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Voices in the Valley


GAR Logo FinalThe Peninsula Foundation supports the Arts Community by presenting Voices in the Valley, a showcase of traditional roots music. So kick back, relax and join us for a night of music in the Historic G.A.R. Hall. Beer, Wine and adult beverages available.
Specialty flatbread pizzas, cheese plates, snacks and desserts available from Chef Ron Ramos, so come hungry!

Parking for the G.A.R. Hall is located directly across the street on the South West Corner of Route 303 and Riverview Road. There is handicap parking located directly in front of the G.A.R. Hall. Alternate Parking can be found 1 block away at Yellow Creek Trading Company after 5pm. parking in Peninsula is always at a premium so if you are coming with friends, consider sharing a ride.  Thanks!

If you are looking for a way to sponsor the arts, please consider helping support the Voices in the Valley music program at the historic G.A.R. Hall. Operated by the Peninsula Foundation, this program features local and national touring musicians in the intimate setting of this beautiful, grand old hall. Your donation is tax deductible and very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for supporting the arts and arts programming in N.E. Ohio!
Click here for Voices in the Valley Sponsorship brochure
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Mo MojoFebruary 28th- Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Party with Mo Mojo–  Bring your partying self on down to the Hall to celebrate Fat Tuesday with Mardi Gras, New Orleans, and Zydeco music brought by N.E. Ohio’s favorite “party gras” band, Mo Mojo.  We will make room for a DANCE FLOOR so you can show off your latest moves and dance the night away!
The night will feature:
Louisiana Food & King Cake available for purchase with your ticket
Decorations / Beads
Special razzle-dazzle Mardi Gras Drinks
Doors open at 6pm. 
Music from 6:30-9:30pm.


cornpotato-string-band-webMarch 3rd- The Corn Potato String Band– The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised.

The Corn Potatos have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes. This is the second time we have welcomed this band back to the Hall and we are very excited to have the again.  Would LOVE to fill the Hall up this time.  They are incredibly talented and fun musicians.
Opening the evening with be local favorites Jen Maurer and Anthony Papaleo.  These folks are all good friends, I’m sure they will be playing some tunes together throughout the night…FUN!!!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets$12/ $15 day of show
purchase tickets here
check out Corn Potato String Band video here


header_11March 4th- Demos Papadimas-Singer-Songwriter Demos Papadimas (guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines his love of both American roots music with the influence of Mediterranean rhythms and harmonies. Based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas and his band have performed regularly in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh corridor since 2012 and received considerable regional attention.
Discussing his influences, Papadimas cites Dylan-esque balladry, Leonard Cohen’s most recent touring ensembles, and string-band revivalists such as Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as Greek Rembetiko–the “Greek Blues.”
His folk melodies are counterbalanced by the classical intonations of violinist Sandi Quotson, the tight brushwork of drummer Ralph Rich, the jazz influences of double-bassist Nils Johnson, and the euphonic sounds of pedal steel guitarist Al Moss. Collectively, the band welcomes its listeners on a unique tour through familiar American song structures.
Papadimas’ new album, Waiting, was recorded by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio and released on Record Store Day 2016.
Doors open a 7:30/ Music at 8pm
General Admission $10 cover at the door.




1473737060210March 5th- Parsonsfield- Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws their name from the rural Maine town that’s home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that they cut their outstanding debut, ‘Poor Old Shine,’ which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. The New York Times hailed the band as “boisterously youthful yet deftly sentimental,” while Folk Alley dubbed their songs “the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas.” Their rowdy live performances only upped the ante, with The Bluegrass Situation falling for their “fun and frenzy” and No Depression raving that they’ll “give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms.”
In support of their latest recording, “Blooming through the Black” Parsonsfield, ” an eclectic American band which happily mingles bluegrass, folk, jazz and anything else that comes to mind” ..will be bringing their own special sound to the Hall once again…come and get some!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets$15/ $20 day of show
purchase tickets here




HBI-3 albumsMarch 10th- Hillbilly Idol–  Fronted by two of Cleveland’s favorites, Paul Kovak and Al Moss, in concert and over the radio airwaves, Hillbilly IDOL continues to capture new audiences with their catchy and exciting roots influenced repertoire. Hillbilly IDOL draws from the deep, rich well of American music to blend an original hybrid sound they call Town and Country Music.
Since 1991 and with three CDs under their belt, Hillbilly IDOL remains dedicated to infectious beats, heartfelt harmony singing, crisp instrumental picking, and solid songwriting about timeless themes. It’s simple music that’s easy to take, hard to fake, fun to make – and fun to listen to. It’s acoustic and electrifying, uptown and down-home, new yet familiar.
One boot in the future and one boot in the pasture!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets$12/ $15 day of show
purchase tickets here


solo_barn-cropMarch 11th- Hal Walker- Hal Walker is a musical breath of fresh air.  Known as a singer, a songwriter and a “musical explorer,” Hal was voted Cleveland’s “Best Musician” by readers of Scene Magazine for two years in a row. His soaring baritone voice is an Ohio treasure.  He sings soul searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the state of Ohio. Playing unique musical instruments like the melodious khaen of Thailand and the banakulas of West Africa, Hal has the fascinating ability to engage audiences of all ages. He is a sought after performer for the Children’s Concert Society of Akron and the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in Cleveland, he was a director of the Summit Children’s Choir for 10 years and he is celebrating 20 years as the music director of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Kent.

In 2016, Hal Walker released his 2nd full-length CD entitled, LIFE WONDERFUL.   This album features the lush harmonies of Hal’s vocal trio.  Hal Walker’s five piece ensemble includes Cleveland percussionist, Anthony Taddeo and Akronite Kevin Martinez on bass- “… a virtuosic solo musician who plays a fascinating variety of international instruments.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer
– “The radiant warmth of his music will surprise you.” – Cleveland Scene
– “He possesses amazing, if sometimes carny-awesome, talents …  he makes audaciously interesting music.”  – Akron Beacon Journal
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets$12/$15 day of show
purchase tickets here




16265257_10154488843844132_39628513085385562_n-3March 17th- The Barefoot Movement- Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone.
General Admission
Doors open at 7pm, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets $18/ $22 day of show
purchase tickets here




1454010723841-1March 24th- The Gibson Brothers- A No Depression blogger referred to members of the band as “..the Gibson Brothers who don’t share the Gibson name.” But there’s no doubt they’re a band of musical brothers as Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way:  “Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. …the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass’ tightest harmony blend, and, instrumentally the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste. ”
General Admission
Doors open at 7pm, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets $25/ $30 day of show
purchase tickets here


IMG_3232March 31st- The Mostly Blues Band– You are used to seeing them on the second Wednesday of the month, but we decided it was time to give them a Friday night. The Mostly Blues Band at the G.A.R. Hall! Don’t miss the chance to catch this Akron classic featuring guitar great Mike Lenz and the vocals of Peggy Coyle. Come out and support this band folks…you won’t be sorry…they are awesome!
Doors open at 6:30/Music starts at 8pm. $10 cover charge.



1610950_10152830792466152_8237544902556741727_nApril 1st- Brent Kirby and His Luck- These guys are becoming regulars at the Hall and we are happy about it! They were here when they first started and they have gotten better and better each time. Brent Kirby is one of Cleveland’s most beloved musicians, often called the hardest working musician in Cleveland, and he has found a band to back him up that will knock your socks off. Come out and catch Brent and the Boys as the rock the G.A.R. Hall!
Doors open at 7:30. General Admission.
$12 pre-sale/ $15 day of show
purchase tickets here



16422225_580390668823647_6178129582614816946_oApril 22nd- The Gage Brothers- The long awaited for, highly anticipated CD release party of the new,  self titled Gage Brothers CD is coming to the Hall!  The CD will open be available everywhere for release on May 5th.  but by coming to the CD Release party at the G.A.R. Hall…you get your copy early!
Tickets will go fast for this one, don’t wait and buy your tickets early!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30pm, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets $20 which includes a copy of the CD
purchase tickets here


4076017May 13th- The Steel Wheels- Looking forward to having these boys back at the Hall in support of their new release…Wild as we came here.
Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

“I think we’ve always been able to write new songs with different landscapes. However it was really enjoyable for us, creatively and artistically, to depart from the straight-up acoustic sound that we’ve been known for,” says Trent Wagler, who plays guitar and banjo in the band and writes most of the material. “I’m excited to see what happens. There are fans out there who are ready for this and who have been waiting for us to do this.”
General Admission
Doors open at 7pm, Music at 8pm
pre-sale tickets $22/ $27 day of show
purchase tickets here


More information about these shows coming soon!

March 31st- The Mostly Blues Band
April 1st- Brent Kirby and His Luck
April 7th- Becky Boyd
April 8th- A Blues Gathering

April 14th- Abby Rose Presents-
Ladies night singer-songwriter in the round
Featuring Emily Keener, Haley Schaffer, Bethany Joy
April 15th- The Numbers Band
April 21st- The Stumpy Basin Volunteers
April 23rd- Sisters in Song
April 28th- Cats on Holiday
April 29th- Jon Mosey and Bob Shank
May 4th- Kim Richey
May 6th- Kristine Jackson and Band
May 27th- Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys
June 22nd- Rachel Eddy
June 15th- 10 strings & a goat skin

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Thanks so much to the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support of the Arts Programming at the Peninsula Foundation, including
Voices in the Valley


Words are not enough for all the gratitude we have for the countless people who have given to this program. You know who you are and Thank YOU so much! 

Jay Minkin for all his great press and support.  Check out his blog at

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