Ralph Stanley II, son of bluegrass legend "Dr. Ralph Stanley," headlines the festival.
"We're really looking forward to it," Stanley said. "I understand it's a great festival. I haven't been but I've heard about it and we're real excited."
Stanley has traveled with his father on and off from the time he was 2 years old. He sang and played guitar in his dad's band, The Clinch Mountain Boys, until he started touring solo five years ago.
John Rigbsy, a fidder and mandolin player from Kentucky, has toured with Stanley for more than four years.
"He's a former Clinch Mountain boy as well," Stanley said. "He's worked with my dad for nine or 10 years and I'd already had a little history with him, so he joined the band."
Alex Learch and Eddy Lovelace has been a part of the band for about eight months. Learch plays banjo and some guitar and Lovelace plays the upright base.
Stanley and his band will play shows at 5 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.
He'll bring along copies of his solo album and a collaboration album he did with his dad.
The festival lineup includes Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, and the Chapmans.
Tickets are $55 for all three days,plus $35 for camping per RV or tent, cash only. Walk-in tickets are $20 from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, $25 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and $20 Sunday. The festival is free for kids 12 and younger with an adult.
Call 360-436-1006 for ticket information.
The festival is at Darrington Bluegrass Music Park on Highway 530. To get there, head north on I-5, take exit 208 and head east on Highway 530 for about 30 miles. The park is marked with signs.
For more information, call 360-436-1179 or visit www.darringtonbluegrassfestival.com.
Ashley Stewart; 425-339-3037; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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