First Night’s 25th New Year’s Eve Virtual Variety Show

Take a front row seat, in the comfort of your home, for a New Year’s Eve Virtual Variety Show with blues and harmonica legend Corky Siegel as master of ceremonies. This all-ages extravaganza marks First Night’s 25th anniversary, and offers something for everyone with performances by outstanding artists from Chicagoland and beyond, featuring:

Alvy Ray Smith, Billy Branch, Blair Thomas with Michael Smith, Chamber Blues, Chihsuan Yang, Corky Siegel, Dorothy Scott, Ernie Watts, Howard Levy, John Primer, Last Word Quintet, Lynne Jordan, Phil Bimstein, Sones de México, Sons of the Never Wrong, Toronzo Cannon, Wayne Baker Brooks, and Will Tilson

From Bluegrass to Classic Rock, Folk to Blues, Latin to Pop, and Soul to Roots, this special concert is hosted by First Night Evanston. It is made possible thanks to contributions from you and local businesses and organizations in order to support the artist and our organization.


Sign Up for the Concert and After Party

Reservations are free, but a suggested contribution of $35 (or more!) will help us fund this blockbuster lineup of iconic performers and ensure that this special 25th anniversary of First Night is the biggest one yet. More importantly, your contribution helps make this event accessible to all members of our community. To register, please CLICK HERE.

With over two hours of musical adventure, “First Night’s 25th New Year’s Eve” musical event will be livestreamed from 9:45 pm CT to just after midnight on December 31, 2021, with a countdown to midnight and singing of Auld Lang Syne.  A special “Ring in the New Year” Zoom immediately follows with everyone invited.

Special thanks to this year’s First Night Evanston sponsors Byline Bank, Northwestern University, Romano Wealth Management, Kiwanis Club of Evanston, Chicago Blues Guide, and Hecky’s Barbecue for their valued support of this special event.  

To make a contribution and register for the First Night Evanston 25th New Year’s Eve Variety Show, please visit Mandolin’s boxoffice


First Night Evanston is a family-friendly community Celebration of the Arts taking place on New Year's Eve since 1992.

This year because of Covid 19, First Night will again be hosting a virtual variety show celebration.

You can stay safe at home and still celebrate with Corky Siegel and all the performers we are lining up for our "Virtual Variety" show livestreamed on Mandolin.com.

First Night Evanston is a 501c3 non-profit Illinois corporation that relies on the generosity of local businesses, civic associations and individuals to keep this annual tradition alive.


First Night Evanston strives to make the event accessible, welcoming, and affordable.

Thanks to Romano Wealth, Byline Bank (formerly First Bank and Trust), Northwestern University, Kiwanis Club, Hecky’s, Chicago Blues Guide, and members of the congregations at local churches for their continued support.

A new sponsor joined us in May 2022. Welcome to New City Movers.. Thank them at 


Contributions from our loyal audience will compensate the performers and help us build a reserve for this year's event.



This year's"Virtual Variety" show takes place on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021, starting at 9:45 pm CST.

Corky Siegel will be back to host the "Virtual Variety" livestream concert. Corky will also perform a personal version of Auld Lang Syne with a countdown to midnight so we can virtually ring in the new year together.

Hooray for 2022--a new, NEW year for all of us.



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