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Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival

The Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates community and the creative power of music. ​We invite the community to explore and share their passion for live jazz and blues at the Eastside's premier showcase for top national and regional artists.

2017 Featured Artists


7:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 | Meydenbauer Center Theatre |


7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3 | Meydenbauer Center Theatre | 

Radio Raheem

9 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 | Bake’s Place | $20
Reserve seats

Seattle's Radio Raheem formed in 2011 out of the ashes of several local bands, and not by chance. Founding members, bass player/producer Paul Chistofferson, and guitar player Bryan Cohen, were set on having some fun. They began writing '80s influenced upbeat rock, new wave and dance songs. Soon after saxophonist/keyboard player Trevor Rasmussen, knock out vocalist Josie (Josephine Howell) and former Mayfield Four drummer Zia Uddin joined the band. Radio Raheem’s shows are high energy, with lots of chanting and dancing!

The Rumba Kings

9 p.m. Thursday, June 1 | Bake’s Place | $15
​Reserve seats

Their style of Mediterranean driven music is romantic, soulful, and passionate, delivered with an energetic and emotionally-impacting live performance. The Rumba Kings were formed by guitarist George Stevens, bassist/producer Johnny Bacolas, and guitarist Teddy Adams. “I’ve had the great pleasure, and was very blessed to get together with an amazing group of musicians since I’ve been out here in Seattle. 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.” – George Stevens

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