Let The Rumba Kings transport you the the shores of the Mediterranean - where music and culture collide!
"Happiness, that's what you spread whenever you play. You guys are just so wonderful. I've seen this. I've seen people.....who are these guys? And they leave with this big smile on their face."
- On-Air Personality, Robin Lloyd / KNKX 88.5 FM / from an in-studio interview
on April 10, 2019
The Rumba Kings defy expectations with their captivating live performances. Although their name suggests a focus on rumba, the band's repertoire extends far beyond that genre. Their music draws from a wide range of influences, resulting in a diverse and enchanting experience.
At the heart of their show is the Spanish guitar, which takes center stage alongside a string quartet and various other instruments. While guest vocalists make up a portion of the performance, the majority of the show is instrumental, appealing to audiences of all ages and demographics. The band aims to create an international experience, carefully selecting music and performers to resonate with a broad audience.
The Rumba Kings prioritize showmanship, infusing their soulful and passionate music with a visually engaging performance. Guitarist George Stevens adds a visual dimension by dancing while playing and connecting with the crowd, enhancing the overall experience for the audience.
The shows feature instrumental music influenced by artists like Yanni and The Gipsy Kings, complemented by the exceptional talents of Arcobaleno Strings, a renowned string quartet from the Pacific Northwest. The band also collaborates with acclaimed violinist Rachel Nesvig, who delivers captivating solo performances. Additionally, guest vocalists from around the world and dancers make special appearances, adding further depth and variety to the evening.
Whether you're a longtime fan or new to their music, The Rumba Kings' 2023 show is a must-see. Prepare to be mesmerized by their exquisite music, captivated by their showmanship, and swept away by the beauty and romance of their performance. Each performance of The Rumba Kings is a unique and dynamic experience. With every show, the band introduces fresh elements, including new musicians, captivating music, talented vocalists, graceful dancers, and exciting segments.
Musical Director, Johnny Bacolas, says of the new show, “It more closely resembles a Vegas production more than anything else, with a variety of music, show segments, and guest musicians and vocalists entering the stage at different times. This is how George and I always envisioned our shows when we were planning early-on. It's pure class. It's a night out at The Copacabana in the 40's, like you see in movies. This is the ultimate get dressed-up and have a classy night out show, whether watching with dinner or with drinks.”
Lead guitarist and co-founder, George Stevens says when referring to the music in the band’s live shows,
“If it isn’t beautiful, it doesn’t make the cut.”
Read the band's 5-star reviews of their live show here
You can see videos from the band's live shows on the video page.