DEBBIE DURKIN's "ECO HIDEAWAY" Celebrated 2013 Sundance Film Festival Surprise performance by Dave Grohl's SOUND CITY players rocked the house

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  • (1888PressRelease) January 25, 2013 - Sustainable film and television producer Debbie Durkin successfully hosted her 6th Annual "ECO HIDEAWAY" at the Chateaux at Silver Lake with the Music Artists Stage presented by Aviir Diagnostic Laboratories and Guitar Center benefiting GUARD A HEART FOUNDATION. An invitation-only hospitality respite, Durkin is bringing the traditional gifting suite into the 21st century on a sustainable and cause-related platform featuring brand "gifts" that are good for the planet and you, creating a total experience offering a Music Artist live entertainment showcase, serving up five star organic foods & beverages, offering high end beauty services and new technologies resulting in the best networking event for all participants.

    After partnering with Reverbnation, Durkin Entertainment received over 2,700 band submissions for the chance to perform at "ECO HIDEAWAY" where 20 were chosen to play live music on the Aviir Stage. The music ranged from rock & roll, reggae and hip hop to acapella, folk, and alternative. From former NFL players and contestants from The Voice, the lounge was the place to hear great music during the festival. The bands that performed donated to Guard A Heart Foundation and received a Tru-Risk heart assessment test (valued at $1,500) in exchange for their support. DJ's Mick & Allen from Utah's biggest rock radio station, KBER 101FM's The Freak Show broadcasted live.

    Performers included The Almighty Grind; Amy Weber; The Andy Frasco Band; Big A: Burning Slow; Casey Frazier; The Command Sisters; Cruzmatik; Dwende; Erick Macek; Jared Blake; The Lion Drummers; Maddy Wilson; My Cousin, the Emperor; Natalie Gelman; Out of Ether; Pablo Blaqk; The Palace Ballroom; Stolen Rhodes; and VanLadyLove.

    Additionally, KBER FM held a statewide on-air contest for Utah to vote for a favorite rock band to perform at the lounge. BonVivant, a group of friends that all play in different bands, joined forces to form a new band and were selected to perform. This was only their third gig playing together and they brought down the house!

    Adding to an already amazing musical line-up was a surprise appearance by performers from SOUND CITY including Rami Jaffee (of TheFoo Fighters and The Wallflowers), Jonny Kaplan (of Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars), Jessy Greene a violinist who performs with The Foo Fighters), and then a cameo by actress and activist Daryl Hannah. After checking out the lounge Rami and Jonny then asked if they can get on stage and perform for everyone!

    In addition to Aviir Diagnostic and Guitar Center, Guard A Heart offered Tru-Risk Heart Assessment tests, their bling tees and bags, and nutritional supplements from Tosi Health. Additional sponsors included the Spa at the Stein Eriksen Lodge offering treatments, Spa Rituals polish change, and an amazing Gift Bag of skincare products; award-winning New Zealand Lighting and Furniture designer David Trubridge offering Coral Floral Pendant Light Fixtures; Minky Couture offering custom designer blankets and scarves; Michael Foster offering 100% organic Egyptian cotton men's scarves; BX Napa serving wines and BX Bubbles champagne and launching their eco-friendly cork leather "Cork Couture" fashion accessories; HUGRZ offering faux fur sustainable boot wraps; AQUAhydrate offering crisp, refreshing alkalized water with electrolytes; Whole Foods Park City offering an array of gourmet organic (local) packaged foods and beauty products; Lamborghini Travels offering men's & women's luxury watches, wallets and silver gift collections, and NuSkin offering skincare products. Gift bag sponsors included SPAGS Vintage Hot Sauce. Canvas the Machine and Ori Media provided on-camera interviews and tech support. Flowers were provided by Rikka Floral.

    In addition to the ECO HIDEAWAY, Durkin Entertainment hosted a VIP Charity Brunch on Sunday to benefit Ascend Alliance, a Utah non-profit, where 200 guests were treated to Live entertainment and Fashion Show featuring event brand sponsors.

    Guard a Heart is dedicated to bringing heart disease prevention and awareness to the forefront of our lives and will be offering their TruRisk 5 year heart assessment tests. 100% of the money that they raise goes to the cause, not their operations.

    About Durkin Entertainment: Durkin Entertainment is an indie TV/Film production company specializing in TV/Film/Celebrity product placement and brand development. Credits:K-11, CBS The Talk, CBS The Doctors, The Expendables, ECO Hollywood (KCBS-LA), CW Network, The A-List , NBC TODAY Show, Chelsea Lately,Two Jacks, Bonnie Hunt TV Show, Blades of Glory, Rocky Balboa, National Lampoon's Cattle Call, LAPD Hollenback Happy Planet documentary, Walk A Mile in My Pradas, Living With Ed-HGTV-Planet Green, LA Ink, Celebuzz, The Sexiest Women of Reality TV & Calendar, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine, 944 Magazine, Kevin Sorbo's Celebrity Golf Tournament, IFQ Magazine, and Sundance Celebrity Swag Hunt. LA's leading sustainable producer, Debbie Durkin, produces a series of Main Event Red Carpet Lounges & Green Suites each year during Sundance, Green Grammys, Eco Oscars, Eco Hollywood Earth Day, Rockn Rolla MTV Movie Awards ECO Lounge, and Eco Emmys, each lounge benefiting charities.

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