By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
Due to devastating fire and smoke damage at the Moose Exchange, the Destination Blues Music Festival, scheduled for Feb. 8, will be moved to the Caldwell Consistory, 150 North Market St.
All events and times will remain the same on both Friday and Saturday. The only difference is the change in venue.
The event will be held Feb. 7 and 8 in Columbia and Montour counties with the theme “Your Winter Blues Heaven on Route 11.” Organized by two non-profit organizations – Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI) and the Moose Exchange – in partnership with the Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Destination Blues will feature International; National & Regional blues performers at multiple venues, as well as bus transportation among the venues and participating hotels.
On Feb. 7 there will be 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 .(see attached schedule).
On Feb. 8, Bluesburg will include an afternoon and evening of music in the Caldwell Consistory, 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 Blues Revue, Steve Gilliland, and Williamsport’s own Black Strat Blues Company.