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Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday February 2, 2017

Jim GrovesThe 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

Acoustic Blues Guitar Workshop
with Miles Spicer
Saturday February 4, 2017
11:15am to 12:45pm

Cost is $15
Preregister at

Happy New Year Piedmont Pickers,

The next Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) monthly acoustic guitar workshop will be on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Miles Spicer will teach “CC Rider” in the key of D. Suggest participants arrive by 11:00 a.m. to register and tune.

This is what Miles said about the workshop: "This song has had a long history. We'll go back to its acoustic roots. I play this in D where the melody is simple to play while keeping a bass going. This tune is very familiar and another great song to lead in jams. We'll explore singing and finding alternate places to play on the neck.”

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. Participants may find announcements of AEBHF workshops, concerts and other activities at, or by joining/liking the AEBHF Facebook page.



FSGW Mini Fest – at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, -- Saturday, February 4, from noon until 10:30 pm. Archie Blues Barbershop Jam will start at 4pm to 5:30pm - Barbershop on Queensbury Road will be closed in support of the Festival. Bring your family and friends to the Festival and have a great time!

M.S.G.The Acoustic Blues Trio


Ending the Festival will be our own M.S.G. - The Acoustic Blues Trio with Jackie Merritt, Miles Spicer and Resa Gibbs playing a set at 7:30pm

Here's this year’s less-tentative-than-it-was-yesterday schedule,. The date and time it was most recently updated are in the lower left-hand corner. It will be updated frequently -- usually up to the night before the event. If you have looked at an earlier version of the schedule, your device may have cached it. Be sure to hit "F5" in order to see the most recent version. A not-to-scale (SUCH an understatement) schematic of the school is here. 

Ticket prices are unchanged from last year. We open the "gate" at 11:30 am, since first performances and workshops begin at noon. We will be able to take credit card payment at the door. 

Adult Child 
Day plus evening (noon to 10:30 pm) FSGW Member $15 $8 $45
Non-Member $20 $10 $55
Day (noon to 6 ONLY) OR Evening (6 to 10:30 ONLY) FSGW Member $10 $5 $25
Non-Member $15 $7 $40
Children under 6 get in free. 
You can join FSGW at the door, and get the discount for members. 

What does Family Maximum mean in the ticket price section? This rate allows parents and their children to attend for one affordable capped admission price. The Family rate for a family of four is slightly less than four individual tickets, and there is no additional fee for any additional child. 




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Beginner Blues Harmonica with Geoff "Stingy Brim" Seals
Saturday February 18, 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Cost is $15 - more details to follow










Guy Davis LIVE in concert at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
Friday February 24, 2017 - 8pm
Cost is $20
 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737
Reserve your seat at 

Guy Davis


When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. “It takes work making a song that’s simple, and playful, and easy to do,” he says. “And I don’t want people to see that. I want to uplift and create something that causes delight. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’.”
Davis’ much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider on Red House Records, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television (the Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-Town), as well as performing at theaters and festivals. And he’s played the four corners of the world, with a recent tour taking him from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. He played the Ukraine in summer of 2014, just a week or so before the statues of Lenin were torn down. He even played for the visiting Queen of Denmark when he performed at a children’s home in Greenland.
“I feel like I’ve only hit three corners of the world, with a lot more to go,” he says. “I seek to communicate no matter where I go. When I play in non-English speaking countries I play more of the classics—Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell. And I may tell fewer stories, but sometimes I can get away with it because the words sound like music.” Above all he’s looking to bring people together through music. “With the world falling apart it’s up to all of us to be ambassadors and to spread the music everywhere we can. There’s nowhere that I don’t want to play.”
His parallel careers– as a musician, an author, a music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor—mark Davis as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love. Growing up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis), he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. Guy’s one-man play, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues, premiered Off-Broadway in the ‘90s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star Off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil, winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. He followed the footsteps of another blues legend when he joined the Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow, playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry. Along the way he cut nine acclaimed albums for the Red House label and three for his own label, Smokeydoke Records; and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards.


Guy Davis Website













Guy DavisGuy Davis Workshop
Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:30am to 12:30pm
Cost is $35 attend both Concert and Workshop for $50


4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737
To reserve a seat at the workshop email


"Singing and Playing the Blues"

Primarily for guitar players but harp players, songwriters and story tellers are all welcome.
Guy teaches in layers. There are simple versions and more complex versions of the same song. It's not so much about how may notes you can play. It's about the touch that you give each note.


M.S.G. live in Concert at the Barbershop
Saturday March 11, 2017 - 8pm
4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737
Cost for the Concert is $20
To reserve a seat at the workshop email

MSG The Acoustic Blues Trio

M.S.G. - The Acoustic Blues Trio

performs traditional Piedmont blues. Their style of music has been influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker, and Cephas & Wiggins. This band can raise the roof with some old-fashioned house party tunes, make you laugh with their witty originals and then make you weep with blues ballads! They all perform with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Band. They have performed at numerous regional festivals including: Blues in the 'Burg, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Artscape, and Bayou Boogaloo. They have also had the honor of performing on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage






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Acoustic Blues and Beyond! with this elegant country blues ace

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Sunday, March 19 
1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Location: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation

4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
cost for the workshop is $35

To reserve a seat email:

From the Piedmont-style fingerpicking of Mississippi John Hurt to the more uptown sounds of the great Lonnie Johnson, Mike is a master of acoustic blues and bottleneck slide guitar. Participants in this very hands-on workshop will learn licks, tricks, and a couple new tunes in open D and G as Mike demonstrates syncopations, chord shapes, turnarounds and alternating thumb and slide techniques. Learn how Mike uses his slide to add color and expression to tunes, both in and out of the traditional blues songbag.

This workshop will be geared toward intermediate to advanced players. Handouts provided, audio recorders encouraged - but no video cameras please!

From bottleneck blues to classic swing, Mike Dowling is versatile, masterful, and difficult to pigeonhole. When the late, great Vassar Clements heard him play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing: he hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere."

Before embarking on a solo performance career Mike also worked and recorded with mandolinist Jethro Burns and jazz great Joe Venuti. In 1996 he packed up his guitars and his fishing gear and traded Nashville TN for a little cowboy town in northwestern Wyoming where he and his wife opened Wind River Guitar and began to host students from throughout the world who travel to Wyoming for the opportunity to study with him. 

Mike continues to write and record from his Rocky Mountain retreat and maintains a busy tour schedule performing and teaching at music camps and workshops throughout the country. His instructional material is available from Homespun Tapes and Acoustic Music Resource. He's an authorized ambassador for National Reso-Phonic Guitars and shares a Grammy with ten of his fingerpicking peers for their solo acoustic arrangments of Henry Mancini tunes on an album called "Pink Guitar."

"I don't play guitar when Dowling's in the band; you don't take the game warden fishing." 
--- Jethro Burns










FSGW LogoFSGW In Collaboration with Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation


The Queens of Everything - In Concert
Friday March 24, 2017 at 8pm

4701 Queensbury Rd
Riverdale, MD
Suggested Donation: $20 FSGW Members $10


The Queens of Everything

The Queens of Everything are a New York-based acoustic roots trio inspired by traditional blues-uptown and lowdown-and old-time country

The band was formed in 2013 by Liz Rabson Schnore (uke, harmonica, guitar), Jennifer Sirey (guitar, percussion) and Arminda Thomas (banjo, banjo uke, guitar), who share lead and backing vocal duties.












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




Shaeds of Blues





Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
All Rise

William Eddins, conductor
Featuring Morgan State University Choir,
the Choral Arts Society of Washington,
and the National Philharmonic Orchestra

An epic and inspirational jazz symphony featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis, National Philharmonic, and a 150-person gospel choir. Marsalis has said this monumental work, which was recorded in Los Angeles just days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, is about “the rise from destruction to creativity, drawing joy out of tragedy, and refusing to be beaten down.” World-class jazz soloists and classical musicians share the spotlight as All Rise crisscrosses genres in its 12 evocative movements. Expect big band passages, a touch of New Orleans swagger, and impassioned blues riffs in this sonic odyssey.

Learn more about the concert.


Learn what to listen for before experiencing All Rise with Marsalis mentee and award-winning musician Damien Sneed’s preconcert lecture. Sneed covers key elements and inspirations for each movement, highlighting Marsalis’ signature sound. Free with concert ticket. 
In the Music Center
Fri, Feb 24, 6:30pm
​Sun, Feb 26, 2:30pm

  • Education is a major part of JLCO’s mission, and their programs, like Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, reach over 110,000 students, teachers, and general audience members.
  • Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, JLCO spends over a third of the year on tour.
  • All Rise was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and premiered at Lincoln Center in December 1999.

Come early and witness our area’s Piedmont blues tradition live! Strathmore is proud to present the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation musicians in the Lockheed Martin Lobby prior to Shades of Blues Music Center performances. Learn more about AEBHF.

This performance is part of Strathmore’s Shades of Blues festival. Check out the full line-up.

Strathmore thanks the DC Blues Society for their promotional support.






Scott AinslieThe Ritchie Avenue Cultural Center Proudly Presents:
An exquisite evening with Scott Ainslie.

Saturday evening, February 25th
8 PM
Ritchie Avenue Cultural Center
Takoma Park, MD
Suggested donation $20
All proceeds go to the artist





Scott is a national touring artist, virtuoso guitarist, Blues historian, singer and composer, and always an inspiring performer.
Snacks, beer, and other beverages provided
Feel free to BYOB and additional munchies
Space is limited to 40 We need an e-mail from you to reserve your seat.
We take reservations by the order they come in.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail with directions etc.
Reservations & Directions:







Gina DeSimone House Concert with Mike Dowling
Saturday March 18th, 2017 at 8pm
Silver Spring, MD
For address and reserve seating email:

Concert cost is $20


Mike Dowling



When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply "One of the finest guitarsts there is, anywhere". Before embarking on a solo career, Mike also worked and recorded with mandolinist Jethro Burns and jazz violin great Joe Venuti. But in 1995 after years in various ensembles and a successful stint as a Nashville songwriter, Mike packed up his guitars and his fishing gear and moved from Nashville, Tennessee to a little mountain town in northwest Wyoming where he and his wife opened Wind River Guitar, a unique residency school for private master instruction. Mike continues to write and record from his Wyoming retreat and maintains a busy tour schedule performing and teaching throughout the world. He's released eight critically-acclaimed albums on his Wind River Guitar label and shares a Grammy for his contribution to a Henry Mancinni compilation recording called Pink Guitar.  From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz , Mike draws inspiration from deep in the musical bag of American roots guitar. His  understated mastery of all things six-stringed, coupled with an engaging voice, a self-deprecating wit and an arsenal of elegant guitar interpretations has firmly secured his place among the musical masters of his generation.

"I don't play guitar when Dowling's in the band. 
You don't take the game warden fishing" -- Jethro Burns

"A solid night of great acoustic blues." -- Austin Chronicle

"Outstanding jazz-grass guitar." -- The Nashville Scene

"One of the best pickers we've heard in a long time." -- KZYX, Philo, CA




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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