January 24, 2008

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Ready in 10 is ready now
Long Island band makes rare New Hampshire appearance
By Alec O’Meara aomeara@hippopress.com

Long Island-based band Ready in 10 will be playing a special “one night only” concert at the Peddlar’s Daughter in Nashua thanks in part to the recruiting work of a serious fan.

Named after the speedy delivery commitment of a local Chinese restaurant, Ready in 10 plays a pop-centric brand of rock that draws comparisons to Bon Jovi and Matchbox 20. Since forming in 2005, the band has had numerous brushes with mainstream success, having opened for Rusted Root, Fallout Boy and the Goo Goo Dolls. Lead vocalist Sal Nastasi even sang the national anthem for a New York Jets game in 2006.

Ready in 10 got off the ground as Nastasi and guitarist and longtime friend Marc Viola began looking for new musicians to put a more serious band together. After some false starts, drummer Ray and bassist Mike Elefante joined the lineup and the band took off from there.

The band released its debut album, Face the World, in 2006, but Nastasi has higher hopes for the band’s next album, currently scheduled for 2008.

“Our new stuff really shows off more of an edge,” Nastasi said. “More of our influences come through on it, and we’re really excited about the songs we’ve put together.”

The vast majority of the group’s gigs are in the greater New York area, but the band has recently started to try and diversify its gigs. During a stop in Boston the band hooked up with New Hampshire resident Charity Tate, who was immediately impressed and began working to get word out about the group’s music.

“I was just amazed at their performance,” Tate said, adding that one of the things she enjoyed the most about the band was the combination of its high-energy melodies with thought-provoking, insightful lyrics. “I couldn’t imagine how this awesome band was playing in this little bar in Boston.”

After going to see the band numerous times, Tate got to know Nastasi and vowed to try and expand the band’s audience in New Hampshire. At that point Tate learned about the challenges of booking a concert by an unknown band. Tate found that local venues wanted an assurance of turnout, which was unlikely for a band unknown locally like Ready in 10

“It’s really hard to promote a band that not everyone has heard of,” Tate said.

Approximately four months ago, however, the band agreed to a Friday, Feb. 8, performance.

Nastasi said that he and the rest of the band deeply appreciate the work that Tate did to get the word out about the band, and that they are excited about the opportunity to play here.

“That was the only date available, so we snapped it up,” said Nastasi. “We try to do one or two shows a month outside of the New York area. A lot of those had been Boston, but right now we’re trying to expand to other cities.”

In other words, there aren’t a lot of weekends to go around, meaning it might be a while before Ready in 10 come back to New Hampshire.

“We probably won’t be there again anytime soon,” Nastasi said.


Long Island-based Ready in 10 will be playing its only New England show of the month at the Peddler’s Daughter on Friday, Feb. 8

Get Ready
Ready in 10
When: Friday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, www.thepeddlersdaughter.com
More info: Readyin10.com.