The Fastgrass Bluegrass Festival returns to the Fleetwood RV Racing Camping Resort pavilion at Charlotte Motor Speedway Aug. 3-5. The three-day musical extravaganza features world-class bluegrass entertainment along with food and fun for the entire family.

Among the dozen groups scheduled to perform during the third annual event is Dark Corner Bluegrass. Comprised of Eddie Arledge, Daniel Zeh, Norman Humphries and Greg Holder, the band is renowned for its throwback flavor and mastery of the traditional bluegrass style.

Also performing will be the award-winning group IIIrd Tyme Out. Founded by Ray Deaton and Russell Moore, the band marked the "third time out" for the two as performers in respective groups. In this case, however, the third time was the charm as the group has gone on to produce nearly 15 years of critically acclaimed bluegrass work.

The Fastgrass Bluegrass Festival also features The New Dixie Pharaohs, a Charlotte-based group. Created by bass player Larry Perrell and guitarist Don Smart, the group is recognized for its innovative blend of traditional and progressive bluegrass music.

Fans can also check out performances by groups such as The James King Band, Cherryholmes Family, A Deeper Shade of Blue, The Anita Fisher Band, The Grascals, Highway Bound and Randy Walker & the Country Gentlemen.

If purchased in advance, three-day tickets are $60 while two-day tickets are available for $50. Single-day tickets for Thursday night are $15 and $20 for Friday or Saturday nights. Full-day tickets for Friday or Saturday are $30.

For information or to purchase tickets, call the event hotline at (704) 996-8147 or visit www.fastgrassbluegrass.com.

A variety of camping options, starting at just $20, are available through the Fleetwood RV Racing Camping Resort and can be reserved by calling (704) 455-4445.

The Fastgrass Bluegrass Festival Schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 3

6:30 p.m. Dark Corner Bluegrass
7:30 p.m. Movin' On Bluegrass
8:30 p.m. The James King Band
9:30 p.m. Cherryholmes

Friday, Aug. 4

12:00 p.m. Highway Bound
1:00 p.m. The New Dixie Pharaohs
2:00 p.m. The James King Band
3:00 p.m. The Country Gentlemen
4:00 p.m. IIIrd Tyme Out
5:00 p.m. Dinner Break
5:30 p.m. Highway Bound
6:30 p.m. The New Dixie Pharaohs
7:30 p.m. The James King Band
8:30 p.m. The Country Gentlemen
9:30 p.m. IIIrd Tyme Out

Saturday, Aug. 5

12:00 p.m. Crystal Franklin
1:00 p.m. A Deeper Shade of Blue
2:00 p.m. The Anita Fisher Band
3:00 p.m. The Grascals
4:00 p.m. IIIrd Tyme Out
5:00 p.m. Dinner Break
5:30 p.m. Crystal Franklin
6:30 p.m. A Deeper Shade of Blue
7:30 p.m. The Anita Fisher Band
8:30 p.m. The Grascals
9:30 p.m. IIIrd Tyme Out