Destination Blues

/ Feb

Destination Blues

Columbia and Montour Counties
04:00 pm

On February 6th, 7th and 8th, 2015, Columbia & Montour Counties will heat up with the second annual Destination Blues Music Festival, “Your Winter Blues Heaven on Route 11.

With booking by Richard Briggs of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Downtown Bloomsburg Inc. (DBI) and the Moose Exchange bring you “the other best weekend of the year”.

“The first festival went even better than we had expected. Now with more venues and bands on Friday, more bands on Saturday, and Gospel Blues on Sunday, the second year’s event will really put our two-county region on the blues map.” – says Columbia County Commissioner and Moose Exchange board member Chris Young.

Friday’s “Brews & Blues”, on the 6th, expands this year from the four area brew pubs (Old Forge in Danville, Berwick Brewing, and Marley’s and Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg) to a dozen additional venues in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Danville, and in between, with bands at every one. Convenient bus transportation will run among all of the venues and participating hotels for only $5 per person. We’ll wake up on Saturday the 7th to “Breakfast Blues” at Fog & Flame in Bloomsburg, followed by “Blues Brunch and Lunch” at the Capitol Restaurant right across Main Street. Keep an eye on for news on the performers at all of these venues.

On Saturday afternoon and evening at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg eight bands will appear. On the two stages. Headlining upstairs, Teeny Tucker, a blues powerhouse originally from Dayton, Ohio, who has now performed around the world. Preceding her on the Auditorium stage, perennial favorite Clarence Spady with his acoustic band; the hi-octane Slam Allen Band; and old-school treasure Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues. On the downstairs stage, the Jesse Loewy Band leads things off, followed by the Sweeney Blues Revue, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, and the BC Combo featuring Bev Conklin. 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 event.

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. You will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

The low-priced advance tickets cover bus transportation on Friday and Saturday among the venues and participating hotels, plus admission to Bluesburg, Gospel Blues, or both. Many hotels will offer discounts and/or packages; for updated information, visit our Web site,, and We’ll have continued updates about all of the performers right through the weekend of the event.

Sponsors for 2015 include the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Susquehanna River Arts; First Columbia Bank & Trust; First Keystone Community Bank; Heller’s Gas; Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital; Twin Bridges Storage; Service 1st Federal Credit Union; and the Blues Festival Guide. M.S. Bond Busing provides the bus transportation; stay tuned for more information about participating hotels. Destination Blues receives significant support from Montour and Columbia Counties’ Tourism Funds. 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.