Kevin Stiles , Heels To The Hardwood lap steel guitarist, slides through a melody while performing at the Summer Meltdown music festival in Darrington in 2015.

Kevin Stiles , Heels To The Hardwood lap steel guitarist, slides through a melody while performing at the Summer Meltdown music festival in Darrington in 2015.

Top acts booked for four Darrington music festivals

  • By Gale Fiege Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:41pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

DARRINGTON — The annual Summer Meltdown music festival folks have released the initial lineup of performers, as have the organizers of StrutzFest, the Darrington Bluegrass Festival and the Spur Festival.

Spur Fest, which kicks off the concert season at Darrington’s music park west of town, is June 24 to 26.

The country music festival will feature bands such as Aaron Crawford, Froghollow, Brewers Grade, Whiskey Fever, Ghost of the Outlaw, Jones &Fischer, Tayla Lynn, Jessica Lynne, Dakota Poorman, Guns of Nevada, Ragged Edge, Ryan Blair, Marlin James Band, Zach Winters, Whiskey Syndicate, the Folsoms and the Olson Brothers. For ticket and camping information, go to

The venerable Bluegrass Festival, which owns the music amphitheater, is set for July 15 to 17.

The major bands scheduled to play include Balsam Range, Mountain Faith, Wayne Taylor &Appaloosa and Jeff Scroggins &Colorado. Regional bands at the bluegrass event include the Navy’s Country Current, Top String, North Country, Bull Harmon &Bullseye, Lonesome Ridge and Darrington’s own The Combinations. For tickets, which can include camping, and information, go to

StrutzFest, hosted by the Arlington-based band Strutz, is July 28 to 30 at the music park.

Along with Strutz, the bands include Heart by Heart, Joe Slick Band, The Davanos, Spike &The Impalers, Led Zepplin Experience, Blue Tattoo, El Loco and the Michelle Taylor Band. For tickets, which also can include camping, go to

The Meltdown festival, Aug. 11 to 14, will again feature guided river rafting, horseback riding and rock climbing, courtesy of Darrington outdoor companies, as well as activities for children and workshops. Tickets, which can include camping, and more information are on the festival website,

So far, the bands booked include Griz, Gramatick, STS9, Beats Antique, Keys N Krates, Blue Scholars, Rising Appalachia, Trevor Hall, Shook Twins, Polecat, Rabbit Wilde, Ayron Jones &The Way, Flowmotion, Acorn Project, Monophonics, Twiddle, Moon Hooch, Chon, Crow &The Canyon and Snug Harbor.

Additional regional acts interested in joining the lineup are invited to apply for the battle of the bands Showdown competition. Information is on the website.

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