Preserving Peninsula's Past for the Future.

Voices in the Valley

The 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 and Wine available
Food provided by SOW food

Join us the Third Tuesday of each month for Ten on Tuesdays.
This is a planned Open Mic hosted by Erik Urycki of the Speedbumps.
If you are interested in performing at a Ten on Tuesdays
email us at
Ten on Tuesdays replaces our former Third Thursday Open Mic!

Mark your Calendars for these upcoming shows

  • Oct 24th- The Numbers Band- 15 60 75-  The Numbers Band has been praised by almost every national music publication and several international publications since the beginning of their 30 years of live performances and recordings. Many fans are under the impression that the band remains obscure by choice. In fact, they have never been offered a contract from any recording company in the industry, ever. The music “cannot be categorized”, “it is undefinable”, “too original”.  ”We are taught to disregard everything that is not familiar. We (The Numbers Band) give the people our best. Our effort goes into being creative, unique and original. We define our own sound. There are no rules because we don’t play the game. We are not in it for the game, we’re in it for the music.” Come see the legend…the Numbers Band, 15-60-75.  Doors open at 6:30.  Music starts at 7pm.  $5 donation requested at the door.
    The Numbers Band


  •   October 26th- Voices in the Valley Small Hall Concert presents:
    The Down Hill Strugglers with Special Guest John Cohen
    The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) is an old time string band based out of Brooklyn, NY. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis” produced by T-Bone Burnett. The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by presenting the authentic sound of old time music to a new generation. The Down Hill Strugglers integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes and banjo breakdowns into every performance. Their music is infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ energy present in the true diversity of American Folk Music.
    Joining The Down Hill Strugglers will be John Cohen.   His campaign for the recognition of traditional roots/folk music has led to the production of fifteen films, hundreds of photographs and sound recordings. He has also made more than twenty recordings with the New Lost City Ramblers, along with related articles, liner notes and interviews about music.
    Opening will be Cleveland’s Own Spyder Stompers.  This will be a a night to remember for traditional folk music lovers!
    Music from the Downhill Strugglers with John Cohen
    Click here to purchase tickets 
  • October 31- We are having a Halloween Party!  That’s right, put on your favorite costume and come down to the Hall as we celebrate all Hallows Eve with the Smokin’ J’s!   Better known as Weniger & Simon, the boys have asked a few of their friends to join them on stage to shake the ghosts from the rafters with a mixture of classics and originals.
    Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.
    $5 donation requested at the door.  BOO!
  • November 7- Bongo Joe & Little Steve-O- This Acoustic Blues Duo from Akron, Ohio will make you feel their music.  Passion and intensity is what Bongo Joe & Little Steve-O is all about. Guitar that comes alive and cries out, vocals that pull you straight into the song.
    “A Uniquely Intense Acoustic Blues Experience
    Doors open at 6:30, Music at 7pm, $5 donation requested at the door
  • November 14th- Voices in the Valley Small Hall Concert presents:  Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
    Jay & Molly are “one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide.” The famous “Ashokan Farewell” was written by Jay and was the signature piece for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War.Tickets are $22.00 pre-sale for general admission. Day of show tickets will be $27.00 but don’t wait…this show will most likely sell out! You can purchase tickets here or by calling 330-657-2528. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show will begin at 7:00pm. 
  • 11/15- Erik & Abby- More information soon! 
  • 11/16- The Stray Birds- Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace.The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists– the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.Catch them at the G.A.R. Hall on November 16th.
    Doors open at 7pm.  Music starts at 7:30.  General Admission
    Purchase Tickets here
    pre-sale tickets- $15, day of show $20 
  • November 21st- Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys- 
    Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys are four professional musicians with long histories playing American roots music—country, blues, rock, jazz, and swing. Their goal is to embrace all of their musical influences and combine them into a sound that seeks to find what the best of these styles have in common.  Rachel and the boys are always favorites at the Hall.  Always a good night of music when they come to town!
    Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7.  $5 donation requested at the door
    click here for more information on Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys


  • 11/22- The Womacks- The Womacks are a unique Americana Folk/Rock quartet from north-central Ohio. Although only two members of the group actually share blood, they consider themselves a close-knit family. They are brother and sister, Noah and Haley Heyman, with longtime friends Cory Webb and Tony Schaffer. All of the Womack’s live together in the same rural home and this closeness, aside from 150+ performances a year, has turned their recordings and performances into a tightly woven musical experience.While it’s true that listeners will hear variance in the “Womack sound”, reviewers are saying that the music is still “…distinctly Americana…” and “…a deft mix of American roots, Folk, and Rock music.” In concert the WFB gives the audience a chance to hear beautiful three part vocal harmony and sincere lyrical insights on life as well as high-energy musical passages reminiscent of the days of tie-dye and vinyl. A live show review said “One never knows quite what to expect, and that makes every musical turn as fresh and thrilling as the next”.Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8pm
    Tickets are $8 pre-sale, $10 day of show
    Read more about the Womacks here
    Purchase tickets here



Enter the G.A.R. Hall through the side door by the patio. Parking for the G.A.R. Hall is on the southwest corner of Riverview Road and Main Street (Route 303).

If you would like to sponsor a night of music at Voices in the Valley, please visit our support page or contact 330-657-2528 or 330-760-0403 for more details. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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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

Thanks to Woodsy’s Music in Kent for all of their support! Thanks to Audio Technica for the awesome microphones!

Click here to see the Beacon Journal’s feature article about Open Mic Night at the G.A.R. Hall

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