The Special Consensus

A superb bluegrass outfit in a classic vein but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear, The Special Consensus brings its unique sound to the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 11.

The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has since appeared on The Nashville Network “Fire On The Mountain” show, toured for three seasons as 4/5 of the cast in the musical Cotton Patch Gospel (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin), and released 17 additional recordings.

The band has been featured in cover stories of the renowned bluegrass publication Bluegrass Unlimited. In addition to performing on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, international tours have brought The Special Consensus to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America and Australia.

Claudia Schmidt

Spend Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12, a with at 2 p.m. in the company of Claudia Schmidt, a performer who takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

From lying on sandy beaches under an endless barrage of northern lights, to the expected anguish and frustration of spinning tires on cars stuck deep in snow, from the age-old struggle of change between adolescence and adulthood to the observation of sheer idiocy, she leaves it to the imagination of her audience to conjure their own images of her storytelling and song.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present, bring people to expect a relationship between themselves and memories driven deep with the passage of time.

Having performed on stages across the country, Schmidt has developed the ability to remain fresh. She enjoys her talent to entertain as much as the audience enjoys being entertained.

Tickets for each show are $18 to $25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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