Saturday, August 31
Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format. The band has released 19 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984. Band members include leader/banjo player Greg Cahill, guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas. The 2012 Compass Records band release Scratch Gravel Road was GRAMMY nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 Compass Records band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards (Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year). The 2016 Compass Records band recording Long I Ride received the IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award and the 2018 Compass Records band release Rivers And Roads garnered two IBMA awards (Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year and Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.