Grammy-nominated for Best Bluegrass Album in 2012, The Special Consensus comes to Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center on Friday, January 19, at 8:00 p.m.
Known for their "bluegrass with attitude" tag-line, The Special Consensus has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network, and have been featured on the cover of the renowned bluegrass publication Bluegrass Unlimited three times. They received a standing ovation after their first performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide since the early 90's.
The Special Consensus (http://specialc.com) is a four-person acoustic group with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and other professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in bluegrass style. Known for their spotless vocals, incredible musicianship, and boundless energy, Special C has released 18 recordings to date, with "Scratch Gravel Road" garnering the coveted Grammy Award nomination in 2012 for Best Bluegrass Album.
With the band's latest album "Long I Ride," which celebrates 40 years of making music, came the coveted 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association Award (IBMA) for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award. Current band members Greg Cahill (band leader and banjo), Rick Faris (guitar), Dan Eubanks (bass) and Nick Dumas (mandolin) are joined by special guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and producer Alison Brown on a "fiery" instrumental version of "Fireball," which won them the award.
"Special C" promises high-energy, top-notch bluegrass heaven on tap, kicking off the New Year right.