Up-and-coming pop star Bridgit Mendler packed The Paramount in Huntington last week with screaming fans of danceable hit songs off of her debut album and teased tracks from her upcoming sophomore effort.
The fresh-faced, squeaky-clean California girl, who dismisses being compared to Miley Cyrus—both have starred in Disney channel shows aside from their musical success—played fan favorites, including “Ready or Not,” “Forgot to Laugh” and “Top of the World,” which were all singles off her breakout album, Hello My Name Is…
“This is my band and we’re so excited to play some music,” Mendler, 21, excitedly told throngs of teenage fans that came to see her Oct. 29 performance in the second leg of her Summer Tour.
Mendler was slated to play her first concerts beyond North America this month, with performances in Argentina, Chile and Peru being among the about 50 shows she’s given since June.
Although she reportedly suffered a setback last year when her laptop broke, losing all the songs she had begun writing for her second album, she has been performing tracks off that to-be-named album, including “Fly to You” and “Deeper Shade of Us.”
The singer, whose style has been termed as pop/reggae fusion with elements of R&B, soul, funk and hip hop, cites her biggest influences as folk legend Bob Dylan, as well as the likes of everyone from Fugees to Van Morrison, Beyoncé and others.
When she’s not singing her heart out, Mendler can be seen portraying Teddy Duncan in the Disney sitcom Good Luck Charlie and a slew of films, starring alongside LI’s own Lindsay Lohan in Labor Pains.
And beyond her music and acting career, Mendler also supports a laundry list of charitable causes, from pro-literacy initiatives, better school programs and anti-cyberbullying campaigns.
Opening the show was Nick Tangorra Band, who returns to The Pararmount on Nov. 13 along with Meghan Trainor, who’s “All About That Bass!”