Saturday, April 29, 2023

2024 - 2025 Newell Concert Season

Welcome to our 2024-25 Season!  We have a great line up coming for our season and are excited to present it to you!  Our prices have increased slightly this year and we are happy that we can offer Brooks an opportunity to attend these performances at a reasonable cost!  Once again tickets can be purchased at ATB  or you can mail in your order to Newell Concert Association, Box 1601, Brooks, AB T1R 1C4.  Hope to see you next year!



Over the Moon

Thursday, September 26, 2024 – 7:30 p.m.

Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are award-winning multi-instrumentalists and vocalist that have spent most of their lives as studio and live performance musicians for other artists. After discovering their near perfect blend of voices, often moving people to tears upon hearing them sing together, they decided to try their own project and Over the Moon was born.  Simple and sweet, their music and lyrics have a common thread that speaks of the Canadian West.



Bob Cates – Comedy in Motion

 Friday, October 18, 2024 – 7:00 p.m.

Bob Cates is a Canadian juggling champion, clean comedian and physical variety artist.  Bob grew up on a farm, and his small town charm, clean comedy, and witty sense of humour have won him fans all across the nation.  He keeps crowds of all ages laughing with fast-paced comedy routines involving advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills and an insane real plate spinning finale that has to be seen to be believed.  He has been awarded Best Variety Act at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Bob was awarded “National Entertainer of the Year” at the Canadian Event Industry Awards after 4 previous nominations.

Children and grandchildren of members may attend this concert free of charge.




The Paperboys

Wednesday, November 6, 2024 – 7:30 p.m.

When fedora-hatted Mexican/Canadian Tom Landa formed The Paperboys in 1993, success in the music industry meant finding a genre and staying there.  The gifted vocalist/guitarist/bandleader never got that memo.  On any given night, his globe-touring sextet has a playlist without borders: Celtic reels, Mexican folk, New Orleans brass band music, classic pop songcraft, bluegrass, philosophical waltzes, and Latino/West African singalongs.  A Canadian treasure!



The Barra MacNeils

Tuesday, November 26, 2024 – 7:30 p.m.

The Barra MacNeils – An East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas classics, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season.  With their captivating vocals, distinctive harmonies and extraordinary musicianship, The Barra MacNeils inject new life and energy into the sights and sounds of Christmas…one moment a rousing chorus, then a hauntingly beautiful Gaelic ballad, the next a flurry of foot-stomping instrumentals, which of course pulls one then another into a step-dancing revelry. For a delightful seasonal celebration, don’t miss An East Coast Christmas with the Barra MacNeils!


Molly’s Comedy Cabaret 

Wednesday, January 8, 2025 – 7:30 p.m.

Molly’s Comedy Cabaret is a musical variety show featuring the powerhouse vocals of award-winning entertainer, Molly Wilson. With a splash of comedy, a shot of zaniness, and a large pour of your favourite songs from Broadway, pop, and rock, Molly’s Comedy Cabaret mixes up a cocktail of deliciously funny entertainment.  The Orlando Sentinel summed the show up best with the following review: “With a vocal range as wide as Canada itself, Wilson has the chops to successfully pull off the music of Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Queen, and Whitney Houston to name a few.  Add to that her delightful personality, endearing stories, and comedic timing it’s a show you don’t want to miss!




Arcana Kings

Monday, January 27, 2025 – 7:30 p.m.

A sound that guarantees to make you move! Arcana Kings are a fantastic blend of arena rock anthems and guitar rhythms. Forming in 2016, the AK have developed a strong following around the world with hard rock listeners.  What sets this group apart is their use of bagpipes in their show. The band’s single, “Here We Go” is quickly becoming a sports anthem with teams such as the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Jets, Las Vegas Golden Knights and Pittsburg Steelers – all officially using the song to pump up the crowd!



Piano Heist

Thursday, February 20, 2025 – 7:30 p.m.

Lifelong friends, Nico Rhodes and Patrick Courtin, shocked and appalled by the realization that piano just isn’t cool anymore, set off on a divine quest to redeem the keyboard and reinstate its reputation as the greatest instrument of ALL TIME! Armed with the music of the greatest composers, songwriters and performers of the past 300 years and the technology of the 21st century they deliver everything from classical piano raptures to bombastic boogie woogie, from romantic piano ballads to 80’s keyboard synth battles in their show. What ensues is a mishmash of theatrical wonder, comedy, audience participation, heartfelt stories, a pinch of history, and a world of musical madness!



Jeff Newman

Wednesday, March 19, 2025 – 7:30 p.m.

Jeff Newman will influence your thoughts.  He’ll predict what you’ll do before you even know you’re doing it.  He will even read your mind. He’ll fool you badly and you’ll love every minute of it.  For over a decade he has created astounding, engaging experiences that his audiences will not stop talking about.  He has been seen on CBC, CTV and Global TV and has performed to sold out crowds around the globe.  His extraordinary performances will have people laughing, cheering, and gasping as they witness something they’ve never seen before!



Rum Ragged

Tuesday, April 15, 2025 – 7:30 p.m.

2021 JUNO Award nominees, Rum Ragged, take a bold approach to the distinct folk music of their home, the Eastern Canadian island of Newfoundland. With a reverence for their roots and a creative, contemporary edge, this young band has quickly become known as the finest performers of their great, living, musical tradition. Always honest, thought-provoking, and often humorous, it’s Rum Ragged’s live show that makes them a fast favourite with any audience.  Their combination of striking vocal harmonies, staggering musicianship, and captivating storytelling gives concert-goers an experience they won’t soon forget.


Sunday, October 18, 2009



Friday, October 9, 2009


Season Ticket Prices

Adults - $135.00 each

Family which includes 2 adults and children under 18 years of age - $295.00

All tickets are transferrable.

Season tickets can be purchased at the ATB - 219 2nd Street West in Brooks.
You can also mail in a cheque with the completed order form to Newell Concert Series, Box 1601, Brooks, AB T1R 1C4
Pamphlets are located in various businesses around town or you may call 403-363-5104 for more information.

If our season is not sold out a limited number of rush tickets are available at the door at $25.00 for each concert. Children 12 and under - $10.00 each. These are on a first come first serve basis. Rush tickets are purchased at the door the night of the performance.


Executive for 2024 - 2025 Season

President: Struan Vaughn
Phone: 403-362-5837

Vice-President: Herb Brown
Phone: 403-362-4227

Treasurer: Robin Niebergall
Phone: 403-362-1804

Secretary: Terrie Hager
Phone: 403-793-3683


Janet Perkins
Phone: 403-363-5104

Terry Connor
Phone: 403-362-3882

Susan Mitchell

Valerie Deunk
Phone: 403-362-3515


Newell Overture Association was formed in 1974 to provide a variety of cultural entertainment not normally available in the community. The Overture Society out of British Columbia and under the leadership of George Zukerman presented the idea of forming a concert series to a meeting of 50 people in Brooks. The first series offered four concerts to a membership of approximately 250 people.
The local society was affiliated with Zukerman's organization and booked all their concerts with him annually. The first Showcase attended was in Edmonton in 1976 and from this several concerts other than classical were booked.
The concert series was held in the Brooks Composite High School gymnasium until 1982 when a theatre with fixed seating as well as sound and light, was made available. Newell Concert Association worked tirelessly to encourage the inclusion of this theatre in the new school.

The original board consisted of : President : Albert Zagorsky
VPresident: Wally Friesen
Secretary: Evelyn Ellerman
Treasurer: Keith Boquist
Directors: Doris Cairns, Doug Ingram, Bob and Helen Baxter. Dennis Petersen, Joan Lester, Helen Kraus, Wes Hutton

There was representation on the board from the town of Brooks as well as surrounding area.
One of the first priorities of the board after finding a home for the series in the new theatre in Griffin Park School was to purchase a grand piano in 1983 for $13,000.
Throughout the years the concert series continues to thrive and has been successful in acquiring an annual grant from the Alberta Arts Foundation . This funding along with ticket sales has enabled the organization to present an average of nine concerts per season, offering a wide variety of entertainment ranging from comedy to classical.