Preserving Peninsula's Past for the Future.

Voices in the Valley

GAR Logo Final

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!!!

 

December 13th and 14th- Hillbilly IDOL’s Honky Tonk Christmas– NE Ohio’s premier Roots Country Honky-Tonk Swing band, will be performing their annual holiday classic at the G.A.R. Hall. This is a show is so fun we had to offer it two nights!  We are so happy to celebrate the season with you while enjoying some of your favorite holiday tunes performed by one of NE Ohio’s best. You will be dancing and smiling I promise!!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
$16 pre-sale/$20 day of show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for night one- December 13th
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for night two- December 14th

 

December 15th- Four Songwriters in the Valley– I look forward to this show every year and it never disappoints. Join us for a special evening of song between four friends, Charlie Wiener, Jon Mosey, Jim Ballard and Alex Bevan. These 4 songwriters have a treasure of tunes to share, what makes this special is they perform each others songs in a round robin setting. It is always a special night filled with great music, great stories
General Admission
Doors open at 6:30/ Music at 7
$15 pre-sale/$20 day of show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

 

December 19th & 20th- David Mayfield ~ Bluegrass Christmas-David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. He took his skills and personality when he joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – he certainly makes an impression live! But it’s the strength of his musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences coming back. You know you are going to have a great time at a David Mayfield show!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
Pre-Sale tickets- $17 Day of show- $22
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for Thursday, December 19th
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite for Friday, December 20th

 

 

December 21st- Anne E. DeChant-“She is what the future of Americana music needs to be in order to endure – a passionate prophetess who has come in from the wild, rough edges intact, and ready to rock.” – No Depression

Anne E. DeChant is a Nashville recording artist originally from Avon Lake, Ohio. She was named Cleveland’s Singer-Songwriter of the Year five times. She’s performed with Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Don Henry, Travis Meadows and a host of others. Anne E. was the selected local artist at Lilith Fair (Cleveland) review and has delivered stand out shows in storied venues ranging from The Bluebird Café, The Bitter End, Evening Muse, The Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame to the Clinton White House.

Anne E. DeChant is a Nashville recording artist originally from Avon Lake, Ohio. She was named Cleveland’s Singer-Songwriter of the Year five times. She’s performed with Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Don Henry, Travis Meadows and a host of others. Anne E. was the selected local artist at Lilith Fair (Cleveland) review and has delivered stand out shows in storied venues ranging from The Bluebird Café, The Bitter End, Evening Muse, The Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame to the Clinton White House.

DeChant’s name derives from the French “of song”, a birthright clearly expressed through an unmistakable voice and songwriter’s perception. She began her career as the dynamic lead singer of Cleveland fan favorite, Odd Girl Out, before becoming the powerhouse she is today with nine studio album releases to her credit.

Join us as Anne E. DeChant comes home for the holidays to the G.A.R. Hall. You know she’ll be rockin’ !
General Admission ~ Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
Pre-sale tickets 16.00/ Day of show 20.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

 

December 27th- Cats on Holiday Annual Holiday Party– Cats On Holiday is a Roots-based, Swamp Pop band that has been pleasing audiences for nearly 20 years with their own special blend of Texas and Louisiana inspired Blues, Rock, Roots & Zydeco, infused with healthy doses of original songs and poetry about urban life. They perform throughout the year at the best live music venues in Northern Ohio, upstate New York and the Lake Erie Islands. Join us as the Cats bring their annual Holiday party to the Hall
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
$15 pre-sale/$20 day of show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

 

December 28th- Sisters in Song– Join us for a special night of song this holiday season, featuring Kristine Jackson, Becky Boyd and Rachel Brown, accompanied by Emma Shook from the Cleveland Orchestra on violin. These ladies take it to a higher level when they share songs, stories, laughs and sometime tears in a special night of music. Sisters in Song played their first show together here at the G.A.R. Hall, these ladies feel like family and we LOVE it when they come back home!
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
Pre-sale – $18.00/Day of Show – $23.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

New Years Eve 2019 at the G.A.R. Hall – We are ringing in the New Year with some of our favorite friends helping us out on stage. David Mayfield called some of his exceptionally talented friends to form our first ever jug band! They are busy putting together a show sure to bring in 2020 with a song, a smile and a laugh! This year’s band is David Mayfield, Becky Boyd, Roger Hoover, Andrew Bonnis, Ray Flanagan, Anthony Taddeo, and Andrew Jonah Lewis. Included in your ticket is a dinner prepared by Chef Ron and a champagne toast at midnight. If you have ever spent New Years Eve with us at the G.A.R. Hall you know we love celebrating with friends and YOU our music family.

Doors open at 7pm. Dinner served at 8pm. Music will begin at 9pm

Please choose your meal option with your ticket-

Seats will be assigned, please send a message to karen@crookedrivercreative.com if you have seating requests ..We want you to celebrate with your friends!

Option #1 – Grilled BBQ Chicken ~ served with rosemary potatoes and buttered green beans. Dessert …Triple berry shortcake with whipped cream and raspberry melba sauce.

Option #2 – Garlic and Herb Roast Pork ~ served with rosemary potatoes and buttered green beans. Dessert …Triple berry shortcake with whipped cream and raspberry melba sauce.

Option #3 – Vegetarian..Stuffed curried pepper ~ served with rosemary potatoes and buttered green beans. Dessert …Tiple berry shortcake with whipped cream and arspberry melba sauce.

Advance Tickets- $60 per person/ $70 day of show
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite

January 11th- Hey Mavis- Northcoast Americana band “Hey Mavis” was formed as part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park artist-in-residence program. Producer Don Dixon (REM/Smithereens/Red Clay Ramblers) “discovered” the group on a Christmas compilation CD and went on to produce their first two albums, both of which hit the top 10 on the national Folk DJ-L radio charts and amassed favorable reviews across the globe. Hey Mavis’s third release, produced by Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala, achieved similar success and broadened Hey Mavis’s fan base even further.

Hey Mavis’s latest project, Silver Ribbon Dream—Songs & Stories of the Ohio & Erie Canal, is a book/CD of original songs and illustrations funded by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in collaboration with nationally-acclaimed artist Leandra Drumm. Reviews have ranged from “unconventionally beautiful” to “startlingly original.” Hey Mavis has scheduled performances in cities throughout the Midwest through 2020, including appearances with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic.

Hey Mavis has appeared on NPR’s Mountain Stage, NPR’s Whad’ya Know?, PBS’s Applause and PBS’s Songs from the Center. The group has performed standing-room-only shows at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as nine consecutive sell-out concerts in their hometown of Akron Ohio.
General Admission
Pre-sale-$19/Day of show-$23
Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite

January 14th –  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.

January 17th- April Verch-For over two decades, fiddler, singer-songwriter and step dancer April Verch has been recording and captivating listeners worldwide. The Ottawa Valley native has garnered praise from music’s heavy hitters including NPR, Rolling Stone, No Depression and more, for her fresh and feisty approach to deep North Americana. Verch’s signature sound blends together regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, country and Americana, resulting in a well-rounded tour-de-force of traditional sounds. On stage is where her diverse repertoire comes to life, with a presence that is versatile, robust, and masterfully executed. Her delicate voice, energetic footwork and stunning playing have brought her to stages across the globe, wowing audiences with her jaw-dropping performance. Verch’s ability to preserve the authentic folk traditions of the past and reintroduce them into the musical landscape of the present is a testament to her masterful musicianship and widespread appeal.
General Admission. Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
Pre-sale tickets $20.00/ Day of show $25.00
Purchase Tickets on Eventbrite

January 18th- The Henhouse Prowlers–Founded over 14 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance,diplomacy and education. The Prowlers have now been to more than 25 countries across the globe. Working with the U.S. State Department and under their own nonprofit, Bluegrass Ambassadors, the band incorporates music from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and more into their already robust repertoire of unique traditional American music.

When performing live or presenting workshops, the Henhouse Prowlers find and spread the commonality we share as human beings through the universal language of music.
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
$18 pre-sale/$23 Day of Show
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

January 23rd- Chapel Hill’s indie Americana quartet Mipso – Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) – release their fifth album, Edges Run, on April 6th, 2018 via a newly inked record deal with AntiFragile Music. Influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes, Mipso has been hailed as “hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular” (Acoustic Guitar) and was recently recognized by Rolling Stone as an “ Artist You Need to Know.” The band brings a distinctly unique sound – full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Venturing ever-further from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition, Mipso’s music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.

Support for Mipso- Since meeting as students at The New England Conservatory in 2004,Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis have collaborated in many settings, finding time to make music together in between each of their busy schedules as individuals. Kearney is the bassist and songwriter for pop-soul band Lake Street Dive and released her debut solo album Won’t Let You Down in 2017 (Davis played bass on Kearney’s album release tour). Davis released his debut solo album Nothing Matters in 2018 (Kearney is a frequent guest performer and co-wrote one of the tracks), he also released a collaborative record with Joan As Police Woman is 2016, is a member of indie folk-band Cuddle Magic, and writes, records, and performs with many artists including Okkervil River, Kimbra, and Anaïs Mitchell. Kearney and Davis will be releasing a new album together in 2020.
General Admission
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm
Pre-Sale tickets $20/ Day of show $25
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

February 20th- The Brother Brothers and Dead Horses- The Brother Brothers are identical twins Adam and David Moss, an indie folk duo from Brooklyn whose stunningly simplistic songwriting and evocative blood harmonies draw frequent comparisons to Simon & Garfunkel. The band debuted their first LP in 2018 on Compass Records, garnering critical praise from NPR, Rolling Stone Country, Billboard, Relix and more.

Hailing from the fertile land of Wisconsin, Dead Horses are known for frontwoman Sarah Vos’ “aching, haunting vocals” (No Depression), “evocative, empathetic storytelling” (NPR Music), and a sound that bridges indie folk and their own Midwestern approach to Americana. Lyrically, the band explores the human condition from personal musings to observations of the current American experience, taking notes from every person and city they meet along the road.

This is going to be such a great show…where we realy hightlight the songrwriter and the songs they create. I LOVE both of these duos and I am sure you will too!!
General Admission/ Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8:00pm
Pre-sale 20.00/ Day of show 25.00
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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!
January 4th- Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys
February 21st- Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifter
February 25th- Mardi Gras party with Mo Mojo
February 28th-Mike Marshall and Darol Angor
March 12th- Karen Casey
March 19th- Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
March 20th- Che Apalache
March 27th- Miss Tess and the Talkbacks
April 3rd- Griffin House
April 10th- Aaron Jonah Lewis
April 17th- Kim Richey

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 Programing 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