The Archie's Blues Barbershop is located at
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD
Latest Events for AEBHF
- Open mic Thursday August 7th, 2014 at 7:30pm
- DC Blues Society's 26th Annual DC Blues Festival, Saturday August 30, 2014
- Basic Piedmont Picking workshop starts back on Saturday September 27th. Different format
- Toby Walker in Concert at the Barbershop on Friday October 3, 2014 at 8:00pm. Workshop on Saturday from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
- Piedmont Bluz in Concert at the Barbershop on Friday October 25th, 2014 at 8:00pm.
- Guitar Workshop with Valerie Turner Saturday October 26th, 2014 10am to 12pm. Washboard workshop with Ben Turner from 12pm to 1pm
Latest Events for "Friends of the Barbershop"
- Annual MS is BS Blues Extravaganza 2014, Saturday August 9, 12pm - 5pm
- Grant Dermody and Rick Franklin House Concert at the Glassie home, Friday August 15th, 2014 at 8pm. Suggested contribution $20.
- Sparky & Rhonda Rucker at the Folk Club of Reston & Herndon, Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 7:15pm $12 (Members and AEBHF members $11)
Latest Events for AEBHF
The Archie Edwards Barbershop will be hosting an acoustic open mic hosted by Willie Leebel.
The event will be held (usually) 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.
Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will begin hosting once-a-month acoustic guitar workshops starting Saturday September 27th with David Bird.
11:30am till 1:00pm cost is $15
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. The focus... will be on technique, but supplemented with information on the traditional context, including artists, repertoire, and the dynamics of oral culture. The technique will include both right- and left-hand elements that contribute to the sound.
David Bird will devote the first part of the first session to absolute beginners to fingerpicking, and will talk about some of the most basic choices and terminology, for example use of 1, 2, or 3 fingers; use of picks or bare fingers; and perhaps even instrument choices. The remainder of the session will focus on the song Richmond Blues in the key of A with hints on which fingers to use when making chord shapes. The topic of the second (October 18) workshop will be announced at the end of the first workshop.
Each 90-minute workshop will cost $15, or $50 for anyone who wishes to pay in advance for 4 consecutive sessions. Each session will be held at the same location as the Saturday AEBHF blues jam: 4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD. Participants may find announcements of AEBHF workshops, concerts and other activities at acousticblues.com, or by joining/liking the AEBHF Facebook page. If you have questions or comments about the workshop, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.
An Intimate Evening with Toby Walker
Friday October 3, 2014 at 8:00pm
Cost is $15
Reserve your seat at email@example.com
Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar wizard who has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Walker has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award - Solo division - given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.
Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for 6 years. In 2010 Walker won the NY Music Award for 'Best Instrumental CD,' sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.
Walker has recently released three instructional guitar DVD's for the world famous company Homespun Tapes which have been getting rave reviews. His latest CD release - 'What You See Is What You Get' - has been hailed as a shining success in the genre of traditional blues recordings.
Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.
Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure - but immensely talented - music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.
Guitar Workshop with
Saturday October 4, 2014 at 11am to 1pm
Cost for the workshop is $35
To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop description coming soon
PIEDMONT BLUZ ACOUSTIC DUO with Valerie and Ben Turner
24th, 2014 at 8:00pm
Archie Edward's Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
To reserve seats email: email@example.com
Cost is $15
The Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African American culture through musical entertainment. They have been entertaining audiences at venues along the east coast from Woodstock, NY to Richmond, VA and are much loved wherever they go. The husband and wife duo feel that "there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said" so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.
When asked about the authenticity of their music, the duo will quickly tell you, "We're not trying to preserve songs note for note or word for word. And we're not trying to sound like the original artists either, because that's already been done! We approach each piece from our own perspective and have no qualms about changing words or melodies to suit ourselves. Music is supposed to evolve and, even though we are helping to preserve it, we think we should also have the freedom to infuse it with our own personalities."
“Valerie Turner is an extraordinary blues and ragtime guitarist steeped in the rich tradition of the African American communities of the southern U.S. including the Delta, Piedmont, and Chicago Blues styles.” - Dutchess County Tourism Valerie Turner is a native New Yorker with southern roots. She plays finger style Country Blues guitar which is a broad genre that includes blues, fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. Valerie's eclectic repertoire has been greatly influenced by her studies with both John Cephas and Woody Mann, and her specialty is the Piedmont style which is easily recognized by its alternating bass.
Valerie's blues musical journey began when she came across Stefan Grossman's book 'The Country Blues Guitar.' The cover drew her attention as well as the dozens of interesting photographs and illustrations of musicians with exotic names from a time long gone. Fascinated by the photos, Valerie purchased the book and knew that she had finally found the music she wanted to play.
She was particularly drawn to the music of Mississippi John Hurt and taught herself everything she could by pouring over old recordings. She then reached out for help and found John Cephas, one of the most talented practitioners of Piedmont blues. John took Valerie under his wing and passed much of his knowledge on to her.
John also encouraged Valerie to seek lessons from his good friend Woody Mann, a former student of the great Rev. Gary Davis and a guitar virtuoso in his own right. Together they exposed Valerie to a wide variety of music, techniques and theory, and encouraged her to perform. John also encouraged Valerie to help keep Country Blues and the Piedmont style alive and this is something she takes quite seriously.
Hailing from Trinidad, Ben Turner keeps the beat by blending various washboard techniques into his own unique style. Ben taught himself washboard basics by watching YouTube videos and also studied with Washboard Chaz of Louisiana fame as well as with Newman Taylor Baker of the Ebony Hillbillies. Inspired by these two talented percussionists, Ben created his own style using a variety of brushes and thimbles and is a perfect rhythmic accompaniment for Valerie's guitar. Occasionally, he also chimes in on harp for added accents
Workshops with Valerie Turner and Ben Turner on Saturday October 25th, 2014
Valerie will be teaching blues guitar workshop geared toward an intermediate/advanced audience, and focus on songs in the Piedmont style of fingerpicking with some emphasis on pieces Valerie learned from John Cephas. The time for the workshop is 10am to 12pm with a cost of $25.
Ben Turner's workshop will be a rhythm workshop featuring the Washboard. and geared toward beginners. Learn how to put together all the tools you need for your washboard and time for this will be from 12pm to 1pm. Cost of this workshop is $10.
Save by registering for both workshops for $30. Register for the workshop by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop
"Hey Folks, we hope you can join us for a special Friday evening concert with Grant Dermody and Rick Franklin at our home at 8:00pm on August 15. Suggested contribution $20 each, more or less, per person.
It's not often that you get to sit in an intimate setting with two of the best acoustic musicians around. We hope you can make it! Please reserve a seat by emailing email@example.com.
Grant Dermody (DER-muh-dee) is a harmonica player, singer, songwriter, and teacher from Seattle, Washington. Described as “an understated harmonica virtuoso and a vocalist of subtlety and warmth” by Don McLeese of No Depression magazine, Grant is a highly versatile musician. A lifelong student of the harmonica and acoustic blues, Grant’s latest release is the masterful Lay Down My Burden. The album’s 16 tracks hear him and a phenomenal lineup of 26 guest stars – including many of the blues’ elder statesmen — intertwining original songs and timeless covers, a set that displays his pioneering approach alongside of his commitment to the timeless traditions of the blues.
Grant’s musical travels have seen him playing with many of America’s most beloved acoustic musicians. In 2010, he embarked on a successful international tour with guitarist Eric Bibb. Previous explorations saw him performing in a trio with Orville Johnson and John Miller, live and on their 2006 release Deceiving Blues. In addition, Dermody has performed with blues legends Leon Bib, Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lowery, Big Joe Duskin, John Dee Holeman, and Cephas & Wiggins. Guitar maestro Frank Fotusky is also a touring co-conspirator. www.grantdermody.com
Rick's musical style of blues is known as the "Piedmont" style identified with such legendary players as Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and William Moore along with players and friends like “Bowling Green” John Cephas, John Jackson, and Archie Edwards. Rick has taught guitar to youths and adults both nationally and internationally. He is personally committed to the preservation and diffusion of the Blues, especially amongst the young. Rick has been on the Euroblues Promotions Blues Week faculty, the Port Townsend Blues Week faculty, and the Augusta Heritage Center Blues Week faculty. He has been an Executive Board member of the DC Blues Society and helped organize and performed in the first annual DC Blues Festival. Rick also contributed to the DC Blues Society as a music critic for their monthly and quarterly publication.
In addition to solo performances and performances with “Harmonica” Phil Wiggins, Rick also performs in the area with the popular acoustic blues trio Franklin, Harpe, and Usilton and the more recently popular acoustic blues trio, Rick Franklin and His Delta Blues Boys. These groups perform blues and ragtime music and songs from the 1920s and 1930s in the Memphis, St. Louis guitar-duet and Piedmont style. http://www.hokumblues.com/bio.htm"
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!!!!!
The MS is BS Fundraiser 2014 for
Multiple Sclerosis is scheduled!!
Saturday, August 09, 12:00-5:00pm...
Chili Cook Off and ♪♫♪ Blues Concert ♫♪♫
more details at http://msisbs.org/events/
Music provided by:
Rick Franklin & His Delta Blues Boys
MSG Acoustic Blues Trio
Sheryl Sears Trio
The Barcroft Community House
800 S Buchanan St
Arlington, VA 22204
SPARKY & RHONDA RUCKER
The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon is a
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
Show starts at 7:15 p.m.
$12 ($11 MEMBERS and AEBHF members) Requested Donation
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.
Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.
Over forty years of performing, Sparky and Rhonda have performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well as NPR's On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their recording, Treasures & Tears, was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award, and their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.
The Ruckers have been featured tellers at the International Storytelling Center and Festival. Sparky is a natural storyteller, having grown up hearing his father, uncles, and other family members endlessly telling tales. Sparky and Rhonda each tell solo stories, but they also tell stories together (in tandem), always adding life and humor to the characters and tricksters in their Brer Rabbit tales, Jack tales, High John the Conqueror stories, preacher tales, and family stories.