FINALS of A Cappella & Unplugged 2022 – Who Will Win?

FINALS of A Cappella & Unplugged 2022 – Who Will Win?

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites all to experience the talent of the final round of A Cappella & Unplugged 2022 on July 16, 7 PM. Seven finalists will take to the steps of the 1865 Franklin County Courthouse to perform two songs as they vie for the $500 first prize and a chance to perform in front of thousands as part of the evening’s 1864 Ransoming, Burning & REBIRTH. The winner of this year’s competition will be chosen by the public with in-person ballot and a text-in option.

Finalists are Willeby Hayes, Cagan Goldstein, Dee Calhoun, Ryan Brandenburg, Anne Spangle, Lauren Dukehart, and Andelena Jackson. All the Cappella & Unplugged finalists share a passion for music. During the 2022 competition, some of this year’s finalists shared their feelings about music and its importance in their lives.

Ryan Brandenbrg said, “To me, music is all about the freedom of expression. The freedom to pass on traditions that have existed in music for centuries, as well as the freedom to try new things, and experiment. I perform to be a part of the simple magic that is live music. There’s nothing else like it!”

Another contestant, Andelena Jackson, offered her feelings. “Music and singing are my way of remembering and honoring my late mother. She’s the one who taught me to sing.

Dee Calhoun, also known as Screaming Mad Dee, said he was a shy kid and music helped bring him out of his shell. “I’ve always been a very creative person, and music (along with writing) gives me a place to channel that creativity. It’s awarded me many opportunities in life; and through it, I’ve seen many great places and have met many wonderful people. I’ve gotten to travel the world playing music, and for that I am very grateful.”

Lauren Dukehart gave her perspective, too. “Music is a way we can communicate feelings and experiences that can’t just be spoken. Music brings people together in a world that is divided. I perform simply because it’s fun and something that I love. I don’t think people do things just for fun nearly enough.”

Finalist Anne Spangle summed up her feelings, “Music is a true gift I have been blessed with. It’s my calling to write and sing songs and the way I express who I really am.

The 2022 A Cappella & Unplugged musical competition is the eighth annual event. Past winners of A Cappella & Unplugged are 2015: Taylor Piper & Kristopher Potter/A World Apart, 2016: Kate & Isaac, 2017: Elly Cooke, 2018: Alexus Lawson, 2019: For F4ith, 2020: Gabrielle Stone, and 2021: Bailey Appleby. Who will be the 2022 winner?

Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau on July 16 at 7 PM, enjoy amazing talent, vote for your favorite performer, and be there to find out this year’s champion.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau & Capitol Theatre Seek Talent For A Cappella & Unplugged 2018

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau & Capitol Theatre Seek Talent For A Cappella & Unplugged 2018

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) and Capitol Theatre are teaming up for A Cappella & Unplugged 2018. It is a journey to $500 and it begins with auditions at the Capitol Theatre on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­May 22, 7 PM to 9 PM, and May 24, 6 PM to 9 PM. Audition on Tuesday, May 22, are in the Wood Center Stage and on Thursday, May 24 are on the main theatre stage.

Performers–ages 2 to 102–are invited to audition for the 2018 A Cappella & Unplugged Singing Competition. Acts can be solo or groups–vocal or unplugged instrumental. Acts must be appropriate for a variety of ages and people, FCVB is seeking celebratory–lively, illuminating, inspiring performers–something that makes the audience feel good. Auditions are closed format. Registration fee to audition is $10 per act.

The top performers from the audition will be invited to perform and compete at Round 1 of A Cappella & Unplugged Musical Competition, performed live, onstage June 16 @ 7 PM, at the Capitol Theatre, where a panel of judges will select the top six acts.

From here, voting goes public. Friends, family, and the public can vote for the top 6 acts by liking the performers on The top three performers with the most public votes will have a chance to move forward in the competition and perform live on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse on the evening of July 21, as part of the festivities leading up to 1864, the Civil War light show portraying the Ransoming & Burning of Chambersburg. The public at the event and through Facebook will select the winner of $500 and the title of “2018 A Cappella & Unplugged Champion.” Once the champion is crowned, they will then perform in front of thousands of people on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse opening the 1864 light show. It will be an exciting competition showcasing amazing talent.

Get started today by registering to audition at Eventbrite.

For more information about the 2018 A Cappella & Unplugged Championship, visit  or call 866.646.8060.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro.