Crazy for Kroeze: 'Voice' finalist to headline 3 (sold out) Pablo Center shows
UPDATE: The Pablo Center has since announced two additional Chris Kroeze shows following the sell-out of the original March 29 performance. All three shows (March 29 at 7pm, March 30 at 7pm, and March 30 at 9:30pm) have sold out!
The Pablo Center at the Confluence announced Monday that nationally celebrated Barron, Wis. musician Chris Kroeze will headline at the RCU Theatre March 30 at 7pm. The singer-songwriter was the runner-up in NBC’s singing competition program The Voice, where he was coached by country megastar Blake Shelton.
“I remember reading about the Pablo Center when the discussions first started about it being built, the quality of the room, the acoustics … ” Kroeze said. “All I could think was how cool that was going to be to have in this area. My next thought was, ‘What do I have to do to get to play there?’ ”
"I remember reading about the Pablo Center when the discussions first started about it being built, the quality of the room, the acoustics … All I could think was how cool that was going to be to have in this area. My next thought was, ‘What do I have to do to get to play there?’ ” – Singer Chris Kroeze
His performance at The Pablo Center will include a mix of songs that he performed on The Voice, covers, and his own original music. Kroeze said he feels fortunate to be backed by top-notch musicians, and confident that it will be a fun show.
“The support for him has been a lovely thing to watch,” the Pablo’s Director of Artistic Programming, Brenna St. George Jones said. “It’s not because he’s on TV. It’s because he’s Chris and he’s from Barron and we know him.”
“For me it was the entire culmination of what we built the building for.” Pablo’s Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson said. “The building is sort of meant to highlight the best of national and international talent, but also to elevate local. Chris is the culmination of both of those things into one.” It is Anderson’s hope that musicians such as Kroeze will think of the Pablo Center as their homebase as more locally grown talent finds success.
St. George Jones is excited to see Kroeze, as a local musician, take the same stage as national acts such as The Blind Boys of Alabama and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Kroeze is thankful for the support he has received from his hometown and the Chippewa Valley during and after his run on The Voice.
“This is my home, it’s where my grandparents and parents all lived and raised their families,” he said. “I’m proud to be from Northwest Wisconsin and this is where I want to be, and where I’m going to stay.”
Ticket sales open to the general public on Thursday, Jan. 31, after a two-day presale for Pablo Center members Jan. 24-25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit pablocenter.org.