On February 6th, 7th and 8th, Columbia & Montour counties will heat up with the second annual Destination Blues Music Festival, “Your Winter Blues Heaven on Route 11.” This event is presented by the Moose Exchange and Downtown Bloomsburg Inc.
Friday’s activities expand this year from the four area brew pubs (Old Forge in Danville, Berwick Brewing, and Marley’s and Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg) to seven additional venues in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, and in between, with bands at every one. Bus transportation will run among all of the venues and participating hotels for only $5 per person. There will be no cover charge at any of the participating venues.
Wake up on Saturday the 7th to a free Blues Breakfast at Fog & Flame Coffee & Espresso in Bloomsburg, featuring Sweeney & Rosencrans, followed by a Blues Brunch and Lunch at the Capitol Restaurant right across Main Street with Swampcandy.
Then get ready for the main event on Saturday afternoon and evening at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg. Eight bands will appear on the two stages. Participants will find food and drink and a variety of vendors at the Consistory, and buses will run between the Consistory and participating hotels throughout the evening.
On Sunday the 8th, for the first time ever, the largest church sanctuary in Bloomsburg at Wesley United Methodist, will host Gospel Blues: Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound will perform backed by a choir of local residents.
The low-priced advance tickets cover bus transportation on Friday and Saturday among the venues and participating hotels, plus admission to the Consistory, Gospel Blues, or both: $25 for Friday/Saturday, $25 for Sunday only, and $40 for all three days. Many hotels will offer discounts and/or packages; for updated information, visit www.DestinationBlues.org.