Making hay

Making hay

Hay Dudes boasts all-star bluegrass style at Caltech

By John Sollenberger 06/20/2013

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Saturday night offers a chance to see some familiar faces in bluegrass on the Caltech stage, with the trio Hay Dudes playing at the Pasadena Folk Music Society (formerly the Caltech Folk Music Society). 
Hay Dudes consists of Kenny Blackwell on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Mike Mullins, also on guitar, mandolin and vocals, and Wally Barnick on bass and vocals. Mullins was a founding member of The Acousticats in the 1980s and was featured in the Phil Salazar Band. Barnick is a former rock and roller who fell in love with acoustic music in the 1970s, and he and Mullins also form two-thirds of the popular California bluegrass band The Cache Valley Drifters, along with gigs in numerous other bands. Blackwell has made a name for himself as an in-demand session player with numerous acts and gained fame with the legendary group the Laurel Canyon Ramblers. He’s also collaborated with big-name acts including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Rivers and Neil Diamond. 
Hay Dudes has recently released its self-titled debut album, featuring covers of classic bluegrass songs, plus some country, pop adaptations and the band’s own originals. This promises to be an all-star performance. 
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Music starts at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and Caltech students. Call (626) 395-4652 or visit  


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