A bold, spirited, diverse and romantic blend of all that's great in Latin music, with an added twist of Mediterranean magic!"
The Rumba Kings were formed in Seattle, WA in June 2015, by producer/musician, Johnny Bacolas, a native of Seattle, WA, and guitarists George Stevens, a native of Orange County, CA. Bacolas and Stevens recruited guitarist, Teddy Adams; guitarist, Vinnie Uanno; keyboardist Bahaa Sadak; drummer Andrey Zasypkin; and percussionist Tor Dietrichson, to perform live with the group, as well as perform on the band’s records.
Their style of nylon guitar-driven music is romantic, soulful, and passionate, delivered with an energetic and emotionally-impacting live performance. The band puts a big emphasis on their showmanship. Guitarist, George Stevens says, “I like to integrate a show when I perform, by dancing while I play, and reacting with the crowd. I want to give the audience a heightened experience of not only the music, but also the visual aspect.” This is definitely a band that needs to be experienced live!
Bacolas and Stevens began writing and recording the band's debut double-album titled, "The Instrumental & Vocal Sessions, Vol I." after meeting through a mutual friend in June 2015. Talking about the band's music Stevens says, “I’ve never been more inspired to write and perform. This is the music I’ve always dreamed of recording and performing." Bacolas, the band's bassist and producer says, "I've been working on putting together a band like this for years, a cross between the beautiful romantic melodies of Yanni's music, combined with the energy and passion of the Gipsy King's music, with a "goose-bumps" live performance. I wanted to create the show I wanted to see. That would entertain me for 2 hours, and I'm super picky. I feel we did it with The Rumba Kings."
Critically acclaimed mixing engineer, Martin Feveyear, who mixed the debut recording said, "It's a bold, spirited, diverse and romantic blend of all that's great in Latin music, with an added twist of Mediterranean magic!"
As of February 2018, the band is on regular rotation on Seattle's top Jazz station KNKX 88.5 FM.
The band’s music is available on iTunes and Amazon.
More info at the band’s official website at www.TheRumbaKings.net