POULSBO — You still have a chance to see Dove Award-winning Christian rock group Sanctus Real.
Sanctus Real, the GMA Dove Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Christian rock band from Ohio, performs Friday, 7 p.m., at Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo (www.gatewayfellowship.com).
All net proceeds from the concert will be allocated to Gateway Fellowship’s Operation Day of Hope and its community meals program. For concert tickets, call (360) 779-5515 or visit Gateway Fellowship, 18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo.
Gateway Fellowship spokesman Mark W. Costa said pre-concert tickets sold out, but Gateway is making 50 tickets available for sale at the door.
He expects them to go as quickly as tickets did for Grammy-winning pianist George Winston in September and Phil Wickham in April.
“Get here early — 3 or 4 o’clock,” Costa recommended. Tickets are $20 at the door. Seating is general admission.
Costa predicts the concert will net approximately $10,000 for Operation Day of Hope and the community meals program.
Sanctus Real (www.sanctusreal.com) consistently produces music that has broad appeal. Sanctus Real was nominated in 2004 for Christian/gospel music’s Modern Rock Song of the Year for its cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” and won Modern Rock Album of the Year for “Fight the Tide” in 2005. Sanctus Real has been nominated twice for best rock gospel and best pop gospel album honors by the Grammys.
Sanctus Real is composed of Matt Hammitt, lead vocalist and guitar; Chris Rohman, lead guitar; Dan Gartley, bass; Pete Prevost, guitar; and Mark Graalman, drums. They formed Sanctus Real in 1996. Since 2002 the band has released five albums through Sparrow Records.
“Basically, making music for purely music’s sake or trying to keep pace with rock ’n’ roll’s definition of what’s cool has never been an option,” an online bio states.
“No matter the season, whether it’s one characterized by struggle, victory or something in between, Sanctus Real remained sure and steady and written songs that honestly reflect the complex journey of faith.”
Poulsbo is the second stop in Sanctus Real’s 2013 coast-to-coast schedule. The group embarks on a 13-city tour for its sixth album, “Run,” on Sept. 21.
Operation Day of Hope
Gateway Fellowship’s third annual Operation Day of Hope on Oct. 20 provided assistance to 1,085 individuals.
The day featured a host of free services, including clothing, dental care, haircuts, health screenings, legal advice, social services help, spa services and Christmas/family portraits.
Hot meals were served. Fresh and canned food items were distributed.
All services provided were complimentary.
“Our 400 volunteers served 1,000 hot meals, helped 345 families with groceries, gave 75 haircuts, helped 498 families get clothing, and provided legal help, family photos, medical advice, manicures and massages to many more,” event chairwoman Ruth Tangen said last year.
Tangen said 178 people received free dental care.