50th Anniversary Couch Concert

Counch concert art with man playing the guitar and a couch with spotlight

Celebrate with us!

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, ODI alums and friends spent the evening listening to a special concert celebrating ODI's 50 years of transformative power. They got their groove on with the smooth jazz and R&B from the Dwight Bailey Band. This special event celebrated the Buckeyes while honoring a half-century of ODI advocacy on behalf of historically underrepresented students, faculty and staff. The event featured a piece from spoken word artist and YSP scholar, Playon Patrick and was presented in partnership with the Black Alumni Society, Latinx Alumni Society and Young Scholars Program Alumni Society.


Music provided by the Dwight Bailey Band

Although he was born in Detroit and is very proud of his childhood connection to the “Motor City”, Dwight Bailey credits much of his musical development to the heavy influence of musicians based in Central Ohio. During his teenage years Dwight began playing predominately gospel and worked with artist like Bobby Jones, LaShaun Pace, Dawkins & Dawkins, Anointed, Kim Rutherford and Douglas Miller. It wasn't until his college years, at The Ohio State University that he was inspired to learn more about jazz and other styles of music. He began to study the double bass with several teachers such as Eddie Brookshire, Dr. Milton Ruffin, Dr. Paul Robinson, Doug Richeson, Roger Hines & Dr. Solona Lee (American School of Double Bass).

Dwight has spent the last several years touring all over the world and has performed on some of the most prestigious platforms in music, such as the Monterey Bay Blues/Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, The London Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Primivera Music Festival, to name a few. He has held down the low end at the world famous Hollywood Bowl for artist like the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Anthony Hamilton, TelMary, Marcus Belgrave and his boss of 3 years, 6-time Grammy Award Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dr. John. Today, he continues to tour with various artists and enjoys playing the local scenes in both Ohio and Michigan.

Spoken word by Playon Patrick

Playon Patrick is the 2020 valedictorian from The Fort Hayes Arts and Academics High School. He is a 4.2 average student and also attended Columbus State Community College. He is a current student at The Ohio State University and studies Criminal Justice and Criminology. With a Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Playon plans to go into Criminal Justice Administration and examine the problems in the Ohio Court Systems and prisoners transition to Ohio's Correctional facilities.


Please contact Kimberly Lowe McCalla at mccalla.27@osu.edu.