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!

Logging and Log Rafts on the Mississippi

In the late 1800's the northern forests of Minnesota and Wisconsin were covered by stands of huge white pine, many of them over 200 feet tall. Now some of the only remaining stands are at Itasca State park. What happened? Hear the amazing tale of the logging of these majestic white pines. 

This fascinating story tells how millions of logs were brought down the Mississippi on lumber rafts by brave and daring men. This boom and bust era saw the beginning of log rafting, the introduction of steamboats and the destruction of the majestic white pine forests, all in one man's lifetime.

Steve is a master storyteller. He blends his in depth knowledge of logging history with his stories, images and rare film footage as he shares this incredible story.

 The Logging Boom incorporates American ingenuity and determination, river boat history, the limitless male ego, ecology and immigration. It is a 50 minute presentation.


 "Steve's program was entertaining and informative. I have lived in Minnesota my whole life and this was the first time I have learned so much about the timber and logging industry. Steve's winning personality easily holds your attention!" ... members, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship  


About Steve

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, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers, using their lectures, seminars and music to share their knowledge of the river with everyone they meet.

Click here to view and print an informational sheet about Logging and Log Rafts on the Mississippi! 

Contact 612-293-4067 Steve's email: