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. 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, June 15, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM
Blue Spectrum plays the Grove City Wine & Arts Festival
Heart of Grove City Wine and Arts Festival
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 12 PM – 1 PM
Blue Spectrum returns to the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival
Blue Spectrum returns to the Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival.
Visit Gahanna presents the music festival that is THE showcase for the best blues and jazz music in Ohio, if not the Midwest. 5 Stages, 90+ hours of live music, 50+ bands and more! Centered around Creekside District, the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival promises something for everyone. Enjoy the Family Fun Zone, amusement rides, cocktail tastings, VIP Seating packages, artisan shopping and great food! To learn more, go to CreeksideBluesandJazz.com
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Zayne of Blue Spectrum returns to My Bar 161
My Bar 161
Zayne Alexander Harshaw of Blue Spectrum brings his searing guitar back to My Bar 161. Enjoy the music and the stromboli.
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
ComFest welcomes back Blue Spectrum
Blue Spectrum returns back to ComFest, the annual festival held in Goodale Park.