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Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday September 7, 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.


















Ben and Valerie TurnerPiedmont Bluz
Valerie and Ben Turner
Friday – September 8, 2017 at 8pm
Archie's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Rd.
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Recommended Donation - $20




Don’t miss this great duo playing classic Piedmont and country blues. Valerie and Ben are dedicated to keeping traditional blues alive.

The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo are much loved wherever they go and feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song. 

In addition to performing at domestic venues such as the American Folk Art Museum, ArtsWestchester, Davis & Elkins College, Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, Jalopy Theatre, and Towne Crier Café - Piedmont Bluz has also performed in Monaghan, Berlin, Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Madrid. 

The duo has been featured in numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival, Sugar Maple Festival, Harvest Time Blues Festival, Jacob's Ladder Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, Clearwater Revival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival to name a few. 

Both have taught workshops at the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, and Valerie has additionally taught workshops at Blues & Swing Week in Elkins, WV and at the Acoustic Blues Workshop in Port Townsend, WA. 

They have also been guests on Horses Sing None Of ItThe Blues Break with Big Joe Fitz, and Wes Houston Presents








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Beginner Harmonica Classes with Geoff "Stingy Brim" Seals
The Third Saturday of the Month, Starting September 16 from 10:30am - 12:30pm
Through December 16th, 2017
At the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
Pre-Register at



Suggested donation for each workshop is $20.
Pay for all four workshop in advance on the first day and the donation is only $60 for all the workshops


Beginner harmonica lessons at AEBHF on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30am - 12:30pm for a total of four classes. The first session is on 16 September, and will cover: breathing techniques, projecting sound, playing chords, and individual notes. The second session on 21 October will cover: 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure, simple blues riffs, simple folk songs. The third session on 18 November will cover: Blues harmonica, call and response, how to solo, improvisation. The fourth and last session is on 16 December covering: Intermediate chugging, accompaniment, duo with guitar, vocal and harp mics,

First Class 16 September, 10:30am - 12:30pm : 
The harmonica
Harp playing techniques
Playing through the harmonica


Second Class 21 October, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
We will do a quick review of breathing techniques, projecting sound, and playing chords,
12 bar and 8 bar blues structure,
Simple Blues riffs,
Simple Folk songs

Third Class 18 November, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Playing Blues on harmonica
Call and response


Fourth Class 16 December, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Intro to duo with guitar
Vocal and harp mics


"Bullfrog" Williard McGhee

The Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop Presents
"Bullfrog" Willard McGhee
Friday - September 29, 2017 - 8pm
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737
$20 Recommended Donation
Reserve a seat at


Bullfrog is a Piedmont guitarist in the “Virginia” tradition: Bullfrog's style is rolling-hills-rural, often gentle and melodic. A multi-instrumentally talented, story-telling, beer hall, bawdy songwriting genius.


Guitar Workshop with "Bullfrog" Willard McGhee

Saturday 10:30am guitar workshop will focus on building repertoire, working up the neck and guitar tricks all designed to make the attendee a stronger player, performer. $35 recommended - attend both $50 recommended.

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Th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee - Let the Mermaids Flirt with Me (MJH) | Sound Situations from Sound Situations on Vimeo.






The Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop presents
Doug MacCleod Friday - October 6 at 8pm

Recommended Donation $20
email: to reserve a seat
Doug MacCleod


"Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being."
Blues Music Magazine

Archie's Barbershop is proud to host this great bluesman. Doug is the 2017 Blues Music Award winner for the best acoustic artist and 2016 acoustic artist of the year. Don't miss this opportunity to see Doug MacLeod in the intimate atmosphere of the Barbershop.

Doug MacLeod’s newest release, ‘Break The Chain’, is quite possibly his strongest release to date, which speaks volumes.

 Each song extremely personal and at the same time, universal; covering subjects topical, humorous, and soulful; from the satirical to the sublime.

 The title song, ‘Break The Chain’, which was co-written and performed with his son Jesse. The song focuses on breaking the cycle of family violence and abuse, Doug and Jesse confront this pervasive issue directly. Together, they share the healing, reconciliation and peace available to all who work to prevent the cycle and Break The Chain.

 MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

 Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.

 He is an international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters and carries forward a valuable tradition.

 As a youth Doug overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After picking up a guitar, and singing - he found his voice.

 MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Over 30 years, 21 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. August Wilson requested his soulful slide guitar playing in the Los Angeles opening of "Gem of the Ocean”.

 From 1999 to 2004 Doug hosted Nothin' But The Blues, a very popular weekend blues show on Los Angeles' KLON-KKJZ. He has also been the voice for The Blues Showcase on Continental Airlines. For ten years he penned "Doug's Back Porch," a regular feature column in Blues Revue Magazine in which he shared his humorous and insightful stories with thousands of readers. He is one of the four featured artists in the movie “Resonate: A Guitar Story”, the feature documentary on the making of National Guitars.

 Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times through an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. Doug’s music, stories, and philosophy provide a healing that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.

 Doug subscribes to the philosophies he learned from country bluesman Ernest Banks of Toano, VA. "Never play a note you don't believe” and "Never write or sing about what you don't know about.”

 As Pee Wee Crayton's widow Esther once told Doug, "You have a message and you'll send that message mainly to the people who don't go to church." Amen.






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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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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