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The Rave brings an evening of pop to Milwaukee with Emblem3

Emblem3 perform at The Rave in Milwaukee
Emblem3 perform at The Rave in Milwaukee
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Emblem3 and MKTO concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis.


Emblem3 brought their 2014 #BandLife tour to The Rave in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 14. The Valentine's Day crowd consisted of a mostly female crowd that were psyched to see the former X-Factor contestants perform in support of their debut album, "Nothing to Lose." Pop duo MKTO provided direct support while Jackson Guthy opened the show.

Emblem3 performs at The Rave in Milwaukee
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Jackson Guthy took the stage at 7:00 p.m. to shrieks of joy. The vocalist settled into a groove quickly then completely fell apart when he noticed his manager had maneuvered into the crowd at front-and-center, waving his arms and screaming alongside the tween fans. The prank was effective as Guthy put his hand over his mouth and nearly buckled to the stage in laughter. Guthy recovered and managed to perform a strong 30-minute set, then posed with fans for photos during the set change.

The duo of Tony Oller and Malcolm Kelley comprise MKTO. Touring on their self-titled album, they opened with "Forever Until Tomorrow" and followed with "Could Be Me." Their music showed maturity despite their young years as both worked the stage to perfection. They played seven songs from their debut effort and added their take on Lorde's hit single, "Royals." They closed their set with "Classic" and "Thank You."

Emblem3 showed their Cali roots early, taking the stage on skateboards and making use of a small quarter pipe while quickly setting a playful vibe for their show and perfect atmosphere to open with "I Love L.A." Though the Rave crowd was receptive the entire evening, they took it to another level when the teen heartthrobs first appeared.

Constantly interacting with their fans, the trio that consists of brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg with Drew Chadwick mixed it up on stage throughout the show. They had a three-piece band backing their vocals but Keaton and Chadwick grabbed guitars for "Just for a Day" and "3000 Miles." Given their headline slot, they were able to cover most everything on their album in a little under 90 minutes.

Emblem3 have been allowing fans to choose their encore each night of the tour and fans chose "Sunset Blvd." for the Milwaukee date. The show continues for the next several weeks, culminating in Los Angeles on March 15.

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Remaining 2014 Emblem3 #BandLife tour dates:

2/16 - Rosemont, Ill. — Rosemont Theatre
2/18 - Indianapolis — Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
2/19 - Montreal — Metropolis
2/21 - Toronto — Sound Academy
2/22 - Mashantucket, Conn. — MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
2/23 - Boston — House of Blues
2/25 - Montclair, N.J. — Wellmont Theatre
2/26 - Huntington, N.Y. — The Paramount
2/27 - Silver Spring, Md. — The Fillmore
3/1 - Atlanta — The Tabernacle
3/2 - Charlotte, N.C. — Fillmore Charlotte
3/4 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — Revolution
3/5 - Clearwater, Fla. — Ruth Eckerd Hall
3/7 - Nashville — Ryman Auditorium
3/8 - Kansas City, Mo. — The Uptown Theater
3/9 - Tulsa, Okla. — Brady Theater
3/12 - San Jose, Calif. — City National Civic of San Jose
3/13 - Anaheim, Calif. — City National Grove of Anaheim
3/14 - Tempe, Ariz. — Marquee Theatre
3/15 - Los Angeles — Club Nokia

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