Four finalists compete for ‘musician in residence’ gig at River North tower
Loop North News

Lizette Capili, Molly Coleman, Jeremy Gentry, and Phillip-Michael Scales

(Left to right) Lizette Capili, Molly Coleman, Jeremy Gentry, and Phillip-Michael Scales.

Four finalists compete for ‘musician-in-residence’ gig at River North tower

17-Apr-17 – Four acoustic guitarists are in the running to live rent-free at a new apartment tower in River North but there can be only one. They will perform Thursday before celebrity judges and a winner will be chosen for the year-long gig, entertaining and instructing other residents 8-10 hours per week.

Management at the 34-story 298-unit Exhibit on Superior says they heard from musicians “all over the Midwest and beyond” but the four finalists are all based in Chicago.

Lizette Capili is a songwriter who studies music at Columbia College.

Molly Coleman is a musician and actress. She appeared recently in a Refuge Theatre Project production of High Fidelity.

Jeremy Gentry studied music composition at Columbia and is known for covers of pop songs. He describes himself on his Twitter page as the “love child of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.”

Phillip-Michael Scales is a singer/songwriter and the nephew of blues legend B.B. King.

“We were blown away by the level of talent displayed in the submissions we received,” said property manager Deanna Yates. “We would be lucky to secure any of the four finalists as our in-house musician. Their musical prowess and charisma will surely meet our goal of providing an unmatched amenity for residents with frequent, live entertainment.”

Exhibit on Superior Finalists will perform in an amenity space on the fifth floor of the apartment building called Howie’s, named for the Howard Johnson Inn that was demolished so that Exhibit on Superior could be built.

Judges include a former contestant of the television series The Voice and a soccer player for Chicago Fire.

Magellan Development Group, the building’s developer, has a musician-in-residence at its property in Nashville and will use the Chicago experience to help expand the idea into other markets.

And the winner is…Jeremy Gentry

Gentry will live at Exhibit on Superior rent-free for one year in exchange for being the apartment building’s “musician-in-residence.”

More than 75 guests watched four finalists – Lizette Capili, Molly Coleman, Gentry, and Phillip-Michael Scales – play one song each for celebrity judges.

Photo by Barry Brecheisen “This really is a dream come true,” said Gentry (left). “Without having the burden of a monthly rent expense, I can focus my energy on what I’m truly passionate about while living with my audience in an exceptionally cool space.”

Photo by Barry Brecheisen

 Previous story: River North apartment tower seeks guitarist to refine craft, live rent-free for year

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 17-Apr-17 2:15 AM

Loop North News

FREE WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE

See what’s news in the Loop
and Near North Side.

Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

‘Floating Museum’ docked at Riverwalk through August 28
Chicago home loan rates fall to 3.7 percent, so where are the listings?
Marina City commercial property fully leased
Clean streets for $20 per week, offers River North organizations
Eating disorder facility gets zoning permit to operate at 1 East Erie
Arrests at Cubs home games down 46 percent so far this year
Million-dollar North Side condo market on a roll
Louis Rocah, architect who helped design Marina City, dies at age 90
More stories

Today
59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Strong in tradition and one of the largest free admission events of its kind, the show headliners include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights. More info.

Today
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Smoke, nearby, the first U.S. solo exhibition of Mexico City-based artist Tania Pérez Córdova. Exploring the idea of forms becoming memories, objects growing into experiences, and sculptures turning into events, Córdova’s work confronts audiences with partial narratives – what the artist has chosen to show within the formal frame of her work is intended to make you think of what is outside of it.

By embedding a stranger’s SIM card in a porcelain block or an active debit card in a wood-fired clay platter, Córdova’s sculptures contain traces that connect them to an active life elsewhere. As the exhibition title suggests, if there is smoke nearby, then something is burning – even if you cannot see the fire.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Map. More info.

August 21
Looking for a spot to view the solar eclipse with no obstructions? Lake Michigan, and Shoreline Sightseeing will go there on August 21. During the 75-minute cruise, special glasses provided by Adler Planetarium will be distributed to all passengers to enable safe viewing at all times. Shoreline’s Solar Eclipse Viewing Cruise will board at 12:30 p.m. and depart Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 12:45 p.m., returning at 2:00 p.m. The fullest solar blockage by the moon is expected to be at approximately 1:19 p.m., so passengers will be onboard and center stage for the height of this incredible experience. Tickets: $25 adults, $15 children 3-12, free for children 2 and under. Cash bar available. Map. More info.

More events

S&P 500
2,425.55 4.46

NASDAQ COMPOSITE
6,216.53 5.39

LOOP/NORTH
42.55 0.02

Biggest Gainers & Losers

CONTINENTAL MATERIALS CORP.
18.60 1.60

LITTELFUSE INC.
176.39 1.49

JOHN BEAN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
87.35 1.00

Downtown Chicago Stocks