I was stoked to accompany J-14's Nicole to see one of my absolute favorite bands, The Ready Set on February 14th at the Gramercy Theater and it also happened to be my very first concert in New York City!
I usually know the opening acts but this time I was introduced to two great new artists who will definitely be on my next playlist. They really got the crowd excited for The Ready Set and set the mood for a fantastic upbeat night.
Goldhouse opened the night and they played a handful of songs and covered Rihanna's "We Found Love". It was epic and I'm definitely a fan now. They were full of energy and it made it's way into the crowd who could hardly contain themselves for the next act. After a quick set change New York's own Outasight played. The crowd absolutely loved the rap/hip-hop influence he had and I must say although I only knew his hit single "Tonight is the Night", I danced along to every song and really enjoyed myself. I would love to see him and Ed Sheeran battle it out to see who can sing the fastest! I lost my breath just listening to him!
I have been a fan of The Ready Set ever since the first EP came out and I had already seen him twice in the last two months so I was super stoked for Jordan to hit the stage. Jordan and his band, lead guitarist Deryck Stanek, bassist Mike Naran (you may know him from his former band Sparks The Rescue) and drummer Travis Rountree, didn't keep us waiting too long -- the lights lowered about 15 minutes after Outasight. Everyone was screaming waiting for them to come on stage and the screams got even louder once the first few notes of their opening song "Love Like Woe" started playing. The Ready Set is a perfect band to see live because it always feels like you're at a party; the songs are meant to get you dancing and having fun and that's exactly what we did!
We could barely get a great picture of Jordan because he was bouncing around the stage so much! His energy was crazy and we loved how much he put into each song. It really had an affect on the audience, not one person was standing still. Someone even decided to start blowing up white balloons and throw them around the crowd. It was quite the party.
I usually get bummed when bands don't play those few songs you really wish they had but I can't say that about The Ready Set. They played all my favorites including "Killer", "Sixty-Eight", "Young Forever", and my absolute favorite, "Stays Four The Same". Of course the night had to end with the hit "Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)"! Jordan was even nice enough to skip the encore and go right into the song so he had more time to meet the fans!
It was an amazing night and a great way to be introduced to the NYC concert scene. There was no other way I'd rather spend my Valentine's Day than with some amazing live music! Even after the show was over, we couldn't help ourselves but to sing on the subway back to the office.
Your J-14 Intern,
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