Ballroom Blitz concert is Friday

July 16, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Looking for ways to attract more music fans to the area between Hagerstown, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa., a group is trying to establish a premiere music venue in Chambersburg.

The ballroom at The Orchards restaurant will be home to the first Ballroom Blitz this Friday. The blitz will feature performances by four area bands.

Tony Diehl, one of the organizers, hopes the Ballroom Blitz will become a regular gig, perhaps once every three or four months, featuring bands that play rock or music on the outskirts of rock such as folk-rock or country-rock.

Diehl is manager of Ledbetter Heights, one of four bands scheduled to play this Friday night.

The event is being headlined by Hexbelt, a band from York, Pa. Diehl describes Hexbelt as a The Grateful Dead meets Pearl Jam.


The other two acts are Mudcracker, acoustic folk-rock by Jay Parks of Hagerstown; and Mightychondria, an alt-rock band from the Philly area. Some of Mightychondria's members are from Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Pa.

Ledbetter Heights is Nick Staver of Shippensburg on lead vocals and guitar; Brian Stoner of Fayetteville, Pa., on lead guitar and backup vocals; Matt Franzoni of Shippensburg on bass guitar; and Tim Carr Jr. of Shippensburg on drums.

Staver and Stoner said the band sounds like Incubus and Collective Soul met backstage at a Pearl Jam concert.

An event like the Ballroom Blitz is a great way to get several bands together and feed off one another's fans to gain new fans, Staver said.

For music fans, they can go to one venue and see multiple bands.

If you go ...

WHAT: Ballroom Blitz featuring Hexbelt, Ledbetter Heights, Mightychondria and Mudcracker

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, July 17

WHERE: The Orchards restaurant, 1580 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door

MORE: Advance tickets are available at .

, or at The Relax lounge at The Orchards. Must be 21 or older.

CONTACT: For more information, e-mail or go to .

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