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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!!!


May 23rd- Lindsey Lou– Lindsay Lou has been making soulful, poignant music for the last decade. An undeniable powerhouse, Lou’s singing floats over the masterful playing and deep groove of her band with both a fierce intensity and a tender intimacy.

Lindsay Lou’s fourth album, Southland (released April 2018), is a transformative and heart-wrenching ten-song stunner. Lou’s voice—and its unique ability to create an expansive, almost physically tangible soundscape—carries each song on Southland forward, made even more recognizable and potent by bandmates Josh Rilko (mandolin, vocals) and PJ George (bass, vocals) and special guests.

Today, touring nationally and internationally year round, Lindsay Lou and her band continue to collect a mass of friends and fans along the way. Notable U.S. festival plays include Telluride Bluegrass festival, Merlefest, Stagecoach, Redwing, ROMP, GreyFox, and a slew of others. Abroad, they have appeared at Scotland’s Shetland Island Folk Fest and the Celtic Connections tour, Australia’s National Folk Festival, and others. Of the live show, Roots Magazine reviewed “…[Lindsay Lou is] the most affectingly expressive singer since Amy Winehouse, backed by the new Punch Brothers.” The Boot, who featured Lindsay Lou Band as a “Can’t Miss Act at AmericanaFest 2018, says “…Lou brings introspection and masterful vocal work to her live show.”

In the words of famed bluegrass musician David Grier, who caught Lindsay Lou Band at a recent festival, “Lindsay…sings the way you would want to if’n you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it’s all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don’t miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.”
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8p,
Pre-sale tickets $20/ Day of show $25
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


May 25th- Rachel Brown and The Beatnik Playboys- She plays piano, she plays guitar, she sings, she writes her own songs, she takes a classic and makes it her own…and did I mention this lady can sing!! Rachel Brown, she’s one of the great talents in the N.E. Ohio music scene and the Beatnik Playboys are the perfect band for her. Come watch this lady shake the rafters. Always excited to present this fine ensemble at the Hall.
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
$15 pre-sale/
$17 at the door
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite



June 1st- JigJam-Jig Jam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.

Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co.Offaly with Co. Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band’s accomplishments. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music while staying true to their Irish roots. Described as ‘The best Irish group so far in bluegrass, these boys deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage…come get your Irish on!!!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
Pre-sale-$18.00/Day of show- $23
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


June 2- Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands- Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year and has won the respect and admiration of her peers .Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Max Schwartz), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.
“One of the contemporary acoustic music scene’s most skilled and enduring performers.” –Acoustic Guitar

“Singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis has long been a purveyor of some of the most artful and sophisticated folk and bluegrass music.” –Relix

“Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.” –Utah Phillip

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8PM
Pre-Sale ticket- $18/ Day of show- $23
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


June 11th-  G.A.R. Grass Jam– Join us from 7-9 every 2nd Tuesday as we host a Bluegrass Jam Night! Paul Kovac and David Mayfield will be your hosts. All ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged. We have 3-5 separate break out rooms so you can pick your jam. You are welcome to bring your own food to munch on, the bar will be open.Listeners welcome!  A $5 donation is appreciated



June 14th- Kaia Kater Trio– A Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: her family’s deep ties to folk music and the years she spent soaking up Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression.

Kaia started her career early, crafting her first EP Old Soul (2013)when she was just out of high school. Since then, she’s gone on to release two more albums, Sorrow Bound (2015) and Nine Pin (2016). Her second album wove between hard-hitting songs touching on social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). Nine Pin won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Stingray Rising Star Award and sent Kaia on an 18-month touring journey from Ireland to Iowa, including stops at The Kennedy Center, Hillside Festival and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush. For her third album, Grenades (October 2018, Folkways/acronym Records), she took a decidedly different direction, choosing to lean into a wider array of sounds and styles, in order to convey a wider array of emotions and topics, most notably her paternal ancestry. Grenadeshas been nominated for a 2019 JUNO award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.

“Kater is one of the most exciting roots musicians to come along in years.” –Matt Hendrickson,Garden & Gun

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8Pm
Pre-Sale $17/ Day of Show $22
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


June 15th- Griffin HouseIn his own words: I was born April 21, 1980 at Community Hospital in Springfield, Ohio, the son of a tire salesman and a social worker. I was the first in my family to pick up an instrument and sing in public. My first memory of loving music was playing with my Lincoln Logs and listening to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” over and over on vinyl on my parents’ Panasonic stereo.

It is a true, and nowadays rare, musician who writes lyrics so vulnerable and authentic that an audience is irrevocably captured by the powerful experience of sharing the journey. An album that is essentially an autobiographical account of personal mistakes, change, and growth, offers listeners a chance to reflect on their own experiences and connect with another’s story. Griffin House is that rare musician.

“If you are looking to be blown away by raw talent,
then look no further than Griffin House.” —American Songwriter

Happy to welcome one of Ohio’s own back to the Hall. Griffin House…don’t wait…these won’t last long!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30pm/Music at 8pm
Pre-Sale $20/ Day of show $25
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite


June 21st- Marti Jones and Don Dixon-After more than 20 years performing together, Marti Jones and Don Dixon have forged an impressive collective musical career flaunting melodic range, edgy depth, clever but catchy lyrics and a mad mutual appreciation for the quality of life.
Jones and Dixon have managed to do all this together without diminishing their distinct individual traits in the process. Not an easy process, especially within a marriage or the music industry.

On one hand, there’s Dixon, the singer, songwriter, musician and critically acclaimed producer originally from Lancaster, whose list of credits is as lengthy as it is diverse. Highlights range from R.E.M.’s landmark debut to work with The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, Joe Cocker, even Ronnie Spector. Then, enter sultry Jones with her rich voice and sensitive quality. Some compare her vocal skills to Dusty Springfield or Annie Lennox, but she exerts formidable skills as an artistic interpreter all her own
Together they wield sassy stage rapport and consummate talent, tossing around defining terms from jangle pop, Southern soul, and alt/indie to pop rock, acoustic pop and contemporary rock.

Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
General Admission

Pre-sale tickets-$18.00 /$23 day of show
Purchase tickets 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!
July 18th- Lula Wiles
September 6th- Frances Luke Accord
September 20th- The Slocan Ramblers
October 11th- The Honey Dewdrops
October 26th- Tim O’Brien

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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