North Austin musician partners with several restaurants to keep music alive while social distancing

It’s a tough time for many musicians across the country as jobs have been postponed or even canceled, but one artist in North Austin has partnered with several restaurants to keep music alive, while still maintaining social distance. 

Ken Kruse has been swooning customers at Reale’s Italian Cafe to hits by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra. Kruse usually performs inside the restaurant’s dining room, but COVID-19 allowed him to get even more creative, bringing his stage outdoors. 

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While customers wait in their cars for their orders, they sit in awe.

Kruse says it’s scary to be living from week to week but he’s grateful people in the community still continue to support each other. “A lot of people say thank you for doing this because it restores a lot of normalcy to their lives to be able to hear me singing and they always say they can’t wait to hear me back inside," Kruse said.


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“The food here is great and by me playing at Reale’s it’s really saved my life they’ve got great food so come out and sit in your car and let me sing and enjoy the food," Kruse added.

He not only sings at Reale’s, he also performs at Tony and Luigi’s, Wise Guys, and Three Legged Goat. To find where Kruse is singing next, visit his website.


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