Corky Siegel & Friends

Our 2020 Virtual Concert

New Year's Eve

Evanston's community-wide 2020 New Year's Eve celebration was a virtual event with Corky Siegel performing from 10:00-pm to midnight and a bit after, to as he put it "Wring in? Ring in." the New Year.

Corky was joined by some amazing performances with the whole Chamber Blues ensemble, jazz saxophone icon Ernie Watts and bodacious diva Lynne Jordan. There was a wild blues harmonica/piano song about unity, corn, justice, bridges, lies, potatoes, and lots of love.


This from Corky...

"Celebrate the wringing out of the old year and the ringing in of the new year with me (Corky Siegel) - close up - as I welcome you into my home.  I want to spend this NYE with you and the FIRST NIGHT crowd – we will offer each other big hugs and have the time of our lives together.  And isn’t that what music is about? "  

And it was. 

The performance was followed by an exclusive post-concert after-party LIVE with Corky, Ernie and Lynne on Zoom for the countdown to 2021 and finally an explanation of “the song that no-one knows” – Auld Lang Syne.

Participation was easy and no one had to worry about the weather. Or worry about parking. Or even change clothes!  The audience enjoyed the concert in the comfort and safety of home.

If you wish to contribute now to help support the artists and First Night Evanston December 31, 2021, please go to:

FREE Reservations will be available after Thanksgiving with a suggested donation of $35 and no minimum.



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 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

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 and members of the congregations at local churches for their continued support.

New City Moving joined as a sponsor in early 2022. Thank them at

Contributions from our loyal audience will compensate this year's performers and help us build a reserve for next year's live event on 12/31/22.



Our "Virtual Variety" show takes place on New Year's Eve, 12/31/2021, starting at

9:45 pm CST.

Corky Siegel will emcee the "Virtual Variety" streamed concert and 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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