Ron Artis || & The Truth, Saturday, Rusty Nail; Sunday, Cabanas

The Story

Hailing from Hawaii, Ron Artis II is a smoking guitarist and searingly soulful singer who is on a mission to spread joy. Backed by his brother Stevon on drums and Riley Pa’akaula on bass, Artis & The Truth are creating a big splash on the soul and blues circuit. Having already racked up hordes of fans from appearances at the High Sierra Festival and Stand for Redwoods Festival in California, Leaf Fest in North Carolina, New England Roots Festival in New Hampshire and Wanderlust Festival in Hawaii as well as club appearances at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, City Winery in Boston, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, House of Blues in Chicago and Irving Plaza in New York City, Ron Artis II & The Truth will be bringing their exciting show to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival for the first time this Spring.

Born on August 31, 1986, Artis has been called “a pure artist” who is always keeping a connection between life and music. Think Marvin Gaye, Gregory Porter and Jack Johnson with a bit of James Brown and Gary Clark Jr. thrown into the mix. Emerging from the islands of Hawaii, he has been winning over audiences all over the world with his genuine, energetic performances. His debut album, 2015’s What Music Means To Me blended touches of Island music, soul and blues while his followup, 2016’s Little People, garnered praises from the likes of the Beach Boys’ Mike Love, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood and Booker T Jones of Booker T & The MGs fame. Artis’ latest project, Soul Street, promises to bring the Hawaiian homeboy national attention on the strength of his soul-stirring vocals and toe-curling guitar licks.

The Sound

Artis and his tight crew aim to please. Expect to hear plenty of infectious numbers like “Little People” and the kinetic, James Brown-inspired “The Truth” along with soulful ballads like “Nothing Left” and thoughtful originals like “Before You Go.”

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Michael Kline