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By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

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LAS VEGAS –– Not a bad way to come home.

In support of a hit record and opening for young A-list celebrity Selena Gomez, Sequim-bred Emblem3 returns to the great Pacific Northwest on Tuesday for a stop on the Stars Dance Tour at Seattle's KeyArena.

The trio, Drew Chadwick and brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg, was in the middle of a two-show stint at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas over the weekend.

“It's nice to be coming home. It seems like we're only ever home for a few minutes these days, but it's always nice to be back,” Wesley Stromberg told the Peninsula Daily News.

The trio grew up in Sequim before moving to Huntington Beach, Calif., to make it big in the record industry.

A block of 200 tickets to Tuesday's show was reserved for Sequim residents, but Laraine Claire, mother of the Stromberg brothers, said those tickets sold out quickly.

This tour has seen them open for Gomez in large venues all over the country.

“It's crazy to look out and see just an absolute sea of people,” Wesley said.

The band tours in a bus with a crew of 13.

They were scheduled to play in San Jose on Sunday before coming to the Key for Tuesday night's show.

After Seattle, Emblem3 plays Salt Lake City and continues through the Midwest.

They landed a spot on the Fox TV reality singing show “X Factor,” exiting in the semifinals but landing a deal with producer Simon Cowell's Syco Music, affiliated with Sony.

Claire added the trio has just booked an appearance on “X Factor” on Nov. 21.

The group's first album “Nothing to Lose” debuted in July and hit No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Its single “Chloe (You're the One I Want)” was a major hit that was downloaded by more than 300,000 people.

The video for their latest single “3,000 Miles” has more than 1 million views online.

The song, Wesley said, is about traveling the country and the distance that puts between the group and their loved ones.

Tuesday's Seattle show starts at 7:30 p.m.

As of Sunday, there were still tickets available from Ticketmaster:


Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

Last modified: November 11. 2013 7:23AM
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