Special Consensus, nationally recognized bluegrass band from Tennessee, will perform in Thermopolis, Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., in the Hot Springs County School Auditorium.

Special Consensus is number one on bluegrass music charts.

The group was formed in the 1970s. Songs from all of the band recordings since 1998 have appeared on the National Bluegrass Survey chart in Bluegrass Unlimited and on the charts in Bluegrass Now. The repertoire also includes traditional bluegrass standards (songs by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, etc.) and songs by artists from other musical genres (such as “Blue Skies” by Irving Berlin). As a result of this musical diversity, The Special Consensus has performed at the most traditional bluegrass festivals and has also been the band to bridge the gap between traditional and progressive bands at more diverse festivals and fairs.

Greg Cahill formed the band in 1975. He plays banjo and sings baritone and tenor vocals. He has also composed many banjo instrumentals and teaches at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and at music camps.

Rick Faris plays mandolin and sings lead, baritone, tenor and high baritone vocals. He was awarded Guitar Performer of the Year in 2005 and 2008 by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. He joined Special Consensus in 2009.

David Thomas plays bass and sings lead, baritone, tenor and high baritone vocals. Roanoke, a band he founded, won many bluegrass competitions in the southern states before he joined the group in 2006.

Ryan Roberts plays guitar and sings lead, baritone, bass and tenor vocals. An award-winning songwriter, he was raised in Cape Breton Nova Scotia. He has composed instrumental scores for film as well as commercial radio jingles. At the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards, he was awarded Songwriter of the Year five consecutive years (2005-2009) and his solo recording was awarded Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2009. He joined the group in 2009.

Advance tickets are available in Thermopolis at White Horse Country Store, Storyteller and Broadway Bygones. Tickets are $5 adults, $2 students and $2 seniors.

The performance is sponsored by Wyoming Arts Council, Hot Springs County Schools, Lights On After-School programs with support from Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation.