Michael McDermott to perform at COUNTDOWN CHICAGO 2011

December 29, 2010

It's all a part of ABC7's New Year's celebration. ABC7 will be at several locations throughout the city and suburbs bringing you live coverage of the best parties in town.

Michael McDermott's biography is available at www.michael-mcdermott.com.

Ring in 2011 with Rusted Root at the New Year's Eve Rock 'N' Roll Ball
"Three Unique Parties Under One Roof for One Ticket!"

(RELEASE) For a second consecutive year, the Windy City's longest-running New Year's Eve bash has landed at the stylish InterContinental Chicago O'Hare, 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont.

On Friday, December 31 beginning at 8 p.m., revelers at the 14th annual New Year's Eve Rock 'N' Roll Ball will take flight into 2011, enjoying the best deal in the city or suburbs that includes live music from multi-platinum-selling artist Rusted Root, plus a four hour open bar package.

This signature celebration boasts entertainment on three stages headlined by Rusted Root in the Rock Room. Known for their high-energy live performances, Rusted Root is renowned for transforming their shows into unique party experiences. Featured in multiple movie soundtracks with classic hits like "Send Me on My Way," Rusted Root returns to Chicago, one of their biggest fan bases, to ring in the New Year. Also helping kick things off in the Rock Room is folk-rock singer-songwriter, and Chicago's own, Michael McDermott.

Unlike other New Year's Eve parties, the Rock 'N' Roll Ball gives people a variety of different environments to explore and connect with -- creating a truly unforgettable experience. In addition to the Rock Room, the affair claims a 2nd ballroom, dubbed the Party Room, featuring the classic beats of old school Hip-Hop party band Too White Crew, and 80s cover group The Breakfast Club. Last but not least, one of Chicago's hottest DJs, DJ Roland, will convert the Club Room into a dance emporium.

"My number one goal in booking entertainment is to reflect the strengths of the city, culture and people," said Rock 'N' Roll Ball Executive Producer Tom Neubauer of Big Creek Productions. "This event is unique in that it offers three diverse parties under one roof for one ticket. It has something for everybody!"

General admission tickets are only $75, and include an open bar from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., admission into all entertainment areas, open bar and party favors. VIP tickets are $105, and also include private bars, premium beverages and party favors.

Hotel packages are available for $229, which include a deluxe guestroom and two event tickets. VIP packages are also available, and begin at $289. VIP suite upgrades to a luxurious junior suite for $319 or one-bedroom suite for $339 are also available. All VIP packages include two (2) event tickets, preferred seating for all performances, and private VIP premium bars.

Ticket-only purchases are available now directly through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com or www.montroseroom.com. The Rock 'N' Roll Ball is sponsored by Lulu B Wine, Yelp Chicago, Absolut Vodka, Monster Energy, Barefoot Bubbly, Bud Light, XRT, Big Creek Productions and Montrose Room.

About the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare:
ICO offers a variety of entertaining and cultural experiences that sets it apart from its competitors and increases guest loyalty. The 2-year-old hotel attracts leisure travelers, business professionals and local residents alike. With an acclaimed art gallery cared for by professional curators, three on-site, world-class restaurants including McCormick & Schmick's, The Capital Grille and the live music venue, Montrose Room, ICO is in a league of its own among large hotels in the area and offers entertainment that rivals the best in the region.

For more information on ICO visit www.icohare.com or call 847-544-5300. Or, follow ICO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/icohare and Twitter @icohotel.


(RELEASE) Co-hosts Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies, along with Hosea Sanders and 190 North's Mark Nilsson, will once again take the reins of Chicago's favorite New Year's Eve show to help Chicagoans ring in 2011 during ABC 7's COUNTDOWN CHICAGO.

The hour-long special starts the New Year off with sizzle as it features the hottest parties, spectacular fireworks, Chi-town musical talent and a video rewind of the past decade, live, Friday, December 31st from 11:08 PM-12:15 AM on ABC 7.

It's the most thrilling night of the year and ABC 7 viewers will have front row seats to all the excitement and hoopla that are part of this city's New Year's Eve tradition. Davies and Giangreco will be anchoring from Mayne Stage in Rogers Park as they feature the powerful and soulful sounds of rising star, singer/songwriter Terisa Griffin.

Next, Hosea Sanders will take viewers to the South Loop for an unforgettable listen to R&B singer/songwriter Chico DeBarge when he makes musical magic for revelers at The Shrine and viewers at home.

Mark Nilsson will go live from Merrionette Park on the South Side to rock out at one of the city's most popular concert venues 115 Bourbon Street, as 16 Candles plays some of the best-loved hits from the 80's. Also on stage, American Idol's Gina Glockson, who grew up in Tinley Park, will belt out a performance that underscores why she made it to the finals.

Another real treat will be two show-stopping performances from Chicago's hit rock 'n' roll musical, Million Dollar Quartet.

Then, Chicago's own critically acclaimed artist, singer/songwriter Michael McDermott, will sing and play guitar at the Hotel Intercontinental in Rosemont along with Rusted Root, the multi-platinum sextet whose polyrhythmic "rock-and-soul" music always entertains.

COUTDOWN CHICAGO 2011 will also take a final look at memorable people, places and events during a video rewind of the past decade.

Davies and Giangreco will countdown to 2011 with the help of an evocative closing performance from Terisa Griffin, at which point Chicago's fantastic fireworks display from Navy Pier will bring in the New Year with a bang! ABC 7's New Year's Eve specials have evolved into a Chicago tradition. COUNTDOWN CHICAGO continues to be a favorite among viewers, far and away Chicago's #1 program at midnight. It will be streamed live at abc7chicago.com. Christopher Bowen is the executive producer of COUNTDOWN CHICAGO 2011. Cathy Vlahogiannis and Edgar Vargas are the producers.

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