The Mexican restaurant "Casa del Sol" in Nyack opened its doors in 1997. Local musicians gather every Thursday evening for the ”Casa Jam”.
On Casa del Sol’s website the Casa Jams are described as: ” An open jam for all musicians. All styles welcome. Full Backline. Drums - 2 full guitar Rigs with pedals - Full Bass Rig. No cover. No snubs. House band starts at 9:30 and plays classic rock”. Dylan K was a member of the band and also served as "MC" for the Casa Jams.
"Music has always been a huge part of the fabric of Casa del Sol. Over the years we’ve had some pretty big names perform. Grace Vandeerwal, (America’s Got Talent Winner) and Jermaine Paul (The Voice Winner) have both made appearances at our Thursday Night Casa Jam. ... I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Dylan Kelehan.Dylan has been our resident rocker over the years in many, many bands. He was also one of original host of the Casa Jam." (Case del Sole owner, Tom Lynch, to Bil lBatson, Nyack News and Views, Dec 18, 2018)
Grace performed at one of these events with Dylan Kay (Kelehan ), who was also her music theory teacher. Grace performed several times with Dylan early in her career.
Grace has since said that she “hated” music theory, though that probably was not a reflection of her relationship with Dylan, but more what appears to be a general dislike of “formal” musical training. She appears to be more of a learning by doing and experimenting type of person.