For the sixth year, the Destination Blues Music Festival will bring the Blues to Columbia and Montour Counties. On Saturday, March 2nd, more than 50 musicians will perform at 18 venues in Berwick, Bloomsburg, and Danville – all of these performances free and open to everyone of all ages, no tickets required. Produced by The Exchange, the Festival has grown in its first five years to become to biggest single day of music in our region. Following in the footsteps of the nearby Briggs Farm Blues Festival and Billtown Blues Festival, Destination Blues puts our two-county region on the Blues map – “Your Winter Blues Heaven on Route 11”.
In the later afternoon and evening, free, convenient, scheduled buses will run among all of the venues and participating hotels in both counties.
Founded to bring business during the winter to regional hotels, restaurants, brewpubs, and bars, the Festival has made these venues its sole focus this year. Performances by national and regional artists will take place all day and through the evening, with rising star Vanessa Collier at Berwick Brewing; regional sensation Swampcandy at Bloomsburg’s West End Ale Haus; and northeastern Pennsylvania’s own Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen at Rock God Brewing in Danville.
For the first time, the Festival venues will include the Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts, with an all-ages, family-friendly concert by Gabe Stillman and the 3rd Street Blues Band from Williamsport, at 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon. First Columbia Bank & Trust sponsors this Young Artist performance by students and graduates of Williamsport’s Uptown Music Collective.
Other performers and venues include Bobby Kyle, who has traveled the world playing the Blues, with his band The Administers at Bloomsburg’s Study Bar; the Phyllis Hopkins Trio at a venue new to the Festival, Rolling Pines Golf Course, between Berwick and Bloomsburg; Dan Hess at Bandit’s Roadhouse in Berwick; JT Thompson and AC’s Soul Medicine at Old Forge Brewing in Danville; Sweeney and Hickey at Danville’s Pine Barn Inn and Kat Holdren at LT Evans; Nate Myers and Tom Rosencrans, JP Williams, and the Gabe Stillman Band at the Lightstreet Hotel; and Tom Graham at Marley’s Brewery and Grille. Downtown Bloomsburg will also host Stacia Abernatha and Sean Farley at The Exchange; Bret Alexander & Nyke Van Wyk at Rose Marie’s; Sweeney & Rosencrans and Benjamin Vo at Fog & Flame; John Sweeney & Mike Hickey, Chris LaRose and Dave Brown & The Dishonest Fiddlers at Filet 18; and Suzanne the Plan at Endless Records.
For more information on the full line-up and hotel packages, visit Facebook.com/ColumbiaMontourBluesFest and DestinationBlues.org. Richard Briggs of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival does the Festival booking. Other Festival sponsors for 2019 include Columbia County, Montour County, and PPL. Bus transportation by Susquehanna Valley Limo.
For more information about the Exchange, visit ExchangeArts.org; contact us at 570-317-2596 or [email protected]