THE RUMBA KINGS

Lefteris, Johnny, Gianni, Sofi,  recording percussion and violin
Sofita Studios, Athens, Greece - ​September 2017 

Technically the first band photo.
Vinnie Uanno, Teddy Adams, George Stevens, Johnny Bacolas
July 2015

George Stevens

Producer, Johnny Bacolas and engineer Lefteris Neromyliotis recording Panagiotis Kotsianos (violin). 
​Sofita Studios, Athens, Greece - September 2017

George Stevens and Johnny Bacolas
on break from a recording session
​June 2015

Rustam Shtar performing with The Rumba Kings
​May 2017

Johnny Bacolas & George Stevens - Mar. 2018

Performing live on Seattle's KNKX Radio (L-R) Johnny Bacolas, George Stevens, Andrey Zasypkin, Rustam Shtar, Tor Dietrichson, Teddy Adams.  June 2017

In Feb 2018, the band released it’s debut double-disc set titled, “The Instrumental and Vocal Sessions, Vol I.” The record was produced by Johnny Bacolas, and mixed by Bacolas and veteran mix engineer, Martin Feveyear.  “The Rumba Kings are seriously good at what they do. It's been an absolute pleasure to work on their new two-CD release. It's a bold, spirited, diverse and romantic blend of all that's great in Latin music, with an added twist of Mediterranean magic!"   - Martin Feveyear

​​​​​Their style of Mediterranean driven music is romantic, soulful, and passionate, delivered with an energetic and emotionally-impacting live performance.   

The Rumba Kings are a Spanish-guitar driven instrumental group, hailing from Seattle, Washington.  The group was formed in 2015 by George Stevens (guitar, bouzouki) and Johnny Bacolas (producer, bass, bouzouki, guitar).  Accompaniment members that record and perform live with group are Teddy Adams (guitar), Vinnie Uanno, (guitar), Tor Dietrichson (percussion), and Andrey Zasypkin (drums).

Teddy Adams, Rustam Shtar, Tor Dietrichson, George Stevens, Johnny Bacolas - December 2017

Bacolas and Stevens begin writing and
recording together in Bacolas' studio (Lakeview Studio).
​One of the first sessions.  Kirkland, WA. - June 2015

Johnny Bacolas, George Stevens, Rustam Shtar, Teddy Adams, Tor Dietrichson, Andrey Zasypkin - April 2017

Tor Dietrichson, Percussion
​Photo by Alex Hart Photography

"We started a band that plays a wide range of music styles such as Flamenco, Rumba, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and much more. In all my years of performing, I've never been more excited than now, because of the amazing music and musicianship that we have in this new band,” says Stevens.

In January of 2016, The Rumba Kings began collaborating with Greek vocalist, Sofi Alexandrou.  In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Bacolas flew to Greece to shoot music videos with Sofi, and record her vocal tracks.   Because the band was so impressed with her vocals and songwriting, Sofi is featured on 8 songs on, “The Vocal Sessions, Vol I.” CD.  In September 2017 Bacolas filmed Sofi on the dreamy island of Santorini for a new song called "Mila Mou."

Rehearsals for live shows commence
Bellevue, Washington - Jan. 2016

Live at Bake's Place
Feb 2017

Producer, Johnny Bacolas and engineer
​Miltos Schimatariotis recording Sofi Alexandrou. 
​Northside Studios, Athens, Greece - September 2017

Lefteris and Johnny recording
Sofita Studios, Athens, Greece - ​September 2017
 

Russian born vocalist, Rustam Shtar, performs live with the group from time to time and upon special request.  Rustam has won several prestigious awards in Russia and is famous nationally in his native country.  He's a phenomenal musician and the band always enjoys the high energy shows they perform together.  Rustam sings on two songs on the band's debut CD.

Bacolas and Stevens
Late night recording session at Bacolas' studio
(​Lakeview Studio) Kirkland, WA  - Oct. 2016

George Stevens and Teddy Adams
​April 2017

Debut live performance at Bake's Place
Jan. 2017

Johnny Bacolas

The first gig. A small house party on Mercer Island, Washington
​Teddy Adams, George Stevens, Johnny Bacolas
July 2015

Johnny and Panagiotis (violinist) recording violins 
Sofita, Studios, Athens, Greece - ​September 2017

Andrey Zasypkin recording Drums
Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, Washington - July 2017 

Early promo photo. (L-R) Teddy Adams, Vinnie Uanno, George Stevens, Johnny Bacolas, James Bergstrom

New Single "Mila Mou"

​The Rumba Kings & Sofi Alexandrou
Sample and Buy on iTunes Here
Watch the video Here

Photo by Alex Hart Photography

Vocalists Sofi Alexandrou during a video shoot for
"Agelo Zito (ballad version) - Sept. 2017
Sounion, Greece - Photo by Johnny Bacolas

Percussionist, Tor Dietrichson
December 2017

Early performance playing The "Loft" in Edmonds
​April 2016

Rustam Shtar performing with The Rumba Kings
​May 2017

Johnny Bacolas recording the debut CD
Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, WA - July 2017

Live at Bake's Place. Bellevue, WA. December  2017
​Photo by Alex Hart Photography

​Listen to a live recording from Bake's Place here on souncloud>>