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Corky Siegel & Friends

Our 2021 Virtual Concert

Evanston's community-wide 2021 New Year's Eve celebration was a virtual event with 17 performers hosted by Corky Siegel and his wife, Holly, from their home in Rogers Park.. 

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. 

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.

Contributions from the audience along with tickets sales made it a successful evening for all.



First Methodist Church at 516 Church Street is hosting the event this year.

Parking is easily available at the City parking garage across the street at Church and Chicago. Vouchers to make the parking FREE  will be available for the first 300 people to join us at the Church.

Please protect yourself and others by wearing a mask during the performances. Plan to provide proof of vaccination at the door. 


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. 

Their contributions and yours enable us to keep the ticket price reasonable and provide free tickets to clients of several social service agencies in Evanston.


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

Thanks for many years of support from Romano Wealth, Byline Bank,  Northwestern University, Kiwanis Club, Hecky’s, and members of the congregations at First Methodist Church for their continued support.

Loyal audience members may also consider support. Check the website. 



Doors open at 6 p.m. Ask for a voucher to make  parking  FREE at the City garage across the street. 300 are available.

TIME ZONE JAZZ BAND kicks off the evenings at 7 pm. ETHS students star.
Chris Carter, the Mentalist, electrifies with stunning and hilarious demonstrations of thought reading and mental influence at 8 and 10. 
Headliner Corky Siegel rounds out the evening at 9 and 11. Leading up to midnight, Corky will present his personal version of Auld Lang Syne,.


Questions? Contact us.







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