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Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank will headline Cloquet Fourth festivities

Ian and Teague Alexy (bearded and wearing blue) along with Marc Gartman will headline the Cloquet July Fourth festivities with a performance from 5-8 p.m. in Veterans Park July Fourth. Joshua Priestley/Special to the Pine Journal

MUSIC ON THE FOURTH

Noon-2 p.m. — Marky Mark and the Very Mysterious

2:30-4:30 p.m. — The Black River Revue

5-8 p.m. — Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

All three of the these bands will play at Veterans Park during the Fourth of July festivities and before the movie in the park and fireworks later that night.

Also on the Fourth, at 4 p.m., the Carlton County Historical Society will hold its sixth annual Accordion Concert featuring students and faculty of the Harrington Arts Center from Superior, Wis.

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Brothers Teague and Ian Alexy wrote their first songs together as young kids growing up in New Jersey. According to their band bio, they then moved on to penning their own songs and presenting them to one another. Years later, they would move to Minnesota and make their name as the Minnesota-based (but Jersey influenced) troubadours Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank.

They say "a brotherly bond, a common love of American roots music, and the desire to make a living as songwriting musicans" brought the two together to form Hobo Nephews in 2005. Just like the "hobos," or traveling workers who are their partial namesake, the Alexy brothers have used travel (and a thousand shows in 42 different states) as a means of making a better living for themselves.

The Hobo Nephews' sound has been a part of the Upper Midwest's American roots music resurgence for the past decade, according to their website, which describes their music as a blend of "folk, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll" that is uniquely their own, and celebrated by an ever growing grassroots fan base. Their song "Old Number Four," from the new album American Shuffle, went viral with stories about the song on CBSSports.com, ESPN, The Jim Rome Show and other national sports outlets. "Old Number Four" gave the Hobo Nephews some much deserved national attention.

On July Fourth, the brothers and fellow musician Marc Gartman make their way to Cloquet as the headlining musical act of the Fourth of July festivities in Veterans Park. Teague Alexy was kind enough to answer a few questions from the Pine Journal in advance of their performance here. Incidentally, the name "Teague" was once used to describe the story-telling poets who travelled ancient Ireland.

Pine Journal: You and your brother are "Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank." What kind of brother bandmates are you? Oasis-style vibes or something more congenial?

Teague Alexy: Nah, we don't fight. We're not high maintenance and we don't act entitled or anything. We feel blessed to be able to play music together. We don't take that lightly.

PJ: What's the story behind the name of your band?

TA: The name is a tribute to our family in Philadelphia. Frank is our uncle's name and also the name of our Irish grandfather who passed away when we were little kids.

PJ: How would you describe the music of Hobo Nephews?

TA: Northern Minnesota American roots music played by Irish brothers from Jersey.

PJ: You recently published a book. Do you see yourself as a writer/lyricist or musician first?

TA: I never wanted to be a singer with nothing to say so I take the craft of writing as seriously as playing guitar or singing. And, of course it all comes together when I perform. I've paid more dues as a musician, but my writing is progressing. It all feels natural.

PJ: Do you come here often ... to Cloquet or Carlton County, I mean. Do you have a favorite place to visit here?

TA: I lived in Carlton County for a while. Holyoke Park and Holyoke Cemetery are magical spots. St Louis River, too.

Intrigued? Come to Veterans Park on the Fourth or go online to www.hobonephews.com or www.consideritcorrespondence.com.

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