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JD Valerio and Eric on Tuesday Nights at the Almond Tree in Roseville California - November 21, 2013

Howdy Music Friends,

I hope the Autumn is treating you well. I personally am getting excited for family time on Thanksgiving and Christmas.


For the next four weeks I will be doing a 3 hour show at the Almond Tree in Roseville, CA. These shows are free and for ages 21 and over. I will be joined by my friend Eric Maxwell on drums. The music will include covers of John Denver, The Killers, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, and a bunch of others. I will also be playing a ton of my original tunes. The fun thing about these shows is that the Eric and I will be jamming and making up songs on the spot. The last time we were at the Almond Tree I asked the listeners for a topic and ended up singing a fun made up song about doing dishes. The made up songs may be funny or serious, it just depends on the mood of the night.


If you are in the area, I hope you will come out sometime. Here are some details...


Address: 214 Harding Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678

Phone:(916) 782-5052


Tuesday November 26th 8:30pm – 11:30pm

Tuesday December 3rd 8:30pm – 11:30pm

Tuesday December 10th 8:30pm – 11:30pm

Tuesday December 17th 8:30pm – 11:30pm

Music in Roseville California - October 29, 2013

Tonight I am playing at a little bar here in Roseville with my drummer friend, Eric. We will be playing for 60 minutes tonight. We start at 8:30pm. Free.

Almond Tree Lounge
214 Harding Blvd  Roseville, CA 95678

(916) 782-5052

JD Valerio singing with the church band - September 6, 2013

This was fun last year:

We hold these truths... - August 28, 2013




50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech. His eloquent mantra of equality captured in the phrase, “let freedom ring” has rung through the decades inspiring further progress towards the goal of true equality. We still have far to go. My hope is that one day that the divides that we’ve developed as a human race will be completely destroyed. What can we do? We can make relationships with folks different than us. We can stand up for what’s right at work, in the family and in the church. In our heart is where all good things begin.

Four years ago, I sang in a little coffee shop in Minneapolis, MN. The entire show was recorded. My friend, Jennifer Levenhaggen played violin while I sang and played guitar. This song, Across Divides is one of my songs that I wrote in hopes to build on the dream of Dr. King’s speech given half a century ago. The photos in the video are from my travels to Egypt, Brazil and other places. The pictures are me messing around J. I’ve also included a link to the song, Gold, which my wife and I wrote. It is along the same lines.  Enjoy and celebrate diversity.

line up for August 10th. - August 2, 2013

When I was on tour in the summer of 2010 I listened to the album, "Sorry", by Odame about 15 times. Josh, the mastermind for the band that now is called Odame Sucks, is a master guitarist with lyrics that connect with deep thinkers, the down trodden, and the artsy alike. I am pleased to inform that on August 10th, second Saturday that I will be doing a show with Odame Sucks at Old Ironsides in Sacramento California. Music starts at 9pm, the cover is 5 bucks, and I get to do a 45 minute solo set. 

Additionally, kicking the show off will be the TaylorChicks. This female duo has the fragrance of the indigo girls wrapped in pretty Sacramento style bow. I get to do a cover with them, so I am looking forward to that. If you like acoustic music and splendid harmonies, you don't want to miss them. 

Learn more about Odame Sucks and the Taylor Chicks below:

VRRROM!! - July 5, 2013

I just walk by a really nice truck. I peered in through the passenger window and it was empty. Then suddenly,VRROOM!! it turned on! I thought, holy shnyykees, i just turned on a truck with my mind. Scared the crap out of me :). Then a guy walks out of a nearby office building to his truck. I said, "scared me man", he said "oh sorry dude, just cooling off my car before i get in". When I used to drive kids to Timber Bay Camp in Minesota, we used the auto starter to warm up the van before we all piled in. That was a nice feature. If i were selling cars with auto starters during last week's heat wave, I would have been a broken record saying, "and on a day like today, you can cool off your car before you get more burning your hands on the wheel!" Happy Friday everyone. Stay Cool. Vrroom!

oak park farmers market - July 1, 2013

This Saturday, July 6th I will do an hour set at the Oak Park Farmers Market at

35th St & 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817.

I play between 10-11am. There will be other performers after me until 1pm.

Support local growers! Will be fun. 

3 HOUR TOUR! - June 17, 2013

Howdy folks. I am doing a 3 hour set this weekend at the Pour House on 19th and Q street this Saturday, June 22nd 2013. This is a free show. Starts at 10pm and goes til 1am. It will only be JD Valerio, no band. I may have a guest musician to jam with me for part of the set. This will be a great opportunity for you to hear some of my new stuff and other songs you may have never heard. Because of the length of the set, I'll be taking plenty of breaks to hang with attendees and playing covers to keep new comer interest :). So come on down! 

whats up in june and july part 2 for sacramento - June 7, 2013

My friend Jenn Rogar put together a fundraiser to be held at Luna's Cafe in Sacramento. The cafe is at 1414 16th Street. The fundraiser is for Safeground, some of you may remember the green Safeground T-shirt I wore a bunch on my tour in 2010. Their website is Tracy and GP Bailey are good friends of mine, and I know their heart for people that are homeless. I am so glad to be doing this. Show starts at 7pm and it is $7 to get in.

Here is the line up! (in no particular order)


Also on July 6th, I am doing a solo set for an hour at the Oak Park Farmer's market in Sacramento. The line up goes from 10am - 1pm. Not sure when I am up, but when I find out, I will update the calendar page at this site.

Adrian from sky-recordings has been helping me craft a new record. We are about 70% done. I cannot wait to share this new music with you.

Until then, enjoy your summer, have fun and try to love (even the punks).



Well, life is hectic here in 100+ degree weather in Sacramento. My brothers band Riotmaker is making a big dent in the scene here and I am happy for them. Gorgeous George is no longer together, but all of us former bands are still very active in the Sacramento Scene. So I am teaching can read about it at

I am teaching a class at the learning exchange which starts June 12th. Here is the class description from their page:

Class Description

Have you always wanted to write your own songs for the acoustic guitar?  Do you have a tune in your head, but can’t seem to find the words?  This class will get you started!  Discover chord progressions and strum patterns, how to unlock your creativity, and how to weave chords and melodies with your own lyrics.  Have the chance to perform your song in front of a live audience if you choose!

Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; 6 sessions starting June 12, 2013, ending July 17, 2013
Tuition: $109.00   Member Cost: $104.00

Learn songwriting and basic guitar in Sacramento - May 23, 2013 I am teaching songwriting and basic guitar in June at the Learning Exchange in Sacramento. It will be fun!

House of Cards by JD Valerio - May 1, 2013

Recently, a few months ago, I was recording at with my friend Adrian. I came into the studio and said Adrian, "I feel like I have a song but I have no clue what it is, but something tells me to turn on the mic and guitar and record." In one take, this very take, this song fell out of my mouth. The back story is very personal, but I will say this, sometimes where you work or what you are doing might seem right, but deep down in the core of who you are you know what to do and you know you need a change. Although the last few years have been full of love, learning and lots and lots of music, at some level my life was still built on a house of cards. I am not saying it is all better, but it is a lot better now. I wrote this song in early December 2012. We just turned on the mic and this is what came out. Then I added keyboards in 2 takes. Adrian and I have been on a long journey making the new record. I like his style, his friendship, and his ear for good music. He DJ'd my wedding for free. I feel like I owe him a lot. So thank you Adrian, I can't wait until the CD release, and I hope your client base at Sky-Recordings in Sacramento builds. As a testimony, I am one happy camper!

Recap of Final Gorgeous George Show - April 29, 2013

The last Gorgeous George show on Friday April 26th 2013 at Old Ironsides in Sacramento, CA was great. It was my birthday to boot! Denver J Band included Dare (guitar) and Matt (drums) from Gorgeous George so they had to work over time ;) but they pulled it off with flying colors.

We recorded the Gorgeous George set and I hope we get the copies soon so I can share with you the music we've been making for over a year. Mike, a local painter painted all the bands while we performed. The paintings were funky, abstract and cool - which is a great fit for the bands that were playing.

Justin from The Three Way,- a local band of Sacramento, joined me for an impromptu rendition of "life is an art form" soon to come out on my next studio album, recorded at Sky-Recordings.

Our set was cut short, so we didn't get to play Tombstone, Fire, or Coming Home. That was a bummer, but I am sure that if my former band mates want to, we will record them for memory lane.

My little brother, Jeffry's band did quite well and sold some of their full-length CD's. I know all of their lyrics by heart so I was singing along while standing up with my true companion. Christa is a big supporter of local music, and is a super fan of my songs. It is nice to have a wife that enjoys supporting my passion.

The next chapter of me is business development again. These past three years as a full-time/part-time musician have been great. I am not leaving the music scene at all, but need to carve out the number of late night shows I do to support my aspirations in the business world.

In my 2009, full length album "Hot Apple Cider" I sang a song called humdrum. One of the lines said "just give me a break from suits and ties." Well, God answered that plea and I had a good run, a 3.5 month national tour and made a lot of new friends and fans in music. Now, as I gear up to release my next record I am noticing that my newer songs are focused more on faith, love, and optimism. Sometimes, I think there is a master puppeteer writing songs through me, I kid you not, sometimes songs just fall out of my mouth.

So 2013 has been a season of change. I got married, I transitioned in vocation, and now I am on the brink of going back into doing what I love, helping businesses thrive.

So please stay posted. There will be a lot of new songs, videos, and stories coming your way.



Birthday Time - April 23, 2013

For the second year in a row, I get to play with my band Gorgeous George at Old Ironsides on my birthday. Last year, 3/4 of my parents came out and my brother Jeffry. Since then Jeffry started his own awesome band, Riotmaker and they will be headlining the show! I get to attend with my beautiful wife and just can't think of a better way to celebrate 38 years on this wonderful planet.

Sample some of Jeffry's music at:

We will be recording the Gorgeous George set so hopefully we will have some audio to share later.

It is really nice out, so I am done with this post.

Last Gorgeous Show!! April 26th - April 11, 2013

Hey Folks. Gorgeous George is a lucky band to be in. Lynnae has a shot of getting her dream internship, Jake is probably going on tour with a signed band, Matt is starting his own business etc. I decided I need to focus on my solo stuff for a while. My CD is 70% finished. . .I cannot wait to share it.

Anyway, below is a clip of our first show as a band, we've come a long way since. We are planning to record audio at this show and post live tracks. We will be playing at Old Ironsides in Sacramento! Be there or be square, it's the last Gorgeous George show!


Love - March 12, 2013



This weekend was full of blessings. Our wedding came together like magic. I became a Dad to Tatum, and a Husband to Christa, my number one fan, best friend, and my souls match. Meeting her side of the family, reconnecting with mine, and seeing all the kids run around like the happiest beings on the planet felt like a beautiful summer's dream. Ahh, yes, what a great way to kick off a marriage. Afterwards, we went a way for a couple of days. We relaxed, soaked up some sun, and enjoyed our bliss. Life is very good. I love being in love.

Actively Listening at Old Soul - February 27, 2013

Tonight I am playing a free show. So if you are in the neighborhood I will be at the Old Soul in Sacramento. It is a coffeehouse and they are having a Singer-Song-writer showcase tonight. My set will be 20 minutes. Hope to see you there!

It is on L street in Sacramento, CA between 17th and 18th in the back alley.

Across Divides - for Feb 2013 - February 15, 2013

A few years ago I was playing in Minneapolis, MN at Corner Coffee. The owner recorded the whole show off the board and it sounded great. The added bonus was my friend Jennifer was on violin just jammin. This is one of those songs, I post it every Black History Month.

Songs from Hot Apple Cider - February 13, 2013

Open Mic in Folsom Canceled - February 13, 2013

Open Mic at the Karma Cafe on thursdays from 7-9 has been canceled. Please contact the Karma Cafe for a list of future events.

OPEN MIC THURSDAYS!!! - February 1, 2013

Well my first open mic was rad. My folks came. Justin Davis, Sandra Dalores, Bill, Don, and myself all sang. We had about 20 patrons which is good for the first night. Tell all your friends: We have open mic every Thursday in Folsom at the Karma Cafe!! On Sutter Street in the cool part of town.

I also want to give a shout out to Dawn Marie and her friend, Wayne and friend, Scott, and everyone else who came to support the first night.

See you next Thursday! Text me if you want a feature slot (if you know my cell number).


Tickets on sale today!! Only $10 when you buy online at riotmaker CD Release show with Gorgeous George and Travis Dammann..gonna be a great show!! Get tickets and share the link with your friends! NOTE: Find ticket link in top left corner of web page.

My brother Jeffry is the lead singer of riotmaker. This is our first show together since high school!


This Wednesday at the Lockdown Brewery in Folsom, CA I will be featuring (meaning I get a long set as opposed to 15 minutes) at the open mic hosted by my friend Brian Souders. It goes from 7-10pm. Great brew and right next to Beach Hut Deli. I plan to sing my guts out so come on down.

And then, I get to host my very own open mic. That is right. Starting this Thursday at 7pm, I will be hosting an open mic at the Karma Cafe which is right on Sutter Street in Folsom, CA. So bring your friends, come show your talent, and be ready for the first open mic at the Karma Cafe.

Painting by Josh Jerue with lyrics from Hot Apple Cider - January 8, 2013

Josh Jerue Painting

New Years Eve - Eve!! Dec. 30th 2012 in Sacramento - December 18, 2012

Pine Cove will be presenting a special show for the holidays to you all. This is a FREE show and all of these bands normally have cover charges so don't miss out on this opportunity.
Schedule goes as follows:

9pm- The one and only "James Cavern"!
10:15pm- Gorgeous George Band
11:30pm- THE "Erin Mckinney Band"

I love the band I am in, Gorgeous George. This year we came up with 14 songs that stand up on their own, and a bunch of more ideas in the pipeline. 2013 is welcomed with open arms! Bring it.
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