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, Wine and adult beverages available.

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 and starts at 7:00pm. Snacks available for purchase along with adult beverages!

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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  • February 28th- Roger Hoover- Over the past 15 years, songwriter Roger Hoover has been preaching the gospel of American music to a growing group of devoted fans by keeping one foot in what Greil Marcus describes as the “old, weird America”  and another foot firmly planted in the now. Hoover has been crafting songs and bucking trends since the release of his first record in 2003. Roger Hoover has toured and/or recorded with many of the top names in the industry, including Hayes Carll, Shovels & Rope, Cory Branan, Lucero, J. Roddy Walston, and more. Hoover is the recipient of numerous Best Americana, Best Songwriter, and Best Guitarist awards from the likes of Cleveland Magazine, Cleveland Scene, and Free Times. In 2012 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives invited Hoover to donate his original manuscripts into their archives.
    Find out more about Roger here
    Doors open at 7:30, Music starts at 8pm.
    $10 day of show
  • March 6th- The Banjo Babes Tour- Join us for an evening of music featuring three lady banjo artists celebrating two exciting new music releases: The Lowest Pair’s new album, The Sacred Heart Heart Sessions, and the second-annual, limited-edition, international Banjo Babes 2015 Calendar & Album. Come on out for a fantastic show with five-string banjo artists Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee (The Lowest Pair), California banjo songstress Erin Inglish, and Ohio’s own Laurie Michelle Caner (of Hey Mavis)!,
    Doors open at 6:30/ general admission
    $10 pre-sale/ $12 day of show
    purchase tickets here
  • March 7th- The Mostly Blues Band- A few years ago there was a band from Akron Ohio that performed weekly to a loyal fan base at Benitos.  The band was the Mostly Blues Band and featured Peggy Coyle, Mike Lenz and the late Bill Roth on drums.  Today the band plays special reunion shows now and again and we are happy to be the presenters of one of these shows.  Join us at the Historic G.A.R. Hall for a special evening of blues classics among friends.
    Doors open at 7:30, Music starts at 8pm
    $7 donation requested at the door 
  • March 13th- Alex Bevan- A man who needs no introduction to the N.E. Ohio music scene, Alex Bevan makes his first solo appearance for a Voices in the Valley show at the G.A.R. Hall.  Alex has been sharing his voice, guitar and music throughout the Regional Ohio music scene for more than 40 years.  Drawing on his deep skill set of imaginative and honest songwriting combined with agile, improvisational wit that dovetails with his flawless guitar work,  Alex never fails to delight!
    find out more about Alex Bevan here
    Doors open at 6:30, Music starts at 7pm
    $7 donation requested at the door
  • March 20th- Top of the Hill Band- Just in time to celebrate the wearin’ of the green, The top of the Hill band make their first appearance at Voices in the Valley.Based in Hiram, Ohio,  it consists of Tina and Paul Driesbach, both professional musicians and teachers at Hiram college playing wooden flute and concertina: Irish pipes, whistle, and oboe respectively.John Reynolds plays fiddle, mandolin, and tenor banjo, Kevin Johnson on guitar and for this performance Robin Montgomery on piano. The group plays, jigs, reels, hornpipes and an occasional song with great spirit and a deep respect for the long ordain of Irish music.
    doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm
    $7 requested donation at the door 
  • March 21st- The Hillbilly Gypsies- Hailing from the beautiful Mountain State of West Virginia, The Hillbilly Gypsies have been making and performing their own brand of old time bluegrass and original mountain music for over a decade!  The band is best known for their high-energy live performances and have become a crowd favorite at major festivals, fairs and concert venues all across the mid-Atlantic region and abroad.
    Find out more about the Hillbilly Gypsies here
    Doors open at 7:30, Music starts at 8pm
    pre-sale tickets $10/day of show$12/general admission
    purchase tickets here 
  • March 27th- The Numbers Band- The Legend…  Anyone who grew up in Northeast Ohio remembers the days of going to JB’s in Kent to catch The Numbers Band.  The Kidney Brothers and band are still making music today with the same philosophy they started the band with 30 years ago..
    “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.”
    Find out more about The Numbers Band here
    doors open at 6:30, music at 7PM.
    $7 donation requested at the door.
  • April 3rd- Johnny G’s “Road Worn Man” Cd Release Party- Johnny G, one of Akron’s prolific songwriters, celebrates the release of his first recording with a few of his close friends at the historic G.A.R. Hall.   Johnny played at our first Voices in the Valley event, one of the tracks was recorded live in the Hall, and we feel it is only fitting he hold his party to celebrate its release with us.
    Doors open at 6:30, Music starts at 7pm
    $7 donation requested at the door.
  • April 4th- A Blues Gathering- We have invited back four of our favorite blues artists for another night of blues at the Hall.  Join us as Jon Mosey, Mike Lenz, Kristine Jackson and Austin Walkin’ Cane mix it up on this historic stage.  Expect some awesome guitar work, bluesey vocals, a little friendly competition and a night of great blues music among friends.
    doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8pm
    pre-sale tickets $12/$15 day of show
    purchase tickets here
  • April 11th- Kim Richey- a Voices in the Valley Small Hall Concert-Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, it makes you take notice. Supporting act is Akron artists Ryan Humbert.
    Pre-sale tickets $20/ day of show $25
    This is a general admission concert with auditorium seating.
    Find out more about Kim Richey here
    Purchase tickets here


More information about these shows coming soon!

April 17th- The Lowest Pair
April 18th- Brent Kirby
April 24th- The Crooked River Stompers
April 25th- Griffin House
May 1st- The Honey Dewdrops- CD release
May 2nd- Kristine Jackson
May 9th- Hal Walker
May 15th- SyRuP
May 22nd- Austin Walkin’ Cane
May 23rd- Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys

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).

Please send all booking inquiries to

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!

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