Complimentary toast at midnight
*Gratuity not Included in dinner & show package price.
Dinner Menu - Pick a starter, main & dessert (tbd) for the 3-course Prix Fixe.
V - can be made vegetarian, G - can be made gluten free
(g) $15 chicken & foie gras meatballs marsala, bacon, mushrooms
(g) $18 lobster hand roll cured salmon, pickled mango, calamari, sweet chili sauce
(v) $14 cheddar souffle bourbon caramel, smoked apple, frisee
(v) $20 potato gnocchi truffle cream, parmesan, fines herbs
(v) $22 mushroom pot pie tallegio, lentils, bitter greens
$28 roasted duck platter black pepper spaetzle, kumquat, foie gras
(g) $26 arctic char parsnip cake, grapefruit, tarragon
(g) $30 bison ribeye winter squash, wild rice, cranberry, liver
(g) $30 icehouse burger & fries onion confit, triple cream, truffled bordelaise - + $15 add foie gras to your burger
Sides & Snacks
(v/g) $6 house cut fries (spicy ketchup, harissa, fondue, brisket aioli)
(v/g) $8 brussels sprouts smoked garlic, sherry, chili flakes
(v) $8 mac & cheese fontina, swiss, breadcrumbs - + $10 add lobster
10PM DOORS for MUSIC ONLY Tickets
Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. Emerging from the same Minneapolis music world that spawned such notable acts as The Jayhawks, The Replacements and Bob Dylan, The Pines have gathered a stunning line-up of musical talent, in both their live shows and on record, that has gained them a faithful and growing following. Frontmen Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to the sound that Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke called quietly gripping stark-country. The mysterious sound of The Pines fuses Bensons ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with Davids earthy, darkly romantic and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Bensons brother Alex Ramsey, the core of The Pines sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy. Various touring configurations keep The Pines live show fresh and dynamic, from the full band with rhythm section to the versatile essence of the Ramsey, Huckfelt, Ramsey trio.
Surprisingly, David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey actually began their musical partnership in Arizona, where they both lived in a Mexican barrio and first began playing together. The son of Greg Browns producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and continues to let those influences shine, even on louder electric songs. David also had a deep love for traditional music, and together the two of them started crafting songs that evoke the ancient, while incorporating newer rock and pop sounds.
Committing to a musical career together, Benson and David returned to their Midwestern roots and moved to Minneapolis, where they slowly grew their band to include banjo player Michael Rossetto (Spaghetti Western String Co.), drummer J.T. Bates (Michel Portal, John Gorka), bassist James Buckley (Ed Harcourt, Daniel Johnston, Dosh) and Bensons brother Alex Ramsey on keyboards.
Creating quite a buzz around the Twin Cities and across the Upper Midwest, The Pines caught the attention of acclaimed indie label Red House Records and signed with them in 2007, releasing their breakout album Sparrows in the Bell, named one of the top roots releases of the year by Q Magazine. The Pines wowed audiences at the 2008 South By Southwest (SXSW) and were named one of the musical highlights by CMT.com. They followed up this success with Tremolo, an album that garnered rave reviews in magazines like Rolling Stone and got airplay on tastemaker stations such as KCRW and The Current. It landed them coveted performances on Daytrotter.com and Bob Harris popular BBC show, winning them new fans across North America and Europe. A great live act whether performing as a stripped-down trio (David Huckfelt, Benson Ramsey and Alex Ramsey) or as a full rock band, The Pines devoted cult following and has led them to share the stage with such diverse acts as Bon Iver, Mavis Staples, The Arcade Fire, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings and Spider John Koerner. The Pines just finished a North American tour with Mason Jennings in twenty-five cities, opening for him and playing in his band.
Tom Walbank, one of Tucson's most potent and thrilling blues players, first became entranced with the blues when he saw the movie The Blues Brothers, a turn of events that he realizes sounds a little silly.
"In these days of saturated media, when you can get Charley Patton albums at the drop of a hat, it might be comical to younger folks that I came through to the blues from that," Walbank chuckles.
The impressionable 15-year-old was living in his hometown in Devon. As in England. Not the Mississippi Delta, not Memphis, not Chicago.
And although Jake and Elwood Blues played mostly soul music in that film, there was a pivotal performance in it that inspired Walbank to pursue American blues.
"Just before they went into Aretha Franklin's restaurant on Maxwell Street in Chicago, there's a scene with John Lee Hooker, and that's the only blues song in the movie.
"My brother nearly killed me, because I stopped the film and was fast-forwarding through the video to get to the credits and to find out who this guy was. The next day, my brother bought me a John Lee Hooker record, and it was too heavy for me. It was just raw; it was adult shit, and I wasn't ready for it."
But Walbank went out and got a harmonica. "Which was another traumatic experience for me. I wandered into the music store, and I knew nothing about music, and I didn't know whether I should buy the foot-long harmonica or the one with 600 holes."
But a kind salesman suggested the right harp for playing the blues (a Hohner Marine Band, in the key of C), and eventually, his then-girlfriend, who became weary of hearing him play the same riffs over and over, suggested her musician father could share a few tips with Walbank. "She said, 'You're in the wrong key.' I said, 'What's a key?'"
Obviously, in addition to playing scintillating music, Walbank knows how to tell a great story. Another of his talents is art. - Gene Armstrong,Tucsan Weekly