First Night! Web site offers updated information

First Night! Web site offers updated information


First Night Rockford is JUMPIN”! Rockford’s premier New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night, recently unveiled its new Web site. Located at, the site is the most up-to-the-minute resource for programming, event information and admission button purchase locations. The site also includes information about each performance group, the Children’s Festival and First Night Rockford locations in downtown Rockford.

The Web site was created by Liz Nelson of DesignOne, a local graphic and Web design service.

Rockford Health System is the primary sponsor for the local celebration that draws between 8,000 and 10,000 participants.

Headlining acts include: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director; Superchic(k) and Jake, both Christian performers; and Mission IMPROVable, presenting fast-paced comedy and theater games. Local favorites include: Gardenia Big Band; Rockford Dance Company’s Without Shoes Modern Dance Company; Rockford Symphony Orchestra String Orchestra; Swing Productions, Dan Voll Combo Loco and many more.

Admission buttons on sale now

Admission buttons are on sale at local retailers including: Alpine Banks, Amcore Bank, Bank One locations, Bob’s Ace Hardware, Discovery Center, Eagle Foods, Hilander Foods, Logli video departments, MetroCentre Box Office, National City Banks, New American Theater, Riverview Ice House, Rockford Area Arts Council, Rockford Area Association of Realtors, Rockford Art Museum Gift Shop, and Zavius Jewelers.

A complete schedule of performances is available at Buttons sell for $7 before Dec. 26. The price increases to $9 on Dec. 26. Children age 5 and under are free.

For information about the Rockford Area Arts Council or First Night, call 963-6765.

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