Professional Experience:

Karen has appeared in countless venues including:

in the Denver Metro Area with a variety of groups ranging from country to dixieland: 1978-1992

Nashville West
Gabriel’s Dinner Club 
My Brother’s Place
Mount Vernon Country Club
Bar Lake Bar
Elk’s Club
Moose Lodge
Son’s of Italy Lodge
American Legion
VFW Clubs
The Shriner’s Temple
Knights of Columbus
Tirolian Club

Other Related Musical Experience in the Denver area includes:

Camp Counselor for the CSU Music Camp (1983/1985/1986)
Head Counselor and Emergency Medical Technician (700+ kids) 1987

CSU International Festival

Denver Nuggets Games/ Denver Broncos Half-Time Shows (1981-1986)

Northern Colorado Concert Band 

Percussion for Ekklesia Salt of the Earth Album (Christian Rock) Released Dec. 1982

The Illegitimates New Wave Band

Denver Concert Band

Starway Concert Band

Ray Iverson Band at Grant’s Mansion (Denver/ CO)

Rock Group Safyre (various School Dances)

Phase 5 Group (various weddings)

Placed 2nd (out of 247 contestants) in KLAK Radio Talent Search 1980 Finals held at Elitch Gardens in Denver

The Carrie French Band who subsequently toured with Tom T. Hall 1980

Percussionist for the Pit Orchestra for The Evergreen Chorale production of Rudigore (1980)

The Denver Conference of Learning Disabilities Convention at The Denver Hilton Hotel 1980

Colorado Junior Miss (Regional and State events) 1979-1981

Gold Nugget Brass Band (Dixieland/Jazz) Professional appearances since 1978 including Nov. 1982 Sammy Davis Jr. hosted Benefit for Rose Medical Center at Boettcher and The Denver Auditorium

Disc Jockey for Golden High School Radio Station 1980-1981

in the Tampa Bay area:

Beach Lounge (with top 40 cover band) 1989

Audition Accepted for Employment for Busch Gardens Entertainment- 1989 Tampa/FL

in the Colorado Springs area with Blues Band: Gordon, Stone & Wise 1991

The Hatchcover Restaurant and Bar
Ancient Mariner
Poor Richards
The Manitou Arts Festival
The Ritz

in the Colorado Springs area with an original rock group: 1991

Rack n Roll
Air Force Academy Cadet Graduation Party

in the Colorado Springs area with classic rock n roll band: Nuthin’ Fancy 1991

Numerous Weddings
Western National Bank Christmas Party
McCallister’s Tavern
American Legion
Curly’s (Calhan, CO)
Lake George Inn (Lake George, CO)
Monarch Ski Resort Budweiser Festival 1992

in the Colorado Springs area with variety dance band: Double Take 1991

Thunder & Buttons Halloween Party
International Polka Club

in the Colorado Springs area with variety dance band: Dance Time 1991-1992

Country Club of Colorado
Saddle Club (Woodland Park, CO)
Air Force Academy Officers Club
Sweet Hearts and Sweet Sounds- Sheraton South Valentine Package

Other Colorado Springs:

Frank Finelli Broadmoor Quartet with Juanita Martin (Also Bob Alexander, Al Jacobs, Dexter Petes) 1991

The Pikes Peak Civic Orchestra 1990-1991

Colorado College Concert Band 1990-1991

A Chorus Line Production 1990 Pikes Peak Center/ Colorado Springs/ CO

in the Atlanta Area:

Scleroderma Foundation Fundraiser 1997

Christ Covenant Metropolitan Community Church
- Several Productions of Nunsense (1997)
- Numerous Productions of Godspell (2001)
-Anniversary Dinner 1998 at The Mill, 1999 at the Georgian Terrace and 2000 at the Holiday Inn in Decatur

Wildwood Performance (Xmas 1996/ Spring 97/Xmas 03)/ Central Congregational Church

Emory University Jazz Band Fall 96

Emory Javanese Gamelan Ensemble Fall 96

Columbus Octoberfest 1994/1995/1996

New Years Eve 1995-1996 Roswell Mill Edelweiss Restaurant

1997 New Years Eve/ Private Geriatric Facility

1997-2000 New Years Eve/ Jewish Tower

Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Masters Program Graduation Party Dec. 1995

Emory Clinic Orthopedic Surgery Department Christmas Party with Bill Miller Dec. 1995
and 1996/1997 Octavia Jones

Emory Emergency Medicine Dept. Xmas Party 1997

Neighborhood Playhouse Theatre: Della’s Diner Fall 1998/ Annie 

Heart Sounds Fall 1998/ GAPA 1998/ Anaheim AAPA 2001/ Boston 2002/ Las Vegas 04/etc...

Diversity Variety Show American Academy of Physician Assistants Conference 2002

with the David Patterson Group: 1994-1995
-Cappucino Joe’s (Emory Coffee house)
-Good Ole Days (Sandy Springs-Summer 1994)
-J. W. Dobbs
-Dark Horse Tavern
-Star Bar Benefit
-Olde Smith Bar
-Eddie’s Attic

Springys 1994

Club Topaz 1994 (Melvin Miller)

numerous performances with the Atlanta Rainbow Ensemble between 1993-1994

numerous corporate and private functions with band "Karen Newell and Friends" including:
-Interpride Conference 2000 
-Good Friends for Good Causes Dec 2000
-Southern Comfort Conference Fall 1998

Gwinnett Civic Orchestra  1993

Gwinnett County Jazz Band 1993

Drum Off Finals Guitar Center 1997/1998

The Homage 1993

The Penta Hotel 1993

Atlanta Concert Band 1993 

Elk’s Club Christmas in Stone Mountain 1992

Cover to Cover Christian Band 1992 Youth Group Conference

Wesphalia German Group 1992-1993 monthly dances for Friends of German Language and Culture at Knights of Columbus Hall

Kurt’s Restaurant and Bar (with German Band- Jake Herzog & The Bavarian Express) Octoberfest 1992

Group Freeflight 1992

Cafe 290  1992

Just Jazz 1992

Fellini’s Pasta (formerly and currently known as The Pub in Little Five Points)

1988 Band of Braves (performed for Clubhouse, Stadium Large Screens, live between innings and various performances for all home games (about 140) of the Atlanta Braves Baseball Team including openings for Alabama and The Beach Boys



The following several photos were of a typical corporate event.  However, this particular event in 1999 was very special to Karen as she had often struggled with living in two different worlds in which neither knew much of the other. This was one of a handful of events that bridged the gap between living a dual life between music and medicine.  For one evening they were integrated into one.

Karen and drumming buddy Karrie (Kolacny) Jeffris in the mid 1980s after a Colorado State University Percussion Recital in which several hundred percussion instruments were played by the duo in an original 25 minute piece called Ancient Future. 

Monarch Ski Resort Budweiser Weekend  with the Nuthin' Fancy Band 

Sheraton Hotel Valentine's Weekend Package with entertainment by the band: Dance Time 

Karen played once a month for several years in the early to mid- 1990s for the German Club of Atlanta for their monthly dances.  Larry Barr (left) played 9 instruments during these gigs and often played two trumpets at once. 

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