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Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday April 6, 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.




















Gina DeSimone

Guitar Workshop-Moving up the Neck with Gina DeSimone
Saturday April 1, 2017 at 11:15am

Cost is $15
To reserve a seat at the workshop email:




Hello Piedmont Pickers,

In April and May, Gina DeSimone will conduct a two-part guitar series on movable chords. In case you are stuck on the first 3-4 frets of your guitar these workshops will shift you into higher gears (chords and positions) up the neck of your guitar. The workshops will be on Saturday, April 1 and on May 6, 2017 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. I suggest you arrive no later than 11:00 p.m. to register and tune. This is what Gina said about the workshops:

“We'll discuss moveable chords from several different perspectives. First we'll learn the notes up the neck on a few strings so that you will know where the root notes of the chords are. Then we'll take an "A" chord for example, and learn the different shapes of it as we go up the neck. We'll do that exercise with several chords and in some common keys for the blues. When we get comfortable with moving each chord up the neck, we'll fit them into some songs and practice the chord shapes. Another subject we'll cover is where the I-IV-V chords are in relation to each shape as you go up the neck. If we have enough time we'll also discuss how we can use these chord shapes as a platform to solo from. We'll play “a lot!” in this class so that by the end you should have a good understanding of the chords and how to use them (sent from my kayak).“

Dropbox links to video clips of the workshop topics will be made available via email to all participants at the end of the workshop. Each 90-minute workshop will cost $15 and will be held at the same location as the Saturday AEBHF blues jam: 4701 Queensbury Avenue, Riverdale MD.






Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz

























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Blind Willie Workshop


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Andy Cohen and Eleanor Ellis in Concert at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
Saturday April 22, 2017
8 pm - $20 suggested donation
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Eleanor and Andy

Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Reverend Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America’s great musical fountainhead. Although he’s done other things, a certain amount of writing and physical labor from dishwashing and railroading to archeology, playing the old tunes is what he does best.

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.


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Tad WaltersTad Walters In Concert
At Archie's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

Friday May 12, 2017
suggested donation - $20

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Tad Walters is a soulful North Carolina guitarist, bassist, harp player, and vocalist.  Born in Canton, Ohio, and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tad Walters began playing the guitar at age 12. As he was developing his guitar skill, Tad picked up the harmonica a couple years later at fourteen. He started out playing the traditional acoustic Blues as a solo act, and won a local contest in 1994. At 19, he began his professional music career with the Bob Margolin Band in 1996,  playing harmonica, bass and guitar. 

During this time he traveled the world with the band and played with musicians like Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Boy Arnold, Cary Bell, Dave Myers, John Jackson, John D Holeman, Willie Smith and many others.  Tad also spent several years touring with the Big Bill Morganfield band. 

Tad resides in Raleigh, North Carolina,  leads his own band, and also plays solo.. when he isn't performing, he often can be found teaching guitar and harmonica lessons and concentrating on Piedmont blues and old-time jazz with Dave Andrews.  Tad was influenced by the likes of Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Lockwood, Charlie Patton, Robert Nighthawk, John Dee Holman, and John Jackson, among others.  He is quite adept at all of the different "styles" of blues, and takes great pride in his own songs, such as "Cold Blooded Murder", and "Break 'Em on Down".    

Tad will also teach a guitar workshop on Saturday 13 May. Tad talks about the blues, harmonica, Robert Lockwood Jr, Bob Margolin, John Jackson, and Pinetop Perkins.









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)

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Phil Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis


Acoustic Blues with Phil Wiggins & Eleanor Ellis
Saturday April 1, 2017 at 8pm - 10:30pm
Carroll Arts Center
91 W Main St,
Westminster, MD 21157

Tickets: At CommonGroundOnTheHill






CGOTH LogoDC native Phil Wiggins is one of America’s foremost blues harmonica players. With over 3 decades as half of the acclaimed Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, Wiggins cemented his place in music history. He has contributed music and appeared in films including Matewan and Blues Houseparty, performed in the play Polk County (winner of the Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical), served as musical director for theatrical productions, and taught. Wiggins continues to collaborate with musicians including Corey Harris, The Chesapeake Sheiks, Nat Reese, and many others.

Singer/guitarist Eleanor Ellis began her musical career in bluegrass and folk music, before transitioning to Piedmont blues. She has traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and bluesman Archie Edwards, and accompanied Delta Blues great Eugene Powell. One of the most significant women in the acoustic country and Piedmont blues genre, she is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, has written about the blues for several publications, and is producer and editor of the video documentary Blues Houseparty. She has numerous recordings, and has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Learn more about Phil Wiggins at his website HERE.

Learn more about Eleanor Ellis at her website HERE.

Watch video of Phli Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis performing together HERE.










Del Rey

Del Rey House Concert at the Hot Sauce House Concert Series in Poolsville, MD
Friday April 7, 2017 at 7:00pm

Cost is $20 to the Artist
Contact Kay Douglas for address and reserve seating



“Del Rey, One of the Ukulele’s Most Important Players and Teachers” Ukulele Magazine 2016   Read the story…

“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Del Rey is one of the most sublime modern guitarists. “ La Hora del Blues Barcelona


"I started playing guitar when I was four. At the age of thirteen I was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music, when a friend and I stumbled into a concert at Folk Arts Rare Records in San Diego. About 20 people were sitting on the floor under the record bins listening to a kid named Tom Waits play his original songs.

Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts and artistic director of the San Diego Folk Festival suggested I quit wasting my time playing “Stairway to Heaven” and listen to some Memphis Minnie. He put me on stage with Sam Chatmon when I was fourteen, and introduced me to Lydia Mendoza and Howard Armstrong. Lou gave me recordings that still influence everything I do on solo acoustic guitar. I soaked up country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie. It was a musical education hanging around the record shop.  Thirty years later, I became fascinated with the ukulele. I try to play the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as on six. I expect a lot out of the little instrument.
 “The ‘ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship”.      (John Book)

“Virtuosic in just the right way, which is to say, in order to realize a musical idea. A very nice unlikely blend of things, accessible, slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. ” (CD Baby review, “At The Ukeshack #1)

I play solo concerts world wide and also present a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women In American Music.  I also collaborate and tour frequently with Steve James, Suzy Thompson and Adam Franklin.

Hot Sauce House Concerts













Lea Gilmore and Guy Davis

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Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.


Blues musicians and recording artists Lea Gilmore and Guy Davis team up for a fabulous night of blues, gospel, jazz and soul that will have you swaying in your seat and ready to get up and dance. Award winning Gilmore’s blues, gospel, folk and jazz renditions will be joined on stage by Davis, the son of legendary Ruby Dee and Osie Davis, with his electric mix of blues, jazz, ragtime, soul and 60’s folk music.










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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