Val Halla will be performing at Kelleher’s Irish Pub (619 Southwest Water St., Peoria,) on Saturday. Show time is 9 p.m. There is no cover.


After surviving 41 shows this summer as the opening act for “Motor City Mad Man” Ted Nugent, on a tour that saw her band quit midway through, a van break-in, and the loss of their gear, Canadian artist Val Halla ventures out on her own.

Val Halla will be performing at Kelleher’s Irish Pub (619 Southwest Water St., Peoria,) on Saturday. Show time is 9 p.m. There is no cover.

She will be doing a meet and greet/autograph signing after the show.

This platinum blonde, Led Zeppelin loving, guitar wielding, self proclaimed “Carmen Electra meets Marilyn Monroe” will be touring in support of her recently released album “No Place”. She calls her genre “Gruntry”, part Grunge rock from her 90s grunge influenced upbringing, infused with the country and soul sounds she discovered after moving to Nashville in 2008.

No Place was recorded partially in Nashville, Tenn., and partially in her Canadian Prairie hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, during a negative 60 Fahrenheit cold snap. The album is a showcase of riff rock and a love of all things guitar, even on the more roots oriented ballads. The final track is a traditional style original blues song written by Halla, that features the virtuosic guitar playing of Elliott Randall, known famously for his work on such hits as Steely Dan’s “Reelin in the Years,” and the American musical film “Fame.”