Emblem3 is back and better than ever. The lights went off as Wesley, Keaton, and Drew hit the stage singing “Now,” a song off of their comeback EP, Waking Up. The New York City crowd went wild as the band brought everything they had to the performance, especially since Irving Plaza was the last stop on the Waking Up Tour. Wesley, Keaton, and Drew started the show with such energy that just carried all the way to the end! You could hear the heart and soul the band poured into writing each song. You could physically see the passion and excitement they had to be back on stage.

Emblem3 definitely knew which songs to play to get the crowd going. While the band performed new songs such as “Taboo Love,” and “City Lights,” they didn’t forget to include older fan favorites! “Nothing to Lose,” “Chloe (You’re the One I Want),” “One Day,” and “Spaghetti” all made it to the stage. Emblem3 even performed songs that were never officially released including “Tequila Sunrise,” and “Jaden.” You could just imagine how their fans reacted hearing songs that they believed would never make a live performance! The crowd belted out every word of each old and new song. The band even threw a twist into the setlist and performed part of Jay-Z and Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind” and The Weekend’s “Often” sending the audience into an excited frenzy. Emblem3 shocked me with their outstanding harmonies in every song and closed the show with their new single “End of the Summer.” The fans refused to let the concert end bursting into an encore chant, and of course Emblem3 did not disappoint. Wesley, Keaton, and Drew popped back onto the stage to sing the song that started it all: “Sunset Boulevard.”

A recap would be incomplete without highlighting Emblem3’s interaction with their fans.

The band has come a long way from their audition on X Factor many many years ago and they never forgot who the reason for their success is. They never forgot who makes each day living their dream possible–the fans. Not only did each member hop off the stage and onto the barricade to sing to and hold hands with as many fans as possible, but they did not hesitate to ensure that everyone in the audience was having a fun, safe time. Since pushing and shoving at concerts can get pretty hectic, Keaton told the back of the crowd to take a few steps back to give the front rows more breathing room and leave space for everyone. Emblem3 truly cares for their fans and wants to give every person in the audience a positive, unforgettable experience.

To wrap it all up, Emblem3 performances are not one to miss. Their studio recorded tracks are great, don’t get me wrong, but their live performance is something so raw and powerful that it cannot be captured on a CD.