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Voices in the Valley

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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!

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!!!

Hello Live Music Fans. We have been working hard at the G.A.R. Hall to re-open under the State’s guidelines for an Entertainment venue.  We have worked with the State and County for a variance which allows 11 socially distanced tables, giving us 44 total seats.  It’s not a lot, but we will take it!

The G.A.R. Hall has 3 HVAC systems which we have updated with improved filters, UV lighting and Ionization systems to improve the air quality in the Hall.  We will be checking temperatures at the door and masks are mandatory to enter the building.  Masks can be removed to eat and drink, but any movement throughout the building will require a face covering. We will be utilizing servers so there will be no need to stand in line at the bar.  We will come to you!

We are also working with Gage House Sessions on live streaming capabilities of the shows as well. We have had successful shows on the Bronson Green in September, we are hoping for some additional opportunities to present music on the Green weather permitting.  Good things are happening, we are excited to see you all soon and we look forward to  sharing an evening at the G.A.R. Hall!

Sincerely,
Karen Walters
Executive Director
Peninsula Foundation

 

October 23rd- The Thor Platter Trio is coming back to the G.A.R. Hall. Bluegrass, blues and Country.: Born and raised in Buffalo, local singer-songwriter Thor Platter received a good dose of classic rock as a youth when his sister introduced him to her record collection. She had albums by guys such as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Thor took these early influences and forged his own songwriting style, built around a strong vocal style and a great group of musians backing him up.

Some things have changed at the Hall… Our variance to open from the County and State allows us 11 socially distanced tables. There are tables with 4 seats available at each table and a limited number of tables with 2 seats available for a total of no more than 44 seats. No lines at the bar, there will be a menu at your table where you can write down your drink orders, we will pick it up and bring you your beverages. You are welcome to bring your own food, we do not have the food operation up and running yet. Masks are mandatory. Since we are indoors, masks need to stay on unless you are eating or drinking. If you get up from your seat, you need to put your mask back on. We would appreciate if you had a mask on when speaking with our staff. The will do the same for you. If this is disagreeable to you…then this is not the event for you…sorry.

We will have two portable restrooms and hand washing stations outside. We are opening the doors an hour early to hopefully avoid any lines but we will ask you to stay socially distanced, even outside. We have improvde air quality while inside the Hall. We have installed improved filters. We installed both UV lIghting systems and Ionization systems to our HVAC systems. We are excited to be able to open again under the State guidelines, and most importantly… to open safely. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Hall for some live music!

We do small in a BIG way!
General Admission- Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm
Tickets:
1 ticket equals a table for 4- 80.00
1 ticket equals a table for 2- 40.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

 

October 24th- Becky Boyd and the Groove Train -“Becky Boyd, a singer of such strength, she could make a lot of ‘No Girls Allowed’ signs get ripped off the clubhouse doors… She possesses a powerful blues/jazz voice that’s forceful, sensuous and as clear as spring water. If there’s a jazz buff in the Cleveland area who hasn’t heard Boyd sing yet, do something about that. She has got the art of scat singing down cold. Becky Boyd is a local talent to watch.” – Steve Byrne, Scene Magazine- Well…that pretty much sums it up!!

Becky Boyd is a force…one not to miss. She is both talented and entertaining and we just love her at the Hall. Don’t miss the opportunity as she rolls into town with her band the Groove Train.
Perhaps the most under-rated voice in Cleveland. For those of us who know Becky…we are all devoted! Come out and support her and her incredible band, The Groove Train
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Some things have changed at the Hall… Our variance to open from the County and State allows us 11 socially distanced tables. There are tables with 4 seats available at each table and a limited number of tables with 2 seats available for a total of no more than 44 seats. No lines at the bar, there will be a menu at your table where you can write down your drink orders, we will pick it up and bring you your beverages. You are welcome to bring your own food, we do not have the food operation up and running yet. Masks are mandatory. Since we are indoors, masks need to stay on unless you are eating or drinking. If you get up from your seat, you need to put your mask back on. We would appreciate if you had a mask on when speaking with our staff. They will do the same for you. If this is disagreeable to you…then this is not the event for you…sorry.

We will have two portable restrooms and hand washing stations outside. We are opening the doors an hour early to hopefully avoid any lines but we will ask you to stay socially distanced, even outside. We have improvde air quality while inside the Hall. We have installed improved filters. We installed both UV lIghting systems and Ionization systems to our HVAC systems. We are excited to be able to open again under the State guidelines, and most importantly… to open safely. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Hall for some live music!
We do small in a BIG way!
General Admission- Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm
Tickets:
1 ticket equals a table for 4- 72.00
1 ticket equals a table for 2- 40.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

October 25th- The Bluegrass Gospel Hour with David Mayfield and Paul Kovac- So we started this program at the Bronson Church, we moved it to the Bronson Green and this week we are moving in to the G.A.R. Hall. The Bronson Church is too small for us to safely social distance so we are turning to the safe and sacred Halls, of the historic G.A.R. Hall for this week’s Bluegrass Gospel Hour! Not sure if we will continue to do this at the Hall, but we hope the interest is there and that you join us! Looking forward to throwing open our doors and starting our Sunday with some sweet Bluegrass music!! The bar will be open for refreshments, we will coffee with some adult enhancements if desired and some Mimosa’s for fun. Please feel free to bring in your own food to enjoy!

Some things have changed at the Hall… Our variance to open from the County and State allows us 11 socially distanced tables. There are tables with 4 seats available at each table and a limited number of tables with 2 seats available for a total of no more than 44 seats. No lines at the bar, there will be a menu at your table where you can write down your drink orders, we will pick it up and bring you your beverages. You are welcome to bring your own food, we do not have the food operation up and running yet. Masks are mandatory. Since we are indoors, masks need to stay on unless you are eating or drinking. If you get up from your seat, you need to put your mask back on. We would appreciate if you had a mask on when speaking with our staff. They will do the same for you. If this is disagreeable to you…then this is not the event for you…sorry.

We will have two portable restrooms and hand washing stations outside. Please social distance when waiting to check in outside . We have improved air quality while inside the Hall. We have installed improved filters. We installed both UV lIghting systems and Ionization systems to our HVAC systems. We are excited to be able to open again under the State guidelines, and most importantly… to open safely. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Hall for some live music!

We do small in a BIG way!

General Admission- Doors open at 10am/Music at 10:30am
Tickets:
Flying solo, no table – $ 15.00
Table for two – $25.00
Table for four – $50.00
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite

November 6th- Paul Kovac’s Big Grass Jam Band– Paul Kovac has gathered some of his favorite “pickers to form a Grass Jam Band. Catch them as they roll into the Hall to play original Ohio Bluegrass and some of your favorite tunes from the legends of Bluegrass, Nothing but fun here folks! So happy to have this show coming back to the Hall.

Some things have changed at the Hall… Our variance to open from the County and State allows us 11 socially distanced tables. There are tables with 4 seats available at each table and a limited number of tables with 2 seats available for a total of no more than 44 seats. No lines at the bar, there will be a menu at your table where you can write down your drink orders, we will pick it up and bring you your beverages. You are welcome to bring your own food, we do not have the food operation up and running yet. Masks are mandatory. Since we are indoors, masks need to stay on unless you are eating or drinking. If you get up from your seat, you need to put your mask back on. We would appreciate if you had a mask on when speaking with our staff. The will do the same for you. If this is disagreeable to you…then this is not the event for you…sorry.

We will have two portable restrooms and hand washing stations outside. We are opening the doors an hour early to hopefully avoid any lines but we will ask you to stay socially distanced, even outside. We have improvde air quality while inside the Hall. We have installed improved filters. We installed both UV lIghting systems and Ionization systems to our HVAC systems. We are excited to be able to open again under the State guidelines, and most importantly… to open safely. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Hall for some live music!

We do small in a BIG way!

General Admission- Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm
Tickets:
4 topper ticket equals a table for 4- $92.00
2 topper ticket equals a table for 2- $46.00

November 14th- Aaron Jonah Lewis and Keva Celstia- Virtuoso banjo player and fiddler Aaron Jonah Lewis has been elbow-deep in traditional American music since his first lessons at the age of five with Kentucky native Robert Oppelt. His concerts take audiences on a journey through the back roads of American old time and folk music, with detours through ragtime and early jazz. Lewis has taken blue ribbons at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV, and at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA, the oldest and largest fiddlers convention in the country. He spends most of his time teaching, touring as a solo performer, with the Corn Potato String Band, the Lovestruck Balladeers, and other projects.

As a banjoist, Lewis explores some interesting veins in the roots of Old Time, Bluegrass, Ragtime and Jazz music through his newest recording, “Mozart of the Banjo: The Joe Morley Project.” This project is devoted to the music of the great English prodigy and virtuoso composer Joe Morley (1867-1937), who wrote a significant body of great banjo pieces in a technique that people today call “classic fingerstyle.”

Greg Adams, Archivist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, says, “Lewis is one of the few performing musicians with the facility to build compelling musical bridges between the printed banjo music and techniques of the 19th century and the instrument’s journey into recorded sound by the turn of the 20th century.”

Some things have changed at the Hall… Our variance to open from the County and State allows us 11 socially distanced tables. There are tables with 4 seats available at each table and a limited number of tables with 2 seats available for a total of no more than 44 seats. No lines at the bar, there will be a menu at your table where you can write down your drink orders, we will pick it up and bring you your beverages. You are welcome to bring your own food, we do not have the food operation up and running yet. Masks are mandatory. Since we are indoors, masks need to stay on unless you are eating or drinking. If you get up from your seat, you need to put your mask back on. We would appreciate if you had a mask on when speaking with our staff. The will do the same for you. If this is disagreeable to you…then this is not the event for you…sorry.

We will have two portable restrooms and hand washing stations outside. We are opening the doors an hour early to hopefully avoid any lines but we will ask you to stay socially distanced, even outside. We have improvde air quality while inside the Hall. We have installed improved filters. We installed both UV lIghting systems and Ionization systems to our HVAC systems. We are excited to be able to open again under the State guidelines, and most importantly… to open safely. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Hall for some live music!

We do small in a BIG way!

General Admission- Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm
Tickets:
4 topper table for 4- 92.00
2 topper table for 2- 46.00

March 13th- The Watkins Family Hour-
Returning to the studio as Watkins Family Hour, Sean and Sara Watkins consider brother sister a duo-centric record – yet one that feels bigger than just two people.

“From the beginning, our goal was to work on these songs to be as strong as they could be, just the two of us,” Sara explains. “And with a few exceptions on the record, that’s really how things were.

Moving from one landscape to the next – literally and musically — is nothing new to Sean and Sara Watkins, who have performed separately and together for nearly their whole lives. Growing up near San Diego, they played countless shows at a local pizza place in Carlsbad, California, with their childhood friend, Chris Thile. As young adults, those three musicians broke out nationally as Nickel Creek, an acoustic ensemble that sold millions of albums, won a Grammy, and toured the world.

“It felt really good to dig into the potential of two people,” Sara says. The arrangements and the writing were all focused on that. Listening now, I’m really proud of what we did. These are songs that would not have come out of either one of us individually, and it feels like a band sound, like this is what we do, the two of us.” However, brother sister remains exactly that – the result of a brother and sister creating music.
General Admission- Auditorium Seating

The Early Show
Doors open at 4:30/ Music at 5pm
Pre-Sale tickets- 35.00/Day of show- 40.00
Coming Soon!

The Second Show
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm

Pre-Sale tickets- 35.00/Day of show- 40.00
Coming Soon!

 

FAQs

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!

Please send all booking inquiries to  karen@crookedrivercreative.com

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

Thanks so much to the Akron Community Foundation for their support of Arts Programming at the G.A.R. Hall

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 minkinsmusic.wordpress.com

check out the Bluegrass Situation