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Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday August 3, 2017

Jim Groves



The Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Jim Groves.

The event will be held monthly on the first Thursday from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. 

If you have a song or three to share with others, original or otherwise, stop in and show your stuff.


















Ben and Valerie TurnerPiedmont Bluz
Valerie and Ben Turner
Friday – September 8, 2017 at 8pm
Archie's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Rd.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Recommended Donation - $20




Don’t miss this great duo playing classic Piedmont and country blues. Valerie and Ben are dedicated to keeping traditional blues alive.

The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo are much loved wherever they go and feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. 

In addition to performing at domestic venues such as the American Folk Art Museum, ArtsWestchester, Davis & Elkins College, Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, Jalopy Theatre, and Towne Crier Café - Piedmont Bluz has also performed in Monaghan, Berlin, Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Madrid. 

The duo has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Sugar Maple Festival, Harvest Time Blues Festival, Jacob's Ladder Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival to name a few. 

Both have taught workshops at the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, and Valerie has additionally taught workshops at Blues & Swing Week in Elkins, WV and at the Acoustic Blues Workshop in Port Townsend, WA. 

They have also been guests on Horses Sing None Of ItThe Blues Break with Big Joe Fitz, and Wes Houston Presents








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Beginner Harmonica Classes with Geoff "Stingy Brim" Seals
The Third Saturday of the Month, Starting September 16 from 10:30am - 12:30pm
Through December 16th, 2017
At the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Pre-Register at



Suggested donation for each workshop is $20.
Pay for all four workshop in advance on the first day and the donation is only $60 for all the workshops


Beginner harmonica lessons at AEBHF on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30am - 12:30pm for a total of four classes. The first session is on 16 September, and will cover: breathing techniques, projecting sound, playing chords, and individual notes. The second session on 21 October will cover: 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure, simple blues riffs, simple folk songs. The third session on 18 November will cover: Blues harmonica, call and response, how to solo, improvisation. The fourth and last session is on 16 December covering: Intermediate chugging, accompaniment, duo with guitar, vocal and harp mics,

First Class 16 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm : 
The harmonica
Harp playing techniques
Playing through the harmonica


Second Class 21 October, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
We will do a quick review of breathing techniques, projecting sound, and playing chords,
12 bar and 8 bar blues structure,
Simple Blues riffs,
Simple Folk songs

Third Class 18 November, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Playing Blues on harmonica
Call and response


Fourth Class 16 December, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Intro to duo with guitar
Vocal and harp mics






Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop

Reasons for Coming to the Ukulele Jam at the Archie Edward Blues Barbershop:

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  • You have a ukulele but don’t know what to do with it

  • You want to play music that makes you smile

  • You need something to challenge your mind and keep it young

  • You like to have fun and play well with others

  • It’s just plain fun

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month playing music from many different genres

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737 Three blocks from the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 (Baltimore Ave).

Cost: Free (donations are accepted and encouraged)

For more information send an email to




The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is keeping East coast acoustic folk blues alive.  Through weekly Saturday jams, performances, workshops, exhibits, and lectures, AEBHF carries on the educational tradition of celebrated Piedmont blues artist Archie Edwards. 


You can mail us donations or information to the following address:
The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 10124
Washington, D.C. 20018


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