One Night Music Circus

Sanctus Real headlines in Christian concert

High energy, chart-topping Christian artists will pitch their tent in town next week for an evening of family entertainment.

The 1 Night Music Circus, at Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central Community College campus April 14, will feature the Grammy nominated Sanctus Real, along with Juno award-winning Manic Drive and California pop/hip hop artist V.Rose.

It’s the kind of entertainment Fort Dodge could use more of, according to event organizers.

“We’re hoping for a great night of Christian music, and excited that we can bring one to town and not have to travel a couple hours,” Amy Kaufman said.

Amy and Josiah Kaufman and some friends were on their way back from a Christian concert elsewhere when they started discussing their desire to bring more concerts to Fort Dodge.

“Couple days later Josiah came across an ad for this tour that was looking for booking,” Amy Kaufman said. “And we went ahead and booked it.”

Gale and Audra McKinney were also a huge part in bringing the show to Fort Dodge, Kaufman said.

Josiah Kaufman is on the worship team at Prairie Lakes Church, and a number of churches are represented among the volunteers, but the concert isn’t sponsored by any church, Amy Kaufman said.

She’s been a fan of Sanctus Real for some time, she said, and especially liked two of their new songs, ”Changed” and ”Confidence.”

The Kaufmans were on a cruise a few years ago when they got to see the new lead singer for the band perform for the first time.

“That was when the main singer switched hands, so they had Matt Hammitt on there to perform his last performance, and they had Dustin Lolli, who is now the lead singer, perform for his first time on the cruise,” Kaufman said.

Sanctus Real’s official bio says the band, which was founded in 1996, brought on Lolli after original members Mark Graalman and Chris Rohman parted ways with their longtime label partner, their booking agent, and their former lead singer in 2016.

When Lolli met Graalman and Rohman, he was working as a full-time worship leader in Michigan and performing in a folk duo with his wife.

With a new lead singer in place, the trio began writing songs for ”Changed,” their first album together. Lolli’s vocals are noticeably different from the original sound, the band said, but the focus of the music remains — hope found in an unchanging savior.

While the new songs are certainly influenced by the outward changes the band has experienced, the message is centered on how change can bring about personal redemption. Life is, whether good or bad, a series of unexpected moments.

Sanctus Real has enjoyed more 20 years of touring, 24 radio hits and full album sales exceeding 750,000.

Canadian pop/rock band Manic Drive was first formed back in 2004 by brothers Michael Cavallo and Shawn Cavallo, according to the band’s bio.

After receiving interest from a record label, they released ”Reason for Motion” in May 2005, which included the songs, “Luckiest,” “Nebulous,” and “Memories.” Over the last several years, the band has released a variety of albums including, ”Reset and Rewind” (2007), ”Blue” (2009), ”Epic” (2009), and ”VIP” (2014). These albums brought new songs to audiences including, “Halo,” “Good Times,” “Walls,” and “VIP (featuring. Manwell Reyes).”

Band members now include Michael and Shawn Cavallo and Anthony Moreino. The band aims to encourage listeners to challenge themselves in all aspects of their lives.

Manic Drive was the 2015 Juno Award winners of “Best Christian Album.” Their awards include 2012 winner, Hard Rock/Alternative Album of the Year: ”Epic”; 2008 Rock Album of the Year: ”Reset & Rewind” and 2008 Video of the Year: “Eleven Regrets”.

Sacramento, California’s V.Rose began her singing career at age 15 as part of a vocal group. When the group parted ways, she set out to create her own brand of pop and electronic dance music. Backed by her producer/DJ SPEC, she came up through the Christian hip-hop scene as a feature vocalist on multiple Flame tracks and released two albums to critical acclaim.

1 Night Music Circus

Sanctus Real, Manic Drive, and V. Rose, emceed by Spec

April 14 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College

Tickets $15; available at Hy-Vee in Fort Dodge, the Iowa Outdoor Store, Reiman Music, and online through Eventbrite.

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