10x10 Series: Ron Artis II
Tickets starting at: $10.00
Ron Artis II is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Hawaii among an exceptionally musical family. The second oldest of 10 other siblings, Ron was surrounded by artists and musicians daily. In fact, growing up, Ron thought it was weird that everybody else didn’t have ten siblings running around with them every day. They even had an “Artis Family Band” and when they weren’t off painting, at the beach, they were learning their instruments.
Full band, trio or solo, Ron has performed and collaborated with Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, Booker T Jones, Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and G Love among others. If this wasn’t a rich line-up of names, go spend a few moments reading the lyrics to Ron’s songs. Each song is laced with intention, deep conviction, story, and a heart that has truly been there. It makes sense why Ron is often heard talking [and singing] about “walking the walk.” “I really try to write music that can be helpful not only for our generation, but for life in general.”
Ron has been married to his beautiful wife Julia for 9 years and counting. They have 4 lovely [and musically inclined] daughters, with a fifth on the way! If you’ve been to one of Ron’s shows, then you may have had the immense pleasure of seeing a daughter or two take to the stage with her father. In fact, being on the road is a family affair. Ron comments, “It’s so easy to lose touch with life and lose touch with the things that inspired you originally to write music and do things. I can walk off stage at a festival with tons of people having a great time, and then I go backstage and change my daughter’s diaper! It keeps life really in perspective of what’s important — I really enjoy this … They really keep me grounded and keep my heart full.”
With 4 studio albums, 60+ songs, 1000s of flights, 100,000s of diapers, and 15 countries, Ron and his family [full band included] continue to live by preparation and faith. Holding each day and person they meet as with immense privilege, not to be taken for granted, they look forward to meeting and delighting audiences around the world.
Why you’ll love it:
Ron Artis II’s songs have serious pop. His music grooves. The best thing about Ron Artis II though could be his genuine, soulful lyrics. His newest album focuses on “Purpose” and says “…this album is really about not just doing something because we can, not just going through our lives in pursuit of financial goals. It’s finding your purpose, valuing that, and bringing that forward.”
This performance is part of the 10×10 Series which offers our patrons access to incredible artists near and far for the low cost of $10 per ticket. Discover new artists and experiences at an upcoming 10 x 10 show. Learn more.
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This series is supported via a grant from Niland Jewel Hult Endowment – Arts Foundation of Western Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.
“I love the songwriting & the story telling. Keep telling the stories!” – Mick Fleetwood
“A MAD guitar player!” – Eric Krasno
“GREAT songs, just great songs!” – Booker T. Jones
“An Amazing Voice.” – Jack Johnson
“I’ve played with Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and other greats. You have it!” – Tommy Emmanuel
“Musical force of nature…powerful, masterful and deeply soulful.” – Broadway World
“With a voice from heaven, a cross between Eric Bibb and Al Jarreau, a fluid guitar style, oft strumming frenetically with no plectrum, the supremely talented Artis is a joy to experience.” – Blues & Soul Magazine