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DC101 and the National Kidney Foundation Announce Bands for the 27th Annual DC101 Chili Cook-Off

March 28, 2006U.S. Newswire Entertainment Reporter
U.S. Newswire

DC101's (WWDC-FM) Elliot in the Morning announced Tuesday that top recording artists Hoobastank and Better Than Ezra will be among the bands performing at the 27th Annual DC101 Chili Cook-Off benefiting the National Kidney Foundation. The event is set for Saturday, May 20, 2006, starting at 11 a.m. at Independence Ave and 12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., just south of the Smithsonian Metro Station.

The event will also feature performances by Bloodhound Gang, Blue October, Tonic, and Smash Up Derby. Additionally, DC101 will award the winner of their "Last Band Standing Contest" the opening spot to kick off the Cook-Off. For more information on the "Last Band Standing Contest," visit http://www.dc101.com

DC101 Program Director Rick Schmidt said, "The Chili Cook-Off is an all day party and we're fortunate to feature bands in this year's Chili Cook-Off that fit that bill. Hoobastank's new album will hit shelves just four days before the Cook-Off, and the rest of the line-up is full of old favorites and chart-climbing new artists. Plus, Smash Up Derby promises to be this year's most talked about act...they're L.A.'s favorite 'mash-up' act, performing amazing combinations like Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' over Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.' This year's cook-off should not be missed!"

Preston A. Englert, Jr. CAE, President and CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area said, "We are proud to partner with DC101 and we look forward to many more years of service to the community. The Chili Cook-Off is a DC institution, and with the support of business leaders, the DC government, and especially our longtime ally DC101, this will be the best Cook-Off ever. The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area leads the nation in the prevalence of chronic kidney disease, but the National Kidney Foundation is working to reverse that statistic. Proceeds from the Cook-Off fund research, preventive medical screenings, and other programs that will help us achieve that goal."

In addition to performances by top rock acts, the Chili Cook- Off, true to its name, features a fierce competition between chili and salsa chefs, with the winner of the International Chili Society category going on to the ICS World Championship in October 2006. The May 20 festival will also offer food, beverage, and other vendors, plus free chili samples while supplies last.

Growing in stature and gaining momentum every year, the DC101 Chili Cook-Off benefiting the National Kidney Foundation is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Last year's Cook-Off attracted 13,000 people and raised a half million dollars for the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations for $30. Tickets will be available at the gate for $40. The first 1,000 tickets sold will be available for only $20.

The mission of the National Kidney Foundation is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.

Contact: Darren Luke of National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, 202-244-7900 or dluke@kidneywdc.org