Preserving Peninsula's Past for the Future.

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.  Or at Riverview Court (Ohio Hardwoods) on the Southeast Corner of the intersection of Route 303 and Riverview Road. 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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November 22nd- Weniger & Simon and friends-  Don’t be fooled by the looks of these two wild and crazy guys…they are serious musicians…with a sense of humor!!  Join us on Thanksgiving Eve for a night of some of your favorite tunes.  They’ll have a couple friends joining them to make this night pretty special.
Doors open at 6:30/Music at 7pm
$7 pre-sale and day of show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


November 24th- Emily Keener with special guest Gretchen Pleuss– Emily Keener has made quite a name for herself. She gave everyone in N.E. Ohio a reason to cheer when she made her appearance on the Voice. In support of her latest release, Breakfast she has been popping up all around the Country…leaving everyone to ask “who is this girl”.  She definitely has the “chops” to play in the big time.  We are so happy, this young lady, with the big sweet voice calls N.E. Ohio home, and equally as thankful she will be the reason you leave the Black Friday woes behind you to come out, have a glass of cheer and listen to a truly talented, bright light in the local music scene.  Joining Emily will be the lovely and talented Gretchen Pleuss.  It will be a great night with two talented young ladies.
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
Pre-sale $15/Day of show $20
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


November 25th- The Flyin’ Jays– The Flyin Jays are a favorite on the Lake Erie islands and Put in Bay, but let’s face it…it is a little cold to be hanging in the islands! So we’re bringing them to the main land and having them play at the G.A.R. Hall. The band plays popular music from the good ole days to current pop hits, to awesome originals, all with an island twist, which is perfect, because we all need a little bit of the islands in late November in N.E. Ohio!
General admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
$10 pre-sale/$12 day of show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite here


December 1st and December 2nd– The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk and indie-rock influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.

The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Joseph Arthur have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.

In support of their new recording, When the Darkness Comes, N.E. Ohio’s own,  The Speedbumps bring their undefinable, unique style to the Hall for two nights in December.
December 1st opener- Young Heirlooms

December 2nd opener- Roger Hoover

Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
General Admission
$20 early bird special until October 13th
$25 Advance

Dec 8th- Cats on Holiday– Cats On Holiday is a Roots-based, Swamp Pop band that has been pleasing audiences for nearly 20 years with their own special blend of Texas and Louisiana inspired Blues, Rock, Roots & Zydeco, infused with healthy doses of original songs and poetry about urban life. They perform throughout the year at the best live music venues in Northern Ohio, upstate New York and the Lake Erie Islands. Join us as the Cats bring their annual Christmas party to the Hall.
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
$12 pre-sale/$15 day of show
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Dec 9th- The Ohio City Singers-  It’s that time of year, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, children making lists and dreaming of a special Christmas morning, sleigh bells ringing, friends gathering and THE OHIO CITY SINGERS!!! The Ohio City Singers were formed at a Christmas party many years ago. A collection of musicians and friends, drinking eggnog, sharing holiday stories, singing Christmas carols. But these carols weren’t the same old songs you hear filtering out from the malls at Christmas time. These songs were their own stories of candle bags and snow flakes, celebrating the holidays with family and friends.  2017 marks the band’s 10 year anniversary and we will be helping them mark the occasion with their annual stop at the G.A.R. Hall.  This year they’ll be doing a special, intimate, stripped down show, and you can only see it at the G.A.R. Hall. Tickets will go fast for this one, so as my mom would say…don’t dilly dally!!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
Pre-Sale $20/ Day of Show$25
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


December 10th-  Four Songwriters in the Valley-  I look forward to this show every year and it never disappoints.  Join us for a special evening of song between four friends, Charlie Wiener, Jon Mosey, Jim Ballard and new the group this year, Jim Gill. These 4 songwriters have a treasure of tunes to share, what makes this special is they perform each others songs in a round robin setting.  It is always a special night filled with great music, great stories.
Doors open at 6:30.
$15 pre-sale/$20 day of show/General Admission.
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December 15th- David Mayfield’s, ugly Christmas sweater, bluegrass extravaganza, Christmas show!– Now that’s a title!  And it’s sure to be quit a show.  David Mayfield will be bringing some of his favorite bluegrass picking musicians to paint your white Christmas a little bit blue! If you know David Mayfield, you know to expect the unexpected, but one thing no one can deny is that David knows how to play a tune and he’s not afraid to give you a performance you won’t soon forget.  So grab your ugliest Christmas Sweater, and jingle, jangle down to the Hall for some holiday fun and some awesome bluegrass!
Prizes for the Ugliest Sweater!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
$18 pre-sale/ $22 day of show
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December 16th- Jill Andrews- A native of East Tennessee, Jill Andrews kicked off her songwriting career as co-founder of The Everybodyfields, a band whose mix of Southern genres – folk, country, bluegrass – and male-female vocals helped pave the way for future groups like The Civil Wars. It earned The Everybodyfields a wide fan-base too, as well as appearances at Bonnaroo, The Kennedy Center, and a cross-country tour with The Avett Brothers. After three albums, Andrews left that band and launched a solo career, starting with a self-titled EP and a full-length record, The Mirror, that built something bigger a broader on top of her Americana roots. She followed The Mirror with the acclaimed The War Inside featuring a duet with Seth Avett.

Since releasing The War Inside, Andrews has remained busy touring and writing, opening shows for acts such as The Avett Brothers, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, Sean Watkins, and Mandolin Orange, as well as headlining her own shows throughout the country. Collaborations with friends like Langhorne Slim and Peter Groenwald have led to the digital release of a handful of duet singles. These songs feel present, and they’re delivered the way Andrews always delivers them: with raw emotion that is as real to her as it is to the listener.
Pre-sale tickets $15.00
Day of Show- $ 20.00
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30pm
Music at 8pm
purchase tickets on Eventbrite


December 17th- Sisters in Song- Join us for a special night of song featuring Kristine Jackson, Becky Boyd and Rachel Brown, accompanied by Emma Shook from the Cleveland Orchestra on violin. These ladies take it to  a higher level when they share songs, stories, laughs and sometime tears in a special night of music. Sisters in Song played their first show together here at the G.A.R. Hall, these ladies feel like family and we LOVE it when they come back home!
Pre-sale – $17.00
Day of Show at the door – $20.00
General Admission
doors open at 6:30/ Music at 7pm
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


December 22nd-Hillbilly IDOL– NE Ohio’s premier Roots Country Honky-Tonk Swing band, take the stage at the GAR Hall in Peninsula on Friday December 22nd. This time they will be bringing their annual Holiday concert to the Hall. The band has been performing this Christmas show or 17 years at one of Cleveland’s favorite stops for live music, but with the closing of this beloved venue, rather than leaving this show in the past, they are starting a new tradition of performing this annual classic at the G.A.R. Hall.
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
$12 pre-sale/$15 day of show
purchase tickets on Eventbrite




December 23rd- Brent Kirby’s Holiday House Concert– Every year we invite our friend Brent Kirby to come out and do a special concert this time of year at the Hall. It’s always intimate, just Brent and his guitar, singing your favorite Kirby tunes, holiday classics and some original arrangements of covers, and it’s always fun. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon. Come support the small shops in Peninsula for those special unique gifts and then treat yourself, and head over to the Hall to see one of N.E.Ohio’s treasures!
Doors open at 4:30
Music at 5pm/general admission
$10 pre-sale and at the door
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January 20th- Dar Williams-Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be released in September.

Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among others.

Dar’s most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. It is a sparkling collection of new original material, inspired collaborations and some surprising covers such as B.A.D.’s “Johnny Appleseed” making this album one of her best yet.

“Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny, subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her entire songbook.” -The New Yorker
General Admission
Doors open at 7:15/ Music at 8PM
Early Bird Pricing until December 20th- $25
Price after December 20th- $30
$35 at the door
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March 13th- Julian Lage-“There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music, he has spent most of his life bathed in a bright, expectant light.”

-New York Times

Lage was already an established guitar virtuoso when at age 27, he picked up the Telecaster for the Arclight sessions. That was, in a sense, a return to his roots: When he was four years old, his dad, a visual artist, had made him a plywood guitar, based on a Fender Esquire he’d traced from a Bruce Springsteen poster. As a young and preternaturally gifted musician, Lage found supporters in such artists as vibraphonist Gary Burton and veteran jazz guitarist Jim Hall, who would become Lage’s mentor and friend. Though Hall passed away in 2013, he remains a profound influence on Lage. In fact, Lage first encountered Colley and Wollesen when they were backing Hall at the famed Bay Area jazz club, Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA. Since then, Lage has more than fulfilled the promise of his youth, collaborating with a diverse range of fellow artists, including guitarist-singer Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers, bassist Steve Swallow, and iconic avant-garde composer John Zorn; often appearing with the house band on Prairie Home Companion; and composing for and fronting this trio.

General Admission
Doors open at 6:30/Music at 7PM
$20 pre-sale/ $25 day of show
Purchase tickets here on Eventbrite


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking for the GAR Hall is located on the Southwest corner of Route 303 and Riverview directly South of the 303. Overflow parking can be found on the Southeast corner of 303 at Riverview Court or at Yellow Creek Trading Company at 1685 Main Street

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
The office phone number is 330-657-2528

What’s the refund policy?
full refund between 7-10 days prior to event


More information about these shows coming soon!

December 30th- A Blues Gathering
December 31st- Annual NYE Party TBA soon!!!
January 13th- Rayna Gellert with Kieran Kane
January 19th- Molly Tuttle
January 20th- Dar Williams
February 2nd- Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys
February 9th- Griffin House
February 10th- The Mammals
February 13th- Mardi Gras with Mo Mojo
February 23rd- Missy Raines and the New Hip
March 8th- We Banjo 3
March 13th- Julian Lage
March 17th- Ballinloch
March 23rd- Andy Cohen and the New Florida Blues Band
March 25th- Kaia Kater
April 13th- Diana Chittester and Mark Lee Shannon
April 15th- Sisters in Song
April 21st- Kim Richey


Please send all booking inquiries to

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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