The February Show! with JoAnn Funk & Jeff Brueske

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The February Show!

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 February Show!

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.


Steve's New CD!

 Baritone   Riverlorian   Photographer   Filmmaker 

Steven is a world class baritone with a charismatic presence. He has sung over 40 operatic and oratorio roles, soloed with symphonies and toured Italy, singing Italian art songs with Toscanini's grandson. He has performed for Minnesota Opera, The Schubert Club and soloed with The Metropolitan Symphony and Minnesota Chorale. His one man hit show, "Our Mighty Mississippi", has thrilled thousands. Steven is a riverlorian (river historian). educating people who travel the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. Since his childhood in the Lutheran Church, he has always had a deep love for religious music, from classical to gospel and traditional hymns. He has recorded 5 CDs and 2 DVDs. His current best selling CD is "Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns". A true renaissance man, he is also a river photographer and filmmaker.


Steve is excited to be releasing Holy Chestnuts, a stunning and rare collection of Victorian Era Anthems. These are beautiful vocal works, many in the operatic tradition, meant to be performed as part of a church service. Since they stood on their own as great repertoire, they were often performed in salons and concert halls Steve has included the Lord's Prayer on this CD!  Available at, through PayPal on this website,  iTunes and all your favorite download places.