"... Artis the Spoonman, Seattle's best kept secret"
- Steven Tyler


photo by Kevin Westenberg

"You haven't got a commercial bone in your body"
- Frank Zappa


Artis the Spoonman is a living myth. Since 1972 he has created a state-of-the-artcultural legend. From the sidewalks and bars of Seattle, San Francisco,Manhattan,Sidney, London, Dublin, Munich and Singapore, to the theatresof Broadway,the stages of International and National television and therecording studios of Frank Zappa and Soundgarden, his spellbinding, faster-than-the-eye-can-trackspoonplaying has been a passionate rhythm enhancement for Rock, Fusion, Folk,Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical and Uncatagorizable music, virtually everywhere. His avante-garde percussion, coupled with his contagious spirit,willchange your life- or at least your ideas on cutlery ...

"... best spoonplayer in the whole damn universe" - Pete Seeger

"What did he eat for breakfast, gunpowder?" - Lacy J. Dalton

"Finally, some real music" - Mickey Hart

Artis has shared the stage with:

Jim Page, Frank Zappa, Aerosmith, Steve Goodman, The Flying Karamazov Brothers,David Sanborn, Lacy J. Dalton, Peter Rowan, Jethro Burns, RamblinJack Elliot,Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger, k.d.lang, Bob Weir, Avner the Eccentric,Soundgarden,Itzhak Perlman, The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Zakir Hussein,Queen Ida,Ani DiFranco, Phish, Left Over Salmon, The Radiators, String CheeseIncident, Pele Juju and Alice DiMicele,
just to name a few.

... has performed on:

... and at events throughout the world:

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Port Townsend USA