The Ready Set rocks packed Waiting Room


By Krystal Sidzyik, Contributor

Anticipation and screams filled the air April 2 at The Waiting Room as the crowd, which consisted mainly of teenage girls, waited for The Ready Set to take the stage. The show was the Omaha leg of the Glamour Kills Tour, for which The Ready Set is headlining.

Those under the age of 18 needed a signed permission slip to enter since the Benson hotspot doubles as a bar and a music venue, but many parents stuck around to enjoy the show as well.

The night kicked off with five opening bands including The Downtown Fiction, We Are the in Crowd, Plug in Stereo, Allstar Weekend, and You, Me & Everyone We Know. The bands were animated and fun and pumped up the crowd as they sang along to all of their songs. Members from the opening bands also mingled and took pictures with their fans throughout the night, making the show a very unique and personal experience.

The Ready Set is a one-man band led by Jordan Witzigreuter, who combines pop, punk and electronica. Although he does play with a live band, he writes and records everything by himself. Witzigreuter formed The Ready Set in 2007 and was signed to Decaydance Records in November of 2009. The label, owned by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, helped Witzigreuter release his first studio album, “I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming,” last June. Through this album his first radio hit single, “Love like Woe,” was born. The song reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and has more than 3 million hits on YouTube.

The Ready Set took the stage at 9 p.m. and opened with “More Than Alive.” Witzigreuter kept the energy high by jumping around the stage as he sang. The set consisted of 11 songs, one of which was a cover of the song “Airplanes,” originally done by B.o.B, featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore. The set ended at 9:40 p.m., but Witzgreuter returned for an encore after the crowd continued to chant “one more song.” The crowd let out the last of its screams as The Ready Set took the stage and “Love Like Woe,” ending the night with energy and fervor.

The Ready Set will finish the Glamour Kills Tour on April 15 in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Wheelhouse before touring in the Vans Warped Tour from June 24 until August 14. The Vans Warped Tour is scheduled to stop at Westfair Amphitheatre in Council Bluffs, Iowa, August 4. Fans who want to see Witzigreuter again can purchase a ticket for $27.50.


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