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Music duo BrakeAway to entertain at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale

St. Cloud music duo BrakeAway is comprised of music veteran Doug Millaway and Brandon native Jake Hagedorn. They will perform on Friday, May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale in Alexandria. (Contributed)

The St. Cloud area musical duo BrakeAway will perform on Friday, May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale in Alexandria.

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BrakeAway is made up of Jake Hagedorn and Doug Millaway. They have been writing, recording and playing live for about two and half years.

Millaway is a veteran of the music scene, having played in a variety of genres such as jazz fusion, rock and indie folk. He plays a number of instruments, including guitar, tenor guitar, ukulele, keyboards and percussion.

A recent survivor of colo-rectal cancer, Millaway has rededicated himself to the art of songwriting and performing. Millaway is also the executive director of the West Central Education District in Sauk Centre.

Hagedorn hails from the Brandon area. Currently living in Waite Park, he is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus and has a degree in music.

Since graduation, he has performed in many St. Cloud area groups. In addition to BrakeAway, he is a member of Dirty Mercury and the house band for the variety show at the Pioneer Place in St. Cloud.

Hagedorn plays guitar and bass guitar and and is the vocalist for the group.

In February 2013, the duo released its first CD, Big Surprise, and is currently wrapping up production on the second, Give Up the Ghost.

The duo has played throughout Minnesota in St. Paul, Perham, Farmington, Clitherall, and the Minnesota State Fair as part of the showcase for the Minnesota Association of Songwriters.

The duo was recently nominated as Best Original Music Performers by the readers of the St. Cloud Times.