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OneRepublic’s Denver Acoustic Christmas at the Ogden Theatre, 12-20-13 (photos, review)

With a tree, a giant snowflake and microphone stands wound with strands of white lights, OneRepublic brought holiday cheer to the Ogden Theatre on Friday for their third annual Denver Acoustic Christmas. Proceeds from the charity concert went to OneRepublic’s Good Life Foundation to benefit Colorado flood victims. Beneath the glow of a plastic Santa, a naughty and nice Ryan Tedder jokingly set the mood of the evening by ordering the house a round on the tab of Gov. John Hickenlooper who was in the audience.

“The governor is here,” Tedder said. “A round of peppermint schnapps on the governor!”

Like the liqueur, the show was sweet, spirited and seasonal, with OneRepublic performing its original seasonal carol, “Christmas Without You.” Throughout the night, the Ogden turned into a sing-along with the hometown band. While performing “Life in Color,” Tedder modified the lyrics, adding “Denver is like no other.”

“Counting Stars” provided the show’s zenith, with the audience chanting “Take that money, watch it burn.” It was a sweet bit of irony for an audience generous enough to put down $75 for general admission tickets, $175 for VIP passes — all to benefit charity and see some music. OneRepublic’s Good Life Foundation recently assisted flood victims in Colorado, and typhoon victims in the Philippines.

“Thanks for hanging out with us tonight,” Tedder said. “You did a good thing.”

The show closed with the opening acts back on stage for a steamy rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

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Colleen Smith is a longtime contributor to The Denver Post and the author of the acclaimed novel “Glass Halo” and “Laid-Back Skier” by Friday Jones Publishing.

Jensen Sutta is a Denver-based photographer and new contributor to Reverb. See more of his work here.