California pop-reggae band Emblem3 are currently making their way across America on their Waking Up tour with The Ready Set and Megan Nicole. Ellen made a trip down to Chicago to catch the guys at the House of Blues on May 19th. Read her review and check out a special vlog of the show below!
Emblem3 are back in action after going on hiatus for a little over a year. They’re currently on tour to promote their new EP, Waking Up. This show almost didn’t happen for me, but man am I glad I found a way to make it work. Everything about this show was magic. Now, keeping in mind that fans of E3 haven’t seen the boys together in over two years, I expected the energy to be crazy. But I think “crazy” is a bit of an understatement. From the moment the lights went out and the beginning notes of the band’s comeback single, Now, started playing, the energy in the room was intense. And that somehow doubled when Keaton, Wesley, and Drew walked out on stage and Drew sang “make way for the kings when E3 steps back in the scene” into his microphone. The crowd’s enthusiasm kept up as Wesley kicked off the chorus singing “baby we’re back, did you miss me, miss me, here on this track?” with pretty much the biggest smile I’ve ever seen in my life.
They immediately went into Girl Next Door followed by Nothing To Lose, which the crowd absolutely ate up. But not nearly as much as Chloe, which was the band’s first official single back in 2013. Every time I see Emblem3, this is always the song the crowd goes crazy for the most. The entire floor was full of fans jumping up and down, clapping, and flailing their arms throughout the entire song. This song is definitely a crowd pleaser every time.
About halfway through the set, Keaton asked the crowd to pull out their cell phones and light up the room as they played the slow jam off their new EP, City Lights, which transitioned into a brief acoustic version of 3000 Miles. This was the sentimental part of the show, with Wesley telling the crowd that Chicago always feels like home.
If you’ve been a fan of E3 for a while now, you probably know quite a few of their older songs (pre X-Factor). They usually like to dedicate a section of their show to a few of these songs, which is always a hit with the fans. This time around, they picked Tequila Sunrise, Jaiden, and Riptide. All of these were performed acoustically, which I loved. There’s something so special about just a band and an acoustic guitar, not to mention I love being able to hear the crowd sing just as loud as the artist.
They kicked things back up playing a few more tracks off their Nothing To Lose album and threw in a couple new unheard songs (the standout one for me being Too Pretty) before ending things with their current single, End of the Summer, and of course their usual encore of Sunset Boulevard.
I’ve seen Emblem3 many times before (10 to be exact), but I have never seen them like this. I have never seen them so genuinely happy on stage before. The energy and good vibes were just flying off of each of the boys. There’s nothing better than a band who’s in it for the right reasons, and E3 is definitely that. I feel like they’re one of those bands that you need to see live to fully understand and appreciate what they’re all about. If you get the chance to see the Waking Up tour, please take it. These boys definitely deserve every ounce of success they’ve found.
I attended the meet and greet before the show and I’ve gotta say I was thoroughly impressed. I’ve been to quite a few meet and greets in my day and normally, these things are extremely rushed. It was refreshing walking into this one and not having that feeling. The crew members running it were super patient with each and every fan, even taking a seat while letting the fans have their time. Not to mention the boys themselves were incredibly sweet. This is a band who genuinely appreciates their fans, and they make sure to make every fan feel important. I really cannot say enough good things about them.
I’d definitely say the Waking Up tour is a must-see show. These boys have grown so much in the past two years, both musically and personally, and it really shines through when they’re up on that stage. The chemistry between the three of them is unmistakable, and there’s no denying that this is what they are meant to do. As a fan, I can say that I am truly glad they’re back, and I’m so excited to see the future of this band.
You can check out my vlog from the show below to get a taste of what an Emblem3 show is really like. But don’t just take my word for it, get out to one of these shows! Don’t forget to pick up the Waking Up EP on iTunes here!