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SJCH to Bring Dove Award-Winning Band Sanctus Real to Bakersfield for 4th Annual GospelFest

Event On Sunday, Oct. 7, San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), in association with SMG Bakersfield, will host the 4th Annual GospelFest. This free community event, featuring popular Christian band Sanctus Real – authors of the No. 1 hit song “Lead Me” – will be held at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, located just off of Stockdale Highway at Buena Vista Road. Performances begin at approximately 3 p.m. and will go into the evening hours until 9 p.m.

In 2010, SJCH held the first GospelFest as part of a community celebration for the hospital’s 100-Year Anniversary. The event garnered such great attendance and community reaction – despite the 100-degree heat – that the hospital decided to make the concert an annual tradition. With solo headliners featured in the first three years of GospelFest, 2012 marks the first time a band will star as the main act.

Since bursting onto the Christian music scene in 2002, Sanctus Real has grown in popularity with each new record release. The band’s newest title, Pieces of a Real Heart, is the group’s fastest selling album to date. 

Bakersfield isn’t just a dot on the map to Sanctus Real. In fact, guitarist Pete Prevost is a native to Bakersfield. Most recently, the band performed at Jesus Shack in 2010 to kick off the Pieces of a Real Heart tour. For more, please visit

In addition to Sanctus Real, GospelFest will feature local Christian music groups from across Kern County – an effort by the hospital to help showcase the amazing talent already in the area. Auditions were held in late May; participants will be finalized in the next few weeks. 

Jarrod McNaughton, SJCH vice president of Marketing and Development, is excited for this year’s GospelFest, which has become such a family-friendly event. 

“This concert is a chance for our entire community to gather together to see top-level Christian music without having to worry about ticket prices,” McNaughton said. “Additionally, it gives local artists a chance to share their gifts and gain exposure in a new venue. Last year, we had nearly 4,000 attend our event – we’re hoping even more people will take advantage of this great day of free family fun.”

SJCH and SMG invite you and your family to join us on Oct. 7 for a FREE day of fun, fellowship and great music. There is no cost for admission and picnicking is welcome. Concerts begin at about 3 p.m. and go through until approximately 9 p.m. If your church or non-profit is interested in a free booth opportunity, please call us at (661) 869-6567.