Shakopee’s Canterbury Park filled with live music enthusiasts over the weekend following a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite 90-degree weather, concertgoers gathered to cheer and sing along to artists over the course of the event, which ran July 22-24.

The Friday, July 23 lineup opened with “The Voice” season 15 runner-up Chris Kroeze, who performed several new songs that have not yet been recorded.

After receiving a guitar for his sixth birthday, Kroeze latched onto music and was playing at bars by age 13. A performance at his middle school talent show allowed him to expand his reach into singing.

The pandemic forced Kroeze to take a break from live performances for 18 months, but fueled his creativity in other ways. He recorded a record in Nashville and dabbled in video production while spending time with his wife and two kids.

Although his television experience granted Kroeze a lot of support, he said he prefers live shows and touring.

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