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


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday October 1, 2015

Willie Leebel

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.



















Ensemble Workshop for Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Banjo, with Frank Fotusky, Rick Franklin, Grant Dermody
Followed by a Guided Jam

Sunday October 4, 2015, Noon to 2pm


Join Piedmont Guitarist Rick Franklin and Frank Fotusky along with Blues Harmonica for a special workshop conducted by Critically Acclaimed Musican-Teachers.

Workshop will be conducted at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD 20737

To register email:



Exploring Skip James' "Hard Time Floor Blues" with David Bird
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Cost is $15

4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

On Saturday, October 10, from 11:15 to 12:45 p.m., the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will host the second of our once-a-month acoustic guitar workshop series. AEBHF guitarist David Bird will teach “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” by Skip James in the key of D minor. We encourage participants to arrive by 11:00 a.m. to register and tune guitars, so that David will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics.

The overall goal of the series is to provide an overview of acoustic blues guitar with emphasis on the fingerpicked Piedmont style for both beginners and more experienced guitarists. Following the workshop, participants will be provided with videos of the techniques used.

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. If you have questions or comments, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.






Beginner Harmonic Lessons At the Barbershop Part Two Ocotber 17th and the 3rd Saturday of the month through December 2015
with Geoff Seals at Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD

Cost for each workshop is $15
Bring a Harmonica in the key of "A"

Beginner harmonica lessons at AEBHF on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30am - 12:30pm for a total of four classes. The second session on 17 October will cover: 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure, simple blues riffs, simple folk songs. The third session on 21 November will cover: Blues harmonica, call and response, how to solo, improvisation. The fourth and last session is on 17 December covering: Intermediate chugging, accompaniment, duo with guitar, vocal and harp mics,

Second Class 17 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 21 November, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Playing Blues on harmonica
Call and response

Fourth Class 17 December, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Intro to duo with guitar
Vocal and harp mics




Evening Concert with
Ari Eisinger
October 24th, 2015
cost is $15
Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD

To Reserve a seat email:

Ari Eisinger is a guitarist and singer from Pennsylvania, most noted as a proponent of Piedmont blues guitar from the 1920s-1930s, and as a significant authority on the music of the Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Boy Fuller, and Josh White amongst others.

"Contrary to the rumors, blues and ragtime guitarist Ari Eisinger has only 10 fingers. It just sounds as if he has more. His mission is to preserve the classic blues and ragtime tunes from the 1920s and 1930s." – The Plain Dealer

"He’s a fingerpicking guitar player par excellence who specializes in country blues and ragtime from the 1920s and 1930s... His playing is astoundingly complex and precise, obviously reverential yet filled with personal touches... A brilliant musician... he sounds like four people playing at once." – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ari Eisinger is one of the most dazzling country blues and ragtime guitarists playing today. Listen to his astonishing performances of the music of Blind Blake and you will hear things no guitar player has managed to pull off since Blake himself disappeared in the early 1930s. The sportin’ right hand, the piano rhythms, the notes everybody else leaves out - they’re all there. “One of the finest fingerpickers I’ve heard anywhere,” “One of the top guitarists in the country,” “One of the finest interpreters of tradi-tional blues and ragtime” - these are just a few of the reactions from critics and fellow musicians to Ari’s remarkable way with the blues of the 1920s and ‘30s. Able to shift effortlessly from complex East Coast ragtime to the propulsive rhythm of the guitar evangelists to down-home Texas country blues, Ari is one of the most authentic musicians you are ever likely to encounter.





Country Blues Workshop on Blind Blake by Ari Eisinger,
Sunday October 25th, 2015 at 12pm to 2pm
At the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Cost for the workshop $45.
$40 If you attend the concert the night before

To reserve a spot at the workshop email and indicate you want to do the workshop.


The workshop will be an introduction to the playing of Blind Blake.  The emphasis will be on his slow blues in C and G.  We'll cover his basic right-hand technique, and some of his chord substitutions that enliven the basic 12-bar blues form.  The goal will be to introduce Blake's technique and patterns so people can get used to them, rather than teaching the tunes themselves.  Thus, the workshop will be a preparation for playing Blind Blake's tunes rather than a presentation of the tunes themselves.

Everyone should bring a guitar and, if possible, some kind of sound recording device.

This workshop is for Intermediate and Advance Students.











Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop



Rick Franklin, Grant Dermody, and Frank Fotusky House Concert on Saturday, October 3 at 8:00pm!
Cost is $20 per person

The Jeff Glassie House
To attend and get the address email:

This concert will feature some sizzling acoustic guitar by Rick and Frank, and sweet harmonica by Grant.

Rick Franklin has been playing the blues around DC for a long time, and has a vast repertoire of wonderful old tunes.  We assume he will play his song about kanakas, and if you don't know what they are, you will certainly want to come and find out.  More on Rick, here:

Grant Dermody is the world's greatest Buddhist blues and folk harmonica players, who just came out with a new CD; check out this review of his CD:

Frank Fotusky, currently from Maine, is one of the best country blues players on the planet and has teamed up with Grant several times on tour. Check this out:






House Concert with Andra Faye and Scott Balentine

at the Cox Family Home
Sunday October 11th, 2015
5:30pm Cocktails
6:30 Performance
Call Jacki Cox at 301 728-1844

to reserve a seat (space is limited)

House Concert
Cocktails 5:30
Concert 6:30
$15.00 -

Andra's strong & sultry vocals, hot blues mandolin, along with bass & guitar combine into a rootsy blusey gumbo spiced with Scott's wonderful wickedly hot guitar chops. "VizzTone is very proud to welcome Andra Faye and Scott Ballantine, both deeply soulful musicians of the first order. Andra handles vocals, fiddle, mandolin, and upright and electric bass on this beautiful acousitc set; Scott plays Martin and National Duolian guitars, and contributes harmony vocals and one lead vocal track. Scott is the perfect complement to Andra’s multi-faceted musicality, with his supple, tasty playing and singing. "