The Archie's Blues Barbershop is located at
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737



Latest Events for AEBHF


Latest Events for "Friends of the Barbershop"


Summer Festival and Events

Latest Events for AEBHF



CANCELED Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday May 7th, 2015 CANCELED

Willie LeebelThe Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Michael Sevener

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.




Piedmont Picking Class with Eleanor Ellis on Saturday May 9th, 2015 from 11:30 to 1pm.

Miles SpicerOn Saturday, May 9 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundations (AEBHF) will continue our monthly acoustic guitar workshop series. It gives me pleasure to welcome Eleanor Ellis who will be teaching: Exploring Drop D tuning featuring the song “Morning Blues”.

Here is what Eleanor said about the workshop: “There are two objects to this lesson – to get familiar with Drop D tuning, and to begin to become familiar with chords up the neck by learning the song “Morning Blues", which is in Drop D and is played by using various positions of the D chord on the guitar. Drop D is an easy tuning to play and learn since only one note is different from standard tuning, but it can be a useful way to get fresh ideas for arrangements, voicings and sounds on the guitar. We’ll begin with an overview of the tuning – basic chords, chord substitution, turnarounds, intros, etc. – and ’ll give you a handout and videos to refer to later. We will put these elements together to learn the song “Morning Blues” which uses various positions of the D chord going up the neck”.

A versatile fingerpicking guitarist and expressive singer, blues musician and Louisiana native Eleanor Ellis has performed throughout the United States, in Canada and Europe. She recently returned from playing and recording with artists in Germany and Poland in March and hit the deck running with an April tour of workshops and concerts with Piedmont artist Andy Cohen. She played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and Piedmont bluesman Archie Edwards, and sometimes accompanied Delta blues great Eugene Powell in Greenville Mississippi. Her musical influences include the blues musicians she has known personally as well as early blues greats such as Memphis Minnie and Mississippi John Hurt. A founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, she has written about the blues for several publications, teaches guitar, and is producer of the video documentary “Blues Houseparty” featuring well-known Piedmont blues musicians. Her music has been described as "distinctive and personal...beautifully sung and thoroughly believeable."

We encourage participants to arrive by 11:00 a.m. to register and tune guitars so that Gina will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics. Each 90-minute workshop costs $15 and will be held at the same location as the Saturday AEBHF blues jam: 4701 Queensbury Avenue, Riverdale MD. Participants may find announcements of AEBHF workshops, concerts and other activities at, or by joining/liking the AEBHF Facebook page. If you have questions or comments, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.



Geoff SealsBeginning Blues Harmonica Lessons
with Geoff Seals
Saturday May 16, 2015
from 10:30am to 12:30PM. Cost is $15
4701 Queensbury Road,
Riverdale Park, MD


The class will cover 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure, supporting the groove, riffs, improvisation and guitar accompaniment. The third session (April) will cover soloing, improvisation, call and response, using vocal and harp mics, and intro to duo with guitar. We are adding a fourth session for the third saturday in May.




Lea Gilmore"Singing From Your Soul" Vocal Workshop with Lea Gilmore
Sunday May 17, 2015 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
At the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Cost for the workshop is $25

To reserve your spot email:

Lea Gilmore will present a two hour workshop featuring “Songs in the Key of Lea” or better put, "how do you know what keys work for you and which ones don't?"   Star Spangled Banner Anyone?  
Singing together we will take out the mystery of harmonizing.   Learn  easily how to harmonize with others in your Band."  All while singing from our hearts and souls and clapping on "two and four!"   We will meet for this workshop at Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD. Sunday May 17th from 12noon to 2:00pm.  Cost for the workshop is $25.  Please arrive early to sign in so we can start on time.   To reserve (Lea is good fun,. so make sure you get a seat!)  this workshop email:  

“Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel and jazz singing civic activist who has lent her voice, literally and
figuratively, to advocacy for the underserved of the world and made a huge difference.

Chosen by Essence Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Women Shaping the World,"  as well as a "Top 100 Woman of Maryland for 2014  for the Daily Record Business Journal. A former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and Program Director for
the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, in addition Gilmore has testified before local, state and federal commissions on issues ranging from immigration laws to the civil rights and liberties of women of color.   Appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,  she served for several years as a member of the Maryland Advisory Board to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Lea is presently the Director of Network Coordination for the Moving Maryland Forward Network

A graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in political science and a member of the Pi
Gamma Mu International Honor Society for the Social Sciences, Gilmore also sang in the school's
much-heralded choir, under the direction of the late Dr. Nathan Carter.

Gilmore is a highly sought after lecturer, who frequently speaks on  the history of African American music; civil and human rights; and women’s rights, in addition to their historical and contemporary roles in blues and gospel music.  Lea has lead music workshops in Russia, Africa, Europe and the UK, as well as sold out concerts across musical genres.  



Ben Hunter and Joe SeamonsArchie Edwards Blues Barbershop Concert with Songsters,
Ben Hunter &
Joe Seamons
from Seattle Washington
Saturday June 20th, 8pm
$15 for the concert

Reserve your seat by emailing:

The history of American roots music in the early 20th century could never fit into an encyclopedia.  it’s too ramshackle, too rambunctious, too radical.  Fiddlers, guitarists, banjo players, and all kinds of folks rambled those early roads, learning from each other, inspiring each other, and pushing the music in new directions.  Music constantly switched back and forth across the racial divide, beholden only to the beat and the dance.  It’s this fevered period of musical exchange that inspires Northwest roots music duo Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons.  The songs on their new album, Take Yo Time, tap into everything from the hokum jug bands of Gus Cannon and the Memphis Sheiks, to country blues masters Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, and Blind Willie McTell.  They also touch on ancient English ballads like House Carpenter, Appalachian murder ballads like the classic Tom Dooley, and the early jazz compositions of Shelton Brooks and Duke Ellington.  All of these traditions are tied together in the swirling musical whirlpool of pre-war American music.  With a well-rosined fiddle and an old banjo, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are tracing these backroads, bringing the songs back to life.

Ben and Joe have been playing together for almost 5 years, the last 3 of which sent them to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, learning at the feet of the elders of the acoustic blues tradition.  They found an affinity in the many branches that tied into the blues and created this duo as a way to explore these branches.  Their musical kinship and sense of joy in interpreting this music is evident and was the basis of an invitation Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) to form his band when he went solo.  Ben and Joe joined Dom on his recent album, Prospect Hill, and toured the US with him, furthering their knowledge of Anglo and African American music traditions.  Rather than thinking of their music as blues, it’s best to situate Ben and Joe (and Dom) as American songsters. A songster traditionally refers to an African-American artist whose repertoire is much broader than the old blues, and spans many of the genres that Ben and Joe Inhabit.  Big Bill Broonzy and Mississippi John Hurt are classic examples of songsters.  Whatever you want to call it, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons make American music.  They make music that hews to the rough-and-tumble collisions of musical inspirations from the early 20th century; music that paved the way for everything we enjoy today.




Fiddle and Banjo workshop with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Sunday June 21, 2015 at 12noon to 2pm-ish
Cost for the workshop is $25
with a $5 discount if you attend the concert on Saturday night.

To reserve your seat email:
Workshop will be at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop,
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Fiddle and Banjo









Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons lead participants through an exploration of two instruments at the core of American string band tradition. Folks will learn about the history of fiddle and banjo in American dance music from the 1800s, while also discovering the evolution of this instrumental pairing into both musicians' approach to traditional music today. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome to bring their instruments for a jam session that will conclude the workshop!






Lea GilmoreLea Gilmore's
Big Fat Blues Cabaret
Friday June 26th, 2015 - 8pm
$20, $17 mbrs. Door: $23, $20 mbrs

Creative Alliance
at The Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224


Baltimore's award winning singing sensation presents a night of big music and big fun with surprise special guests. Tonight her band will feature Derrick Thompson, piano and music director; Mitchell Coates, bass; and Jesse "Jay" Moody on drums.

A Baltimore treasure, Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel and jazz singer of great power and conviction.  Over the past thirteen years, Gilmore has lent her voice to support the cause of ridding third world  countries in Africa of leprosy and TB by headlining Gospel concerts in Europe,  sponsored by the  Damien Foundation, a Belgium-based nonprofit, while maintaining a vast career as an international  blues and jazz performer. Over 300,000 have attended Lea's concerts in Belgium alone. 8pm. Advanced: $20, $17 mbrs. Door: $23, $20 mbrs.

She has recorded two acclaimed Gospel recordings -- Gospels for Damian "Let Your Light Shine" and "Somehow I Made It," and the newest "In  the Sanctuary.”

Gilmore is a past winner of The Blues Foundation "Keeping the Blues Alive" W.C. Handy Award for her website celebrating women of the blues "It's A Girl Thang" created with Paul Fenton.  

Named of the "25 Women Shaping the World" by Essence Magazine and was featured in the March issue of Baltimore Magazine.

This special, intimate, cabaret performance, with a full band, will be a rare appearance for Lea in her hometown. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation.  




Summer 2015 Festivals



logoThe 35th Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31st,2015. The festival runs from Noon to 7:00pm on Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Rain or Shine! The festival is FREE to the public.



The 35th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to put on a first class festival of national renown. With performances Wff bandrepresenting cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area.

The Archie Edwards Ensemble will play on Sunday on the Crystal Pool stage around 6pm.
Final Schedule coming soon.

Tinner Hill Blues Festival 2015












John Cephas Blues Festival














7th Annual Silver Spring FREE Blues Festival, Saturday June 20th, 2015 from 10am to 9pm. Located at the Fountain Stage and Veteran's Plaza in Silver Spring, MD.

Silver Spring Blues Festival 2015







The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. is proud to announce the star-studded line up of the 7th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring. The Silver Spring Blues Festival will be Saturday, June 20, 2015, from 10 am to 9 pm. Watch this space for information about our Blues Festival Kick Off party and Silver Spring Blues Week on Veterans Plaza!

On the Market State at the Fenton Street Market

10:00am Miles Spicer & Pearl Bailes
11:00am Geoff “Stingy Brim” Seals’ Harmonica Workshop
12:00 Rick Franklin
1:00pm Jackson & Oziel
2:00pm Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Ensemble

On the Fountain Stage on Ellsworth Drive

3:00pm School of Rock
4:00pm Lisa Lim Band
5:00pm Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark
6:00pm The Billy Thompson Band
7:00pm Nadine Rae & the Allstars
8:00pm King Solomon Hicks 'Band of Brothers'

Subject to change.



DC Blues Festival 2015














Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop



Folk College: May 22-24, 2015
Located at Juniata College in Huntington PA, in Allegheny Mountains.

Workshops •  Concerts •  Coaching Sessions      Jamming •   Singing •  Dancing

• A fun & friendly weekend of playing & hearing folk music!
• Warm, welcoming, fun, music-filled!
• Pick up an instrument and rekindle your love of music
• Plenty to do for musicians of all levels
• Lots for non-musicians too!






Get a head start to the weekend in any of the special master classes that are held just before the start of Folk College.

Eleanor Ellis has developed a distinctive and personal approach to the music, and has played at festivals and clubs throughout the United States, in Canada and in Europe. According to one reviewer, “More than copying one artist or another, Ellis distills the elements of the originals and transmits them, intact, in her own expressive way.” She credits her musical reach to such greats as Memphis Minnie, Skip James and other early recording artists, as well as to the influence of the blues players she has personally known.

Folk College was founded to help more people learn to play music together. It is a non-competitive environment where you can kindle—or rekindle—your love of playing through folk music. Each year the staff includes nationally known musicians and wonderfully nurturing teachers from a broad spectrum of folk styles. Within one weekend, you’ll have a choice of workshops ranging from old time to Celtic to blues to international, and you’ll get to sing, dance, play, and listen.

Easy to Participate

Many workshops, with subjects like “Learning to Jam,” “Tunes that are Cooler Than They are Hard,” and “How to Play be Ear”are designed to encourage musicians who have been “stuck in their living room,” haven't picked up their instrument since high school, or maybe just wanted to play an instrument but never dared!



Focus Rockville




Guy Davis

Guy Davis and Reggie Harris in concert at Focus Music Rockville
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
Branded 72 Pit Barbeque, | 387 E Gude Drive | Rockville, MD 20850

Tickets are $15 in advance or members
$18 at the door

Guy Davis can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, their days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs—the son of actors/writers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee—the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear off the floor. He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of his creativity.

Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. He has played on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and on nationally syndicated radio programs “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage” and “World Café.” He’s acted in movies and television, and on and off Broadway. He created a one-man show, “In Bed with the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters,” that received received critical praise from the New York Times and the Village Voice. He has written for films, television programs and children’s series. He has been an activist for peach and tolerance. And he continues to make music that delights fans and critics alike.

Wrote music critic Dave Marsh: “Davis never loses sight of the blues as good time music, the original forum for dancing on top of one’s sorrows. Joy made more exquisite, of course, by the sorrow from which it springs.”

Reggie HarrisReggie Harris is an excellent guitar player and singer who injects every performance with an enduring sense of joy and humanity.

Reggie is best known for his inspirational musical storytelling work with his wife, Kim. For 30 years, Kim & Reggie Harris have promoted creativity, education and social responsibility at theater arts centers, festivals, museums, universities, and schools throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Much of their work centers on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement.

Tickets at the Focus Concert website: