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Ron Artis II- Truth and Blues

Nick Yee
Nick Yee
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Ron Artis II
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A local artist is mixing the blues of Jimi Hendrix with the soul of Bill Withers.

Ron Artis II and his band “The Truth” are introducing a debut EP called “Little People” before starting a series of concerts across the islands.

Artis grew up alongside his 10 brothers and sisters performing for tourists who wandered into his family’s whimsically decorated home on O‘ahu’s north shore. Their father, Ron was best known for more than 900 murals around Hawaii.

Nick Yee
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The family developed a repertoire of composing music on the spot, with a style that was difficult to pin down to a single category… but always drew heavily from Soul, Blues and Rock.  In this new release, Artis has continued to refine that eclectic sound into a release that is both distinctly his own, and unique to the local music scene. 

Ron Artis and The Truth perform tonight at The Blue Note Hawai‘i… then tomorrow at Charlie’s Restaurant on Maui.  On September 2nd the play at The Trees Lounge on Kaua‘i before starting a four date tour with Jake Shimabukuro.  You can pre-order the Little People” EP HERE

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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