African American Legacy & Heritage in Jazz, Blues and Gospel Series

Sumner Hall strives to promote an understanding of the African American experience within the context of American history and culture and to serve as a showcase for the African American experience on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

An important part of this history and culture is the legacy of Black America in jazz, gospel, and blues.  This year we will shed much needed light on this immense body of music by offering a concert series produced for Sumner Hall by retired Mainstay founder and director, Tom McHugh.

McHugh contacted his friends who have performed at the Mainstay over the years to take the stage at Sumner Hall for this unique series.  The list includes Grammy nominees, WC Handy awardees, national names and local favorites. In addition to great music by outstanding performers, we will open the floor for questions and discussion at the end of each concert.  Join us for this unique celebration of African American culture and history! Tickets for the first performance  are available on EventBrite, by emailing or by calling 443.282.0023.

November 10 / 7 pm
MSG Acoustic Blues Trio Showcases the Piedmont Blues (

December 8 / 7 pm
Daryl Davis Offers Boogie Woogie and a Message  (

February 9 / 7 pm
Philip Dutton Plays New Orleans Piano (

March 1 / 7 pm
Guy Davis is on the Road with Blues and Songster Ramblings  (

April 13 / 7 pm
Jason Blythe & University of Delaware Band Re-create the Lester Young Trio (Facebook:  “Jason Blythe – Musician”)

May 11/ 7 pm
Karen Somerville Sings Mahalia, Aretha. . .and More (On YouTube)

June 1 / 7 pm
Reggie Harris Wraps It Up (