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Published: Saturday, July 21, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Follow the music to Darrington

The Darrington Music Park on Highway 530 just west of town annually hosts three music festivals: the Darrington Bluegrass Festival, on now through Sunday; Strutzfest, a classic rock festival set for Aug. 2-4; and the Summer Meltdown, which focuses on new music, on Aug. 10-12. With all the festivals, there is food and drink, on-site camping and merchandise.
•The 36th annual Bluegrass Festival tends toward more traditional old time and mountain bluegrass music. Bands play from 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $20 today and $15 on Sunday. More info: www. darringtonbluegrass.com.
The headliners include the award-winning Boxcars from Nashville, the Spinney Brothers from Nova Scotia, Canada, the Country Current from Washington, D.C., Mountain Faith from Sylva, N.C., and the Brombies from Los Angeles. Regional bands include the Combinations from Darrington, Money Creek Mining Co. from Everett, Queens Bluegrass from Sedro-Woolley and the Howdy Boys from Seattle.
•Strutzfest has 16 bands on the lineup, with music including local originals, country rock and well-known classic rock tribute bands. Weekend passes are $60 and day passes are $40, with weekend campsites at $40. More info: www.strutzfest.com. Partial proceeds from Strutzfest benefit Seattle Children's Hospital and Special Olympics.
Strutz, the house band from Arlington, is joined by Blue Tattoo, Heart By Heart, Problem Child, Don Gaynor, Main Street, Ramblin' Band and the Black Knights.
•The 12th annual Summer Meltdown's ticket prices vary, but most are sold in two- or three-day blocks. See summermeltdown.com. The festival includes activities for children, dinner theater and late-night shows.
True Spokes, formerly Flowmotion, the festival's original band, plays several times during the festival. Other bands in the 42-band line-up include Blitzen Trapper, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Five Alarm Funk, Beats Antique, Vicci Martinez and EOTO.

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