Friday Night Dance in APOLLO ROOM
Come and enjoy great music, great community, and more at the Friday night DANCE!
It was always Zayne Harshaw's dream to have a band. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. When he was 14-years old, this self-taught guitarist would walk up to total strangers and ask them to be a member of his (at the time) non-existent band. At age 17, Zayne’s dream would become a reality on a snowy Saturday afternoon on January 19, 2013.
A Special Olympics teammate of many years joined as a rhythm guitarist. The autistic teen social group, Aspirations, which is held at the Nisonger Center at OSU, was where he met a bassist. The autistic teen social group held at Children's Hospital would add a drummer. This foursome came together under the name of "Spectrum".
The band name would eventually be changed to "Blue Spectrum" due to the "Spectrum" name itself being so prevalent and "Blue" being Zayne's favorite color. The new name also brought new dimensions. Clarence Bowles would become the new drummer and most importantly, a mentor to help guide the band's direction. A local blues jam introduced keyboardist, Amelia Rose, to the band. And the smooth vocalist, "Uncle Al" Jefferson, took over at bass. The Blue Spectrum family expanded to include drummer extraordinaire, D’Arco Smith. But even with the changes, the message remained the same.
Together they share a deep love of creating and performing music and living the impassioned motto of Blue Spectrum:
"Life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose".
Saturday Night Spoken Word and Poetry in APOLLO ROOM
Join us in the spirit of solidarity for a night of spoken word and poetry on September 23, 2017 from 8-10pm. Spoken word has been used as a form of self-expression for the last few decades. It is a freer form of poetry that contains messages that are often political and provoking, discussing issues such as discrimination, race, gender, ability, class and sexuality. Our desire is to use this form of self-expression to celebrate our differences and similarities. It is a space to share the struggle and fight for liberation. All voices and intersections are welcome. No experience required. Just come with an open mind and open heart. If anyone needs accommodations to participate please let us know. Peace.