Written by Denee Menghini. Media by Taylor Neal.
On Monday, November 18, GC was treated to yet another fantastic music event, as Sanctus Real the Run Tour came to campus. The night began with music from The Neverclaim, followed by Citizen Way. These bands provided a great warm-up for the main event, Sanctus Real. The bands played for a nearly full Whitlock Music Center and the night was full of fun and praise.
The Greenville show was a unique last minute addition to the Run Tour and was the closing show of the tour. As a part of the Run Tour, the event featured full production in an intimate venue in Greenville. As a result of very generous support, organizers of the event were excited to be able to offer tickets at a much lower price than the rest of the tour dates. The bands had been on the road for about three months playing shows across North America. Now that the show is over, the bands are looking forward to some time at home with their families. Sanctus Real will begin their Christmas tour on December 6.
Sanctus Real has been a staple in Christian music for over fifteen years, and continues to produce high quality music. They were touring in support of their latest album Run, which was released in February of this year. The band hopes singles from Run will join their songs “Forgiven,” and “Lead Me,” as fixtures on Christian radio.
Joining Sanctus Real on this tour were up and coming artists Citizen Way and The Neverclaim. Citizen Way is made up of two sets of brothers, and released their first album in April of 2013. The Neverclaim comes from Portland, Oregon and has been touring in support of their self-titled debut album.
The show was put on by the Greenville College Music Business department in collaboration with the Audio Engineering department and Chapel. A large number of students were able to participate in the planning and executing of the event. One of the students involved, Shanin Devoll, said, “the whole process was a great experience for me and all of the people involved.” The show was one of many opportunities for students to gain real world experience in the music business.
The really amazing thing about the show was that it was put on in just a little over a week. Students put in tons of work in a very short period of time and ended up with a very successful event. Shanin went on to say, “everyone involved got a chance to see the inner workings of what it takes to put on a show of that size. I am so grateful that we got this experience and I hope we’ll get the opportunity to do it again.”
After the show, some students had some fun with the bands. Junior Adam Crouch challenged the member of Citizen Way, Ben Blascoe,to a footrace. So, at around 11:00pm that night a group gathered outside of Whitlock to watch the race. Adam eventually won the race, but Ben was good sport and posted about the race on Twitter.