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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 this giving season, 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 sooo 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



  • February 6th- Rebekah Jean and Demos Papadimos-  Rebekah Jean is a smooth, powerful voiced honest pointed lyrics.  Raised within a earshot of Cleveland, she cut her musical teeth on her father’s classic rock, while singing I’ll fly away. Hailed by Cleveland’s Scene Magazine as #2 on their “13 Bands to Watch in 2013,” singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas  skillfully intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. He’s found a kinship with modern twisters of American sounds like Old Crow Medicine Show, who blend foot-stompin’ bluegrass with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Catch them both, one night, two acts, great night. doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm.  $5 donation requested at the door.


  • Thursday February 12th- The New Soft Shoe
    Gram Parsons is alive and well and living in Cleveland…or at least his music is. The songs of the late country-rock pioneer have found a new home with a Parsons tribute band named the New Soft Shoe (after one of his tunes), performing the second Thursday of every month, they’ve won a sizable following. The six-piece group is led by local singer-songwriter Brent Kirby.
    Parsons died in 1973 of an overdose of morphine and tequila. He was 26. Yet as the 69th anniversary of his birth (on Nov. 5, 1946) approaches, his popularity shows no signs of waning. By fusing the timeless twang of country and the youthful energy of rock ‘n’ roll, this cult hero blazed a trail for the likes of the Eagles and any number of other so-called “country-rock” artists. Parsons himself preferred the term “cosmic American music” to describe his sound. Join us for a special Thursday night show at the Hall…all Gram, all night! Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8. $7 donation requested at the door.


  • February 13th- Cats on Holiday- Join us as we celebrate Mardi Gras with Cats On Holiday, a hard rockin’, swamp poppin’ outfit serving up a healthy dose of American influenced roots, country, cajun and blues. Reigning from the Cuyahoga River Valley on the shores of the great Lake Erie, this band has been pleasing crowds from bar rooms to outdoor festivals and concerts over the last 6 years. Armed with an arsenal of well-crafted original tunes and an eclectic blend of party songs, it’s hard for most listeners not to swing and sway. Doors open at 6:30, the party starts at 7!  $7 cover.


  • February 20th- The Stumpy Basin Volunteers- The Stumpy Basin Volunteers have been playing traditional bluegrass music in the Valley for more than 30 years.  Always a good time with good time music at the Hall with the Volunteers.  Join us! Music starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30. $5 donation requested at the door


  • February 27th- Boy=Girl- last time they were here they brought the house down at their cd release party.  Jen Maurer (Mo Mojo) and Paul Kovak (Hillbilly Idol) make up this powerful,  Americana duo.  They may play traditional folk tunes or rock it out,  with a mix of covers and originals.  Sure to enertain, sure to please.  Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm. $7 donation requested at the door.


  • 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.
    Doors open at 7:30, Music starts at 8pm.
    $7 pre-sale/$10 day of show
    purchase tickets here


  • 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

    More information about these shows coming soon!

March 7th- The Mostly Blues Band

March 13th- Alex Bevan

March 20th- Top of the Hill Band
March 21st- The Hillbilly Gypsies
March 27th- The Numbers Band
March 28th- Austin Walkin’ Cane
April 3rd- Johnny G’s CD release party
April 4th- A Blues Gathering
April 10th- No Voices in the Valley
April 11th- Kim Richey
April 17th- The Lowest Pair
April 18th- Brent Kirby
April 25th- Griffin House
May 1st- The Honey Dewdrops- CD release
May 2nd- Kristine Jackson

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.

Please send all booking inquiries to

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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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