Chris Kroeze is a busy guy these days.
Since the 28-year-old Kroeze placed second in the the national NBC TV show “The Voice” in December, he has received invitations to play just about anywhere and everywhere in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
He has been booked at numerous small-town locations, such as a Feb. 22 performance in his hometown of Barron. He has been scheduled for performances at larger venues too, including a March show in Milwaukee.
Kroeze’s performances, which include a mix of rock and country music and at times a touch of the blues, are in high demand if ticket sales are any indication. His show in Barron sold out in a manner of minutes.
Likewise, Kroeze was in such high demand for March 29-30 performance in Eau Claire that what had been planned as one show turned into three (one on March 29, two on March 30), and those tickets sold out quickly.
I was lucky enough to hear Kroeze perform last month in Madison. On Jan. 7 he sang the national anthem at the State Capitol during the swearing-in ceremony for the state Assembly’s 99 members. Afterward he sang and played his guitar during a reception at a nearby building, giving a private performance for Assembly members and their families.
Shortly before that show I chatted with Kroeze. Donning a baseball cap, button-down shirt, jeans and cowboy boots, he acted as humbly as he appeared. He said he was grateful for all of the attention he has received since becoming famous on “The Voice,” appreciative of the acclaim.
But he acknowledged all of that recognition has at times been overwhelming for a small-town guy who comes off as somewhat shy and whose previous music experiences didn’t attract the limelight.
“It is a lot to handle at times,” Kroeze said of his newfound fame and his hectic performance schedule. “I never really anticipated his happening.”
Kroeze credits his management team with keeping him on schedule and his family for helping maintain some semblance of balance in his life. The husband and father of two looks to have more busy days ahead if recent demand for him to perform is any indication.