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Bluegrass band features former professors, current researcher from NMSU

The Salty Dogs, a bluegrass band featuring two former professors and a researcher from New Mexico State University, will perform at the Second Annual Bluegrass Festival at Rockhound State Park in Deming, N.M.

Members of the Salty Dogs, which currently feature Rose Hoffman, former NMSU professor of nursing, on bass; Rob Hoffman, former NMSU professor of chemistry, on guitar; and Debra Guenther, research assistant in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science at NMSU, on dobro, have been playing together on and off for more than twenty years. The other members of the band are banjo player Kent Nelson, a rocket scientist at White Sands Missile Range, and guitarist Olin Calk, an art teacher for the Las Cruces Public Schools.

The band will perform at the festival to be held Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25. Other bands performing at the festival are Pecos Valley Bluegrass, Desert Willow, Coyote Crossing and the Duke City Swampcoolers.

There will be an "open mic" Friday from 5-6 p.m. and bands from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, there will be an "open mic" from 1-2 p.m. and bands from 2-9 p.m. and there will be a devotional service at 8:30 a.m. and gospel music from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are available at the Peppers supermarket in Deming or at the gate. Tickets for Friday's events are $4 in advance and $5 at the gate. For Saturday's events tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the gate. Tickets for both days are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free and there is no charge for Sunday's events.

Food vendors will be on site and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort.

For more information contact Rose Hoffman at (575) 523-9101 or rnrhoffman@cybermesa.com or visit www.friendsofrockhound.org.