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Bluesdays: Ron Artis II & The Truth
July 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ron Artis II & The Truth debuts at Bluesdays in The Village at Squaw Valley.
Of all the great Bluesdays guitarists this summer, Ron Artis could be the fastest. Blues is just part of the mix that Ron Artis II & The Truth brings to the bandstand. There’s also soul, folk and gospel. But when he wants to, Artis can accelerate to Jimi Hendrix mode.
He plays in a trio with his younger brother Stevon on drums and Riley Pa’Akaula bass. Ron and Stevon are among 11 children who all grew up to become musicians or artists. They are from Oahu. For a time, the children played in their parents family band.
“Anybody who’s got a family knows that it is easy to get in arguments with your brothers, but we have a healthy relationship,” Artis said. “We know how different we are and we come together for a common goal, and that common goal is to really bring a lot of positive music into this world.”
Artis this summer will make his second consecutive appearance at the Wanderlust Festival. Ron Artis II & The Truth opened for G. Love & Special Sauce on March 29 at the Crystal Bay Casino.