Vi Wickam and The Band is made up of Vi Wickam on Fiddle and Vocals, Brent Hawley on Guitar and Mandolin, Jim Abraham on Electric Bass, and Chris Beers on Percussion. The interplay between these guys on stage both musically, and in general makes for a fun and memorable experience.
Vi Wickam has been performing and writing music since before he could read. He is an engaging performer, and nationally recognized fiddler. Vi has performed in American and England, in fiddle competitions, and as an Orchestra Soloist. Regardless of the genre, Vi plays with all of his heart and soul. Read more about Vi…
Brent Hawley: You will be hard pressed to find a better guitar and mandolin player than Brent Hawley. He is a commensurate musician, and has years of experience playing around the country.
Jim Abraham‘s funky electric bass gives a fresh feeling to the sound. Jim has been playing the bass guitar since he was 13 years old. He spent four years with the West Virginia Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, which included a tour of Russia, Romania, and the Ukraine.
After finishing up his education with a B.S. in Engineering Physics, he came west to Colorado State University to pursue an M.S in Radiation Health Science. During that time, he spent 2 years with the CSU Jazz Ensemble. In 2003, he received a scholarship to study at the Bass Collective in New York City.
A diverse player, he has recorded multiple projects including the styles of funk, jazz, R&B, celtic, Christian rock, bluegrass and folk. His current projects include the Vi Wickam Band, Lalla Rookh, Meadowlark Jivin, and Little Kenny and Neargrass Junction.
Chris Beers has over 20 years of performance experience playing a variety of music from pop to heavy rock, jazz to electronica, blues to funk, reggae to Latin, soul to folk, and everything in between.
Previously, Chris spent time in the Mediterranean playing with a jazz trio aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship; opened for Los Lobos in LA; and played in a band with Sonny Mone, former guitar player for Neil Young’s seminal band, Crazy Horse. He has toured the east and west coasts with blues, folk, rock and soul groups.