Legendary Bluegrass – The Special Consensus

“Music like this is the reason people come to love Bluegrass.”
Folk and Music Exchange

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to bring to its enthusiastic bluegrass audience Bluegrass Legends – THE SPECIAL CONSENSUS – in Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall on Sunday, April 7 at 4 PM.

Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “One of the longest-running and best-respected outfits in bluegrass history”, in 2023 Special Consensus was awarded the IBMA Collaborative Recording of the Year award and vocalist/guitarist Greg Blake received the 2023 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year award!

In their four decades of performing and twenty-one recordings, The Special Consensus has achieved a contemporary sound that has made their music a modern classic.

They are four talented vocalists and instrumentalists who follow their creative desires without straying too far from their bluegrass roots. The band is led by Greg Cahill, banjo player and recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America Hall of Greats.  The band also boasts Greg Blake (guitar/vocals), Dan Eubanks (bass/vocals), and Michael Prewitt (mandolin/vocals).

Over the years, Special Consensus has received seven awards from the IBMA – including their prizes in 2023 – and two Grammy nominations (Scratch Gravel Road in 2012 and Rivers and Roads in 2018). The title song “Chicago Barn Dance” received the 2020 IBMA Song of the Year award. 

Folk & Music Exchange describes why the band continues to build such a loyal and enthusiastic following, “Special Consensus approaches this hallowed American musical art form with boundless energy and an aesthetic reverence that tickles the ribs, tugs at the heart, and puts a restless two-step into boots and bare feet.  Special Consensus is a superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein…the vocals are spotless, the playing as shiny as a newly minted penny, and music like this is the reason people come to love bluegrass. 

The 21st recording of Special Consensus – Great Blue North (Compass Records, 2023), is a tip of the hat to their Canadian friends and fans made throughout nearly four decades of touring throughout the country. All songs included on the recording were written by Canadian writers and numerous Canadian musician friends of the band made guest appearances. The Gordon Lightfoot song “Alberta Bound” received the2023 IBMA Collaborative Recording of the Year award.

Tickets are Adults $30, Members $25, Students $5.  Be sure to reserve early as this concert will sell out – Call 724-659-3153 to pay cash or check at the door.  Buy online here.

Experience Early Spring in Foxburg

Plan to make it a day of it in beautiful Foxburg on the Allegheny – or spend an overnight and have a refreshing Spring weekend in Foxburg!

Before the concert, arrive early for a late lunch at The Allegheny Grille  – or have dinner after the 4 PM concert in Lincoln Hall in the beautiful sunset. 

Be sure to make a reservation for the main dining room with tables overlooking the stunning Allegheny River in early Spring.

Or for more casual fare enjoy supper – salads, sandwiches or their special April pizza – at Foxburg Pizza.

Everyone loves chocolate – for dessert after lunch or a treat before the concert stop by at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista to pick up a box of hand-made organic chocolates or their famous chocolate caramels.

And while there, enjoy a gourmet chocolate or a specialty coffee to fortify your spirits before the concert.

Be sure to save time to enjoy a wine tasting in the newly renovated Foxburg Wine Cellars or enjoy a bottle of wine on the beautiful, enclosed patio on a warm early April afternoon  – or bring some wine home to celebrate Spring – like their deliciously robust River Queen.

And for those graduations and birthdays coming up, shop for special gifts in the gift shop area of the Foxburg Wine Cellars.

Make it an Early Spring Get-away in Foxburg – and enjoy an overnight on Saturday or Sunday night in the newly renovated and elegantly rustic Foxburg Inn where every room has a view of the river.

Reserve early and get the room with the fireplace!

Or stay up the river in Emlenton’s historic bed and breakfast, The Barnard House.