Welcome to the violet side...are you ready to rock!?
Violet Riot is an edgy rock/pop band led by gritty powerhouse female vocals. Get ready to experience a whole new dynamic to hits from across the decades with our bold song selection of rockin' party anthems and rebellious fan favorites including classic rock, 80's, alternative, pop-punk & pop-rock. Full production stage, sound and lights bring this party to a whole new level. VR is sure to have you singing, dancing, and feeling hints of nostalgia all night long! Rock n’ roll with a side of sass, audacious and a little cheeky...we live to be bold, and we aim to misbehave. Come check out our invigorating rock show for yourself..........and join the Violet side.
Artists We Like: Heart, Led Zepplin, P!nk, Joan Jett, Paramore, Metallica, The Black Crows, Gretchen Wilson, Queens of the Stone Age, Kesha, Foo Fighters, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, No Doubt, AC/DC, The Offspring, Judas Priest, The Killers, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Alanis Morissette Green Day, ZZ Top, etc...
“Rock N’ Roll is about attitude and rebellion, it’s supposed to be fun and spontaneous.” -Slash
Girls have got balls they’re just higher up, that’s all.” -Joan Jett
“For those about to rock, we salute you!” -AC/DC
Jackie Ernst - Lead Vocals
Jackie is a gritty, powerhouse vocalist with a fiery presence who loves rocking the stage. She is sure to draw you in with her dynamic, edgy vocals & passion filled performances. Jackie also lends her vocals and rhythm guitar skills to the 80's synth-pop band VideoStar Madison, & past projects include lead vocals for SuperTuesday & Strange Déjà Vu. Music & singing have been a part of life for Jackie since a young age when she started finding a real connection with music through figure skating & dance. It wasn't until 2015 when her daughter began high school that she decided to pursue public performance, & fell in love with music all over again.
Influences: Heart, Paramore, Led Zepplin, Joan Jett, Aerosmith, P!nk, Alanis, Beth Hart, Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, The Black Crows, Panic! At The Disco, Kesha, Susan Tedeschi, Elle King, Bonnie Raitt, Joss Stone, etc.
Alex Librie - Lead Guitar/Vocals
A transplant from the UK to Wisconsin, Alex first picked up a guitar at the age of 9, & has been playing seriously for the last ten years. No stranger to the stage, Alex got his start playing in local originals One Last Run (RIP) & Made of Blocks (still kickin'). His first cover band experience, Violet Riot's amazing blend of personalities and musical tastes has Alex excited to dive in.
Influences: Green Day, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Megadeth, Oingo Boingo, The Clash, Joe Satriani, The Darkness, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Umphrey's McGee, etc.
Ron Granberg - Drums
Growing up in Eau Claire, WI, Ron was drawn to drumming after hearing “Jack and Diane" for the first time. Fueled by a passion to play hard and play great music, he has driven the rhythm for bands like Madison County, The Rowdy Prairie Dogs, Happy Ashtray, and Rachelle & The Red Hot Rattlers.
Influences: Kenny Aronoff, Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Steve Gadd, Jason McGerr, Rich Redmond
Aaron Vergiels - Bass Guitar
Originally from Milwaukee, Aaron has been playing music for 20 years. As a child of the 90's, grit & grunge has been the focus of his playing styles. Aaron started his music journey on drums and guitar, but has recently switched to bass to explore new opportunities. While in Madison, Aaron has played in the original bands Daily Smoker & Tiny Amp. Violet Riot has brought a new found excitement to live music for Aaron, & he is excited to share this on stage!
Influences: Audioslave, Tool, Alice in Chains, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nirvana, Rush, Crobot, etc.