It’s the public’s turn to be a part of this musical competition!

A Cappella & Unplugged ROUND 1- JUNE 17 @ 7PM at the Capitol Theatre

Thank you to everyone who auditioned May 23 & May 24 for 2017 A Cappella & Unplugged!

Auditions are complete, and fourteen acts are selected to perform at the 3rd Annual A Cappella & Unplugged ROUND 1 on the stage of the Capitol Theatre, June 17 at 7:00PM. Local judges, comprised by theatre and arts professionals and local celebrities, will select the top six acts, based on execution and skill, originality and creativity, stage presence, and audience response. ROUND 1 is open to the public. Tickets are $15, and now on sale here!

A Cappella & Unplugged, held by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and Capitol Theatre, is designed to bring local and regional talent together in a multi-round event, where the winner is chosen just before 1864 The Ransoming, Burning & Rebirth. A Cappella & Unplugged came about to add more celebration to the annual event, honoring the spirit of the town’s residents, who rebuilt Chambersburg after its burning during the Civil War.

This year’s A Cappella & Unplugged offers a mix of talent, including the a cappella cadence of performers Nicole Baker, Tiana Webber and Amanda Dell, the musical country stylings of Elly Cooke, soulful ballads and songs from Mickey Darr, traditional music of Scott Spielman and guitar and vocal skills by Jesse Landis. The night will also feature performances by Joanne Howland of Chambersburg and Dominik Wiesniewski, Waynesboro.

Returning after scoring high last year, Tonya Grissinger, a performer from Chambersburg, and Jason Sheffield, McConnellsburg, will both sing and perform.

Hollow Rhymes, a group comprised of Bailey Appleby, Cody Browning, Tyler Eyer and Allen Young, will also perform an original song in their energetic style.

Over the past several years, 1864–the light show and story of the ransoming, burning and rebirth of Chambersburg – attracted thousands of visitors. It showed the local events that were part of national history. Moving out of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War, celebrating the people, who rebuilt Chambersburg, is a main focus. The musical competition is a way of celebrating those people and their incredible spirit.

1864 The Burning commemorates Franklin County’s history,” said Janet Pollard, executive director of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. “A Cappella & Unplugged celebrates the spirit of the people, who brought Chambersburg to life after the burning. What better way to uplift and remember than with music.”

Starting June 26, Round 2 will begin, when the public will get a chance at voting for its favorite performer on, where clips of the top semi-finalists can be viewed. The top three performers—the contestants with the most likes of their video on Facebook will have a chance to move forward in the competition and perform again on the evening of July 15 as part of the festivities leading up to 1864 before a champion is crowned.

In addition to the grand prize, the champion will perform in front of thousands of people on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse to open the 1864 light show.

Tickets are now on sale for the event through the Capitol Theatre by calling the box office at 717-263-0202 or online at

For more information, please contact Lauren Cappuccio at, Janet Pollard at or by calling 717-552-2977.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more….plan your visit at , by contacting 866.646.8060 or 717.552.2977.