Meet The VI-Kings

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The VI-Kings are the breeze that blew through Liverpool, Surrey and Richmond, out of the Haight, down Sunset Boulevard, up the Mississippi and along South Michigan Avenue. It blew down Beacon Street, across Washington Park and into Georgetown.

The music of The VI-Kings is the “60’s Soundtrack of Your Life“. Beatles Stones, Motown, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Stax and on and on. There’s a reason that this wonderful music has endured through the decades. It is joyous, fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released.

The VI-Kings are Bob Berberich, Annie Sidley, Joe Dolan, Matthew Maury, Bill Craig and Pete Cage.

England had Ginger Baker, LA had Hal Blaine, DC has Bob Berberich. The VI-Kings drummer is the legendary  percussionist who was a founding member of both The Hangmen, Grin with Nils Lofgren, and the Roslyn Mountain Boys.  Referred to often as “DC Rock Royalty”, Bob is the foundation and driving force behind The VI-Kings sound.

The incomparable female vocalist Annie Sidley joined the The VI-Kings in 2017,  bringing to the group one of the great voices in the history of the DC music scene.  Whether it’s Aretha, Grace Slick, Motown or Zeppelin, Annie can belt it like no one else!  She is also the leader of the acclaimed Sidleys, an original DC recording group with a number of stellar albums to their credit.   Annie is the real deal with a voice that is a joy to behold

Joe Dolan, formerly the front man for DC’s popular psychedelic punk recording band the Beatnik Flies, Joe is the VI-Kings resident rocker, performing both lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar and a varied collection of hand instruments.

Matthew Maury was the bass player for Friends of the Family in the ‘70s and led Center Stage through ‘80s and ‘90s. Both were renown DC show groups. Matt is the ‘Kings musical director and leader, bass player and sings both lead and harmony vocals.

Guitarist/vocalist Bill Craig is a 40 year veteran of the DC music scene, having performed with legendary groups such as Jr. Cline & the Recliners and was a founding member of the seminal late 70’s rock group Razz. He is a regular contributor to the popular Bandhouse Gigs concert series as well.

Guitar impresario Pete Cage is the kind of guitar player that electrifies audiences and causes spontaneous applause.   Pete is also a student of the singular instrument that defined the mid-60’s sound. He owns the real McCoy, a 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, the guitar that transformed the Beatles sound into Ticket to Ride, You can’t Do That, and dozens of others. It’s the sound of Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds.  Pete’s performance enhances the experience in a way that must be seen, and heard, to be appreciated.

Former members of The VI-Kings include:

Stock Wilson 2010-2019.  Stock, a founding member of the band, resigned his position in 2019 to focus on his health and pursue other musical interests.  His guitar playing and lead vocals was a signature staple of
the ‘Kings sound for almost a decade.

Bill Euler (2010-2014), a superb guitarist with a specialty on acoustic guitar. Bill passed in early 2014.

Sean Chyun (2014-2015). An extraordinary talent and a musical “old soul” at the age of 30, Sean spent a wonderful year with The VI-Kings before moving on to full-time endeavors with his original band, The DCeivers. he VI-Kings wish him all the best.

Rob Fisher (2012-2016) performed on drums for The VI-Kings for many years and occasionally comes back for guest appearances.  Robbie was formerly with Midnight Shift.

Carol Gaylor (2015-2016), our first and original “songbird”, with one of the most dynamic and versatile voices in the DC area.