ASHWAUBENON - For nearly three and half hours on Tuesday night there was no “Bah! Humbug!” in the world.
Or at least not in the Resch Center.
If there was so much as a smidge of holiday grumpiness, it magically vanished somewhere between “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Hallelujah” in a sold-out arena for the only Wisconsin stop of the 22-city “Pentatonix: A Christmas Spectacular.”
The Grammy Award-winning a cappella quintet delivered on its eighth stop on the tour with a packed sack of Christmas goodies that included sibling trio Girl Named Tom, dance duo Cost n’ Mayor, a Wheel of Christmas, an arena-wide TikTok video effort and a couple of rounds of “Go Pack Go” that somehow managed to make spirits bright during a season in which the Green Bay Packers are 4-8.
It was all so festive that even Santa Claus came to town twice. Both Pentatonix and openers Girl Named Tom did renditions of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” Nobody complained. That would’ve been like grumbling because there were too many presents under the tree.
It was a show billed as “A Christmas Spectacular,” after all, and that means fans are walking in expecting more than just a towering stage backdrop that looked like the fanciest snowflake ornament you’ve ever seen, although Pentatonix had that, too. As much as the stage changed colors, glistened and glowed, the brightest stars were Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Matt Sallee, Kevin Olusola and Mitch Grassi.
The “multi-platinum-selling choir nerds,” as they refer to themselves on their social media, were a showcase in vocal gymnastics. Sallee’s voice to begin “Amazing Grace (My Chains Have Been Set Free)” gave way to Hoying’s and then on to Maldonado, one more impressive than the other. Their arrangement of the “12 Days of Christmas” crisscrossed into at least as many different styles of music.
“If you know any of these songs, sing along,” Hoying told the crowd. Easy for him to say. Singing along at a Pentatonix concert feels a little intimidating.
The group went all the way back to “Little Drummer Boy,” the one that started them on their path to Christmas music superstardom. They performed generously from their just-released sixth studio album, “Holidays Around the World,” including “Star on Top” and a joyful “Kid on Christmas,” sans Meghan Trainor, to end the night.
With so many holiday arrangements, they resorted to spinning the big Wheel of Christmas during one segment to determine which would at least get a snippet in the show. They offered a second helping of “12 Days of Christmas” for a TikTok video in which the entire arena lit up with phones on the “five golden rings” command.
Their two 45-minute sets were divided by a 15-minute intermission, and if the first half was a little more chill, the pace was brisker in the second half. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” became one big dance-, clap- and sing-along. Then beatboxer Olusola and his cello took the stage and brought down the house with an electrifying performance. His “Kevin’s Fifth,” with inspiration from Beethoven, felt like an “eat your heart out, Trans-Siberian Orchestra” moment. He brought the crowd to its feet twice.
The best Christmas tours have heart, and Girl Named Tom saw to it the night got off to a warm and personal start. Siblings Bekah, Joshua and Caleb Liechty, who won Season 21 of “The Voice,” performed a sweet 40-minute set of holiday tunes, interspersing stories of Christmas at grandma’s house and how this will be their first Christmas without their father, who died in January.
Their rendition of “O Holy Night” was beautiful, much like “Silent Night,” which Pentatonix performed “old school a cappella” without mics to a hushed Resch Center, where not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Kendra Meinert is an entertainment and feature writer at the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Contact her at 920-431-8347 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @KendraMeinert.
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“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” (featuring Cost n’ Mayor)
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
“12 Days of Christmas”
“Carol of the Bells”
“White Winter Hymnal”
“Little Drummer Boy”
“Mary, Did You Know?”
“Sleigh Ride,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” (for Wheel of Christmas medley)
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”
“Winter Wonderland/Don’t Worry Be Happy”
“What Christmas Means to Me”
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
“Joy to the World”
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
“Julie-O,” “Bach Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1” and “Kevin’s Fifth” (Kevin Olusola cello beatboxing)
“River” (with Girl Named Tom)
“Evergreen” (with Girl Named Tom)
“Star on Top”
“I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)”
“Silent Night” (encore)
“Kid on Christmas” (encore)
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Pentatonix, Girl Named Tom deliver night of Christmas cheer at Resch