Progressive rock group District 97 released an animated short last month to accompany their song, Ghost Girl. Jonathan Shang is the band’s drummer and executive producer of the video. It was created by award-wining animation filmmaker Christopher Kezelos.
Schang wrote the song with Leslie Hunt, American Idol Top Ten Female Finalists in 2007, also of District 97. Ghost Girl is from the band’s album Screens, which released Oct. 2019.
While in-person performances are on hold, Schang said the band is releasing a concert experience, Screenplay, in March 2021 featuring a Screens performance played in Holland last year and other tracks. They are currently recording remotely and writing songs for their next studio release and booked “tour dates for the latter half of 2021, including a return to Europe in September, and our first appearance in Italy.”
Schang grew up and currently lives in Oak Park. Before the pandemic, when he wasn’t on tour with District 97, he could be found at the Academy of Movement and Music accompanying dance classes.