"We found Grand Rapids to be a city full of creative energy, fresh air, and rough edges. It’s been inspiring."
In The Valley Below - Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob - meld harmony-laden Americana, adventurous art rock, squelchy synth pop and woozy blues into something altogether different: stylistically elusive, yet oddly inclusive. Her loaded purr cajoling with his weathered inflections, they craft gauzily compelling music at once introverted and all-embracing.

A Muskegon, Michigan native, Gail discovered songwriting while holed-up on an even smaller Caribbean sailboat. A thousand miles away in Memphis, Tennessee Jacob was inhaling Link Wray’s ragged rebellion and the darker side of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. In The Valley Below was born one Texas night when the pair, performing at SXSW in an experimental L.A. rock band, recognized their rare on-stage connection. Back in California, they plunged into collaboration with twin-like telepathy and a feverish, fated chemistry.

ITVB’s genre-ambiguous, dreamily accessible expressions traveled well, inducing tireless touring. High-profile stops included England’s Reading and Leeds festivals, Rock en Seine in Paris, Austin City Limits, Corona Capital in Mexico City, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Conan. They have toured with bands from Cold War Kids to Tricky, White Lies to Albert Hammond Jr. and many more.

Listening Lawn FAQ

The only thing as good as the show? The drink you have after

GRAB A BITE, BEFORE OR AFTER

A few short steps from the Listening Room is One Twenty Three—our neighborly New American Tavern, serving hearty dishes with modern flare.