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 sound track of your life. Beatles Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds 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 Joe Dolan, Stock Wilson, Matthew Maury, Bill Craig and Bob Berberich.

Joe Dolan has been the front man for DC’s popular psychedelic punk recording band the Beatnik Flies since the mid 70s. Joe is the VI-Kings resident rocker, performing both lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar and a varied collection of hand instruments.

Stock Wilson has worked in original and cover bands in the DC area since the late ‘60s and continues to front his longtime roadhouse group the Loggers. Stock is the lead guitarist and another lead vocalist in the band. He sings both love songs, novelty numbers and every now and then they let him loose on an old time rocker. He is known to have one of the cleanest and most distinctive guitar sounds in town.

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 joined The VI-Kings in 2015. Bill 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.

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.

 

Former members of The VI-Kings include:

Bill Euler (2010-2014), a superb guitarist with a specialty in 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. The 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, our first and original “songbird”, appeared with The VI-Kings in 2016 and we hope to see her from time to time on stage with The VI-Kings in the future!