Ron Artis & The Truth rock Alibi Truckee to benefit students

Ron Artis & The Truth and the family perform at Arts for the Schools.
Amanda Jacobs / Tahoe Onstage

Alibi Ale Works in Truckee had a full house last week for Ron Artis & The Truth’s performance supporting Arts for the Schools.

Arts for the schools is a nonprofit group “that fundamentally believes that access and exposure to the arts is essential for all.” They fill the gap in performing arts education for thousands of children. One of their programs, called “onSTAGE Live,” provides live shows from internationally acclaimed artists for the public to enjoy.

An organization that encourages children and adults to “create, perform, learn, lead, understand and discover,” it’s easy to see why this was a perfect fit for Artis, who has three children, the oldest of whom is featured on the title track of his new album, “Love is Love”.

On Friday morning, the trio gave its final school performance of the week, which was full of happy energy and dancing children. Artis’ older two daughters (2 and 4 years old) were growing in fame, enacting their stage routine of joining dad to sing “Love is Love” and playing the drums with uncle Stevon.

Later in the evening, the trio prepared for its sold-out show at Alibi Ale Works. Artis began the night with a special unannounced solo acoustic set for the early arrivals. Thirty minutes later, The Truth entered to rock the stage. Artis brought his A-game as he does to every show, but this performance seemed extra special, exhibiting new directions from commonly performed songs and freshly improvised solos where the space allowed.

Energy in the house was so receptive that eventually everyone was up and dancing, bouncing that energy right back to the band. Artis couldn’t let that energy go to waste, so he extended the set considerably, allowing the party to go on and satisfying the growing crowd.

Following an incredible set, people lined up to thank the band for the awesome night, and Artis engaged fans in the VIP meet and greet. What a fantastic night at a great venue for an especially great cause.

— Amanda Jacobs

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