November 19, 2015

Wagstaff Worldwide
Kathleen O'Connell
Emmy Carragher

Chi-Town Rising, Chicago's newly-announced New Year's Eve celebration, announces the headline musical acts to perform this New Year's Eve on the event's Countdown Stage. Corona Extra is the Presenting Sponsor of Chi-Town Rising and Hyatt Gold Passport is the Official Host Sponsor.

The Chi-Town Rising Countdown Stage will go live at 8:00 p.m. with multiple artists taking the stage in the run-up to the television broadcast on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago. As midnight approaches, and a giant Chicago star rises skyward up the West Tower of Hyatt Regency Chicago, the stage will feature the talents of alt-rock musical artists American Authors and legendary rock band Chicago®

A 2014 Billboard Top New Artist with Billboard's No. 1 Adult Pop Song for 2014 with "Best Day of My Life," American Authors will open the TV performance set in the final hour of 2015 on the Chi-Town Rising Countdown Stage. On their debut album "Oh, What a Life," singer Zac Barnett, guitarist James Adam Shelley, bassist Dave Rublin, and drummer Matt Sanchez weave in everything from hip-hop grooves and Afro-Latin rhythms to dance- pop synths and Queen-inspired vocal harmonies - all while staying true to a rock-and-roll energy and melodic sensibility that's highly refined. Featuring their breakout hit song "Best Day of My Life" and follow-up single "Believer," the sunny yet soulful "Oh, What a Life" is also built on a magnetic sense of optimism that's carried American Authors from their formation at Boston's Berklee College of Music to their down-and-out early years in Brooklyn to their current status as an internationally touring band on an ever-growing rise. The band's new record will be released in the New Year.

Currently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2016, the legendary GRAMMY® Award winning rock band Chicago® will usher the city into the New Year with a midnight performance. Chicago® came in at #9 in Billboard Magazine's Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists, the highest-charting American band; and Chicago® is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades. Chicago's® album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014, and the band performed on the GRAMMY Awards broadcast last year.

Lifetime achievements of Chicago® include a GRAMMY Award, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. 

Known for classic hits such as "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Saturday In The Park," "25 Or 6 To 4," "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long," "Wake Up Sunshine," and "Colour My World" among many others, Chicago® is considered one of the longest running and most successful rock-and-roll roll groups in history.

On the Countdown Stage, in addition to the acts performing for the television broadcast, multiple artists will be highlighted on iHeart Radio stations 103.5 KISS FM, 93.9 MYFM, and BIG 95.5 between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Taking place along Upper Wacker Drive, Chi-Town Rising is a new tradition for celebrating New Year's Eve in Chicago. The broadcast will be centered between Michigan Avenue & Columbus Drive, with the Countdown stage directly in front of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Taking place along Upper Wacker Drive, Chi-Town Rising will be anchored by the main stage. NBC 5 Chicago and Telemundo Chicago will broadcast the event live starting at 11:08 p.m. and Telemundo Chicago will begin at 11:00 p.m. The broadcast will feature musical performances, a dazzling countdown with a 70-foot tall Chicago Star rising 360-feet into the night sky, and an epic fireworks display linking the event site with Navy Pier's annual fireworks in one grand display synchronized to a musical soundtrack.

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