Sola Sessions with American Darling Valve

Every Thursday night we host Sola Sessions at the Social Hall, a weekly rotating cast of live music in collaboration with our friends at Buskerfest. We feature a different artist each week and wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the great talent we have performing at the brewery. Scroll down to learn all about the artist and then join us at the Social Hall to experience the music for yourself.


American Darling Valve

Give them a listen!

Describe your sound in 5 words or less: 

Bryan: Indie-folk, but not really

Ariele: Singer songwriter duo

If you could jam with any other artist/group (dead or alive), who would it be and why? 

Ariele: Sufjan Stevens. Pretty much all of his albums have moved me to tears. I think it would be amazing to share in his creativity and energy.

Bryan: Playing duo with Bill Frisell would probably blow my mind.  He’s one of my favorite artists of all time, and he’s still around!

What is your favorite beer or type of beer?

Bryan: I usually prefer stouts and porters, however Stiltsville is one of my favorite local beers.

Ariele: I’m from Kalamazoo, MI, so I’m going to go with anything from my hometown favorite Bell’s Brewery.

What music inspires you?  

Bryan: I find inspiration in all sorts of music, from Lester Young to Aphex Twin. But seeing music live is always on a whole other level for me. And I’m fortunate to have so many inspiring musical friends in this city.

Ariele: I’m a huge fan of songwriters like Sufjan Stevens. However most of my musical education is rooted in classical traditions. It’s definitely a blend of the two.

If you could steal credit for any great piece of art, song, film, book etc which one would you claim? 

Ariele: There are too many classical composers to pick… but I’d claim Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach, or really anything he wrote.

Bryan: That’s tough… One of my favorite books is The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway, so maybe that.

If your band was a fruit salad, what would be in it? 

Ariele: Strawberries and mint because one of us is sweet and the other is cool.

Bryan: I don’t know, I guess what she said.

Coolest thing you’ve experienced together as a band? 

Ariele: Fleeing Irma and playing pop-up shows in Duluth, GA.

Bryan: I agree. We drove up to the Atlanta area to avoid the storm, bringing our instruments in case our homes were damaged. We ended up playing an open mic while there, and that led to opening up a show a few days later. Totally unexpected and super cool!

Look to the future when you’re an international music phenomenon. What are the three things that will be on your band’s rider? 

Ariele: Water, herbal tea, and local beverage/food.

Bryan: Local beer, local coffee, and a cell phone charger since I probably left mine at the last venue.


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Check out the other artists that have hit the Sola Sessions Stage here.