The KLOVE Christmas Tour felt like the radio network got four groups together to sit and sing in a living room, just with fancier lights and fake snow from the ceiling.
The tour stopped at Bethany Church’s North campus in Baker on Friday night with Danny Gokey, Sidewalk Prophets, Natalie Grant and Tenth Avenue North.
Tenth Avenue North ended the show with Decades the Halls, a themed set that pulled in the other artists to help them perform music from Motown through the 1980s, complete with costumes.
While the entire show was good, Decades was so over the top and so well put together, it was the most special part of the night.
Tenth Avenue North started Decades dressed in dark suits and skinny ties. “White Christmas” and “Deck the Halls” were given a Detroit beat. Lead singer Mike Donehey led the entire set with his signature high energy.
A quick costume change led to a 1960s rock ’n’ roll rendition of “We Three Kings” and Natalie “Joplin” Grant singing “Let Your Light Shine” in psychedelic clothes.
Disco was next, complete with sequins and disco balls. Gokey joined one song wearing an Afro wig.
The 1970s ended with a Christmas version of “Celebration” and a reference to “Friends Are Friends Forever” by Michael W. Smith.
The finale was an even larger spectacle based on “I Had the Time of My Life.”
Dave Frey, lead singer of Sidewalk Prophets, joined Donehey for the piece. Frey was in a T-shirt with Patrick Swayze on it.
As the song drew to a climax, the stage was filled with at least a couple of dozen people, some as “Star Wars” characters with light sabers (some shooting ribbons into the crowd), lots of ’80s big hair and sweat bands and a Yeti doing Jennifer Grey’s leap from the movie “Dirty Dancing.”
The show started much quieter. Gokey, a third-place finisher in “American Idol,” opened the show with a mix of his radio songs — including “Hope in Front of Me” and “More Than You Think I Am” — and tracks from his recent Christmas album.
A highlight of his Christmas songs was “Lift up Your Eyes” with the chorus, “Hear the angel’s song break the silent night. Lift up your eyes, lift up your eyes. See the saving one born that none may die. Lift up your eyes, lift up your eyes.”
Sidewalk Prophets followed with a similar set pulling from hits, including “The Words I Would Say.”
A highlight of the band’s Christmas-themed music was “Hey Moon.”
Its chorus is “I remember that newborn baby and the wise men that traveled so far.
“That’s when I knew I was made for a reason.
“I feel like the luckiest star. Hey moon.”
After an intermission, Grant sang two of her latest songs as well as a big hit, “Praise Your Great Name.”
Her husband, producer Bernie Herms, played piano for her as she traveled through her favorite Christmas piece, “O Holy Night,” and a jazzy “Joy to the World.”
Tenth Avenue North played the final spot, basically flowing through several of their best-loved pieces — “Losing,” “You Are More,” “By Your Side” and “Worn” — before heading into Decades the Halls.
Overall, it was a well-produced show with videos of artists talking about Christmas memories, helping smooth the breaks throughout the night.