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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 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!!!


Hi Live Music Lovers!

We are planning a fun summer of music on the Bronson Green, in the heart of Peninsula next to the Bronson Church.  Parking is at the G.A.R. Hall parking lot or the former Yellow Creek Trading Company lot.  We are looking forward to being back at the Hall in the Fall!

Thank you for supporting live music!  We have missed you!

Karen Walters
Executive DirectorPeninsula Foundation
Artistic Director- Voices in the Valley
Manager-The G.A.R. Hall


The Bluegrass Gospel Hour on the Bronson Green– 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. You can find us on the Voices in the Valley, G.A.R. Hall and Gage House Sessions Facebook pages.. So tune in and enjoy!!!
August 1st 11am. Bluegrass gospel in the Bronson Church!!!  Come and be with us in person or tune in at Voices in the Valley Facebook

Music starts at 11. Doors open at 10:45
$10  at the door
Parking is at 1685 Main Street at the former Yellow Creek  Road

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G.A.R. Grass Jam

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 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

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August 13th- The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville-based old-time country blues/string band consisting of singer/songwriters Ian Craft (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and kick-drum), Jared Green (guitar, harmonica, and piano), and Dan Swan (upright bass).

They were described by AllMusic as “an Americana string band, but a reconfigured 21st century version, incorporating rock, pop, gospel, jazz, R&B, Dixieland, country blues, and who knows what else into the mix.”

A little something for everyone! You can’t help but like these guys…I promise!!
Pack you picnic, your blanket or lawn chair, your favorite beverage to enjoy and get on down to the Green!

Gates open at 6:30/Music at 7pm
General Admission- 20.00
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite

This is a rain or shine event. If it rains, we will move inside to the G.A.R. Hall

parking at the G.A.R. Hall or 1685 Main Street. Please DO NOT park on Center Street- Thanks!

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August 15th- The Slocan Ramblers– Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.

The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.

Gates open at 6:30/Music at 7pm

General Admission- $25

Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy your favoirtie beverage. Please be very careful if you must bring glass. Thanks!

This is a rain or shine event, if it rains we will move inside the G.A.R. Hall but refreshments will need to be purchased from the G.A.R. Hall.
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite
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August 20th- Up ‘Til 4 is a band dedicated to acoustic / rock music from the singer-songwriter era of the 60s and 70s through the modern indie-folk music of today.

The group covers the music of Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Eagles, James Taylor, Sheryl Crowe, Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Grateful Dead, Traveling Wilbury’s as well as original music. Excellent song choices, versatile musicianship and sweet, sweet harmonies make this band a must-see on a Summer night!

Gates open at 6:30/Music at 7pm
$15.00- general admission
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite

This is a rain or shine event. If the weather does not cooperate, we will move inside the G.A.R. Hall

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Oh… we will be having some fun on August 28th as we welcome The David Mayfield Parade and the The Henhouse Prowlers to do some Bluegrass “Pickin in the Podunk” on the Bronson Church Green.

This is a great double bill, with two bands that know their way around hollow body instruments! Bluegrass fans in N.E. Ohio know well the talents of the David Mayfield Parade, a traditional bluegrass band with memorable instrumentation, incredible 3 and 4 part harmonies and a strong mix of classic and original bluegrass tunes.

Add to that, The Henhouse Prowlers, founded 17 years ago in Chicago, with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass. On stage, the group’s performances give audiences a sense of how much they love what they do. You won’t want to miss it!

We plan to make a fun day of it with food vendors and refreshments provided by the G.A.R. Hall.

Gates open at 3:30pm/ Music starts at 4pm

General Admission- 38.00 for two bands!

Parking at the G.A.R. Hall Parking lot or at 1685 Main Street.  PLEASE Do not park on Center Street

Beverages and food will be available for sale!

This is a rain or shine event. If the weather turns rainy, we will move inside the G.A.R. Hall

Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite
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Sept 3rdTwo of Northeast Ohio’s best and most celebrated singer/songwriters, Alex Bevan and Brent Kirby will perform on the beautiful Bronson Green.

If you are from Northern Ohio you might know Alex Bevan as the guy who wrote and performed “Skinny Little Boy,” “Grand River Lullaby” and “Have Another Laugh on Cleveland Blues!” If you are a boater or frequent visitor to Put-in-Bay you would recognize him as a mainstay at The Boathouse on South Bass for over twenty years, a regular performer at watering holes on Kelley’s Island, that fellow who produced most of Pat Dailey’s recordings and the troubadour at any number of yacht clubs along the North Shore armed with a guitar and a ball cap slinging spontaneous blarney.

One of the Plain Dealer’s “25 Acts to Watch” Brent Kirby is a night’s stroll with a rock n’ roll romantic. This does not mean Kirby’s merely a smitten troubadour, or a bard for the wayward but colorful life of musicians. Though his own songs bring up those immortal topics, Kirby’s romanticism is much bigger than that. His songs start with the introspective stir of strum and voice, but just like his performances, quickly move outward and embrace the listener. Kirby, who grew up in Wisconsin and has lived playing music in places as varied as Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Cleveland, has acquired a keen narrator’s eye. Playing bars and clubs since his early teens, his lyrics dictate life in the moment, not as nightly grinds, but as places where dreams really come to life in gritty color.

Gates open at 6:30/ Music at 7pm

General Admission ticket- $22.00

This is a rain or shine event. If the weather turns, we will move to inside the G.A.R. Hall
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music.
September 9th – American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration. Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions. They have an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity.

This band blew us away last time they played the Hall. Help us welcome them back!
General Admission-27.00
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8

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September 18th- 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 for the Early show
Doors open at 4:30pm/ Music at 5pm
Pre-Sale tickets- 35.00/Day of show- 40.00
Purchase tickets for the Early show

General Admission for the Late show
Doors open at 7:30pm/ Music at 8pm
Pre-Sale tickets- 35.00/Day of show- 40.00
Purchase tickets for the Late show


October 16th -The Steel Wheels-Virginia-based acoustic roots music collective The Steel Wheels are coming back to the Hall. A band that is always on the move, having completed 7 recordings, they certainly keep busy! .There brand of music remains undefined, Americana, Folk, a liitle fiddle heavy tunes and a little bit of rock and roll!

We are so excited and honored to welcome back our boys, The Steel Wheels to the G.A.R. Hall. For anyone who is a part of the Steel Wheels family, you know the magic they bring to the stage! Join us and experience it!

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

Pre-Sale $28/Day of show $32

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

We will continue to track and follow CDC guidelines concerning Covid-19.

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November 3rd- We are excited to have Dustbowl Revival coming back to the Hall!

Opening Support by Smooth Hound Smith

Dustbowl Revival has always been about pushing the boundaries of what American roots music can be. After celebrating over a decade of sonic adventuring and playing thousands of shows together in ten countries and counting, the group collected a devoted fanbase coast-to-coast. After throwing five of their own virtual Sway-At-Home festivals during the shut-down featuring nearly forty artists, the always evolving group of string and brass players led by founding members Z. Lupetin, Josh Heffernan, Ulf Bjorlin are excited to welcome a new wave of talent to the band, after emerging from a pandemic touring hiatus.

Dustbowl Revival’s story started humbly. Nearly thirteen years ago Z. Lupetin, a Chicago native who attended college in Michigan came to L.A. to be a screenwriter, grew disillusioned with his job in advertising, and placed a hopeful ad on Craigslist. He sought to find fellow musicians who shared his roving love of Louis Armstrong, Bob Wills, Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and the brass bands of New Orleans, but also wanted to write songs like Americana pioneers Wilco, Lucinda Williams and even Bruce Springsteen. There are still players in the group who responded to that initial odd quest.

“Maybe we don’t know where this journey will take us or how long it will last,” acknowledges Lupetin, “That’s my take on the importance of what we try to do. Music elevates us, lifts us up, makes us change our minds, takes us out of our comfort zones. If just one person can be moved by just one song, that’s enough.”

Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm

Pre-sale- tickets- $35.00/Day of show- $42.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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November 21~ Donna the Buffalo offers everything you want in a roots band — songs that matter, a groove that makes you dance, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community.

I think we could all use a little Donna the Buffalo after the last year. Join us on November 21st as we welcome them back to the Hall. YAY!!

Doors open at 6:30/Music at 7pm
There will be a limited number of tables for 4 available. You must reserve the entire table.
Table for four- 200.00
General Admission/ Standing Room only- 42.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite
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Join us this summer as we feature concerts on the Bronson Green, a beautiful little spot in the heart of Peninsula, perfect to bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic, and enjoy some good times with friends.  You are welcome to bring your own beverages, including adult beverages, please do not bring glass for the safety of others. So come join us on the green, for good music and good times!

Here is our schedule so far…check back often for updates:
July 10th & 11th- join us at Music in the Valley at Hale Farm and Village
July 16th- Jordan Tice
July 18th- Bluegrass Gospel Hour
July 23rd- Tall Paul and Western Drawl
July 30th- Kristine Jackson
July 31- Kim Richey
August 13th- The Howlin’ Brothers
August 15th- The Slocan Ramblers
August 20th- Up til 4
August 21st- TBD
August 22nd- The Onlies
August 28th- Pickin’ in the Podunk event- details coming soon!
Sept 3rd- Alex Bevan and Brent Kirby

Parking is a short walk from the G.A.R. parking area, or you can park across the street at 1685 Main Street, the former home of Yellow Creek Trading Company.  Please DO NOT park on Center Street.  Thank you!

Sneak peak at our Fall  schedule…so far…we are actively booking and confirming concert everyday!  Watch our Voices in the Valley Facebook page for ticket announcements. It’s great to be back…Thank You!!!!

September 9th- Foghorn Stringband
September 18th- The Watkins Family Hour

October 2- Riley and Viv
October 9th- Jacob Jolliff Band
October 15th- Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
October 16th- The Steel Wheels
October 20th- Jake Blount
October 22nd- The Honey Dewdrops
November 3rd-Dustbowl Revival
November 13th- Richie & Rosie
November 21- Donna the Buffalo
December 3rd, 4th and 5th- The Speedbumps
December 12th- David Bromberg
December 18th- April Verch and Joe Newberry

 

 

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

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