The February Show!
with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske
with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske
St Mane Theater, 206 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN
A wonderful show of all things February (yes, including Valentine's Day! Steve is joined by jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist vocalist Jeff Brueske. Enjoy an evening of music and humor! St Mane Website
The Dunsmore Room, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Fridley, MN
Music and laughter! In February! Jazz pianist singer JoAnn Funk brings her unique piano vocal style to this entertaining show. Her style has been compared to Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall but is very much her own. JoAnn is a Twin Cities favorite who most recently performed with Jeff Brueske for Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel. Her fourth and most recent CD, Jazz in The Lobby Bar, continues to receive international airplay. These days she is traveling and performing - enjoy this rare treat to hear her in the Twin Cities! Baritone Steven Marking will be performing an astonishing range of music, from Schubert, Samuel Barber and Flanders and Swann, to songs from musicals. Steven has over 40 opera roles to his credit. Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has sung with the Minnesota Chorale, Metropolitan Symphony, performed a role with Minnesota Opera, sung many oratorios, led hymn sings and performed his popular show Our Mighty Mississippi, as well as shows with Jeff and JoAnn. His newest CD, "Holy Chestnuts", is collection of Victorian Era Anthems, recorded with organ and piano at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, where he was the bass baritone soloist for four years. Never one to take himself too seriously, Steve has a comfortable stage presence and is a marvelous storyteller. Bassist and vocalist Jeff Brueske rounds out the talented trio, adding swing and beauty to everything, and also doing some great singing. Jeff might be the most understated musician you will ever meet. He is a choir director, educator, has a master's degree in guitar performance and is also a fine bassist. His vocals are a treat and are reminiscent of John Pizzarelli.
The year 1811: a 42 year old relative of Franklin Roosevelt with his plucky pregnant 19 year old wife, their 2 year old daughter, dog and crew make history by piloting the very first steamboat down the Mississippi, in a historic journey that would forever change commerce on the river.
The year 1881: A bright comet appears for months in the sky. Many were terrified of this, convinced it was a bad omen. The natives link the comet to the smoke and steam of this new steamboat. Others believe the comet causes the earthquake.
On December 16, the Roosevelts, the steamboat, the comet and the earthquake converge in time and place for an unforgettable and dramatic adventure!
Steve and JoAnn are in character (Lydia Roosevelt and a Keelboatman) as they tell this amazing and unbelievable story. This true tale is highly entertaining, with incredible historical details and first person accounts. It is a 50 minute presentation.
"By acting this story out you brought history to life! I had no idea we had earthquakes in the midwest - I never learned this in school!", guest, American Cruise Lines
Steve and his wife JoAnn Funk are widely respected for their knowledge of the Mississippi River, gained through personal experience and years of study, exploration and conservation work. They are also professional musicians. Steve and JoAnn are guest speakers for American Cruise Lines as they travel the Mississippi, Cumberland and Ohio Rivers, using their lectures, seminars and music to share their knowledge of the river with everyone they meet.
Contact 612-293-4067 Steve's email: firstname.lastname@example.org