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Ruby and the Diamond Kings are a group of five seasoned musicians who perform high-energy renditions of music favorites from the 50’s to present day. The musical performance is enhanced by a professional presentation and stage presence that often includes humor and audience participation. The band is based in Connecticut. Combined they have over 160 years of musical experience. The members have diverse musical backgrounds.
 
Elana Zabari had a slow start in her singing career. After frequenting karaoke venues she found her voice and the confidence to start auditioning for bands. One of her early ventures was as the lead singer of "Da Scrubz",which was later renamed "Big Sis & the Boom Bahs". The band played throughout the Westchester/Fairfield County area, including charitable events, such as Kids in Crisis. Since that time, she has freelanced with a number of bands and has performed at clubs and events across NJ, NY, MA and RI in addition to CT. Elana found her home with Ruby and the Diamond Kings in June of 2012. Her powerful voice and ability to bridge genres enables her to sing bluesy songs like Susan Tedeschi’s "It Hurt So Bad" to raw rock such as Zeppelin’s classic, “Rock N Roll” to sexy, sweet ballads like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. She also enjoys writing, recording and playing her original music at various acoustic venues, accompanying herself on the guitar and piano, where she consistently delights her audiences as a featured performer.

Eric Majewski began playing guitar at age 10. He grew up on a mix of music, which varied in genres and styles. Eric played with numerous local bands during the 70’s and 80’s. In the 80’s His country band Horsefeathers, competed in Nashville, TN in the national Seagrams 7 Battle of the Bands. After taking a lengthy break from music to pursue higher education and become a dad, Eric re-emerged on the CT music scene in 2000 forming the band Hotwired, a classic rock band. Through one of the friendships of the band, he was invited to play with Third Sister, from Norwalk, CT. Eric was privileged to play with Third Sister in 2006, when they opened for Bo Bice of American Idol fame. Eric was a founding member of the shoreline band, Orange Book. More recently he played with the Rising Tide band when they opened for REO Speedwagon in 2010. He has sat-in with a number of bands and has enjoyed contributing his talents to various on-line music collaboration projects.

Steve Hannon has played drums since he was 12. He played in Drum Corp between 1977 and 1980. Steve took private lessons from 1984-91. Starting in 1983 he has been playing on and off in bands such as Early Warning, The Acoustic Reptiles, The Conniptions, Listen Up, Ronnie Snoit and the Navels, and the alumni Drum Corp The Park City Pride ”. Steve played with the Rising Tide Band when they opened for REO Speedwagon in 2010.

Tony Curcio has been singing and playing bass, upright bass and acoustic guitar for over forty years. He grew up on the New York Club circuit playing clubs and affairs from the Hamptons, L.I., to the South Bronx N.Y. and has continually adapted his musical style to reflect the popular culture of the times. Tony Moved to Connecticut in 1979 and joined a wedding band called "The Influentials" and also played in a 39 piece jazz band. Throughout his musical career, he has played in many local bands, "Bowties & Lace", "Goldrush", "Hotwired", "Easy Street" to name a few and played a variety of music from the fifties, disco, rock, blues, to top 40. In addition he is the owner of his own disc jockey company "Music Box Productions" and provides entertainment for all occasions.

Darren J. Stec plays keyboards, saxophone, flute, guitar and sings harmony as well. He has played in various local bands and has opened up for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Maceo Parker and Bernie Worrell. His experience in improvisation and music theory add unique elements to familiar songs. Darren is also a public school instrumental teacher and teaches private music lessons in lower Fairfield County.

Tim Kramar is the newest member of the Diamond Kings. He's been playing trumpet from the 5th grade all the way through college in concert and marching band as well as jazz ensembles and even pit orchestra for Les Miserables at Daniel Hand in Madison. He really digs on groove of Tower of Power, the melodies of Chicago, and tempo of Reel Big Fish.