The Rumba Kings
The Rumba Kings
|Origin||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Labels||The Rumba Kings Recordings|
|Associated acts||Alice N' Chains, Second Coming|
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|Citizenship||United States of America|
The Rumba Kings is an original American world music band formed in Seattle, Washington in 2015, by producer/bassist, Johnny Bacolas, and guitarist, George Stevens. The songwriting is strongly influenced by Latin and Mediterranean music. The band released it’s debut album in February of 2017 titled, "The Instrumental and Vocal Sessions, Vol. I”, and it’s sophomore album, "The Instrumental Sessions, Vol. II”, in June 2018.
In 2008, Johnny Bacolas, began auditioning musicians to form an band which was to perform Mediterranean and Latin-style music and would perform live. From 2008 - 2015, Bacolas auditioned a number of musicians for the group, primarily seeking a lead guitarist. In 2012, guitarist, George Stevens, relocated to the Pacific Northwest from Anaheim, California. Stevens would frequently patronize a local restaurant bar in his neighborhood of Edmonds, Washington called, The Loft. After a while, Raptis invited Stevens to perform in his lounge on weekends. Soon after, Stevens put together a small three piece band called, The Gypsy Boys (the same name he was using in his California group), and The Gypsy Boys began performing sporadically on weekend nights at The Loft.
Bacolas started the band after listening to a band performing in a bar called The Gypsy Boys and the guitarist George Stevens. He invited him to form a band. The band was formed in June 2015, and began performing at local small bars and bistros. In 2017, The Rumba Kings released their debut album The Instrumental and Vocal Sessions, Vol. I. The album was produced by Johnny Bacolas and mixed & mastered by Martin Feveyear. In 2018 The Rumba Kings released their sophomore album titled, The Instrumental Sessions, Vol. II. The double album was produced by Johnny Bacolas and mixed & mastered by Martin Feveyear. During the recording of both records, Bacolas traveled to Greece to produce music videos, as well as record new music for The Rumba Kings, working with several top-rated musicians. Filming for the music videos took place on location on the Greek islands, Mykonos, Santorini, as well as throughout the mainland of Greece. The Rumba Kings released their Latin single titled, Mirame, written by Horacio Alcantar (Lyrics), and George Stevens (Music), and produced by Johnny Bacolas in January 2020. Natalis is the featured vocalists. In March 2020, at the outset of the pandemic, acting as producer of the band’s concerts, Bacolas spent the first eleven months of the pandemic revising and upgrading the band’s concerts. The band is currently waiting to perform their new show once the pandemic ends. The Rumba Kings released their Greek single titled, Den tha se ksehaso, written by Sofi Alexandrou (Lyrics), George Stevens (Music), and John Paul Adams (music), and produced by Johnny Bacolas in July 2020. The Rumba Kings released their Latin single titled, Dance with Me, written by Johnny Bacolas (Lyrics), and George Stevens (Music), and produced by Johnny Bacolas in July 2020. Natalis is the featured vocalists.
- George Stevens - guitar
- Johnny Bacolas - producer, bass guitar, guitar, bouzouki
- Teddy Adams - guitar
- Vinnie Uanno - guitar
- Mohamed Hussein - guitar
- Andrey Zasypkin/Mike Fernandez/Josh Kossak - drums
- Sofi Alexandrou, Natalis, Rustam Shtar - vocals
- Josh Kossak - drums
- Bahaa Sadak/Jim Cochran/Achilleas Dantilis - Keyboards
- Tor Dietrichson/Arturo Rodriguez/Kai Standskov - percussion
- Rachel Nesvig - violin
- Panagiotis Kotsianos - violin
- Brian Gunter - cello
- Seth May-Patterson - viola/arranger
- Studio albums
|2017||The Instrumental and Vocal Sessions, Vol I
|2018||The Instrumental Sessions, Vol II
|2020||Mirame feat. Natalis
|Den Tha Se Ksehaso feat. Sofi Alexandrou
|Dance With Me feat. Natalis
In the media
- Pappas, Evans (January 25, 2019). "Mediterranean Flair: The Rumba Kings are coming to Kirkland on April 7". Bellevue Reporter. p. 7.
- Lloyd, Robin. "Passion And Romance: The Rumba Kings". www.knkx.org.
- "The Rumba Kings Album Release Party presented by KNKX". www.knkx.org.
- Lloyd, Robin. "The Rumba Kings return for the third time". www.knkx.org.
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