On a Saturday afternoon at The Empty Bottle, Pantyhose was clearing the stage from their opening set. The Arts of Life Band took the stage, as William Johnson played his keyboard and George Lawler set down a beat the drums. Jake Gold and Taylor Hales tuned their guitar and bass, and singers, Whitney Allen and Dave Krueger approached the microphones. “Alright everybody, it’s time to get down with our bad selves,” Dave shouted. The first verse of his song “Snow Pizza”blared through the venue as the audience began to dance along.
Each studio has a music program that develops organically based on the current members. The Chicago studio's music, (The Arts of Life band) and the North Shore studio's music program, (Van Go Go) use a traditonal rock band format. Musicans and singer-songwriter with & without disabilities work together to create songs that cover all genres. They can be seen playing in local bars and theatres throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The Arts of Life Band makes danceable party music with a rock edge. It is an ongoing collaborative project between disabled and non-disabled artists in the Chicago area, based out of the Arts of Life community of artists. The Arts of Life Band performs at local events and fundraisers, and does rock concerts at venues such as the Empty Bottle and the Double Door. Artistic Director Ryan Shuquem has collaborated on artistic development with several performing groups including Mucca Pazza, the Parkas, and Circus Ridiculous. Local musicians join him from area favorites Lamajamal, Reddelicious, and Mucca Pazza.-->