Corky Siegel, Nick Gravenites, and Barry Goldberg: Blues Legends in Little Egypt
Musician Corky Siegel has noticed something happening, and as a result he is now creating more than ever.
“I read somewhere that the wall between the left and right sides of the brain diminish, which happens when you get to my age,” Siegel told Nightlife. “It placed this effect, and I have started creating and getting involved in more projects than ever before.”
Siegel is joined by Nick Gravenites and Barry Goldberg Friday, December 5 at the Yellow Moon Café in Cobden. The pre-holiday blues show will feature the legendary musicians in an intimate setting as part of Siegel’s golden anniversary in the music business.
In 1964, Siegel met a guitarist named Jim Schwall at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and they started a group with a unique blues sound, with Schwall playing an amplified acoustic guitar. The Siegel-Schwall Band held down a regular gig at Pepper’s Lounge, where they performed with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Willie Dixon. They signed a major-label contract and in addition to several traditional blues albums the Siegel-Schwall Band recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Siegel went on to earn an international reputation as one of the world’s great harmonica players. His other forays into classical music have won him the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer award for chamber-music compositions.
Nowadays Siegel said he is working on several new chamber-music pieces, including “two of the best songs I have ever written.”
He has also worked on a phone application that heightens the concert experience for audiences and invites participation. The stereo option is divided between musician and crowd sections to create an in-sync effect.
“We have always been told to turn our phones off,” he said. “I decided to tell people to turn them on.”
Another upcoming project is a soundtrack to a 1979 film by Alvy Ray Smith, cofounder of Pixar.
Siegel said he enjoys staying busy with his different projects, sometimes all at once.
“The joy is in the process,” he said. “There is no joy in finishing it. In performance you get to play it again so you get to relive in that way, but once you are done writing something, you’re done.”
In addition to embracing a creative renaissance, Siegel has embraced a zen attitude about the world and its inhabitants. A more peaceful existence can come when people pay more attention to the needs of others, he said.
“What else is there if not to care for this planet and everyone on it?” he asked. “Every morning is a profound chance.”
Siegel also said he is looking forward to coming back to the Yellow Moon because of the intimate atmosphere.
“It’s always an amazing venue,” he said. “It’s really fun and it feels like a house concert.”
For more information about Siegel, check out <http://www.CorkyMusic.com>.
who: Corky Siegel with Nick Gravenites and Barry Goldberg
where: Yellow Moon Café
when: Friday, December 5