Called “Instant Crowd Favorites” by the San Francisco Blues Festival and “Consummate musicians and entertainers” by New York City’s Lincoln Center, Lucky and Getit really shine before a live audience, bringing an intense energy and sheer personal magnetism to the stage, exercising wit in a continuous battle of the sexes. They’ve earned a reputation as captivating entertainers with “superior musicianship” (Downbeat), engaging audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens, Greece, the San Francisco Blues Festival, as the house band at the Derby in Hollywood, and hundreds of nightclubs, festivals, and performing arts centers around the world.
Sticking to his musical roots, Lucky formed his own band in New York City working the nightclubs and touring throughout Europe. In 1993 he moved to San Francisco and started the Rhumba Bums as a quintet, but admits the band really took shape in 1994 with the addition of Miss Carmen Getit on vocals and guitar.
In Carmen’s powerful vocals, one can hear echoes of her idols Ruth Brown, Etta James, and Dinah Washington. Miss Getit is a dynamic performer and versatile vocalist, interpreting “slick jazz a la Dinah Washington” or shouting down-and-out blues according to the Ann Arbor Observer. In 1998 she recorded a critically acclaimed release with the Rhumba Bums, “Come Out Swingin’!”, earning four stars in both Downbeat and Blues Access Magazines and accolades from the press.
Steve Lucky and the Rumba Bums have played numerous weddings, corporate parties, and have even appeared on CNN’s “Showbiz” with Jim Moret, PBS’ “CD Highway”, a Bravo! documentary “This Joint Is Jumpin’!”, “Locals Only” on FOX, and on CBS’ Good Morning America. The Rhumba Bums will be featured in “Be Cool”, MGM’s sequel to “Get Shorty” in 2005.