Moe's Alley proudly presents the Santa Cruz debut of RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH out of Hawaii for a special Blues & Soul double bill with LIVE AGAIN from Santa Cruz.
$8 Advance, $12 Day of Show
Doors 8:00 PM, Show 8:30 PM
Patio Menu by Jerk House Santa Cruz:
ABOUT RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH:
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 pre-ordained. So how does one of the great musical talents of his generation come seemingly out of nowhere? Well, that part of the mystery is easy to solve. He’s been paradise’s best kept secret for years and now he’s finally making big waves on the mainland and beyond.
Ron moved to Oahu, Hawaii with his family when he was only four years old. And what a prodigious family it is! He is one of eleven total children, all of whom grew up immersed in a creative and religious household led by his musically gifted parents. Ron explains “My mother is a beautiful singer and my biggest influence on my approach to singing. My father was always the performer, the writer and arranger.”
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. As he got older and played more around Oahu, others quickly recognized his gifts as well. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro and many others recognized the incredible talent that was taking root on their isolated island paradise. 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.»
Those opportunities led to more exposure to artists from the mainland who, while they were touring the islands, all immediately recognized the unique talent they were witnessing. Booker T Jones, Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and G Love all invited (and in some cases demanded) Ron to collaborate and encouraged him to share his music with the broader world. This support aligned perfectly with Ron's vision for his music: «To me, music is about giving. When I'm performing, I let go of everything. I look out into an audience and feel: 'What do they need right now?' We as artists have been given a gift and gifts are meant to be shared.»
ABOUT LIVE AGAIN:
For over 6 years Live Again has been portraying their love of music to fans and audience members all around California. From their wide array of showcasing covers to their own original compositions, this band is always striving for the absolute best.
Since then they have won multiple battle of the bands and have also been featured on radio stations such as KSCO, KZSC and KPIG. One of their biggest achievements was on August 29th 2015 when they won Valley's Got Talent at The Gallo Center for The Arts with their original song «Every Other Time» for Best Band.
Heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960's and 70's, lead singer/frontman, Alex Lucero showcases his timber and rasp as well as high falsetto in his live and studio performances. Ryan Price's bass playing is unmistakable to the Live Again sound and is a crucial element to whatever setting the band plays.
On any given night Live Again varies anywhere from a two piece (bass and guitar) intimate set to a six piece power band with saxophone, percussion and lead guitar. Regardless of the amount of members, Live Again delivers and gives 100% to their audience members and has never been known to disappoint.