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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.

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 the old Yellow Creek Trading Company.  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!!!


New Vaccination Policy for the G.A.R. Hall and the Bronson Church.

The Peninsula Foundation has joined in alliance with other Northeast Ohio music venues in announcing a new vaccination policy. Effective in September 2021, all indoor events at the G.A.R. Hall and the Bronson Church will require a proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result, date stamped no later than 72 hours prior to the event, for entry for all concerts and events. We recommend mask wearing other than when you are eating and drinking while inside our venues.

If you have already purchased tickets to an event for this Fall season, you will be receiving an additional e-mail with this information for that particular event.

We strive to provide a safe place for people to come and enjoy an evening of music. We have improved ventilation systems at both the G.A.R. Hall and the Bronson Church, our staff is 100% vaccinated and we hope by initiating these measures, we can provide you the trust and assurance of a great and SAFE place to enjoy a show.

Our hope is that SOON, we can move past Covid- 19 and all of its variants. We long to come together as a music community again, where we gather with old friends, meet new friends and share a night of music with no worries of this virus. We feel these are the measures necessary to get us there.

Thank you for your continued support…and trust.
Karen James Walters
Executive Director- Peninsula Foundation
Artistic Director- Voices in the Valley

The Bluegrass Gospel Hour at the Bronson Church– Every other week, your hosts, Paul Kovac and David Mayfield play your favorite Bluegrass Gospel Tunes, perfect for your Sunday morning!  The music starts at 11am.




G.A.R. Grass Jam ***Canceled for January***

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7:00pm

Grass Jam is BACK! 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.

$5 donation at the door


January 14th- The Thor Platter Trio- This date has been moved to March 12th-  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. Her Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan albums served to influence Thor took while he forged his own songwriting style, built around a strong vocal style and a great group of musicians backing him up. We are excited to welcome the Trio back to Hall. Please join us!

15.00 – General Admission

Doors open at 7pm/ Music at 8pm

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Please bring your Covid vax cards or negative PCR covid test (within 72 hours) with your ID for entry. You can read the entire G.A.R. covid policy at Thank You!


February 6th- Bill and the Belles- Touring in support of their latest album, Happy Again, Bill and the Belles make their first stop at the Voices in the Valley concert series at the G.A.R. Hall- The band began as a project to explore the sounds between rural and urban music, between vaudeville and down home roots, but they’ve arrived somewhere wholly their own. They revel in the in-between: deeply engaged with the stringband tradition and eager to stretch those influences to contemporary settings. Happy Again isn’t exactly happy. But the delightfully deadpan new album from roots mainstays Bill and the Belles is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. Happy Again marks a new chapter for the group by featuring eleven all-original songs penned by founding member Kris Truelsen. There’s no dancing around it: this album is about his divorce. But the group has a knack for saying sad things with a bit of an ironic smirk, pairing painful topics with a sense of release and relief. Anyone who’s been to one of their shows can attest that you leave feeling lighter and refreshed. The band often jokes that their setlists appear mournful and angry, but if you don’t listen to the words, you wouldn’t know it! The band presents these themes simply and playfully, inviting listeners to reframe their own burdens and look to the future. “This was one of the first times I felt like I was writing country songs like my heros that were actually from my own perspective,” says Truelsen. “I quickly realized it made sense for us to break the rules.” The group subverts expectations for a stringband, taking a page from some of the finest early country and rock songwriters that drifted happily between genres. Truelsen describes the band’s mission: “One of my ultimate goals is to write songs that are hard to classify in a certain time period. To transcend the now.

Excited to welcome this band for the first time to the G.A.R. Hall

General Admission- $20.00

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
Please bring your Covid vax cards or negative PCR covid test (within 72 hours) with your ID for entry. You can read the entire G.A.R. covid policy at Thank You!

February 12th- The Corn Potato Sring Band- The Corn Potato String Band earns 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.
General Admission – $20.00
Doors open at 7:30/Music 8pm
Please bring your Covid vax cards or negative PCR covid test (within 72 hours) with your ID for entry. You can read the entire G.A.R. covid policy at Thank You!


March 13th- Mipso with special guest Belle White!

Since making their acclaimed debut with 2013’s Dark Holler Pop, North Carolina-bred fourpiece Mipso have captivated audiences with their finely layered vocal harmonies, gracefulfluency in the timeless musical traditions of their home state, and a near-telepathic musical connection that makes their live show especially kinetic. On their self-titled sixth album and Rounder Records debut, fiddle player Libby Rodenbough, mandolinist Jacob Sharp, guitarist Joseph Terrell, and bassist Wood Robinson share their most sonically adventurous and lyrically rich work to date, each moment charged with the tension between textural effervescence and an underlying despair about the modern world.

Special guest Belle White – A truly original new voice in songwriting, Bella White creates an undeniable magic by mining the rare duality at the heart of her artistry. Although she hails from the Canadian city of Calgary, the 20-year-old singer/multi-instrumentalist grew up on the classic country and old-time music she first discovered thanks to her father, a Virginia native who played in bluegrass bands all throughout her childhood.

Doors open at 6pm/ Music at 7pm
General Admission/ Auditorium Seating

$30 pre-sale/$35 day of show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Please bring your Covid vax cards or negative PCR covid test (within 72 hours) with your ID for entry. You can read the entire G.A.R. covid policy at Thank You!


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 the old 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!

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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

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