Teddy Geiger | The Pageant, St. Louis | 07.13.06

It was how I found myself jammed among what seemed like tens of thousands of Geiger's biggest preteen fans, decked out in their sequins and ironic Hello Kitty T-shirts.

 

Screaming girls are jammed in from wall to wall. There is, on average, one guy for every 50 girls. The estrogen and hormones are running high. Girls are getting competitive and ravenous, trying to stake out their spot on the floor. Where am I? The first thing that might come to mind might be the local mall right before an 80%-off sale at Express. Or maybe I've gotten into a time capsule and traveled back to 1998 to attend a Backstreet Boys concert. Or, perhaps…I am at a Teddy Geiger concert.

Teddy Geiger is a 17-year-old acoustic talent hailing from Buffalo, New York. His album Underage Thinking dropped this past spring and he also appeared on the brief NBC television show Love Monkey. Oh, yes….and he is every teen girl's dream guy. This was further proven at his July 13 show at the Pageant. It was how I found myself jammed among what seemed like tens of thousands of Geiger's biggest preteen fans, decked out in their sequins and ironic Hello Kitty T-shirts.

The opening act is a rock band entitled Dirtie Blonde, consisting of Amie Miriello (vocals), Jay Dmuchowski (guitar), Sean Kipe (guitar), Dean Moore (bass), and Tim Perez (drums). They really get the crowd going, which is kind of ironic, considering that the headlining act is so mellow. They start out with some of their lesser-known songs, dropping their well-known single "Walk Over Me" third in the set. Later on, Miriello sings a medley of pop songs, beginning with Lauryn Hill, moving onto Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," and then closing with Maroon 5's "This Love." She finishes, laughing, and asks the crowd if we thought she was going to start rapping during "Crazy." Apparently, she does not rap. Their music is really fun and they put on a great show.

Finally, it is the moment we've all been waiting for. Girls crowd the floor with baited breath as they wait for Geiger to take the stage. When he finally appears, the crowd erupts in screams of sheer joy and ecstasy. He begins his set with "Air Dry," then follows with "Possibilities" and "A Million Years." There is not much chitchat between songs; the concert is very straightforward and down to business. At one point, he gestures toward the coatroom and drink bar, for those who were interested…as though anybody was going to move an inch… However, during his rendition of "Thinking Underage," there was a lot of shuffling toward the restroom and refreshments. Apparently, not everyone appreciates his cliché-filled song about growing up and becoming an adult.

Geiger is a very talented performer, though, with impressive vocals and incredible skills on both the guitar and the keys. His songs "Gentlemen" and "Love Is a Marathon" are especially well done; during his performance of "Try Too Hard," Geiger has the crowd sing the chorus back to him. Once it clicks, it is overwhelming. He seems surprised that everyone knows his song, mumbling, "Wow…that was creepy…"

All and all, Geiger seems like he would be like that shy guy in your high school English class—you know, the one who doesn't say much, but sits in the back corner scribbling things in his composition book. He seems surprised by his fame and does not know what to make of it. He is a raw talent, someone who could have the staying power of a John Mayer or Ben Folds.

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