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In the 4 years that Riotmaker has been performing live, the fellas have been fortunate enough to share the stage with many amazing acts such as: Rome Ramirez from Sublime with Rome, Hirie, Katastro, Passafire, Tesla, Oleander, Middle Class Rut, Fishbone, Authority Zero, J BOOG, Common Kings, Rappin 4 Tay, Anuhea, The Supervillains, New Kingston, The Slackers, Yellowman, Easy Star All Stars, Stranger Band, Arden Park Roots, PapaFish, Black Bottom Lighters, Zuhg, Indubious, One Drop, and many more..

The story of how Riotmaker came to be is almost as extraordinary as the music itself. Through a series of coincidental meetings and run-ins over the course of almost two decades, fate it seems has taken these five exceptional musicians and brought them together to form one of Sacramento's hottest bands!! 

From 1997-2004, Jeffry Valerio was the lead singer and songwriter for Reggae/Rock powerhouse, Shakedown. Over the years, Shakedown shared the stage and toured with many amazing, noteworthy artists such as Papa Roach, UB40, Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Fishbone, Bargain Music, Voodoo Glow Skulls, G Love, Markey Ramone, Kottonmouth Kingz, Radioactive (Michael Franti & Spearhead), The Expendables, and The Ziggens among many other outstanding acts. Jeffry departed from Shakedown in 2005, taking a break from the music scene to raise his daughter, until 2009, when he began work on a new solo project he called Riotmaker. After years without so much as writing a song or picking up a guitar, Jeffry was inspired to start writing and recording music again by his then roommate, Riotmaker lead guitarist Mat Venable. Mat has been playing guitar since he was a child, and is an avid home recording artist. His musical endeavors caught Jeffry's attention, and together they wrote and developed the beginnings of Riotmaker's debut album, The Sun Has Set on California. 

Over 15 years earlier though, as children, Mat met Riotmaker bassist Scott Kennedy at a birthday party, and the two have been close friends and musical collaborators ever since. When the Riotmaker project started to really take off in 2012, Jeffry and Mat reached out to Scott, who signed on as the band's bassist. 

After a few months of gigging, the band decided to move Scott from bass guitar to his natural instrument, electric guitar. The band soon landed bassist, Clayton Grossman formerly of Sacto favorites, The Old Screen Door. With the addition of drummer Ben Lerch, the band completely solidified its lineup! 

The band has been performing all over the US and has put out 4 albums.

"The Fire" in 2017, "Welcome to CaLiRock" in 2015, "Songs of Sorrow & Swag" in 2014 and  "The Sun Has Set On California" in 2013 


Riotmaker music can be found on ITunes, Pandora, CDBABY, Spotify, Amazon and all other major digital distribution outlets. 

Jeffry Valerio - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Mat Venable - Electric Guitar

Scott Kennedy - Electric Guitar

Ben Lerch - Drums

Clayton "Bigsby" Grossman - Bass Guitar

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