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New Albany band to play at inauguration event

New Hollow, the New Albany-based teen band that released its first CD single Nov. 1, will play during a weekend of inauguration events for Gov.-elect John Kasich.

The band is scheduled to play from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Statehouse. The event, "Family Day at the Ohio Statehouse," is free and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. It is one of several planned leading up to Kasich being sworn in as Ohio's 69th governor Jan. 10.

One of Kasich's two daughters is a fan and the band will work well with the theme, said organizer Kate Borges.

"They seem to fit best with the 'Family Day' atmosphere," Borges said.

New Hollow band members plan to sign posters for fans after their performance. The band features New Albany residents Mick Clouse, 16, who sings and plays guitar; Evan West, 16, who sings and plays keyboard and bass; and Chad Blashford, 15, who plays drums and sings.

Since winning a "battle of the bands" competition at a New Albany Fourth of July celebration in 2009 and performing the following year at the celebration, New Hollow has been playing on increasingly bigger stages. The band opened for David Archuleta at the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day horse-jumping event and sang the national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys' football game on Thanksgiving.

The band has been aided by Tween Brands, which released its first CD single in Justice stores. That single topped music charts for six consecutive weeks and sold 140,000 singles without ever being played on the radio.

"Family Day" was planned partly with Kasich's wife, Karen, in mind, Borges said. Karen Kasich hopes to lead Ohio's fight against childhood obesity, so the event will feature many organizations that can help support children's wellness, she said.

"The focus is on wellness and the different resources that can help," Borges said.

Visitors also may watch a video that chronicles the history of Ohio's inaugurations.

"It will be on a continuous loop in a couple different locations," Borges said.

Borges said children attending the event will receive a gift bag that includes information and trinkets provided by the participants.

"Family Day" is organized by the nonprofit corporation Kasich-Taylor New Day Committee. The entire schedule of inauguration events is listed on www.newdayohio.com.