The Ready Set, The Fonda Theatre, June 18, 2016
It was the final date of the Emblem3 Waking Up Tour, making its way over to The Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Blvd in Tinseltown. Providing direct support was The Ready Set, now on the road promoting their latest release I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love on Hopeless Records. After short but vibrant sets from solo artists Dyllan Murray and Megan Nicole, it was time for Jordan Witzigreuter and The Ready Set to take over the stage and let me pop rocking dance party commence.
Opening their set with the joyously quirky refrains of Higher from their previous album The Bad & The Better, one could tell right away that The Ready Set had a good amount of fans in the crowd waving their hands in the air and singing along.
In addition to the fan favorites, The Ready Set played a good amount of selections from I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love, which were very well received by the audience. Songs such as Disappearing Act and Good Enough show an artist moving forward, clearly presenting some of the best work of his career – and they sound absolutely fantastic within a live setting.
And as expected, the audience would erupt into a massive singalong when The Ready Set’s hit single Love Like Woe was performed, followed by the pulsating dance inflections of the supremely infectious Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever). The excited way everyone in the crowd was responding, you would have thought The Ready Set were the headliners of the evening.
Even on this last date of the tour, Jordan and his band mates displayed an enthusiasm that was positively captivating. It’s been exciting to see The Ready Set progress from the early days in Tantrum Castle, and then the time spent on the record labels Warner Brothers, Razor & Tie and beyond. Now with a renewed passion for his music and the brand new material to back it all up, Jordan and The Ready Set has unveiled an exhilarating live show that is not to be missed! There is no doubt that The Ready Set made a ton of new fans while on the road with Emblem3. Even after all is said and done with the last notes being performed, the songs of The Ready Set are certain to be buzzing in your head for days to come!
Expect The Ready Set to announce headlining dates soon. In the meantime, check into I Will Be Nothing Without You, now available from Hopeless Records!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photo by Jack Lue)
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