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The UnXpected, young musicians from Williamsburg, to release EP at party in Virginia Beach

A band of talented, young rock and blues musicians from Williamsburg will unveil a new CD at the Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach on Jan. 27. The UnXpected, which features siblings Cole and Logan Layman, plan to make it a giant jam.

Ron Fetner will open the show with his band, according to a Facebook posting. He will be followed by Herbie and The Dangermen, The Bush League and Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos.

"When these seasoned local greats are finished with their short sets The UnXpected will JAM OUT on a few songs," the post proclaimed. "This will be followed by local celebrities (and rumor has it... an out-of-town celebrity or two) sitting in on tunes with the kids. Blues generations will meet on the stage and EXPLODE with energy and magic."

The party marks the release of a four-song EP titled simply "The UnXpected." It features two originals and two covers.

At the Jewish Mother, the action will start at 5 p.m. It will be hosted by Newport News blues singer Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, who late last year recorded one of his original songs, "Broke My Body Down," with a sort of youth all-star band. It included the Logan kids as well as his own musical offspring, Martin and Akeylah Walters, along with the Hampton guitar prodigy William "MoBetta" Ledbetter.

"They are so talented, it just seemed like a fun thing to do," Walters said of the recording. "I thought it would be nice to see this new generation to do something. I wanted to give them encouragement ... I was so impressed hearing them play."

Others have been impressed, too. The UnXpected will represent the DC Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 1.

The UnXpected features bassist and singer Logan Layman, Cole Layman on guitar and vocals, Kevin Marks on drums, Zachary Salsberry on guitar and vocals, and Tyler Bevington on keyboards. Members are between 11 and 15 years old.

Proceeds the Jan. 27 event will be split to assist The UnXpected and Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos with travel expenses to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge.

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