The annual Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous is June 7-9 at Sacajawea State Park in Pasco.
"People come from all over the Northwest to attend the festival," said Reade Obern, a park ranger at Sacajawea. "These people follow bluegrass festivals throughout the summer, and we are one of the first festivals of the season."
About 1,000 are expected to attend this year.
Headlining this year's event is NewFound Road, with Prairie Flyer, Kevin Pace and the New Edition, Foghorn Stringband and Top String also scheduled to appear.
NewFound Road released its fourth album, Life is a Song, last year on the Rounder Record label. The band includes Joe Booker on mandolin, Jamey Booher on bass, Tim Shelton on guitar and vocals and Jr. Williams on banjo/guitar/vocals.
The musicians are known for their contemporary influence on bluegrass, and they say Life is a Song is a sample of their dedication to keeping their music fresh and new.
Prairie Flyer, which began in Eastern Washington several years ago, took its name from a vintage American train once used on transcontinental routes and was often seen flying across the prairie under a full moon.
The band styles their music after traditional bluegrass, folk and Americana tunes.
Top String, a popular Tri-City family band, has been playing together since they were kids. The band is made up of teenagers Zach Top on guitar, Madi Top on fiddle, Joram Top on mandolin and Laken Top on bass fiddle.
Foghorn is a Portland-based string band that plays a blend of high-spirited Appalachian dance music. Members are Caleb Klauder, Stephen "Sammy" Lind and Nadine Landry.
Kevin Pace and his New Edition bandmates are from Spokane and have been playing together since 2010. They play traditional bluegrass and gospel. Members are Jim Adams Page on double bass, Matthew Arndt on fiddle, Josh Robertson on guitar and Christopher Arndt on banjo.
And don't forget the food.
The Dutch oven cookoff gets under way June 8.
"We've had a lot of fun with the Dutch oven aspect of the festival," Obern said. "And a lot of musicians who attend have started cooking in a Dutch oven so they could join in our potluck meal on Saturday evening."
The potluck is open to anyone who brings a dish that feeds 10 people and has been cooked in a Dutch oven.
Advance tickets to the weekend festival cost $25, or they're $35 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.
Camping fees at the state park cost $12 a night per vehicle, with showers and restrooms available at the park.
Washington State Parks has waived the $10 per day vehicle Discover Pass for Sacajawea on June 8-9.
Festivities get started with an open mic on June 7 followed by performances by Early Edition, Prairie Flyer, NewFound Road and Foghorn.
June 8 events start at 10:30 a.m. with music workshops throughout the day, band scrambles, concerts and plenty of kid activities.
June 9 opens with a gospel singalong at 10 a.m. The festival closes at 2 p.m.
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