Cody Simpson, Coco Jones, MKTO, Emblem3 to play State Fair

Tacoma News TribuneApril 8, 2014 



The youngsters are going to have their day at the Washington State Fair on Sept. 10. Aussie teen sensation Cody Simpson, pop duo MKTO, Disney star Coco Jones and Washington’s own Emblem3 will be performing. Tickets go on sale Saturday.

Washington State has a boy band? Yes. The three young men who make up the trio grew up in Sequim. No doubt only their Washington fans know how to pronounce that.

Brothers Keaton, 16, and Wesley Stromberg, 19, and friend Drew Chadwick, 20, grew up in the community at the top of the Olympic Peninsula.  According to their bios Wesley and Drew were rivals - quarterbacking different football teams and playing guitar in separate bands.

The story has a happy ending as you might guess – the rivals ended up becoming friends. Along with poetry-rap writing little bro Keaton they became Emblem3.

The boys moved to California and soon won the Rock N’ Road’s Orange County Battle of the Bands. They auditioned for “X Factor” and soon had 15 million YouTube views and an international fan base. You can learn more about them at

Tickets to the Wednesday, Sept. 10 concert are $55 for Golden Circle, $35, $30, and $20, and include Fair gate admission. Tickets will start selling on Saturday at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, or by phone 888-559-3247 daily, 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Washington State Fair’s Box Office at 9th Ave. SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., A $1 per ticket service fee will be charged for on-site purchases.

Here’s more on the other acts:

Cody Simpson
Music has been a part of Cody Simpson’s life since he was a child. He watched his dad sing and play guitar for friends and family at parties and backyard barbecues, and that taught him the power that music has to bring people together. Inspired, he asked for his own guitar and began taking lessons at the age of seven. After learning a few chords, Cody wrote his first song. He continued practicing and soon began posting YouTube videos of himself performing his original songs alongside stellar covers by some of his favorite artists.

In April 2010, Cody released his debut single, “iYiYi” (featuring Flo Rida) and began to win over U.S. fans with a series of dynamic live performances including 2010.  Cody and his family soon relocated from Queensland, Australia to Los Angeles. Atlantic released his debut EP, 4 U, in December, which spawned the No. 1 Radio Disney hit “All Day.”

In September 2011, Simpson made a stunning chart debut with "Coast to Coast," which entered Billboard’s album chart at No. 12 and earned Cody his second Radio Disney No. 1, “On My Mind.” The “On My Mind” companion video — directed by Travis Kopach (Panic! At The Disco, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls) — is also a certified YouTube blockbuster with over 18 million views. Cody currently has nearly 5 million Twitter followers and nearly five million Facebook likes, in addition to 150 million YouTube views on his official channel, Cody Simpson Music.

His new album, "Surfers Paradise" shows how the artist is evolving. This 16-year-old singer, songwriter and musician achieved just what he wanted in this album, showing fans how he is growing in the music industry by co-writing every song on the album. Visit

MKTO is a musical duo made up of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Otter. Their debut single, “Thank You” was released in January 2013, and is a crossover between pop and hip hop. The song’s musical video was released on YouTube and VEVO, and realized over 500,000 views in two days. The song attained commercial success, reaching the top ten on the singles charts of Australia and New Zealand. Their second single and video, “Classic” was released on June 20, 2013.

MKTO’s self-titled debut album was just released on April 1, 2014. The music video for the third single and first track, “God Only Knows,” was released last November on YouTube and VEVO. By February of this year, their debut album went to #1 in Australia, and #6 in New Zealand. Visit

Coco Jones
Courtney “Coco” Jones was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and raised in Lebanon, Tennessee, getting started in the music industry at an early age. She first performed “America the Beautiful” to a packed audience at her kindergarten graduation at six years old. By nine, she met with the casting heads for Disney, and soon became an actress and songwriter. In 2005 Jones performed the National Anthem at two NFL games.

In 2006 she competed on Radio Disney’s The Next BIG Thing, where she was known for her song, “Real You.” This step launched her musical career. Her self-titled debut CD in 2010 led her to her concert series, UBU-STOP THE BULLYING. Her songs embraced a platform of positive values and strong self-esteem. She is best known for the film, Let It Shine. Her song, “Real You” has been featured on-air on Radio Disney. Jones’ debut single, “Holla at the DJ” premiered on Radio Disney on December 6, 2013, with its release on iTunes the next day.  Visit

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