JAS Pub Night is Saturday: Enjoy the sound of Double Down

By: 
Vicky McCray
Special to the News-Argus

Double Down, the duo of Jeni Dodd and Rick Tryon, will share songs everyone knows on Saturday night at the Utica Community Center.

Photo courtesy of Double Down

Judith Arts Society opens its 2016-17 Performing Arts Season this Saturday at the Utica Community Center with Pub Night, a fun affair offering complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar featuring wine and ale selections … and some fabulous music besides. Who could ask for anything more?

This year the Board welcomes Double Down, the acoustic duo of Jeni Dodd and Rick Tryon. 

Dodd is someone folks might remember if they have been attending Pub Night for a while. She shared her talents with the Utica audience in 2009 when she appeared with a trio known as Ruf Cut. Several listeners have requested the JAS Board get her back, so they will be pleased. Those who did not have the chance to hear the Ruf Cut concert will be amazed with Dodd’s abilities.

Dodd combines the sensitivity of an artist with the heart of an explorer. As a performer, she is the embodiment of the singer/songwriter, using both her experiences and her sensibilities to interpret a song. As a writer, she is a poetess in word and meter.

Born in the Appalachian Mountains, she found herself in the Alaskan bush as a teenager. A job in forestry lured her to the Rocky Mountains and after wandering, she currently calls Montana home. Her adventurous spirit led her through a variety of jobs and places that lend depth to her musical interpretation. 

As Saturday night’s performance will attest, Dodd performs any number of genres with equal ease. When she interprets a song, she makes it her own.

People hearing Ruf Cut will recall Dodd said she had become known in Great Falls as the rollerskate girl because of her little-girl voice for Melanie Safka’s song, “Brand New Key.” She also has bluesy voice capabilities, great for the famous Janis Joplin hit, “Mercedes Benz.”

Tryon is a Great Falls singer-songwriter who brings a unique and authentically rich voice and style to the stage. Combining the early musical influences of artists like Dylan, Van Morrison and Springsteen with contemporary, alternative and mainstream country and modern folk lyric and storytelling, Tryon has developed a truly original sound. He entertains by stirring up musical memories, telling musical tales and leaving audiences smiling, singing along and enjoying real and honest music the way it’s supposed to be.

These two musicians from Great Falls will provide an exciting blend of acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies and will perform all of the audience’s favorite hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and more.

The JAS Pub Night has become a popular local event where friends can gather for some great entertainment. The food will be ready by 6:30 p.m., with the musicians taking the Utica stage at 7 p.m. Admission is by season ticket or at the door. In addition to the music and hors d’oeuvres, it includes one drink ticket. 

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