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!


 "The audience jumped to their feet for a standing ovation after Steven Marking's show "Our Mighty Mississippi". Being we are a river town, folks could easily relate to the music, stories and photos of this great river and Steven's beautiful baritone voice and warm presence made it even more captivating!" ... Kris Niebler, Program Director, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 

Steven Marking is a current day Mark Twain with a gorgeous voice. Add in a touch of Ken Burns and a bit of Garrison Keillor and you will see why Our Mighty Mississippi touches all who have ever dipped a toe into the Mississippi River, watched an eagle soar - or dreamed about it. In Our Mighty Mississippi,  Steven Marking shows you beautiful and thrilling views of our greatest river, sights that you are unlikely to ever see unless through the lens of his camera.

And the singing! A world class baritone, he is a master of all styles of music. The music in the show ranges from “Ol’ Man River” to Aaron Copeland’s “The Boatmen Dance” to  “Up A Lazy River” to his own original song, the bluegrass tinged “Gone Fishin’ ”. A comfortable presence on stage and master storyteller, he weaves tales of river lore and history together throughout his show.

Steve has filmed, photographed and edited this show. He sings all the songs. How did the show come about?

Steven Marking grew up on the Mississippi River on Brice Prairie in Wisconsin. He spent his childhood on or in the river, exploring the backwaters, fishing, hunting, swimming and skating. Thus began his life long love affair with our greatest river.

His stunning baritone voice and studies took him to the east coast, where he received a Master’s in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory. He spent the next twenty years studying, touring and performing opera in the New York area. 

Yet the Mississippi River of his boyhood kept calling him back and finally, after twenty years, he heeded its call. He returned to the midwest, to the great river of his youth and discovered a new passion and remarkable skill for photographing and filming all things Mississippi River.  He weaves his incredible photographic talents with his stunning voice and incredible knowledge of the river to create Our Mighty Mississippi, a show that has now been seen and loved by thousands of people.

You asked for it! Steve is also now presenting "Our Mighty Mississippi Part Two" for his many fans who want more Our Mighty Mississippi! 

Our Mighty Mississippi has been performed to enthusiastic responses in settings ranging from theaters seating 600 people, such as the Phipps Center for the Arts and the Weber Center for the Arts, yearly runs at the 250 seat Centennial Showboat in St Paul, aboard the American Cruise Lines luxury river boats, to churches and corporate events.