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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.
Specialty flatbread pizzas, cheese plates, snacks and desserts available from Chef Ron Ramos, so come hungry!

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!
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HAAS KOWERT AND TICESeptember 7th-  Haas, Kowert and Tice- The Trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert is a confluence of three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. While each member carries an impressive resume of professional experience, it is the devotion to collaboration and the pursuit of a unique group sound that sets them apart.

California-born Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide, and came to her unique sound through the old time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger. A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol’s Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (her cellist sister), Abigail Washburn, and The Waybacks. She played her fiddle on Steve Martin’s Grammy Award-winning CD, “The Crow,” and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others.
Paul Kowert grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Upon graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, he joined the band Punch Brothers and moved to Brooklyn, NY. Since then the band has made two albums and toured extensively throughout the US, UK and Europe, contributed music to “The Hunger Games,” “This is Forty,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and appeared on Conan, Leno, Letterman, Jools Holland, A Prairie Home Companion, and Austin City Limits. In addition to playing with Punch Brothers, Paul has toured with Mike Marshall’s Big Trio, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Haas Kowert Tice. 

Hailing from Annapolis Maryland, Jordan Tice is an innovative flatpicker and prolific composer of acoustic music. The son of two bluegrass musicians, he grew up playing with various bluegrass bands and singer/songwriters around Maryland until 2005 when he enrolled at Towson University to study music composition on full scholarship. He released his debut recording of original music at the age of 17 on Patuxent Records and has since released 2 more recordings of his music to rave reviews. He has either performed and recorded with Mark Schatz and friends, Frank Wakefield, Darol Anger, and Tony Trischka. He has been featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and played the music of Steve Martin commissioned for New York City’s esteemed “Shakespeare in the Park” series in Central Park in summer 2012. His album “The Secret History” (2012) features Paul Kowert on bass and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. He also performs with Tony Trischka, The Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, The Depue Brothers Band, Lily Henley, and Mariel Vandersteel.

Together, Haas, Kowert, and Tice have produced a body of work containing flights of improvisation and interesting compositional turns all grounded by memorable melodies and driving rhythms. The group’s adventurous spirit and desire to show the audience something new is never at the expense of the most intrinsically rewarding elements of music such as the beauty of a well crafted melody or the dance-inspiring energy of a great groove.
Pre-sale tickets $18/ $22 day of show- General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music starts at 8PM
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image001September 9th- Old Man Luedecke– Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people’s poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. “You can’t fake a work of heart,” Luedecke sings in “The Girl in the Pearl Earring,” and the assured confidence of that line, the assertion of a straightforward truth, is the guiding principle behind the entire album, Domestic Eccentric.
You can hear the listening on Old Man Luedecke’s new album, “Domestic Eccentric”. You can hear the cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods where it was recorded.  Not since Loudon Wainwright III has anyone written so honestly, so openly, or with such aching tenderness and good humour about family life. “Saving up for date night so we can have our fight” “The Early Days”. But Luedecke has always insisted on a solid poetic heft in the way he uses words, and highly personal stories are what have always connected him to the universal in his audience. Recorded with Tim O’Brien in an intimate setting at home has yielded an album where the songs take the starring role.
Pre-sale tickets $10/ $15 day of show- General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music starts at 8PM
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Anna & ElizabethSeptember 15th- Anna & Elizabeth- A collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle, the pair’s growing acclaim springs from a shared quartet of talents: Both are historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians—in combination, a groundbreaking approach.

Inspired by the richness and tradition of the music, Anna & Elizabeth gather songs and stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life in performance with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, and the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. They accompany their songs with stories—of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song—and they illustrate them in mesmerizing fashion. The two revive the old scrolling picture show, dubbed  “crankies”—intricate picture-scrolls illustrating the old songs they sing, which they create in tandem with papercuts, shadow puppets, prints, and embroidered fabric.
Pre-sale tickets $17/ $22 day of show- General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music starts at 8PM
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cornpotato-string-band-vanderblom-1hrSeptember 16th- 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.
Doors open at 7:30/ 8pm show/general admission
$12 pre-sale/$15 day of show
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Ballroom_Thieves_PressSeptember 29th- The Ballroom Thieves–   In this increasingly virtual world of ours, what makes music authentic? For some, songs are no more than tiny sentimental decompressions. But others treat music as an extension of their roots, a mirror of their travels and relationships, and a testament to both their craft and passion. Stylistically, the trio finds a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. The last time they played the Hall, they killed it!  Unique sound…Awesome band.

$12 pre-sale/ $15 day of show/ general admission
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Press Photo 1 - Maarten deBoerOctober 9th- Sara Watkins–  Thrilled to announce Sara Watkins is coming to play the Hall this Fall in support of her new album;  Young in all the Wrong Ways. Sara Watkins is a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California. She debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. In addition to singing and playing fiddle, she also plays ukulele and guitar, and played percussion while touring with The Decemberists.

Supporting her new album, Young in all the Wrong Ways, Sara says, “This is a breakup album with myself…”Writing and recording these ten intensely soul-baring songs was a means for her to process and mark the last couple years, which have been transformative. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be. It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”
Doors open at 6:30, Music at 7pm
General Admission
***SOLD OUT***

3de6eb32-d700-42f7-9df2-5cea03b7a18cOctober 15th- Roger Hoover’s Pastures of Plenty CD Release Party-
Paste Magazine Song Premiere: Roger Hoover, Something in My Heart, I find myself repeating that sentence constantly throughout the day because it doesn’t seem real to me. It doesn’t seem real because a small town Ohioan isn’t supposed to be signed to a label and have a national release coming out.  —Although Roger Hoover has made a name for himself in folk and Americana circles with his brand of searching, wistful songwriting, the last thing he wishes to do is be pigeonholed into any specific genre. In particular, with his latest collection of originals,Pastures (out October 7 on Last Chance Records)*, the singer wishes most to look forward while keeping an eye on the road behind.  Join us as we celebrate with Roger the National release of his “Pastures of Plenty” Cd.
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm.  General Admission
$15 pre-sale/ $20 day of show
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4c7638_3f3c043422cb4950aa4734fbc489a003.jpg_srz_p_979_515_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzNovember 4th and 5th- The Speedbumps– One of North East Ohio’s favorites, The Speedbumps are coming back for TWO shows in November.  Erik and company will be playing your favorite Speedbumps tunes as only they can.  The band has been busy spreading the Speedbumps groove on the road, and do not play the N.E. Ohio area often,  so we are excited to welcome them back home to the G.A.R. Hall for what is sure to be two special nights.
Doors open at 7:00, Music at 8pm
General Admission
$20 pre-sale/$25 day of show
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More information about these shows coming soon!

September 8th- Tim Easton
September 14th- The Mostly Blues Band
September 16th- Corn Potato String Band
September 17th- Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys
September 23rd- Austin Walkin’ Cane and Wallace Coleman
September 24th- Music on the Porches- Headliner act TBA
September 30th- Boy=Girl
October 13th- The New Soft Shoe
October 22nd- A Blues Gathering with Austin Walkin’ Cane, Kristine Jackson, Jon Mosey and Mike Lenz
October 29th- The Numbers Band
November 11th- Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys
November 20th- Sisters in Song

Parking for the G.A.R. Hall is on the southwest corner of Riverview Road and Main Street (Route 303).

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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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