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String Therapy to play new Elks ballroom

Regional bluegrass band String Therapy will perform tonight in the newly-renovated ballroom of the Ironton Elks lodge.

The band, consisting of Ironton native Dave Bond on guitar and lead vocals, Josh Click on bass, Bob Kelley on dobro, Brandon Shuping on mandolin and Todd Sams on banjo, is based in Lancaster.

They recently hosted a release party at the Ro-Na Theater for their first CD and played the inaugural Ohio River Revival festival in June.

Rob Pemberton, who holds the title of exalted ruler of the Ironton Elks Lodge, said they had wanted to lease out the ballroom and partnered with the owner of Fusion nightclub to redo the room.

“A lot of work’s been done,” Pemberton said.

Renovations included repainting the room, as well as replacing disabled chandeliers with new lighting.

In addition, the second floor patio area has been redone, now featuring locally-crafted tables and chairs in place of the previous folding chairs.

Fusion, which opened last month, rents the space two nights a week.

Pemberton said, in addition to leasing the ballroom for events, the Elks will use it often for themselves.

“We hold a lot of meetings and things here,” he said.

The show is set for 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and $15 per couple.

String Therapy were also part of The Ironton Tribune and Armstrong Cable’s Press Room Recordings series. To view video from that episode, visit our Facebook page.