Summer concerts return to Sisters


Last updated 6/6/2023 at 2:17pm

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Ron Artis II will be featured in Sisters Folk Festival's summer concert series.

Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) Summer Concerts return this summer at Sisters Art Works, with four concerts taking place at the outdoor downtown venue in Sisters. The series kicks off on Thursday, July 13, with The Brothers Comatose, a five-piece string band with fierce musicianship and rowdy, rock concert-like shows. Next up is Ron Artis II & The Truth on Saturday, July 29, followed by Rainbow Girls on Saturday, August 19. Another concert is scheduled for Friday, August 11 with the artist yet to be announced. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at

The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Steve Height (bass, vocals), Philip Brezina (violin), and Greg Fleischut (mandolin). Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, these Americana mavens forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country, and rock 'n' roll music. When they're not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia, in the Sierra foothills.

To say that Ron Artis II plays music from his heart and soul would be an understatement. With his family upbringing and incredible early success, you may even say it has been preordained. While developing his multi-instrumental prowess playing in the Artis Family Band, he quickly took to piano and guitar. Growing up in Oahu, Hawaii, Artis garnered the attention of greats like Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jack Johnson, and Jake Shimabukuro, eventually collaborating with each of them. Today, he has played sold-out shows from coast to coast alongside his band "The Truth" performing songs highlighting his influences from deep Delta Blues and Gospel, to Northern Soul and R&B, with in-depth and personal lyrics.

Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, and Vanessa May - the dynamic trio known as Rainbow Girls - have emerged as a much-loved live act both abroad and on their California home turf. They seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, vari-textured instrumentals, and poignant, lyrical content into a beautiful sonic tapestry. Throughout their performance, voices are paired with an ever-changing amalgamation of acoustic and slide guitar, keys, upright bass, harmonica, and an array of vocal techniques, creating an engaging and often emotionally moving live show.

The concerts will be held at the Sisters Art Works venue located at 204 W. Adams Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. with shows starting at 7 p.m. Additional band and ticket information is on the SFF website (www.sisters These are general admission, all ages shows.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Chairs are not provided; bring your low-back festival chairs or blankets. Only service animals are permitted in the venue.

Follow @SistersFolk Festival on Instagram and Facebook for updates and additional information.


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