Celebrating two years of hosting some of the best regional and even national Blues musicians, The Exchange’s Destination Blues Listening Room hits the road at the end of June, traveling to Berwick: At 7 p.m. on Friday the 28th, Ed Randazzo and Bret Alexander will perform at A Perfect Blend Espresso and More, 135 West Front Street.
Several venues in Berwick have hosted musicians during the annual Destination Blues Music Festivals, including the Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts; now A Perfect Blend rolls out the red carpet for Blues fans – and all music fans – by opening its own intimate “concert hall” for this special evening performance.
As with all Listening Room programs, we ask attendees for a donation at the door, suggested at $5, but we will certainly accept more. Also in common with the Bloomsburg Listening Room, we welcome people of all ages, and BYOB permitted. We would like to make the Berwick Listening Room a regular part of The Exchange’s musical offerings to our community, and the more people who come out for this concert, the more successful we will consider it.
The Exchange has hosted the Listening Room in its storefront art gallery in Bloomsburg on the last Wednesday of every month since July 2017; musicians who have appeared there include Mike MiZ, Bobby Kyle, Vanessa Collier, and more than twenty others. Ed and Bret have performed at the Listening Room, together and separately, as they have also at the Destination Blues Music Festivals.
Ed and Bret have made music together for more than a decade. Bret initially made a name for himself as one of the founders of the Badlees in the 1990s and in recent years has run his own recording studio, while Ed has released solo albums as well as the three with Bret.
In other Exchange Blues news, on Wednesday, the 26th of June, Mystery Trayne will appear at The Exchange, 24 East Main Street in Bloomsburg, in the “regular” Listening Room, and on Wednesday, the 31st of July, the Listening Room will welcome its first international artist, Italy’s Hubert Dorigatti; he represented his home country at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2017. For more information about the Listening Room series, visit DestinationBlues.org. On Wednesday, July 10th, the phenomenally-talented high school students in the 3rd Street Blues Band from Williamsport’s Uptown Music Collective will perform in Bloomsburg’s Town Park bandshell at 7 p.m. in a free all-ages show co-sponsored by The Exchange and the Town Park Improvement Association – bring your own chairs and/or blanket.
For more information about the Exchange, visit ExchangeArts.org; contact us at 570-317-2596 or e[email protected].