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 March 12th, 2015

Willie LeebelThe 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.




Piedmont Picking Class with Gina De Simone on Saturday April , 2015 from 11:30 to 1pm.

Miles SpicerOn Saturday, April 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will continue our monthly acoustic guitar workshop series. Guitarist Gina DeSimone will teach her second in a series of three classic Piedmont songs.

Here is what Gina said about the workshop: “In this month’s workshop I'll introduce another classic fingerpicking tune, "Deep River Blues" (in the key of E). This traditional song was made famous by Doc Watson and covered by countless musicians. The introduction has an instantly recognizable lick on E7 and Edim that is fun to play and can be adapted for use in other songs. Although challenging, "Deep River Blues" is still based on alternating the thumb for bass notes and using the fingers to pick the melody. Intermediate players should get this song with practice. Beginners will learn an easy picking pattern to accompany themselves vocally and will have the more advanced version provided in the videos to work on as they progress.”

We encourage participants to arrive by 11:00 a.m. to register and tune guitars so that Gina will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics. Each 90-minute workshop costs $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 4105078783.



Geoff SealsBeginning Blues Harmonica Lessons
with Geoff Seals
Saturday April 18, 2015
from 10:30am to 12:30PM. Cost is $15
4701 Queensbury Road,
Riverdale Park, MD


The class will cover 12 bar and 8 bar blues structure, supporting the groove, riffs, improvisation and guitar accompaniment. The third session (April) will cover soloing, improvisation, call and response, using vocal and harp mics, and intro to duo with guitar. We are adding a fourth session for the third saturday in May.



Eleanor Ellis and Andy CohenAn Evening Concert with Eleanor Ellis and Andy Cohen
Friday April 17th, 2015
8pm - $15

To reserve your seat email:

When blues musicians Andy Cohen and Eleanor Ellis play together, it is with the familiarity of old friends. That easy spontaneity comes from their familiarity with a range of material from all over the South, and with each other. They are recorded together on the Riverlark CD Preachin'intheWilderness,along with musician William Lee Ellis.

Andy is a showman and a consummate musician who learned his craft by traveling and playing with such blues legends as Reverend Gary Davis, John Jackson and Honeyboy Edwards. He plays a mean guitar as well as piano, dulceola and sometimes autoharp; the blues, gospel and ragtime that he plays is energetic, often humorous, and has been described as a mix of “the well known, the obscure, and the weirdly wonderful.” He has been the director of several folk festivals, and carries on the tradition by teaching and by  creating places for Blues and Gospel players of several successive generations to play.

A versatile fingerpicking guitarist and expressive singer,  blues musician and Louisiana native Eleanor Ellis has  traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and Piedmont bluesman Archie Edwards, and sometimes accompanied Delta blues great Eugene Powell. A founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, she has written about the blues for several publications, teaches guitar, and is producer of the video documentary Blues Houseparty, featuring well-known Piedmont blues musicians. Her music has been described as "distinctive and personal...beautifully sung and thoroughly believeable."

Andy and Eleanor have also recorded together (Preachin' in the Wilderness) and done gigs with Bill Ellis and with Walter Liniger. Both do a lot of teaching these days as well.




Eleanor and Andy will also be at the following locations:

Thursday April 16
49 West with Andy Cohen
49 West Street, Annapolis MD
8 – 11
$10 cover

Saturday, April 18
Eleanor Ellis and Andy Cohen
The Bottling Works
426 East Main St., 
Romney, West Virginia. 
7:30 pm
contact: Shari Gallery or look on

Sunday April 19
Eleanor Ellis and Andy Cohen
4024 Granby St Norfolk VA 23508
2:00 - 3:30 PM Workshops: suggested donation $20
Andy Cohen: Blues finger style guitar coaching session
Eleanor Ellis: Using and understanding the capo to find your best singing key, interesting guitar accompaniment, work out guitar duets, and learn about chording up the neck. 
4:00 - 5:30 PM Concert
Suggested Donation $25 (Concert/Workshop Combo $40)
call Amy Ferebee 757-434-5385 to make reservations

Monday, April 20
Reston VA.
7 – 9 pm (with jam after)
Eleanor Ellis & Andy Cohen guitar workshop
ticket requests and information. Private residence just off
the Dulles Toll Road in Reston, VA. Directions will be sent after
ticket purchase."


Lea Gilmore"Singing From Your Soul" Vocal Workshop with Lea Gilmore
Sunday May 17, 2015 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
At the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Cost for the workshop is $25

To reserve your spot email:

Lea Gilmore will present a two hour workshop featuring “Songs in the Key of Lea” or better put, "how do you know what keys work for you and which ones don't?"   Star Spangled Banner Anyone?  
Singing together we will take out the mystery of harmonizing.   Learn  easily how to harmonize with others in your Band."  All while singing from our hearts and souls and clapping on "two and four!"   We will meet for this workshop at Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop, 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD. Sunday May 17th from 12noon to 2:00pm.  Cost for the workshop is $25.  Please arrive early to sign in so we can start on time.   To reserve (Lea is good fun,. so make sure you get a seat!)  this workshop email:  

“Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel and jazz singing civic activist who has lent her voice, literally and
figuratively, to advocacy for the underserved of the world and made a huge difference.

Chosen by Essence Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Women Shaping the World,"  as well as a "Top 100 Woman of Maryland for 2014  for the Daily Record Business Journal. A former deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and Program Director for
the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, in addition Gilmore has testified before local, state and federal commissions on issues ranging from immigration laws to the civil rights and liberties of women of color.   Appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,  she served for several years as a member of the Maryland Advisory Board to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Lea is presently the Director of Network Coordination for the Moving Maryland Forward Network

A graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in political science and a member of the Pi
Gamma Mu International Honor Society for the Social Sciences, Gilmore also sang in the school's
much-heralded choir, under the direction of the late Dr. Nathan Carter.

Gilmore is a highly sought after lecturer, who frequently speaks on  the history of African American music; civil and human rights; and women’s rights, in addition to their historical and contemporary roles in blues and gospel music.  Lea has lead music workshops in Russia, Africa, Europe and the UK, as well as sold out concerts across musical genres.  



Ben Hunter and Joe SeamonsArchie Edwards Blues Barbershop Concert with Songsters,
Ben Hunter &
Joe Seamons
from Seattle Washington
Saturday June 20th, 8pm
$15 for the concert

Reserve your seat by emailing:

The history of American roots music in the early 20th century could never fit into an encyclopedia.  it’s too ramshackle, too rambunctious, too radical.  Fiddlers, guitarists, banjo players, and all kinds of folks rambled those early roads, learning from each other, inspiring each other, and pushing the music in new directions.  Music constantly switched back and forth across the racial divide, beholden only to the beat and the dance.  It’s this fevered period of musical exchange that inspires Northwest roots music duo Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons.  The songs on their new album, Take Yo Time, tap into everything from the hokum jug bands of Gus Cannon and the Memphis Sheiks, to country blues masters Reverend Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, and Blind Willie McTell.  They also touch on ancient English ballads like House Carpenter, Appalachian murder ballads like the classic Tom Dooley, and the early jazz compositions of Shelton Brooks and Duke Ellington.  All of these traditions are tied together in the swirling musical whirlpool of pre-war American music.  With a well-rosined fiddle and an old banjo, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are tracing these backroads, bringing the songs back to life.

Ben and Joe have been playing together for almost 5 years, the last 3 of which sent them to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, learning at the feet of the elders of the acoustic blues tradition.  They found an affinity in the many branches that tied into the blues and created this duo as a way to explore these branches.  Their musical kinship and sense of joy in interpreting this music is evident and was the basis of an invitation Dom Flemons (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) to form his band when he went solo.  Ben and Joe joined Dom on his recent album, Prospect Hill, and toured the US with him, furthering their knowledge of Anglo and African American music traditions.  Rather than thinking of their music as blues, it’s best to situate Ben and Joe (and Dom) as American songsters. A songster traditionally refers to an African-American artist whose repertoire is much broader than the old blues, and spans many of the genres that Ben and Joe Inhabit.  Big Bill Broonzy and Mississippi John Hurt are classic examples of songsters.  Whatever you want to call it, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons make American music.  They make music that hews to the rough-and-tumble collisions of musical inspirations from the early 20th century; music that paved the way for everything we enjoy today.




Fiddle and Banjo workshop with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons
Sunday June 21, 2015 at 12noon to 2pm-ish
Cost for the workshop is $25
with a $5 discount if you attend the concert on Saturday night.

To reserve your seat email:
Workshop will be at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop,
4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD

Fiddle and Banjo









Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons lead participants through an exploration of two instruments at the core of American string band tradition. Folks will learn about the history of fiddle and banjo in American dance music from the 1800s, while also discovering the evolution of this instrumental pairing into both musicians' approach to traditional music today. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome to bring their instruments for a jam session that will conclude the workshop!






Lea GilmoreLea Gilmore's
Big Fat Blues Cabaret
Friday June 26th, 2015 - 8pm
$20, $17 mbrs. Door: $23, $20 mbrs

Creative Alliance
at The Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224


Baltimore's award winning singing sensation presents a night of big music and big fun with surprise special guests. Tonight her band will feature Derrick Thompson, piano and music director; Mitchell Coates, bass; and Jesse "Jay" Moody on drums.

A Baltimore treasure, Lea Gilmore is a blues, gospel and jazz singer of great power and conviction.  Over the past thirteen years, Gilmore has lent her voice to support the cause of ridding third world  countries in Africa of leprosy and TB by headlining Gospel concerts in Europe,  sponsored by the  Damien Foundation, a Belgium-based nonprofit, while maintaining a vast career as an international  blues and jazz performer. Over 300,000 have attended Lea's concerts in Belgium alone. 8pm. Advanced: $20, $17 mbrs. Door: $23, $20 mbrs.

She has recorded two acclaimed Gospel recordings -- Gospels for Damian "Let Your Light Shine" and "Somehow I Made It," and the newest "In  the Sanctuary.”

Gilmore is a past winner of The Blues Foundation "Keeping the Blues Alive" W.C. Handy Award for her website celebrating women of the blues "It's A Girl Thang" created with Paul Fenton.  

Named of the "25 Women Shaping the World" by Essence Magazine and was featured in the March issue of Baltimore Magazine.

This special, intimate, cabaret performance, with a full band, will be a rare appearance for Lea in her hometown. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation.  





Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop



Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers





Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers' “Love Whip Blues” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!
Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, in Annapolis MD
8:30pm - 11:00pm. And at the Hill Country BBQ, Thurs April, 2, 2015

Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge
169 West St, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Hill Country Barbecue Market 
410 SEVENTH STREET NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20004 | 202-556-2050

“Erin Harpe is a hot mama blues singer” says Sing Out! Magazine! 

Wednesday April 1st Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers have a very special show, it's the first time Erin brings her band to Maryland, and it's the band's Album Release Party – it's all at Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge in Annapolis MD! Get down to the fun and danceable "Charles River Delta Blues", and get your copy of our brand spanking new debut album, “Love Whip Blues”, out on VizzTone! Hope to see all our Annapolis friends and family!!!

Tickets are available now here: http:// www.metropolitanannapolis.c om/live-music/ shows-tickets/

169 West Street, Annapolis, MD. $10, 21+, doors 7:30, show 8:30-11pm.

Get your copy of our brand new debut album “Love Whip Blues” (out on VizzTone) plus other new merch – hats, t-shirts, girly t's, lighters, stickers and tote bags!

What the press is saying about the new album:

“(★★★★) Avoiding the perils of predictability, these four New Englanders craft a fresh, genre-crossing group sound…” –DownBeat Magazine

“Erin describes the sounds on Love Whip Blues as a Blues/Roots/Americana cocktail. Once you have tasted Erin’s unique Delta Blues cocktail, you will be asking for a second round.” –Gregg Saur, WYCE (Grand Rapids/West Michigan)

“They won me over with a sound that harkens back to the time of juke joints, with some modern funk and rock woven in. Erin Harpe’s got a righteous set of pipes and plays a mean guitar and the rest of the band has a whole lot of awesome going on.” –Aimsel Ponti, MaineToday's Face the Music

“I saw the band this summer at the Northampton Summer Concert Series and I can't overstate how impressive they were. The group blasts out a singular brand of blues that is anchored in an old time Mississippi delta sound... Harpe is an amazing talent and the band is a revelation.” –George Lenker,

“The vocals and writing are on point and the result is charmer. She even gives “Angel from Montgomery” that certain Delta thing you never heard in it before that gives the song a certain sass and twist that brings it back to the future. Well done.” –Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“Listening to Love Whip Blues, one appreciates why this group has been developing a large following around Boston. In fact, they won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues Battle and will be competing in Memphis at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. One certainly expects more will be heard from them.” –Ron Weinstock, In A Blue Mood

“Love Whip Blues is a good time album, full of retro touches, fine musicianship, and a lively vocal performance from Erin Harpe... If you like blues music, which is well played and sung, with an eye on keeping the feet tapping, then this album should be on your list.” –Blues Matters (UK)

“An electro-dance diva in another incarnation, Boston-based vocalist/guitarist Erin Harpe’s precocious vocals mesh well with the blues, imbuing this set with a most appealing personality without overtaking her obvious flair for the roots.” –Duane Verh, Roots Music Report

The album’s also doing great on the radio charts, worldwide!

You can get the new album now at


Del Rey"Music in the Forest" House Concert series continues with Del Rey
Thursday April 16th, 8 pm to 10 pm
$20 Suggested donation to the Artist

For reservations and direction email

Here is Pat Quinn and Gina DeSimone's description of the concert:

Hello Live Music Supporting Friends!
 Since wonderful springtime is just around the corner, it's time for another "Music in the Forest" house concert!

 We welcome the return of the fabulous ukulele/guitar/vocalist Del Rey from Seattle Washington!
 Her masterful upbeat finger picking ukulele/guitar style, mixed with a quick wit, always prove for an entertaining

 The date is Thursday April 16 ,  Concert 8-10pm
 Please BYOB, and a dish to share (if you so desire) soda/water/small munchies provided
 Arrive/gather 7:30pm-Springbrook Forest area (Wheaton/near Brookside Gardens area)
 If you would like to attend, please email and directions will be sent to you.

 Thanks for your support!
 Pat Quinn

Del Rey Bio:
"I started playing guitar when I was four. At the age of thirteen I was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music, when a friend and I stumbled into a concert at Folk Arts Rare Records in San Diego. About 20 people were sitting on the floor under the record bins listening to a kid named Tom Waits play his original songs.

Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts and artistic director of the San Diego Folk Festival suggested I quit wasting my time playing “Stairway to Heaven” and listen to some Memphis Minnie. He put me on stage with Sam Chatmon when I was fourteen, and introduced me to Lydia Mendoza and Howard Armstrong. Lou gave me recordings that still influence everything I do on solo acoustic guitar. I soaked up country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie. It was a musical education hanging around the record shop. 

Thirty years later, I became fascinated with the ukulele. I try to play the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as on six. I expect a lot out of the little instrument."





Ian B WaltersIan B. Walters and Friends: LIVE!
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Montpelier Arts Center/M-NCPPC
9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708

Ian B. Walters plays spirited, updated blues and standards as well as contemporary tunes. Known for his unique piano sound, dripping with soul vocals, and all-around good vibes, Ian's inventive interpretations of great old songs make them new again. After studying classical piano for 13 years, he found his musical voice in vintage blues, R&B, American Standards, and early Rock-n-roll. One of the most sought after performers in the Washington DC area, he can often be found playing blues festivals and clubs solo or with numerous bands. In 2008, Ian became the newest member of the blues piano faculty at the Augusta Heritage Center's annual Blues Week in Elkins, WV. He teaches classes and has private students in Blues Piano, combining classical western musical methods with the music of early 20th Century America extending to Rock-n-roll and early R&B. He uses various styles, including Boogie Woogie, Honky Tonk, and New Orleans Stride and Ragtime to demonstrate a historical approach to the development of American Popular Music.




John Cephas Blues Festival


















Focus Rockville




Guy Davis

Guy Davis and Reggie Harris in concert at Focus Music Rockville
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
Ted's 355 Diner
895 Rockville Pike, MD 20852
(301) 340-0088

Tickets are $15 in advance or members
$18 at the door

Guy Davis can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, their days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs—the son of actors/writers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee—the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear off the floor. He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of his creativity.

Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. He has played on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and on nationally syndicated radio programs “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage” and “World Café.” He’s acted in movies and television, and on and off Broadway. He created a one-man show, “In Bed with the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters,” that received received critical praise from the New York Times and the Village Voice. He has written for films, television programs and children’s series. He has been an activist for peach and tolerance. And he continues to make music that delights fans and critics alike.

Wrote music critic Dave Marsh: “Davis never loses sight of the blues as good time music, the original forum for dancing on top of one’s sorrows. Joy made more exquisite, of course, by the sorrow from which it springs.”

Reggie HarrisReggie Harris is an excellent guitar player and singer who injects every performance with an enduring sense of joy and humanity.

Reggie is best known for his inspirational musical storytelling work with his wife, Kim. For 30 years, Kim & Reggie Harris have promoted creativity, education and social responsibility at theater arts centers, festivals, museums, universities, and schools throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Much of their work centers on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement.

Tickets at the Focus Concert website: