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Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday May 4, 2017

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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 May 6, 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.






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

Friday May 12, 2017
suggested donation - $20

To reserve a seat email:


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.










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Beginner Blues Harmonica with Geoff "Stingy Brim" Seals
Saturday May 20, 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Cost is $15



This workshop will for beginner harmonica players, will build upon the instructions from April class.  The session will cover: movable licks, Pentatonic scale, Blues scale, and  use of scales in soloing. If time allows, i will mix in some instruction on chugging! 

Handouts provided, audio recorders encouraged - but no video cameras please! The Saturday jam will begin immediately after the workshop, all attendees are invited to stay for the jam session.

   Geoffrey "Stingy Brim" Seals, has been playing harp since his early twenties,, and is a regular at the "barbershop jams."  This is his third year teaching at AEBHF.  Geoff is also teaching beginner harmonica during Blues & Swing Week 17-21 July, at Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins West Virginia.









The 37th Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Washington Folk FestivalSaturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2016. The festival runs from Noon to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Rain or Shine! The festival is FREE to the public.

The 36th 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 representing 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 Barbershop Ensemble will perform on Sunday June 4th, 2017 at 6pm on the Potomac Palisades Stage. Many of the individual members and groups will perform all over the place all weekend long.








Silver Spring Free Blues FestivalThe 9th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring.
The Free Silver Spring Blues Festival is Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 10 am to 9 pm.

The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is sponsoring the Acoustic Stage from 10am to 3pm

MARKET STAGE - Silver Spring Library (Acoustic)

10 AM - Nina Casey and Jeff Clair

11 AM - Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Ensemble

12 PM - Gina DeSimone and Pat Quiinn

1 PM - Little Bit of Blues featuring Warner William, Jay Summerout and Eric Selby

2 PM - Jackson, Oziel, and Moss - DC Mudd




FOUNTAIN STAGE - Ellsworth Drive

3 PM - School of Rock doin' the Blues

4 PM - Hard Swimmin' Fish

5 PM - Moxie Blues Band

6 PM - Deb Callahan

7 PM - VIntage #18

8 PM - Reggie Wayne Morris Band

9 PM- The Silver Spring All-Stars Jam


Subject to Change







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



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Innovative Dance & Interactive Movement • Live Music, Soaring Voices & Spirited Jam Sessions Powerful Theater, Storytelling & Hip Hop • Street Arts, DJs & Skateboard Culture

Enjoy dozens of free performances and participatory activities for the entire family—it's our way of saying "THANK YOU, D.C.!"

Just as Jackie Kennedy "opened the doors" to the White House in 1962 with her history-making televised tour — part of her untiring efforts to make the President’s home and headquarters more accessible and inviting for creative artists, innovative thinkers, and the American public at large — we "open our doors" to YOU with this fun-filled cross-cultural celebration!

Encompassing dozens of free performances and activities throughout the day and into the night, the eagerly awaited return of our Open House is just one of the many ways we'd like to express our GRATITUDE to you, your family, and the entire Washington community for continuing to enjoy and support our living memorial to America's 35th President.

It's all part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy and this week's very special series of events leading up to May 29, 2017, which would have been the 100th birthday of our namesake. Join us!







Tinner Hill

24th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival
Falls Church, VA
Fri. June 9 - Sun June 11




Advance tickets can be purchase via Eventbrite.

Ticket prices:  

  • General Admission: $20 advance / $25 gate
  • VIP: $30 advance / $35 gate.  Includes special tented, reserved seating.  Plus free non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Platinum VIP:  $250 advance only. Admits 2. Complimentary meals & festival T-shirts for 2 plus drink tickets (4) and special tented reserved seating. Free non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Children 12 and under free with paying adult! 
  • Well-behaved dogs welcomed, must be leashed
  • No outside food or beverages allowed
  • Anyone consuming alcohol must have ID!



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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