The Special Consensus
Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

The annual bluegrass concert welcomes The Special Consensus. With more than 40 years of performing they have fine-tuned a contemporary bluegrass sound that’s not to be overlooked. Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association nominations and was awarded Album of the Year. The band’s infectious sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today, allowing its four talented members to follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

To be announced

SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that formed in 1975 and released the first band recording in 1979. In 1984, Special Consensus created and began bringing the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to schools nationally and eventually internationally. The band has appeared on countless cable television shows (including The Nashville Network) and National Public Radio programs and received a standing ovation after the first band performance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. International tours have brought Special C to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America and Australia. The band has also performed in concert with many symphony orchestras, complete with orchestral arrangements of songs from the band repertoire. “Scratch Gravel Road” (released by Compass Records in 2012) was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award. Two songs from “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” (Compass Records, 2014) received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and the tune “Fireball” from “Long I Ride” (Compass Records, 2016) received the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. The 19th band recording “Rivers And Roads” (Compass Records, 2018) garnered two IBMA awards for Album of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Special Consensus members are Greg Cahill, leader/banjo; Rick Faris, guitar; Dan Eubanks, upright bass and Nate Burie, mandolin.

 

Special Consensus – Grammy Nominated 2019

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a renowned banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Under his direction, Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.

Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music built on the foundation of Cahill’s banjo mastery. Their infectious sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today.  Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album while consistently maintaining their bluegrass center. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The single “Squirrel Hunters” was named Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

Event Info

The annual bluegrass concert welcomes The Special Consensus. With more than 40 years of performing they have fine-tuned a contemporary bluegrass sound that’s not to be overlooked. Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association nominations and was awarded Album of the Year. The band’s infectious sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today, allowing its four talented members to follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Program Notes

To be announced

More About The Artist

SPECIAL CONSENSUS is a four person acoustic bluegrass band that formed in 1975 and released the first band recording in 1979. In 1984, Special Consensus created and began bringing the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to schools nationally and eventually internationally. The band has appeared on countless cable television shows (including The Nashville Network) and National Public Radio programs and received a standing ovation after the first band performance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. International tours have brought Special C to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America and Australia. The band has also performed in concert with many symphony orchestras, complete with orchestral arrangements of songs from the band repertoire. “Scratch Gravel Road” (released by Compass Records in 2012) was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award. Two songs from “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” (Compass Records, 2014) received IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and the tune “Fireball” from “Long I Ride” (Compass Records, 2016) received the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. The 19th band recording “Rivers And Roads” (Compass Records, 2018) garnered two IBMA awards for Album of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Special Consensus members are Greg Cahill, leader/banjo; Rick Faris, guitar; Dan Eubanks, upright bass and Nate Burie, mandolin.

 

Special Consensus – Grammy Nominated 2019

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a renowned banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Under his direction, Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.

Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music built on the foundation of Cahill’s banjo mastery. Their infectious sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today.  Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album while consistently maintaining their bluegrass center. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations, and was awarded Album of the Year. The single “Squirrel Hunters” was named Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.

TICKETS

Reserved Tickets:  $30
No charge to Four Arts Members

Tickets available:
January 15, 2020:
Chairman’s Forum and Benefactors Council members

January 29, 2020:
All Four Arts members

February 6, 2020:
Public

All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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