The Archie's Blues Barbershop is located at
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD
Latest Events for AEBHF
- Pickin' Practice is every Saturday Noon to 1pm
- Open Mic Thursday April 4th, 2013
- The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation plays at the 33rd annual Washington Folk Festival Sunday June 2nd, 2013
- 20th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival Friday through Sunday June 7, 8 and 9th.
- Silver Spring Blues Festival Saturday June 15, 2013 - Acoustic Stage at Veteran's Plaza
- Shari and Dave return to the Barbershop for a concert Friday June 21st at 8pm. Cost is $15
- "Open G" Workshop with Shari Kane and Dave Steele on Saturday Morning June 22nd 10am to 11:30am.
Latest Events for our "Friends of the Barbershop"
- Lea Gilmore "Classically Blue" Concert and Live Recording at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Baltimore, MD
Latest Events for AEBHF
$5 charge per session – free for kids & college students.
Gina DeSimone will be running the Barbershop’s one room schoolhouse of Piedmont Blues. These weekly practice sessions are geared for beginners through intermediate players.
Piedmont Blues – a.k.a. east coast style – is a style where the thumb alternates with the fingers. Among the local masters of the style were John Jackson and John Cephas, as well as Archie himself. The thumb picks out a rhythmic bass pattern and the fingers play a syncopated melody on the treble strings. Done right, it sounds like two guitars playing together. Strum a chord and, well, you have a chord. Work that chord with your thumb and fingers and you have the whole band playing.
The weekly sessions are for people who want to practice in a relaxed, friendly environment. These sessions will be great for people who need the structure of a weekly class to get them playing. Having experienced
teachers at these sessions will help you avoid bad habits and will provide you some inspiration. This is an opportunity to learn new techniques through learning songs.
The sessions will emphasize creating a solid bass rhythm with the thumb. That is the heart of this music. Over the coming months, the sessions will touch on rhythms, alternate tunings, hammer-ons & pull-offs, right hand technique, more right hand technique, song structure, using humor, stories about the music and the musicians, and the music’s links to rags, swing, and old-time folk tunes.
Ideally, students will come to class able to make basic chord shapes with the left hand. Prior fingerstyle experience is not necessary. Gina DeSimone has been playing guitar since she was 9 and has studied with master guitarists like Al Petteway, Del Rey, Steve James and Mary Flower. As a professional leading her own band, playing solo sets and backing other musicians, she is fluent in a whole range of guitar styles, from finger-slapping funk to jazzy blues. She underlies all of her music with her signature “acoustic groove”. She has a long history of teaching guitar in this area. From time to time, expect to see Donna Fletcher, Willie Leebel, Miles Spicer and others leading sessions, as well.
No need to make reservations and by all means, stay for the Saturday jam.
The Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Willie Leebel.
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.
The 33rd Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2013. 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 32nd 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 Edwards Ensemble will play on Sunday on the Crystal Pool stage around 5pm.
Final Schedule coming soon.
20th Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival "a Tribute to John Jackson" Starts on Friday Night at the State Theatre with our own Phil Wiggins & The Chesapeake Sheiks with special appearance by Roy Book Binder and headliner John Hammond.
Saturday June 8 The Acoustic Blues Women featuring Eleanor Ellis, Pearl Bailes, Gina DeSimone and Pat Quinn at the Cherry Hill Park.
And Sunday Blues and Brunch with the AEBHF Ensemble
The 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival
At Downtown Silver Spring
Saturday, June 15, 2013
10 am to 11 pm
On the Market Stage (Veteran's Plaza) 10am to 3 pm
10:00am - Archie Edwards Blues Ensemble
11:00am - Gina De Luca
12:00pm - MSG - Acoustic Blues Trio
1:00pm - Stacy Brooks-Acoustic
2:00pm - Blue Panamuse
On the Fountain Stage (Ellsworth Drive) 3pm to 9 pm
3pm [Stay tuned!]
3:30pm School of Rock Silver Spring Doin' the Blues
4pm Bushmaster Blues featuring Gary Brown
5pm Skyla Burrell Blues Band
6pm Bad Influence Band
7pm Ursula Ricks Project
8pm Guitar Blues Legend Bobby Parker
Times subject to change.
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Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Concert
with Shari Kane and Dave Steele
Friday June 21, 2013 - 8pm $15
Shari and Dave...
...first met in the summer of 1991, crossing paths as performing blues musicians: Shari was the partner of harmonica legend, Madcat Ruth, (Madcat & Kane), while Dave was leading the electric blues band, Big Dave and the Ultrasonics. A happy marriage, thousands of miles of touring, and twenty years later, they've recorded their first CD as a duo.
Friends, neighbors, fellow musicians and fans have asked over the years, "When are you two going to start playing together?" The truth is, they've been playing together since their first date. In many ways their playing has developed side by side, listening to and learning from great acoustic blues guitarists from the past - Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Robert Lockwood Jr. to name just a few. Whether stomping out a blues on the front porch, deciphering a rag in the basement, or swinging on a lazy day in the back yard, they’ve been finding ways to put guitar parts together for years.
As an acoustic blues duo, Shari and Dave throw a four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime. Steeped in Dave’s smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and innovative lead lines, Shari’s crisp picking style, rootsy leads, and stinging slidework, their music has been described as “street swing and stomp blues,” - like a testament to sounds once heard on the streets of Harlem, the juke joints of Mississippi, or from the jug bands of Memphis.
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Shari and Dave Guitar Workshop Saturday June 22nd, 2013
10:00am to 11:30am
Workshop cost is $25
(attend the concert and workshop the cost is $35 for both)
“Open G Tunings with Shari Kane", concentrating on a couple of songs like Furry Lewis' "Casey Jones" and a Son House or Robert Johnson in open G). Workshop is geared for the beginner to intermediate guitar player who want to experiment and learn this Key”.
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Workshop will be at the Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD.
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