The Capitol Theatre was the site of Round 1 of A Cappella & Unplugged 2017. In front of family, friends, and members of the community fourteen acts performed. Judges Paula Hepfer and Heather McEndree of Cumberland Valley School of Music, Jon Meyer of the Capitol Theatre, Scott Brown of Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce, and Franklin County Commissioner David Keller ranked all performers based on collective musical ability, stage presence, creativity, and originality. All the judges rankings were compiled and the six semi-finalsts are: Dominik Wiesniewski of Waynesboro, Jason Sheffield of McConnellsburg, Hollow Rhymes of Chambersburg, Jesse Landis of Biglerville, Tiana Webber of Shippensburg, and Elly Cooke of Gettysburg.
Beginning June 20 at noon, voting on Facebook.com/FCVBen begins and continues until July 12 at noon. The three acts with the most Facebook likes move onto the Finals on July 15 at 7 PM on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse, just before the annual1864 Burning & Rebirth light show. The finalists will perform two songs and the public will vote in-person at the event and on Facebook to select the winner of the $500 first prize.
The 2017 A Cappella & Unplugged competition is the third annual and originated in 2015 as a way to celebrate the rebirth of Chambersburg, after the 1864 burning. It is a celebration of the spirit of people.