Inthestudyo with The Metro
If you’re ever in Chicago and plan on going to any live shows, The Metro has to be on that list multiple times. Among royalty when discussing rich history in the Chicago music scene. One of my personal favorites, especially since the 2chainz concert in 2012. Been going back ever since for all my favorite bands and performers.
Inthestudyo: How did you get your start at The Metro?
Jenny: I first started as an intern while I was in college, working in the promotions department, putting up posters, sending out mailings, the usual intern tasks. After graduation I worked part time that summer and then convinced them to hire me full time as a promotions department assistant. After a few years, there was an opening, and I became the publicist here.
Inthestudyo: What were you doing before The Metro?
Jenny: I was in college at Loyola University where I student communication (radio/tv/film), theatre and women’s studies, while working three jobs and hustling some scholarship money through working in the Theatre Department and competing on the Debate Team. I don’t think I slept for four years, ha.
Inthestudyo: What does The Metro mean to you?
Jenny: As a Chicago native, I grew up knowing that Metro was an iconic concert venue, and spent many happy nights here long before I ever worked here. As an employee, I am always proud to work for a place that maintains its mission of bringing new and emerging artists to Chicago audiences. Not many people get to feel that they have made a difference through their work, but I feel like I do by contributing to what I feel is a Chicago cultural institution.
Inthestudyo: How is the work environment at the venue, I can only imagine hectic with the amount of shows and acts that come through the venue?
Jenny: It’s always something different for sure, and I’m always working on something different. Sometimes I’ll be writing a press release and the band is sound checking downstairs, which is always a fun soundtrack to your working day.
Inthestudyo: What separates The Metro from other music venues in Chicago Chicago?
Jenny: Metro is is defined by its mission of bringing new and emerging artists to Chicago audiences, and we are also independently owned and operated for 30+ years - those two things are pretty unique, I think!
Inthestudyo: Can you provide any history about the Metro that you average patron may not know?
Jenny: There’s a lot of history on our website under the INFO tab, but my favorite factoid is that since its establishment in 1927, this building has always played host to people who were celebrating culture, art and music. From the founders who built it as a Swedish Community Center in 1927, all the way up to Metro’s establishment in 1982 - it’s cool to think of all the people who have spent time here and all the different types of music, art, theatre, etc that has graced this building over the decades. It’s something we try to honor by keeping the original architectural details of the building as much as possible.
Inthestudyo: What music are you listening to these days?
Jenny: Wow, so much, that’s tough to answer! In my spare time, I DJ and serve on the board of directors of CHIRP Radio, so you listen to me from 4-6pm every Sunday or see my playlist every week at http://chirpradio.org/dj/295
Inthestudyo: Fun question: Let’s say your in a stranded island and your iPod is on its last leg and you can only play one more song forever, what song do you play?
Jenny: Wow, another tough one. For me, I think that John Lennon’s Imagine is probably my very favorite song, and one I could listen to forever. It’s a song that I think endures through all time, and one people of all ages can appreciate.”*