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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!!


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!

This series is temporarily suspended.  We will give plenty of notice when we start this series again.

Truly sorry for any inconvenience, we too are excited to begin our Bluegrass Gospel Hour again.

G.A.R. Grass Jam

Tuesday, June 13th 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

June 16th- The Slocan Rambler- The Slocan Ramblers (2020 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award Winner & 2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. 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.

General Admission - 22.00

Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8pm

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June 17th - The Mammals are Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, and a cohort of compelling collaborators who form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. Over the past 20 years they have quietly composed a canon of original songs that both reflect our culture and offer a vision of how the world might yet be. “These days we sing about what we’re for over what we’re against,” says singer/songwriter, Mike Merenda, and what they're for is "nothing short of sublime” according to (Americana UK).

The band’s core and founders Mike Merenda & Ruth Ungar write songs to heal hearts and rouse minds. They have recorded and performed together for two decades, as the duo Mike + Ruthy and with The Mammals. They make their home in the lush Hudson River Valley of New York where they host a thriving community folk festival called The Hoot.

Mike Merenda’s poignant lyrics paint pictures of the world we want to live in, inspired in great part by his favorite author, Daniel Quinn. With songs like What It All Is, and Beyond Civilization, his songs embrace the notion that we are all connected, to each other and to the Earth.

Ruth Ungar was raised in a folk music family and learned the fiddle at a young age. Her father is fiddler/composer Jay Ungar, known for his composition Ashokan Farewell which the band performs. She’s a courageous, earthy singer with deep roots in tradition, contributing songs of unity and empathy like Someone’s Hurting and East Side West Side.

A rough and tumble decade in the 00's forged The Mammals identity as "subversive acoustic traditionalists" or a "party band with a conscience." Re-emerging in 2017 from a hibernation period during-which the band's founders explored new songwriting terrain, The Mammals “don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton” (Washington Post). Their latest album, Nonet, "marshalls the defiant spirit needed to heal a damaged world" (No Depression).

You can also catch The Mammals bi-annually at The Hoot, a folk festival they curate and produce at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.

They do not play in this area often, but they are well worth the wait! Don't miss this one!!!

General Admission- 24.00

Doors open at 7:30/ Music at 8pm

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"Tall Paul & Western Drawl" the best in Western swing and classic songs.

June 24th - Tall Paul and Western Drawl - 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 - $18
Doors open at 7:30/Music at 8

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June 30th - For more than eleven years, Northeast Ohio Americana Band, Hey Mavis has been weaving a musical tapestry and igniting a following of dedicated fans. With heartfelt vocals, honest songwriting, blazing instrumental solos and an undeniable onstage musical chemistry, this quartet is the definition of great Americana music. Always a favorite at the G.A.R. Hall, and rightfully so, join us as we welcome Hey Mavis back to the G.A.R. Hall stage.

Doors open at 7:30pm/ Music at 8
General Admission- 26.00

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July 1st- Happy to present this great double bill featuring the Stillhouse Junkies and Rachel Baiman.

Still house Junkies- Born in a distillery in Durango, CO, Stillhouse Junkies play a delirious, head-spinning mixture of original roots, blues, funk, swing, and bluegrass music. With all three band members sharing lead vocal and songwriting duties, the Junkies conjure a wide range of tonal landscapes that pay tribute to the iconic sounds of Gillian Welch, the Allman Brothers, Tim O'Brien, the Wood Brothers, John Hiatt, and countless others while breaking new musical ground with their genre-bending original material. Stillhouse Junkies are proud to be 2021 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year.

Rachel Baiman - returns to the Hall in promotion of her new recording -common nation of sorrow. In Baiman’s careful hands, Common Nation of Sorrow is an exercise in healing.Taking the producing helm herself for the first time, Baiman doesn’t rely on frilly instrumentation, opting instead for a sound as raw and real as her songs deserve. The focus is on the storytelling, and Baiman sure can write vividly.

Great double bill - one not to miss!

General Admission- $22.00

doors open at 7:30/music at 8pm

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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