The Pines prepare for performance at Maintenance Shop


The Pines will be performing at the Maintenance Shop on Jan. 16.  

Emily Benda

The Pines, created by Iowa natives Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt, are coming to the Maintenance Shop on Jan. 16.

Ramsey and Huckfelt first started playing together while living in Arizona, but it was not until their move to Minneapolis when the two began to grow their duo into a seven-man band.  

Since their creation over 10 years ago, The Pines have performed all across the country with artists such as Bon Iver, Jolie Holland and Arcade Fire. 

“I love being at one with the song and sounds and the audience. That’s the best part of what we do live and it’s very different than what people normally experience,” Huckfelt said.  

“You can tell the artists are feeling a lot in their music. You can hear the emotion in their voice,” said Cassidy Boe, freshman in pre-dietetics.  

The Pines released their most recent album, Dark So Gold, in January 2012. Huckfelt said the inspiration behind the album was everything that touches their lives.

“Being loud, traveling, the touring with friends and family, music, poetry and the world itself inspire what we do,” Huckfelt said. 

Huckfelt also said The Pines plan to release a new album sometime this year.  

The Pines perform at 9 p.m., with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Maintenance Shop of the Memorial Union. Tickets are available for $15 to the public and $10 with a student ID, with a $2 increase the day of the show.

“We will try to make an atmosphere to transport everyone to another place in their imagination,” Huckfelt said. “We’re really excited to get back to the Maintenance Shop.”