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 May 5, 2016

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.

M.S.G. (The Acoustic Blues Trio) CD Release Party "The Flood"
Saturday May 7th, 2016 -7:30pm
Cost is $15
The Old Parish house 4711 Knox Rd,
College Park, MD 20740








Produced by multiple Grammy winner Cathy Fink and features guest appearances by  Phil Wiggins, Ralph Gordon, Marcy Cochran, Cathy Fink, and David Jackson

Special guest performance by Mike Baytop and Willie Leebel.  

M.S.G.’s music embodies the powerful link between the essentials of human experience. The Flood travels through some of life’s most triumphant and most difficult moments: a vision of our hearts and spirits giving strength to survive hard times mixed with a tradition that gives meaning to our best moments. Sharing a decade with the band, I have watched M.S.G. grow individually and collectively. I’ve learned much about connection, community, and the expression of respect for elders while retaining an authentic voice.

The Flood presents a mix of new songs rooted in tradition, and new takes on traditional material. When Resa sings “Grinnin’ In Your Face,” you hear her listening carefully to Son House while creating a version that is very much her own. All the traditional songs in this collection reflect this mixture of nodding to tradition while carrying the music forward in fresh ways. “Going To The River” and “I’m Down Today” honor John Cephas and Archie Edwards, respectively. Both must be looking on with pride.

The new songs come from Jackie, Miles and me. Jackie, when writing, sees the blues singer as the voice of the community, offering strong observations on the way we live our lives and treat each other. “Front Porch Blues” expresses her strong connection to the past through her beloved Mama J, created as they shared family memories about fish fries and her mother’s revered ‘Jerrycakes’ griddle cakes. “Do You See Me Now?” and “New Familiar” express a voice of compassion; “Money Makes You Crazy”, is a tale of caution.
For Miles and me, the songs reflect our shared perspective. “The Flood” began with a news item, but connects to the experiences of each of us at different times. The voice of “Good While It Lasted” has survived her own flood, but mourns the lost blessings that preceded it. “My Little One” appreciates the precious and vulnerable, safe for the moment at least, from the flood. “My Old Ride” reflects that neither Miles nor I have been able to select our cars on the basis of prestige or compensating for other deficiencies. Resa’s incredible ears, sense of timing and musical arrangement/collaboration, breathes life into our writing. We may write the songs, but Resa is the voice of the band. As with any real band, Resa, Miles, and Jackie add up to more together than even the excellent separate parts, and get even better with their friends in the mix. Cathy Fink has done an excellent job of capturing the live feel of the band. I trust that celebrating with M.S.G. will help keep you afloat after The Flood. – David Bird

Co-Sponsored by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation




Neil Harpe In concert and Guitar Workshop

Guitar Workshop: Charlie Patton, Fingerstyle May 21, 2016 from 10:30am to 12:30pm cost is $30.

Concert Sunday May 22, 2016 at 4pm. Cost is $15

Both events at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Attend both events for a discount price of $40.
Reserve for both events at

Neil Harpe is a visual artist and musician. He is well known for his marine art: Chesapeake skipjacks, stately lighthouses and watermen. Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Harpe was always attracted to the marine environs for inspiration having been around boats and the Chesapeake Bay all his life. However, Harpe has never been content to pursue only marine images.
In 1995, Harpe introduced his lifetime’s passion of the blues and of guitars into his art. He painted a series of portraits of famous blues musicians: Blind Boy Fuller, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson and more. 
Harpe's passion for the blues began at a young age. He learned to play the guitar when he was 12 and inspired by Elvis began as a rock & roller. By the time Neil was in high school, he had discovered the blues! At  the age of 17 he perused the  Goodwill store every week looking  through piles of old 78's, hoping to   uncover an old blues record from the 1920's or 30's. While his peers were listening to the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones, Neil was listening to the blues musicians: Blind Boy Fuller, Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Minnie and Mississippi John Hurt.
Harpe has a long standing interest in “Stella” guitars and has written a book about them. Made between 1900 and 1937, they were the guitars of choice for such blues performers as Charley Patton, Willie Brown and Leadbelly.
Neil Harpe, “The Stella Guitar Book,” Stella Books, Ltd., 2005
Harpe also illustrated Ted Gioia’s recent book, “Delta Blues,” W.W. Norton, 2008
Parallel to his visual art career, the multi-talented artist has been an active performer all his adult life and is an accomplished guitarist, performing at many venues. Neil  has performed for the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, Herndon Blues Festival, Smithsonian Associates, Hirshhorn Museum (in conjunction with Black History Month), Washington Folk Festival, Takoma Park Folk Festival, Northern Virginia Folk Festival, Quiet Waters Park and the D.C. Blues Festival. He recorded an LP entitled "Neil Harpe", for Adelphi Records in 1972. Harpe recently released a solo CD of all new material. Along with longtime musical partner Rick Franklin, he has also released two albums of blues and "hokum" ragtime duets.


Charlie Patton, Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop, Saturday May 21, 2016 from 10:30am to 12:30pm cost is $30.

Neil will be showing how he plays his version of  some Charley Patton tunes. At least one song will be in standard tuning. Depending on time limitations, other will be in open D tuning and open G tuning. Neil does not profess to play anything note for note like original performances. But he tries to always capture the spirit of the original performance.

To sign up for the workshop:






The 36th Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016. The festival runs from Noon to 7:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. Rain or Shine! The festival is FREE to the public.

The 36th Annual Washington Folk Festival showcases the diversity of traditional music in the Washington area. All musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople live in the the greater Washington metropolitan area and volunteer their talents to put on a first class festival of national renown. With performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area.




Silver Spring Free Blues FestivalSave the date for the 8th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival at Downtown Silver Spring. The Free Silver Spring Blues Festival is Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 10 am to 9 pm. Watch this space for information about the Silver Spring Town Center Inc. Blues Festival Kick Off party and Silver Spring Blues Week on Veterans Plaza and more!






Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop


Reasons for Coming to the Ukulele Jam at the Archie Edward Blues Barbershop:

Join us every 1st Sunday of the month playing music from many different genres

Date: May 1,, 2016 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


Prelude to the Blues 2016
Sunday May 22, 2016 in Clarendon, VA
Featuring the great Deanna Bogart

The Tinner Hill "Prelude to the Blues" House Concert will take place at the lovely art filled home of a true blues lover in Arlington, VA.   Join us for an evening with Deanna Bogart, award winning musician extraordinaire. Deanna Bogart will be playing the baby grand piano at this up close and personal performance. This intimate concert is by invitation and admission is by advance ticket.  Seats are limited.  It promises to sell out quickly, so go to the link below and purchase your ticket now! 


Cost: $25.00 plus service charge. Includes food, cash bar available.

Limited Seating, Advance purchase only! Buy early.



















23rd Annual Tinner Hill Blues Festival, Friday June 10 - Sun June 12, 2016






The Tinner Hill Blues Festival is the only three-day event in Falls Church. There are all kinds of blues for all ages, all weekend, all over town!  The 23nd Annual Blues Festival is  June 10-12. Check back frequently for more information about the 2016 Blues Festival!