Dec 08
The Speedbumps at the GAR Hall (Night Two)

The Speedbumps at the GAR Hall (Night Two)

Presented by Voices in the Valley at G.A.R. Hall

Come join us for the final shows of the year and help us say goodbye to our brother/mate and amazing drummer Danny Jenkins as he heads to Los Angeles. These will be his final two shows with us. (Until he misses us and returns). Gonna be a special weekend. 

The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk and indie-rock influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing.The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life. The band consists of Erik Urycki on vocals and guitar, Bethany Svoboda on vocals, banjo and Wurlitzer, Sam Kristoff playing cello — often where you’d expect a guitar riff, Kevin Martinez on acoustic and electric bass, and Danny Jenkins on drums. 

Daryl Rowland, writing for the Huffington Post, said that singer Erik Urycki’s lyrics “often tackle complex human emotions with elegant economy.” While the band cites influences from Paul Simon to Nick Drake to Radiohead, their material and vibe have more in common with festival favorites like The Decemberists, Wilco, or Ryan Adams, with their consistently smart, spare and rootsy approach.

Gretchen Pleuss

“As with some of her proudly stated musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics.” – Malcolm X Abram, The Akron Beacon Journal

To date, Pleuss has played at an array of venues throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Peru, and Ecuador and opened for prominent acts such as Lisa Loeb, Loudon Wainwright, Chely Wright, Damien Jurado, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), and Bill Payne (Little Feat, Doobie Brothers). Pleuss’ discography includes two E.P.’s and two full-length albums, with a third to be released in 2019 on Sun Pedal Recordings.

Gretchen will be supporting the Saturday evening show.


Admission Info

General Admission
Doors open at 7pm/Music at 8pm
Pre-sale tickets- $20/ Day of show $25

Phone: (330) 657-2528


Dates & Times

2018/12/08 - 2018/12/08

Location Info

G.A.R. Hall

1785 Main Street (Route 303), Peninsula, OH 44264