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Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:19 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:27 a.m. CST
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Everything Fitz, a Canadian-based family band will conclude the Jasper County Concert Association's 2013-14 season. The show begins at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Newton Senior High School Center for Performance.

While the Jasper County Concert Association hasn’t quite wrapped up its 2013-14 season, JCCA is ready to begin recruiting members for the 2014-15 concert season.

By joining JCCA next season, members can see up to 18 shows, thanks to JCCA’s partnership agreements with the Marshalltown Community Concert Association and the Indianola Community Concert Association.

The 2014-15 JCCA lineup begins with the Limeliters on Sept. 23. The Limeliters is a group that has been together for 50 years, through various line-ups, and mixes humor with their musical style to provide an entertaining show in all aspects.

Newton’s own JJ Express will perform on Oct. 23 and will be a “bonus” fifth show. JJ Express is made up of John Mattingly, Jimmy Robinson and a third guest musician, and they play a variety of musical styles.

Two on Tap will be the featured performers on Dec. 12 and will feature the singing and dancing duo of Ron DeStefano and Melissa Giattino. Both DeStefano and Giattino are featured Broadway performers and are known just as much for their vocals as their dance moves. They will give a performance centered around Christmas carols.

The first show of 2015 will take place on Feb. 23 and feature another duo, Rebecca and Kuba. This duo is made up of singer Rebecca Lowe and instrumentalist Jakub “Kuba” Kunik.  According to their website, they seldom perform the same show twice and are constantly adding new material to their act.

Next season closes on April 18 with a performance by Alliance Brass Quintet. The quintet calls Chicago home and plays everything from classical Renaissance era music to modern jazz.

Adult memberships begin at $35 and include all five shows in Newton and all four in Indianola. For an additional $10, members can attend the eight shows put on by MCCA. This deal is available for all membership options.

Family memberships are $75, and student memberships are $10.

All tickets prices will raise by $5 after Sept. 1, and another added bonus for becoming a 2014-15 JCAA member is the opportunity to attend the last 2013-14 show at no additional cost.

The 2013-14 season concludes at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Newton Senior High School Center for Performance. Everything Fitz, a Canadian-based family band, will be the featured act.  According to the its website, Everything Fitz features “high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada’s finest young musicians.”

Individual tickets are available to any of the shows for $20. To join the JCCA, contact Jody Gooch at (641) 792-6389 or Nancy Schwickerath at (641) 521-7046.

Senior staff writer Ty Rushing may be contacted at (641) 792-3121, ext. 426, or at trushing@newtondailynews.com.

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