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


Latest Events for AEBHF



Piedmont Picking Guitar Workshop with Shari Kane:

"Chord Combinations and Picking Genius of Reverend Gary Davis"

Sunday April 3, 2016
10:30am to 12:30pm

$30 for the workshop
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Intermediate to advance workshop

To register for the workshop email

This workshop will explore the signature chord combinations and picking rolls that make Reverend Gary Davis' style so amazing. The reverend had a unique way of making chord changes up and down the guitar neck, with only the slightest finger movements. Unlocking these keys to his useful chord progressions will get you well on your way to playing many of his songs and songs in his style. Combine these chord combos with some of his picking rolls and you'll be well on your way to using his genius in your own playing. 




Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday April 7, 2016

The 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.






Donna Herula
in Concert
with Tony Nardiello

Friday, April 29, 2016 
- $15
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD

For reservation email:

Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello are a Chicago-area traditional acoustic blues duo that has a passion for performing Delta, country and early Chicago Blues.  This husband and wife duo has performed at blues festivals in the Southern and Midwestern U.S., including the Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas and the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth, Minnesota.  

Donna, an accomplished slide guitarist, was the headliner at the 2014 Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa and has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival multiple times, as a soloist and in a duet with Tony. She was the co-winner of the 2010 and 2011 Chicago Blues Challenge, solo-duo category, and a semi-finalist in the 2012 Yamaha Six String Theory International guitar competition.  She is also a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.  She has been inspired by blues men and women, from Son House and Memphis Minnie to Johnny Winter and Rory Block.  

Tony, a talented singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, has been influenced by the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake and Lightin’ Hopkins.

Tony and Donna are regular performers at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and have performed at the Chicago House of Blues as well as BB’s Jazz Blues and Soups in St. Louis. They have also given numerous blues educational performances throughout the Midwest.

Together, Donna and Tony bring harmony, heart and driving rhythm to the blues tradition.




Slide Guitar Workshop in Open G - $30. Saturday April 30th, 2016, 10:30am.

Attend both the workshop and concert for $40.

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Donna was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago.  She began playing guitar at the age of 10.  In high school, she wrote, arranged and performed an original blues song with the jazz band and also played lead guitar in an all-girl’s band.  Donna received a music scholarship from her high school and studied jazz guitar and, later, classical guitar in college.  

Influenced by slide guitar players Rory Block, Johnny Winter, Eric Sardinas, and Bob Brozman, Donna discovered the early blues musicians that inspired these players, which included Son House, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.

At the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Donna learned country and Delta Blues, bottleneck slide guitar, ragtime and Piedmont styles by listening to and copying licks from old blues recordings.  She also began collecting and learning music performed by women blues singers and/or guitar players such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Memphis Minnie.

Donna was the co-winner of the Chicago Blues Challenge, solo/duo category two years in a row; in 2010 with harpist John Jochem and in 2011 with singer/songwriter, Liz Mandeville; and with Liz, also placed in the semi-finals at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.  In addition, Donna won the 2008 Illinois Central Blues Clubs blues challenge as a solo performer and competed in the IBCs in 2009.

Donna was a semifinalist in the 2012 Yamaha Six String Theory international guitar competition.  She placed in the top 6 of the blues guitarist category among contestants from 58 countries.

An accomplished slide guitarist, Donna headlined the 2014 Durban International Blues Festival in South Africa, playing both solo acoustic blues and also with a band.  She has performed multiple times at the Chicago Blues Festival.  At the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival, Donna performed a tribute (as a solo performer) to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Johnny Shines for their centennial celebrations, in 2013 in a duet with Tony Nardiello and in 2009, she performed a tribute (as a solo performer) to slide guitar master Robert Nighthawk for his centennial celebration at the Chicago Blues Festival.  As a soloist, she also performed as part of a Nighthawk symposium for the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas (Nighthawk’s hometown), and at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival (King Biscuit Blues Festival).

Donna is a regular performer at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago - having been the acoustic opener for Buddy Guy three times - and has performed at the House of Blues Chicago as well as BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups in St. Louis, MO.  In addition to playing traditional blues on National resonator guitars, she also plays electric slide guitar as part of the Chicago Women in the Blues.  Other blues, folk and music festivals that she has performed at as a soloist or in a duet include: the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Woodstock Folk Festival, the Bayfront Blues Festival, CU Folk & Roots Festival, Mother’s Best Music Festival (Helena, AK), Blues by the Bay (East Tawas, MI), Festival for the Eno (North Carolina), Alpena Blues Festival (Michigan), Old Town Blues Festival (Michigan), and the Portage Township Music Festival (Michigan).

Donna teaches Blues Fingerstyle 1 and Blues Fingerstyle 3 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, in Chicago.  Donna has taught at Blues & Swing Week - Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia. Donna also teaches individual students and has taught workshops on slide guitar, blues Fingerstyle and Delta Blues guitar at venues such as the Folk Alliance Region Midwest conference, the Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, folk clubs, and music stores.  She has given numerous educational performances at libraries in an acoustic duet with her husband, singer, guitarist and harmonica player, Tony Nardiello.

Donna has performed on a number of blues radio shows including six times on King Biscuit Time, with Sonny Payne, legendary host and member of the blues hall of fame, and on Delta Sounds both on radio in Helena, GLT Blues Next in central Illinois, WNUR in Evanston, IL, WDCB, and KUAF Radio in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Donna’s second CD “The Moon Is Rising: Songs of Robert Nighthawk” was released in February 2011 and in September 2011, placed #32 on the Roots Music Report for top Blues albums played on the radio.  Her CD was selected to represent the Illinois Central Blues Club in the Best Self-Produced CD Competition at the 2012 IBC.  The song, “Crying Won’t Help You” was listed as song #13 on James “Skyy Dobro” Walker’s Top 50 Songs of 2011.

In 2012, Donna’s slide guitar playing was featured on 3 tracks of Liz Mandeville’s CD, Clarksdale as well as in Dutch blues film Cheesehead Blues: which was released in 2015.

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M.S.G. (The Acoustic Blues Trio) CD Release Party "The Flood"
Saturday May 7th, 2016 -7:30pm
Cost is $15
The Old Parish house 4711 Knox Rd,
College Park, MD 20740









Produced by multiple Grammy winner Cathy Fink and features guest appearances by  Phil Wiggins, Ralph Gordon, Marcy Cochran, Cathy Fink, and David Jackson

Special guest performance by Mike Baytop and Willie Leebel.  

M.S.G.’s music embodies the powerful link between the essentials of human experience. The Flood travels through some of life’s most triumphant and most difficult moments: a vision of our hearts and spirits giving strength to survive hard times mixed with a tradition that gives meaning to our best moments. Sharing a decade with the band, I have watched M.S.G. grow individually and collectively. I’ve learned much about connection, community, and the expression of respect for elders while retaining an authentic voice.

The Flood presents a mix of new songs rooted in tradition, and new takes on traditional material. When Resa sings “Grinnin’ In Your Face,” you hear her listening carefully to Son House while creating a version that is very much her own. All the traditional songs in this collection reflect this mixture of nodding to tradition while carrying the music forward in fresh ways. “Going To The River” and “I’m Down Today” honor John Cephas and Archie Edwards, respectively. Both must be looking on with pride.

The new songs come from Jackie, Miles and me. Jackie, when writing, sees the blues singer as the voice of the community, offering strong observations on the way we live our lives and treat each other. “Front Porch Blues” expresses her strong connection to the past through her beloved Mama J, created as they shared family memories about fish fries and her mother’s revered ‘Jerrycakes’ griddle cakes. “Do You See Me Now?” and “New Familiar” express a voice of compassion; “Money Makes You Crazy”, is a tale of caution.
For Miles and me, the songs reflect our shared perspective. “The Flood” began with a news item, but connects to the experiences of each of us at different times. The voice of “Good While It Lasted” has survived her own flood, but mourns the lost blessings that preceded it. “My Little One” appreciates the precious and vulnerable, safe for the moment at least, from the flood. “My Old Ride” reflects that neither Miles nor I have been able to select our cars on the basis of prestige or compensating for other deficiencies. Resa’s incredible ears, sense of timing and musical arrangement/collaboration, breathes life into our writing. We may write the songs, but Resa is the voice of the band. As with any real band, Resa, Miles, and Jackie add up to more together than even the excellent separate parts, and get even better with their friends in the mix. Cathy Fink has done an excellent job of capturing the live feel of the band. I trust that celebrating with M.S.G. will help keep you afloat after The Flood. – David Bird

Co-Sponsored by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation




Neil Harpe In concert and Guitar Workshop

Guitar Workshop: Charlie Patton, Fingerstyle May 21, 2016 from 10:30am to 12:30pm cost is $30.

Concert Sunday May 22, 2016 at 4pm. Cost is $15

Both events at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Attend both events for a discount price of $40.
Reserve for both events at

Neil Harpe is a visual artist and musician. He is well known for his marine art: Chesapeake skipjacks, stately lighthouses and watermen. Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Harpe was always attracted to the marine environs for inspiration having been around boats and the Chesapeake Bay all his life. However, Harpe has never been content to pursue only marine images.
In 1995, Harpe introduced his lifetime’s passion of the blues and of guitars into his art. He painted a series of portraits of famous blues musicians: Blind Boy Fuller, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson and more. 
Harpe's passion for the blues began at a young age. He learned to play the guitar when he was 12 and inspired by Elvis began as a rock & roller. By the time Neil was in high school, he had discovered the blues! At  the age of 17 he perused the  Goodwill store every week looking  through piles of old 78's, hoping to   uncover an old blues record from the 1920's or 30's. While his peers were listening to the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones, Neil was listening to the blues musicians: Blind Boy Fuller, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Minnie and Mississippi John Hurt.
Harpe has a long standing interest in “Stella” guitars and has written a book about them. Made between 1900 and 1937, they were the guitars of choice for such blues performers as Charley Patton, Willie Brown and Leadbelly.
Neil Harpe, “The Stella Guitar Book,” Stella Books, Ltd., 2005
Harpe also illustrated Ted Gioia’s recent book, “Delta Blues,” W.W. Norton, 2008
Parallel to his visual art career, the multi-talented artist has been an active performer all his adult life and is an accomplished guitarist, performing at many venues. Neil  has performed for the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, Herndon Blues Festival, Smithsonian Associates, Hirshhorn Museum (in conjunction with Black History Month), Washington Folk Festival, Takoma Park Folk Festival, Northern Virginia Folk Festival, Quiet Waters Park and the D.C. Blues Festival. He recorded an LP entitled "Neil Harpe", for Adelphi Records in 1972. Harpe recently released a solo CD of all new material. Along with longtime musical partner Rick Franklin, he has also released two albums of blues and "hokum" ragtime duets.


Charlie Patton, Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, Saturday May 21, 2016 from 10:30am to 12:30pm cost is $30.

Neil will be showing how he plays his version of  some Charley Patton tunes. At least one song will be in standard tuning. Depending on time limitations, other will be in open D tuning and open G tuning. Neil does not profess to play anything note for note like original performances. But he tries to always capture the spirit of the original performance.

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Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop


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

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

Date: April 3, 2016 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


House Concert with Shari Kane and Dave Steele
Saturday April 2, 2016.  8pm
Suggested contribution is $20 per person
For address and reservations email:

"We are delighted to announce another fun house concert with Shari Kane and Dave Steele, all the way from Ann Arbor, Mi, to play some acoustic blues tunes at our home on Saturday April 2, 2016.  Suggested contribution is $20 per person.  We will have some beer, wine, and snacks, but happy for anyone to bring some too.  Please email if you will be attending to  Please invite your friends!! 

Shari Kane & Dave Steele met as touring blues musicians in the early 90's. Though they toured with separate bands, they developed their mutual love for acoustic blues, playing and learning side by side, stomping out a blues on the front porch, deciphering a rag in the basement, or swinging on a lazy day in the back yard. For their 20th anniversary, they recorded their first CD, Four Hand Blues as a gift to one another. The CD was well received and so much fun, they began touring together as an acoustic duo. 

Audiences fall in love with Shari and Dave's four handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and old-time mountain music thrown in for good measure! Their shows are peppered with beautiful and haunting harmonies, dynamic Fingerstyle guitar, lots of foot stomping, and stories of love and life as blues musicians. Steeped in Dave's smoky vocals, percussive rhythm and innovative lead lines, Shari's crisp picking style, rootsy leads and stinging slide work, 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, the hills of the Carolinas or from the jug bands of Memphis.  Dave puts the mandolin to work on a few tunes, and Shari adds bottleneck slide and old time mountain banjo."

They recently released their second CD, Feels Like Home, to great reviews. "This CD is filled with impeccable country blues repertoire and soulful playing and singing throughout. These two play so well together it really does feel like home. Great music!" - Pat Donohue

"People constantly recommend acts for Joe's and give me CDs. This was the one-in-a-hundred that sold me completely" 
Bill Christman, owner, Joe's Place, St. Louis

"From the first notes the sound is crystal clear and you can hear every note played perfectly, ... these two know what they are doing. If acoustic blues is your interest there is a lot to enjoy here on a beautifully recorded disc."
Blues Blast Magazine

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