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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 (old 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!!


August 5th- Peninsula LIVE!  Join us for a street dance on Mill Street at the Peninsula Train Depot- 6-10.  Live music from Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys- cool beverages, good food and cool art.  Come party in Peninsula!





G.A.R. Grass Jam

Tuesday, August 9th, 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

August 13th - Paul Kovac's kindergarden report card said he "Plays well with others". Well, thats been evident with his work as a founding member of legendary groups like Hillbilly Idol & Clear Fork. Now he steps out with his new project "Tall Paul & Western Drawl" as the name suggests, it's Western swing and classic songs from yesteryear played with Paul's signature style and energy!

Tall Paul & Western Drawl celebrates the spirit of dance hall Western Swing music, Roadhouse standards, Cowboy songs and Ballads. It’s mostly fun, uptown and alive, honoring the tradition of these styles, but with modern musical sensibilities.

General Admission - $20

This show is on the Bronson Green. Beer and Wine will be available for sale. If it rains, we will move to the G.A.R. Hall.

Gates open at 6:30/Music at 7pm

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August 27th- Brent Kirby and Ray Flanagan- These two are friends that make some pretty awesome music together . Both exceptional solo musicians, it's a real treat when they come together to do a show. Come spend a night with us under the stars, on the Green with two of Cleveland's finest!

General Admission- $15
Gates open at 6:30/Music at 7

We will have beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on the Green, so we ask you support us at the bar please for your refreshments.

The G.A.R. Hall will be available in the event of rain.

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Oh... we will be having some fun on August 28th as we welcome Paul Kovac's Big Grass Band and The David Mayfield Parade 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 both David Mayfield and Paul Kovac and we are excited to highlight two of this areas favorite pickers.

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- 32.00

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

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The Bluegrass Gospel Hour at the Bronson Church-  Hosts Paul Kovac and David Mayfield play some of your favorite Bluegrass gospel tunes mixed with some fun banter!  This is not a church service, rather a meeting of the Bluegrass faithful looking to enjoy some fellowship with two of the area's favorite pickers!

Join us at the Historic Bronson Church at 1712 Main Street in Peninsula. Doors open at 10:45.  This is a LIVE show only and will not be broadcast on Facebook.

Beginning in May, we will be moving this show to every 4th Sunday. The August date is August 28th in both the church and on Facebook.   A $10.00 donation is appreciated at the Bronson Church or please donate on the Foundation's website.  Much appreciated!


September 10th- 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

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.

General Admission- 15.00

Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm

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September 12th- Willie Watson-For over two decades, Willie Watson has made modern folk music rooted in older traditions. He's a folksinger in the classic sense: a singer, storyteller, and traveler, with a catalog of songs that bridge the gap between the past and present. From his early days as a founding member of the Old Crow Medicine Show to his current work as a solo artist, he is a celebrated musician with a rich vocal range, a top interpreter of the folk canon and a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist.

On the road as an active touring musician, Watson often plays alone with his soaring vocals accompanied by his guitar, banjo and harmonica, but most recently has been traveling with his new string band, featuring fellow Old Crow alum Ben Gould on upright bass, Sam Schmidt on guitar and mandolin, and Rosie Newton on fiddle.

Playing in Old Crow Medicine Show, Watson learned how to be part of a string band, but as a solo artist, he's perfected everything from gospel to blues to Appalachian folk to Irish traditional music. With his two solo albums, Folksinger Vol. 1, and Folksinger Vol. 2, both produced by David Rawlings at Acony Records in Nashville, Watson has never sounded more commanding, more confident or more connected to the music that inspires him. His albums carry on the spirit of a time nearly forgotten. They tap into the rich core of roots music and further the legacy of American folk. And perhaps most importantly, they show the full range of Willie Watson's artistry, matching his instrumental and vocal chops with a strong appreciation for the songs that have shaped a genre.

General Admission - $35

Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm

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September 14th- The Foghorn Stringband-American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity.

Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapidfire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.

Being a west coast band, you don't see these folks come through Ohio often, and there is no better room to experiece their music ... So don't miss it!!

General Admission: $27.00

Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm

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October 5th - Dead Horses - A bustling boulevard in the heart of Milwaukee provides a colorful backdrop for the latest album by folk duo Dead Horses. Brady Street, which is due out on August 12, 2022, is Dead Horses’ first full-length release since their arresting 2018 record, My Mother the Moon. The last album charted on the Americana Top 50 radio charts for three consecutive months. The single “Turntable” accrued more than 35 million spins on Spotify and was also featured on the Amazon and Apple Americana playlists. The pair’s select media highlights include a Rolling Stone “Artist You Should Know” mention as well as profiles in Billboard, Noisey, and even independent global news publication Democracy Now!

Dead Horses is thrilled to support Brady Street with tours across the United States. Over the years, the road has become somewhat of a second home for Sarah and Dan. “Connecting with people at shows and being open together breathes new life into everything,” Sarah notes. “You can go somewhere and feel like a total stranger or a lost tourist at first,” as Dan perfectly describes the sensation of performing, “but once you hit the stage, you feel like you’re part of an all-too-familiar community.”

General Admission - $20.00

Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm
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October 8th- Country Honk-Thor Platter, Anthony Papaleo, Tom Prebish and Fred Perez-Stable-A new project put together by some heavy hitting musicians in the NE Ohio music scene. Playing music inspired by the country rock movement of the 1970's, as well as traditional country, and some more modern favorites.

General Admission- $20.00

Doors open at 7/Music at pm
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These shows going on Sale Soon
Check back often for more updates!


September 10th- Becky Boyd and the Groove Train
at the G.A.R. Hall

September 16th- The ALT- With John Doyle

September 30th - Bruce Molsky
and Tony Trischka

October 15th - Mr Sun
w/Darol Anger, Joe K.Walsh,
Grant Gordy and Aidan O'Donnell

October 16th-A Blues Gathering
w/ Austin Walkin Cane, Kristine Jackson
Jon Mosey and Mike Lenz

October 21st- Cats on Holiday

November 11th- Hey Mavis



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 Peninsula Antiques at 1685 Main Street

Parking for the Bronson Church Green is in the G.A.R. Hall with a short walk East to the Green or at Peninsula Antiques at 1685 Main Street.  Please refrain from parking on Center 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