Ron Artis II
To say that Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be a bit of understatement. With his family upbringing and incredible early success, you may even say it has been preordained. So how does one of the great musical talents of his generation come seemingly out of nowhere?
While developing his multi-instrumental prowess playing in the Artis Family Band, Ron quickly took to piano and guitar as his main modes of expression. His mastery of both—in addition to numerous other instruments—quickly made evident that he was special. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro and many others recognized the incredible talent that was taking root. Ron has gone on to play with all of them and more across Hawaii’s most prestigious venues with his own band that he put together (featuring brother Stevon on drums) aptly called, "The Truth."Ron has played sell out shows from coast to coast with his long list of collaborators and more. His debut full length album “Soul Street” dropped in early April, 2020 and has already garnered wide critical praise. The album crystallizes the full range of Ron’s influences—deep Delta Blues and Gospel, plus Northern Soul and R&B, alongside in-depth and personal lyrics—into a tight collection of fresh yet familiar songs that are at once urgent and timeless.
The Paradise Theatre and Pickin' Productions have been teaming up for years to bring the North Fork Valley and Western Colorado incredible live music. When COVID hit, we weren't sure how we were going to continue the tradition. And then a light bulb went off. Poulos Park is an underutilized pocket park on Grand Avenue, just a few doors down from the Paradise. We transformed the park into a magical event venue and a new outdoor concert series was born.
With COVID safety precautions in place, there will be beverages and concessions available to purchase throughout the show. No outside food or drink will be permitted inside the venue space. There will be socially distanced tables and seating provided with your ticket purchase for you to comfortably enjoy the show.