The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 8, 2014

Destination blues

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE – In February, Columbia and Montour counties will heat up with the Destination Blues music festival “your winter blues heaven on Route 11.”

Organized by two non-profit organizations – Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI) and the Moose Exchange – the festival will feature local, regional, and national blues performers at multiple venues, as well as bus transportation among the

venues and participating hotels.

Feb. 7 brings “Brews & Blues” – music all evening long at four area brew pubs:

Old Forge in Danville, Berwick Brewing, and Marley’s and Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg. For $5 per person, attendees can ride dedicated buses among the venues and to and from their Columbia and Montour County hotels. Performers include the Blind Chitlin Kahunas, Miz Ida and The All-Nightas, Symphonic Haze, Steve Gilliland, Nate Meyers, Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander, and

Ham and Eggs.

On Feb. 8, “Bluesburg” – an afternoon and evening of music at the Moose

Exchange, a landmark gathering place on West Main Street in Bloomsburg for 65 years. The line-up includes Moreland & Arbuckle, the Alexis P. Suter Band, Clarence Spady, Lonnie Shields, John Sweeney and friends, and Williamsport’s own Black Strat Blues Company. Once again, those

attending will have the option of transportation from and to hotel rooms. The $20 advance ticket covers admission to the Exchange and bus transportation both evenings.

Destination Blues could not happen without the collaboration of two of our area’s long-time blues impresarios: Richard Briggs of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival and Bonnie Tallman of the Billtown Blues Asociation. The Briggs Farm and Billtown Blues Festivals have made summertime blues cool in central Pennsylvania; now Destination Blues will make winter blues hot.

Destination Blues has received significant support from Montour and Columbia Counties’ Tourism Funds as administered by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau.

The Exchange and DBI thank Montour Commissioners Trevor Finn, Jack Gerst, and Jerry Ward, and Columbia Commissioners David Kovach, Rich Ridgway and Chris Young for their vision and enthusiasm.

For more information about the Exchange, visit, or call 570-317-2596 or For more information about Downtown Bloomsburg Inc., visit, call 570-784-2522 or