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Hastings graduate and his band in the running to open for Bon Jovi at Xcel

On Wednesday, April 7, Bon Jovi is playing a sold-out show at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. 2007 Hastings High School graduate Patrick Sieben is hoping his band, Select 3, will go on stage right before Bon Jovi, but he needs your help to accomplish that.

His band and seven others are vying for The Big Break, a promotion through KQRS radio. Th two bands that get the most votes will be selected to open for Bon Jovi.

Voting is being held online at Voting ends at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 1.

"This would be the most amazing experience in my life," Sieben said. "It would be the biggest dream come true. All I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember is to play a sold-out show at a stadium. To open for a band like Bon Jovi, it would really be a dream come true."

Sieben and Select 3 got their start playing small venues in and around the Twin Cities. Their profile has grown over the years, and this would certainly aid that growth.

"To say you opened for Bon Jovi, or just to say you played at a stadium, I can only imagine it would boost your career," he said. "To just have an experience like that ... . Once you taste it, you're just going to want more."