When I heard that my friend Amy was planning to open a School of Rock in Oak Park, I knew I wanted to be part of it somehow. Amy and her husband Bob bought an old roofing company’s office and warehouse space and converted it into an amazing teaching and performance space, even salvaging lumber from the old loading dock to construct an enormous moveable stage. Amy’s faith in the creative process is pretty amazing. She solicited local young artists to leave their mark on the place, even letting one high school painter create an enormous beautiful mural in the main space in the four days leading up to the opening. He skipped out of school the day before to finish. She wants it to belong to the young musicians who attend the school and to inspire their own creativity. From what I’ve seen already, there is no doubt that it will succeed enormously well. Oh, and it will definitely rock.