This year’s concert will be held at The Vera Project in Seattle on April 10. Come enjoy some local indie music, some of which include artists on the autism spectrum such as Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind (A founding member of inthespectrum.org) as well artists that support the cause like Jason Kertson and Sammy Witness. There will also be a special guest who hasn’t been named yet.
There will be a potluck social thanks to The Firefly Concert Series at 6pm where you can hear music from DJ Gibbs, a 16 year old DJ who is himself on the spectrum.
You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and win raffle prizes. All ages are welcome and those with Autism are encouraged to come celebrate our “Neuro-Diversity” in a safe, supportive environment.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks to help raise awareness and research a cure for the “negative symptoms” associated with Autism.
According to the AFAA website 1.5 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed on the autism spectrum. For decades, autism and related disorders were believed to occur in 4 to 5 per 10,000 children. During the past decade, the prevalence of autism has increased to 20 to 70 per 10,000 with the current rate estimated at 1 in every 68 children – 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls – Although an exact population count of people with autism currently does not exist, it is estimated that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While the reasons behind this increase remain unclear, it is widely accepted that there are greater numbers of individuals being diagnosed with autism today.
Tickets are $30 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Click HERE to purchase.
Scheduled to Appear:
Xolie Morra Cogley is an artist on the Autism Spectrum. Her Band The Strange Kind has performed at the Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan, Light Up The Blues with Crosby Stills & Nash, John Mayer & Brandi Carlile. Most recently the band gained success upon their National TV Debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Xolie is a founding member of inthespectrum.org and is very active in the autism community. Read Xolie’s interview in The Monarch Review.
Jason Kertson has been a growing force in the northwest music scene. He began learning to play the guitar at age seven and mastering the instrument has been his passion ever since. He began performing in coffee houses and other venues when he was just nine years old. Since then, Jason has appeared on NBC’s The Voice and gained national recognition for his talent. Whether it be a cover of Fleetwood Mac, Megadeth or an original tune, Jason will draw you in with his depth, passion and drive. He currently volunteers to play music with children on the Autism Spectrum and is a huge supporter of the cause.
Sammy Witness blends folk and indie-rock stylings with jazz-tinged vocals to weave a sound at times reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, Jenny Lewis and Grace Potter but altogether uniquely her own. After over 10 years of performing as a solo artist, Sammy has returned to Seattle and pieced together her new backing band, Sammy Witness & The Reassignment. Sammy will be performing a new song written with a friend who is on the Autism Spectrum named Kayla Takeuchi who uses and ipad to communicate.
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*This is an All Ages show but those 21+ can receive a wristband in order to purchase beer and wine courtesy of the Skylark Cafe.*