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Young, unique The Pines to play March 21 in Nisswa

The Pines will perform on the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Founded by Iowa natives David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, indie-roots band The Pines actually met in Arizona, where they both lived in a Mexican barrio and began playing together. Forming The Pines, they returned to the Midwest, moving to Minneapolis.

The Pines weave together many musical styles to create their own unique sound that is hip and haunting.

The son of Greg Brown’s producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and those influences continue to shine through, even on louder electric songs.

Huckfelt shares Benson’s love for traditional music, and together the two craft songs that evoke the ancient, while incorporating newer rock and pop grooves.

Both are strong writers, singers and instrumentalists, and have distinct voices that complement each other. For more about the Pines, go to

The rest of the 2014 spring season:

• Friday, April 11: Jonathan Rundman,

• Friday, May 2: Barbara Jean,

Admission for general seating at all concerts is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, 5459 County Road 18, is located in the Journey Church across from the A & W Restaurant and next to the school in Nisswa.

The concert series welcomes nonperishable food or cash donations to a local food shelf.

For information, go to or call 218)-829-4092.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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