ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College will present some of the top names in Christian music as 1 Night Music Circus brings its 2018 spring tour to Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium Saturday, April 21. The evening features two-time Grammy nominated Sanctus Real, Juno Award winning Manic Drive, California’s YouTube star V. Rose and a special DJ appearance by SPEC.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 31 at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment. General admission is $15. Group discounts of $3 per ticket will be given when 10 or more tickets are purchased at the same time. Davis & Elkins College students will each receive a complimentary ticket. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $30 each, which includes the concert and 6 p.m. early admission to the auditorium, a 15-minute question-and-answer session with the artists, concert poster, Manic Drive's CD “Into the Wild” and pictures with Sanctus Real, Manic Drive, V. Rose and SPEC.
The concert is presented by Davis & Elkins College with media sponsorship from 89.9 Elkins Air1 and support from First Baptist Church-Elkins. Organizers say that since excitement continues to build, many area groups are hoping to lend support and become a part of the evening of extraordinary talent. In response, special packaging has been developed and is available by calling Tina Vial, D&E assistant director of development support and coordinator of church relations, at 304-637-1354.
Shawn Cavallo, founder of 1 Night Music Circus, envisioned the concept in late 2017 as a way of creating an event that would appeal to all ages and unify families for one night. The tour has now secured nearly 20 dates across the Midwest and East Coast in venues ranging from theatres and colleges to churches and outdoor festivals.
“There’s a desperate need for variety in Christian music,” Cavallo explained. “With most events only catering to fans of one specific musical style, we wanted to create one night where teens, parents and children can all get together and have one thing in common. Mixing rock, pop, worship and easy listening music might seem like a bit of a circus, but at the end of the night, we want to offer something that everyone who attends can enjoy.”
The tour’s lineup boasts a combined set list of nine Billboard charting No. 1 hits and 25 Billboard Top 20 radio singles. The tour is impressive on the technical side as well, with professional sound, lights and a 24-foot LED video wall.
"I'm really, really excited about this lineup. Of course, our Air1 listeners are well familiar with Sanctus Real and Manic Drive – two big name acts. And with Sanctus Real dropping a new album soon, the buzz is even higher,” said WCDE Radio Elkins AiR1 General Manager Dick McGraw. “Also, V. Rose and SPEC bring the very popular new dynamic of Christian hip-hop to our concert. This is going to be a fun evening. I can't wait."
Sanctus Real, made up of Mark Graalman on drums, Chris Rohman on guitar, Dustin Lolli on vocals, Jake Rye on bass and Seth Huff on keyboard and guitar, is known for its rock sound and ability to combine unique musical stylings with straight-from-the-heart lyrics.
The band’s newest album, “Changed,” is set for release this spring.
Formed in 1996, Sanctus Real signed with Sparrow Records in 2002 and has since recorded seven studio albums. “The Best of Sanctus Real” was released in 2015 and consists of 15 radio singles including “Lead Me,” “Forgiven,” “Everything About You” and “Don’t Give Up.”
With two Grammy Award nominations and multiple Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominations, the band captured the Modern Rock Album of the Year GMA Dove Award for “Fight the Tide” in 2005.
Manic Drive is hitting the road with its newest album, “Into the Wild.”
Representing a year and a half of laborious songwriting, the edgy pop duo – brothers Michael and Shawn Cavallo – sets its focus on a need for honesty, relevance and transparency in their lyrics and sound. The album’s lead single, “Easier” released in July 2017, expresses the hardships of their walk through life and the desperate need of surrender. By October, “Easier” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Christian Hot AC charts.
The band’s previous album, “VIP,” racked up a Juno Award for Best Christian Album and a Gospel Music Association of Canada Award for Rock Album of the Year, both in 2015. Other awards from GMA of Canada include Hard Rock/Alternative Album of the Year for “Epic,” Video of the Year for “Eleven Regrets” and Rock Album of the Year for “Reset and Rewind.”
A formidable female-fusion of modern pop and hip-hop, V. Rose is a spiritually grounded millennial whose musical roots run eclectic, honest and deep. And now after five years of collaborations alongside artists such as Flame, KB and The Truth, V.Rose has carved out a niche all her own, planting her flag where few female artists have dared to go.
“Young, Dangerous Heart,” V. Rose’s 2016 first full-length release on Inpop Records, mirrors a young woman coming of age, finally confident in her own choices, in her own skin. The 13-track rhythmic pop collection features emotion-full vocals stacked on a jumping synth bed, thick with bass, served over a trap beat — dance-friendly modern pop fueled by forgiveness and informed by truth.
Lamont Blackshire Jr., aka SPEC, has worked the music scene from all sides – in the studio, on stage and as one of Christian music’s top producers.
His career started when he was still in college and he later moved on to work with Gangster Records. However, he made a decision to walk away from secular music, his production deal and his club band, and give his entire career to God. That’s when he changed his name from Super Spectak to SPEC (Sole Purpose Edifying Christ).
SPEC has toured with Flame, KB, V. Rose, This’l and Da Truth, among others, and has performed on stages from SXSW to CreationFest East and West. One of his biggest projects, “Vacancy,” was released in 2015.
For additional information on 1 Night Music Circus at Davis & Elkins College, call 304-637-1255 or email BoxOffice@dewv.edu.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.