New Year's Eve

Chi-Town Rising Performance Spotlight: American Authors

The alt-rock band American Authors will be one of the headliners of the epic New Year's Eve event Chi-Town Rising, which will feature several music stages, a fireworks show and the rising of a Chicago star into the sky at midnight.

American Authors will open the TV performance set in the last hour of 2015. The band's hit song "Best Day of My Life" earned them a 2014 Billboard Top New Artist award and a Billboard No. 1 Adult Pop Song for 2014 distinction.

The band debuted their first album, "Oh, What a Life," in March 2014. The album, described as "sunny, yet soulful," features the singles "Best Day of My Life" and "Believer." American Authors plans to release a new record in 2016.

The legendary rock band Chicago will perform after American Authors to usher in the New Year on the Chi-Town Rising stage.

Chi-Town Rising, presented by Corona Extra and hosted by Hyatt Gold Passport, will be held along the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive, with a Countdown Stage on the south side of the river and a midnight countdown featuring a giant Chicago star rising into the sky.

As the countdown begins, the star will ascend 36 stories up the Hyatt Regency Chicago's West Tower, culminating in the fireworks show.

The celebration will be televised live on NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago beginning at 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.

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