The Special Consensus: Brother, That’s Good Bluegrass!

Posted Sunday, December 20th

The Special Consensus: Bluegrass with Attitude

Grammy Nominated Band at Firehouse January 15
Pleasanton, Calif.  Grammy-nominated for Best Bluegrass Album in 2012, The Special Consensus comes to Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center on Friday, January 15, at 8:00 p.m.  Proudly celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, “Special C” is bluegrass heaven on tap, kicking off the New Year right.

The Special Consensus ( 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 the bluegrass format.  Known for their spotless vocals, incredible musicianship, and boundless energy, Special C has released 17 recordings to date, with “Scratch Gravel Road” garnering the coveted Grammy Award nomination in 2012 for Best Bluegrass Album.

Their latest album, “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver,” was honored in October 2014 by the International Bluegrass Music Association with two major awards:  Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” and Recorded Event of the Year for “Wild Montana Skies”.

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, and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984.

Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music. He was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Other band members include guitarist Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks, and mandolin player Nick Dumas.

Reserved seating tickets are $15 – $25.  Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 925-931-4848, and in person at the Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton.  Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm, and two hours prior to the performance.  Free lot parking is available at all times.

The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  Media:  Jane Onojafe,, or 925-931-4855