OneRepublic Denver Acoustic Christmas at Ogden, with Big Head Todd, 12/21/12

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Ryan Tedder at OneRepublic on stage at the Ogden Theatre during Denver Acoustic Christmas. Slide show: Denver Acoustic Christmas


DENVER ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 12/21/12

"The world could use a little more gospel music," declared OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder at the band's now-annual Denver Acoustic Christmas show. That quote pretty much summed up the message of hope and love for the evening. While everyone was already basking in the spirit of the season, the crowd at the Ogden received an unexpected gift: Although we were already expecting to hear music from Tedder and his friends, we had no idea that one of those friends would be John Oates, half of one of the coolest pop duos of all time and former owner of one of the best sweet, sweet 'staches ever to grace the cover of an album.

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John Oates on stage with OneRepublic at the Ogden Theatre during Denver Acoustic Christmas. Slide show: Denver Acoustic Christmas

Oates, who now lives in Aspen and volunteered to take part in the show to help raise some skrilla for the cause, was only there for a quick three-song set, backed by headliners OneRepublic. But he kicked it old-school with "She's Gone," a bluesy rendition of "Man Eater" and dipped into gospel himself with "Children, Go Where I Send Thee." Sure, while it was cool seeing a legend like Oates command the stage, it was the combination of OneRepublic's cello and the smoothness of Oates voice that was the best surprise of the night.

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Eric Gruneisen
OneRepublic on stage at the Ogden Theatre during Denver Acoustic Christmas. Slide show: Denver Acoustic Christmas

But it was OneRepublic that people were clearly on hand to see. The act started its set with a gorgeous and traditional version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." People sang along, held hands and got all teared up, but were quickly yanked out of their Christmas comas when the band shot into "Secrets."

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Eric Gruneisen
OneRepublic on stage at the Ogden Theatre during Denver Acoustic Christmas. Slide show: Denver Acoustic Christmas

The lighting and the energy from the band shook the Ogden through every single one of its songs. OneRepublic understands that people love to sing along, so Tedder and company gave them plenty of chances to do just that as they scrolled through the hits -- "Good Life," Stop and Stare" "Christmas Without You," "All The Right Moves," and "Apologize." And they also performed "Not Over You" by Gavin Degraw because he donated $2000 to their website-charity raising money for the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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Eric Gruneisen
OneRepublic on stage at the Ogden Theatre during Denver Acoustic Christmas. Slide show: Denver Acoustic Christmas

Tedder also announced that their new album, Light, will be released in March of next year and performed a song called "I Lose Myself Tonight." The crowd didn't know the words, but quickly caught on and sang right along with the band without skipping a beat. The band ended the night by shooting fake snow out into the audience and offering up a pretty epic version of "Silent Night."

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Eric Gruneisen
OneRepublic on stage at the Ogden Theatre during Denver Acoustic Christmas. Slide show: Denver Acoustic Christmas

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935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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So many things wrong about this review. Gavin contributed $10k via wire, the new song title is wrong, etc...

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