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Steven Marking unveils new show, new DVDs

Steven Marking unveils his new show, “Our Mighty Mississippi” during Riverfest at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts. A new DVD with the entire “Our Mighty Mississippi” show and a new DVD, “Riverscapes,” will be on sale for the first time. “Our Mighty Mississippi” is the whole show, complete with stories and anecdotes, songs and narration. “Riverscapes” is a spectacular nature film with no human voice on the entire full-length DVD. Both DVDs will be available all through Riverfest at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, and will always be available at Deaf Ear Records, 112 4th Street South in La Crosse.

The Weber Center for Performing Arts announces open house during Riverfest

The Weber Center for Performing Arts will hold an open house on July 3, 4, and 5, from Noon to 8:30 p.m. The building and grounds will be open for public inspection. A continuous projection of Steven Marking’s “Riverscapes” will be showing in the Lyche Theatre. The lobby will have displays by the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Brice Prairie Conservation Association. The Weber Center will be air conditioned, and refreshments will be available.

Live performances of Steven Marking’s “Our Mighty Mississippi” will be scheduled as follows:

Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the shows are $9 ($2 discount with 2014 Riverfest button) and available at the box office (608-784-9292).

Riverscapes (showing continuously throughout the three days, between performances of “Our Mighty Mississippi”)

See the sights and hear the sounds of our local national treasure, the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Shown in stunning high definition, experience the great migration of tundra swans, ducks, geese, and eagles. See and hear the penetrating call of Sand Hill cranes, and watch as baby wood ducks and mergansers escape their nest boxes at less than one day old, leaping to the water 12 feet below. See a mink catch their scent and try in vain to access the nest box, and travel the backwaters of the Mississippi and Black rivers in all seasons to see the giant lotus and other beautiful flora and fauna that makes its home on our unique river, the Upper Mississippi.

Our Mighty Mississippi 

World-class vocalist, photographer and videographer Steven Marking celebrates the river he loves as he takes his audience for an all-seasons ride on the mighty Mississippi, from the tributaries and backwaters to the sandbars and towns that line the shores of the main channel. Steve performs songs and tells stories of the great river that is the heritage of La Crosse. Some of this spectacular video is shot from the top deck of the Queen of the Mississippi, where Steve will be presenting this show six times this season.

Born and raised on the backwaters of the Upper Mississippi, Steve has an innate knowledge of the twists and turns of the river and its ever-changing character. A consummate videographer and photographer, Steve captures images that are both entertaining and breathtaking. From the great migration in fall to baby wood ducks leaping from their nest, to boaters and fishermen in their favorite spots, Steve presents the breadth and expanse of our mighty river in stunning high definition.

In this truly unique and joyful show, Steve’s river images create a perfect setting for his favorite river songs. From Ol’ Man River to Bridge Over Troubled Water, Moon River to Proud Mary, Steve’s soaring voice will captivate and inspire you. He is a charismatic entertainer and storyteller whose passion for all aspects of the mighty Mississippi shine in this show.

More information on “Our Mighty Mississippi” can be found at Stevenmarking.com – Rivers Shows.