who founded the Mainstay in 1997. Tom's vision and passion has brought over 750 concerts to the stage, building a reputation for memorable performances in a delightful space. Rory came on board at the beginning of the year, and has hit the ground running. He'll fit right in to our local arts scene. And he's already come to my piano bar gig twice, so, cool! The Mainstay will continue it's tradition of quality programming (local, regional, national and international artists), while broadening the scope of performances. And yes, maintaining jazz in the schedule. The Mainstay is one of the many reasons I'm glad I live here. You should visit sometime, if you haven't already. 


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