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 January 8th, 2015

Willie LeebelThe Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Willie Leebel.

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.




Piedmont Picking Class with Miles Spicer, Saturday January 10, 2015 from 11:30 to 1pm.

Miles Spicer

On Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m., the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will host the fifth of our once-a-month acoustic guitar workshop series. AEBHF guitarist Miles Spicer will teach Archie Edward’s “Baby Please Give Me a Break”. We encourage participants to arrive between 11:00 and 11:15 a.m. to register and tune guitars so that the instructor will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics.

On that same morning at 10:00 a.m., Miles will repeat his December session that featured Taj Mahal’s “Satisfied and Tickled Too ”. Several people who couldn’t make it in December have asked for the makeup.

For anyone who missed any of the first three workshop sessions offered by David Bird in 2014, he will offer the first makeup session on Saturday, January 17 from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. and it will feature “Richmond Blues”. His second and third makeup sessions will follow in February and March with dates TBD.

The overall goal of the series is to provide an overview of acoustic blues guitar with emphasis on the fingerpicked Piedmont style for all guitarists. The focus will be on technique and will include both right- and left-hand elements. Video clips of the chords and techniques will be made available via a Dropbox link which will be emailed 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. If you have questions or comments, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.




WorkshopFSGW Mini-Fest
at Takoma Park Middle School

Saturday February 7, 2015 from 12pm to 10:30pm

Barbershop Jam from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
And our friends are performing at other stages all day long

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington Midwinter Festival is a family-friendly extravaganza of music, dance, stories, workshops, and crafts. Held the first Saturday in February, this annual FSGW event provides a wonderful opportunity to beat the winter blues, visit with friends and neighbors, and be part of some of the finest music and dance that the Washington area has to offer!

Many of our Barbershop friends will be performing throughout the day,
and the Barbershop Jam will be in Room 184 from 3:45pm to 5:00pm.

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 $9 $4 $25
Non-Member $13 $5 $35

for a performance grid click here to see who is performing when:


Geoff SealsBeginning Blues Harmonica Lessons
with Geoff Seals
Saturday February 21, 2015 from 10:30am to 12:30PM. Cost is $15
4701 Queensbury Road,
Riverdale Park, MD


Beginner Piedmont Blues harmonica lessons at AEBHF on 21 February from 10:30am - 12:30pm. The classes will consist of three sessions held once a month, with the first session in February. The first class will emphasize breathing techniques, projecting sound, and playing chords, individual notes on "A" key harmonica and 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure. The second session (march) will cover, tone, rhythmic style, and music structure. The third session (April) will cover rhythmic style, and music structure, and accompaniment, including duo with guitar.



Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop


Guy Davis

Guy Davis in Concert at the Westminster Concert Series for
Common Ground On The Hill
Saturday January 10, 2015
at the Carroll Arts Center,
91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Seating 7:30pm - Showtime 8:00pm

tickets $25, $22 Seniors 65+/Teens

With his latest album, Juba Dance, nominated for 2014 Blues Music Association Acoustic Album of the Year after spending over a month at #1 on the Blues charts, and a nomination for 2014 Blues Music Association Acoustic Artist of the Year, Guy Davis “breathes new life into the country blues idiom” (Blues Blast Magazine). Guy Davis has some Blind Willie McTell and some Fats Waller, some Buddy Guy and some Taj Mahal. He's got some Zora Neale Hurston, some Garrison Keillor, and some Ossie (his father) and Laura (his grandmother) Davis. He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer but most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. He received rave reviews for his performance off-Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil." He recently received acclaim on Broadway in "Finian's Rainbow," in the part created by the legendary Sonny Terry. He has won the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive Award and has been nominated for 9 Handy Awards over the years.

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Guy DavisCreative Alliance Baltimore Presents
Guy Davis Friday February 6, 2015

A guitarist, singer, actor and writer, Guy Davis travels the world keeping acoustic blues alive. Opening is A Little Bit A Blues with Warner Williams, one of the last true blues songsters.

Whether Guy Davis is appearing on “Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” or David Dye’s, “World Café,” in front of 15,000 people at a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a music camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his ‘all’. His ‘all’ is the blues in its many forms and incarnations.

Though raised in the New York City area, Davis grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and especially his grandparents, and they made their way into his songs. Davis taught himself the guitar and learned by listening to other musicians.  Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting. Eventually, Davis had the opportunity to combine music and acting on the stage. He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration “Mulebone,” which featured the music of Taj Mahal. Guy has been nominated for nine W.C Handy Awards over the years, including for “Best Traditional Blues Album,” “Best Blues Song and as “Best Acoustic Blues Artist” two times.

Warner WilliamsBorn in Maryland in 1930, Piedmont-style singer and guitarist Warner Williams is often referred to as a "songster" for the breadth of styles, sources, and songs he is able to perform, but he prefers the term "Guitar Man." As Nick Spitzer, host to Public Radio’s American Routes says of Warner, "Indeed, Warner Williams the guitar man brings consummate playing to his eclectic repertoire, complete with unexpected jazz chords, jaunty single-string work, ragtime strums, and basic Piedmont finger-picking -- all complementing his warm, gravelly voice." Here, he is joined by Jay Summerour on harmonica and Eric Selby on percussion for their A Little Bit A Blues project. 8pm. $20, $17 mbrs. $23, $20 mbrs door.

Tonight is FIRST FRIDAY! Become a member tonight and get a free ticket to Guy Davis!





CD Release Party with Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks

Chesapeake Sheiks











"Come and help us celebrate the release of our brand new CD, No Fools, No Fun. And get your copy!"

Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road 
Cheverly, MD 20784 

Saturday, February 7, 8 pm
Jazz Meets Blues: Phil Wiggins and the Chesapeake Sheiks , and Karen Lovejoy

Jazz Meets Blues: Phil Wiggins brings his incredible talent to the Playhouse for an evening of sublime blues backed by the Chesapeake Sheiks. A Smithsonian Folkways blues recording artist with echoes of gospel and jazz, Wiggins says he has “performed on every continent except Antarctica.” Silky, funky, and smooth Karen Lovejoy performs lively and imaginative renditions of jazz standards, energetic blues and solid Latin rhythms, with instrumental pros The Lovejoy Group. Wiggins and Lovejoy connect with the audience in a way that shouts for more.

Tickets: $25 / $20 seniors, students, groups of 20 or more




Dom FlemonsDom Flemons in Concert

Saturday February 28 at 8pm
Artisphere - Dome Theater
1101 Wilson Blvd,
Arlington VA 22209

Cost $18

Known for his work as a founding member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons continues to perform as an accomplished solo musician, pulling from traditions of old-time folk music and Americana to create a sound that feels both classic and fresh for a new generation of listeners.

Phoenix native Flemons picked up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, eventually becoming a regular performer on the Arizona folk music scene. He spent his early adult years listening to records and discovering his love for blues, jazz, jug bands, country and ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, taking particular interest in singer-songwriters like Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, and Hank Williams. These influences are heard in his music today.

A multi-instrumentalist, Flemons plays his trademark banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, drums and quills in addition to singing. His work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops earned the group a Grammy Award for its 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig. They were again nominated for the follow-up record Leaving Eden in 2012. Flemons’ recent solo album, Prospect Hill, explores ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music and jug band tunes. The album has received praise from National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air,” The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine and more.