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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!!!

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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 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!!!
Next show is October 10th

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G.A.R. Grass Jam

Tuesday, October 12th, 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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October 2nd – Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno – Traveling in support of their self titled Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno (released March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records). The eleven tracks elegantly reprise the deep threads of old-time and classic country present throughout Leva’s debut album—she did grow up in rural Appalachia outside Lexington, Virginia, the daughter of celebrated old-time musicians, after all. However, the pair fluidly meld this traditional backbone with fresh iconic melodies, expanded production, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of indie folk. It’s an artistic statement made from this moment but built to last.

Both Leva and Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian stringband tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene, and spent formative years running wild around festival campgrounds. They are steeped in an instrumental culture of hard-picking and virtuosic musicianship; indeed there are plenty of online videos of them tearing through all-night jam sessions. Leva recently joined Calcagno’s former teen stringband The Onlies, releasing an album of fire-breathing fiddle tunes in late 2020. However, what sets Leva and Calcagno apart—in addition to their work as instrumentalists—is their almost preternatural talent as songwriters. Great pickers don’t necessarily make great songwriters; it’s an entirely different art to be able to translate the world of rural Appalachia into a country song that can still make a personal point. As young artists stepping into the spotlight during one of the most brutal periods in our history it’s clear they’ve built something that can last, something that speaks to our present time while reminding us of the best parts of where we came from.

General Admission- $17.00

This show is a rain or shine event. If the weather is wet or too cold, we will move into the G.A.R. Hall

Parking is in the G.A.R. Hall lot or at 1685 Main Street. This is the closest parking to the venue. Please Do Not park on Center Street.
PURCHASE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE
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October 9th- When he was 18, Jacob Jolliff was awarded a full scholarship to The Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to Massachusetts to start school in 2007, along with other young musicians he had grown up with. There he studied under the late mandolin great John McGann, who was a huge influence. Under John’s supervision, he spent many six-hour practice days working on a variety of styles from bluegrass to jazz to Celtic music. In 2008, during his sophomore year of college, he joined the New England based roots music band, Joy Kills Sorrow. Over the next few years the group toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, playing hundreds of clubs, theaters, and festivals. Because of the group’s rigorous schedule, it was a challenge for him to stay in school, but he still managed to graduate in 2011. Shortly after, in 2012, he won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

In 2014, after three records, hundreds of shows, and thousands of miles in a 15 passenger van, Joy Kills Sorrow went on an indefinite hiatus. Fortuitously, as this chapter of Jacob’s musical journey ended, another important one began. Within a couple weeks of the band’s last show, the young mandolinist got a call from the progressive bluegrass jam group, Yonder Mountain String Band. They had parted ways with their original mandolin player and were looking to try out someone new. Jacob went on his first tour with YMSB in June of that year. He immediately connected musically and personally with the band, and shortly after he became a full-time member. Jacob played with Yonder until the end of 2019, releasing three albums with the group.

Now in 2021, the mandolinist’s main focus is The Jacob Jolliff Band. This ensemble is a group of virtuosic pickers that play Jacob’s original instrumentals, as well as showcase his singing. They tour nationally in the US and have also travelled to Scotland and Australia to perform.

You should come to this show…you really should!

General Admission- $23.00
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8

We will continue to monitor the CDC guidelines regarding indoor mask requirements
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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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 little 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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Miss Tess swings and swaggers, rooted in a retro groove that’s equal parts blues, mid-century rock & roll and R&B. – Rolling Stone

October 15th-Miss Tess has always been known for creating an eclectic array of vintage blues, country, and jazz sounds. Currently residing in Nashville, she finds no shortage of inspiration in the roots scene there. However varied Tess’ music can be, front and center sits her voice that has been described as “alternately seductive and sexy, and a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters).

Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8
General Admission $17
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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October 20th Jake Blount – A versatile performer, Blount interpolates blues, bluegrass and spirituals into the old-time string band tradition he belongs to. He foregrounds the experiences of queer people and people of color in his work. His teachers include Rhiannon Giddens, Bruce Molsky and Judy Hyman.

He has claimed first place in both the Banjo and the Traditional Band categories at the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, WV. Blount has shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and Berklee School of Music, among other venues and institutions. He has also appeared on Radiolab, Soundcheck and NPR’s Weekend Edition. He regularly teaches fiddle and banjo at festivals and camps like the Augusta Heritage Center, the Ashokan Center, and Midwest Banjo Camp. Blount tours domestically and internationally as a solo performer, with his duo Tui, and with his band The Moose Whisperers.

Doors open at 7pm/ Music at 8pm
General Admission- 32.00
Please see the G.A.R. Hall vaccination policy above before purchasing tickets
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

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October 22nd – Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, together known as The Honey Dewdrops, treat listeners to a raft of memorable, beautifully performed songs inspired by American folk and traditional music. With gorgeous vocal harmonies and a versatile musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitars, and mandolin, The Honey Dewdrops’ sound expands on the folk tradition and showcases the dynamism and intimacy of musical duos.
Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm
General Admission – $22.00
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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
***THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT***
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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 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!

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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