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.
Don’t miss this great duo playing classic Piedmont and country blues. Valerie and Ben are dedicated to keeping traditional blues alive.
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 :
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 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.
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.
Reserve seat at Events@acousticblues.com
"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.
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 UkeJamatArchieEdwards@gmail.com
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.