The new season of Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) acoustic guitar workshops begins on Saturday, October 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., led by guitarist Gina DeSimone. Suggest participants arrive by 11:00 a.m. to register and tune so that Gina has the full 90 minutes for the workshop.
This is what Gina said about the workshop:
“This fingerpicking arrangement of “Blue Christmas” incorporates all the elements of Piedmont blues. The alternating bass keeps the rhythm while you pick the melody on the top strings. We'll start with a basic version that you can sing over. This will get you familiar with the chords. Then we'll work on incorporating the melody into the alternating bass. If we have time we'll work on an instrumental break that uses chords up the neck and 3rds, 6ths to improvise on the melody. You should have plenty of time to master this song before Christmas.“
The overall goal of the series is to provide an overview of acoustic blues guitar with emphasis on the fingerpicked Piedmont style for beginner to more experienced guitarists. Access to video clips of the workshop topics will be made available via email 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 acousticblues.com, or by joining/liking the AEBHF Facebook page. If you have questions or comments, please contact David Nagle at 410-507-8783.
Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday October 6th, 2016
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.
with the International Blues and Jazz Pianist,
Singer and Songwriter
Mr. Roddy Barnes
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8pm
$15 for the concert, reserve your seat
Described by the Augusta Free Press: Although he is now known as a blues and jazz pianist, Roddy Barnes was trained as a classical pianist. He made the transition to blues and jazz during study in France and subsequent graduate work at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He then moved to New Orleans where he absorbed the roots of American music before relocating to Austin, Texas. There he became a member of one of the most exciting music scenes in the USA. Now living in Virginia, Barnes has released six of his own albums and has been featured on a variety of national radio programs. He has been invited to perform in several countries. Roddy is also a composer whose compositions have been recorded by many notable performers including Gaye Adegbalola and Ann Rabson, individually as well as by their group Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women. Blues Blast Magazine gave one of the best summary of Barnes talents. It said, “Barnes demonstrates that he is a multi-layered talent indeed, someone from whom one desires to hear more: an able songwriter whose songs are often laced with ironic wit; an expressive vocalist with a strong, clear tenor; and a masterful piano player who can romp with the boogie and play the blues.” They might have added that he is a great comic as well.
A Performance Workshop with Roddy Barnes
Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 10:30am to 12:30pm
CANCELED $30 for the workshop if you attend both the Performance on Friday Night and the Workshop on Saturday the cost is $40
Reserve your spot by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance workshop -"The Interplay of Vocals and Instruments in Performing the Blues”.
Roddy is a consummate performer and will share his performance knowledge and secrets on how to put together a successful show.
Participants may bring instruments if desired.
Roddy Barnes has performed across the United States, as well as in France, Jamaica, Ghana, Togo, and Germany. Festival performances include Blues Sur Seine in Paris; Johnie Johnson Blues Festival in Fairmont, WV; Leaf Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC; River Fest in Chattanooga, TN; Blues on the Green in Jamaica; Hampton Blues Festival in Hampton, VA; Monroe County Blues Festival in Monroe MI; and Barrelhouse Jazz Festival in Germany. He has performed and taught courses for other festivals, including Swananoa in Swananoa NC; Augusta in Elkins, WV; and Centrum in Port Townsend, WA. Clubs where he has performed include Le Cotton Club, Le Crocodile, Pub Satori, and Val Claret in France; B.B.'s Lawnside B.B.Q. and Bourbon Street Pub in Kansas City, MO; Tipitina's, Maxwell's Toulouse Cabaret, Snug Harbor, and Neutral Ground in New Orleans, LA; Elephant Room, Top of the Mark, Headliner's Club, and Esther's Follies in Austin, TX; Ashland Coffee & Tea, Shady Grove Coffee House, Babe's, Triangle Players, and Cabo's in Richmond, VA; Sycamore Rouge in Petersburg, VA; Tierney's Tavern in Montclair, NJ; Wonderland Ballroom in Washington, DC; and Seven Stages in Atlanta, GA. He has also performed for the New York Times in New York, and for The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.
THE BLUE RHYTHM BOYS
In concert at the Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
Saturday November 19th, 2016 at 8:00pm
Cost for the concert is $15
The Blue Rhythm Boys bring authenticity, originality and joy to their own swinging mix of hot jazz, country blues and hokum. Their love of the great, acoustic string bands of the last century shines clear and strong. You'll hear music from the 1920's & 30's; a raucous repertoire featuring songs from Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Washington Phillips and Pink Anderson as well as the "hot club" swing of Django Reinhardt, the western swing of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, and the thrilling music of Slim & Slam, Hank Penny and the great Fats Waller. The Blue Rhythm Boys have played this music their entire lives, and their great delight and considerable chops will be evident pretty quick into their first set.
Tom Mitchell is a guitar player and singer rooted in the styles of the 1920’s and 30’s jazz, western swing, country blues and old-time music. He has happily been both sideman and leader for a great variety of musical endeavors. In addition to singing and playing guitar, he’s played mandolin, banjo, tenor guitar or tiple when the need arose.
Ten years of playing with legendary hipster Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks took him around the world and led to the recording of two acclaimed CD’s including“Beatin’ the Heat” which featured guest appearances by Bette Midler, Ricki Lee Jones, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer.
Working with Grammy nominated Ann Savoy led to several extended trips to Louisiana and resulted in a great love of the Cajun Prairie and the musicians that abound in that rich cultural stew. His collaboration with Ann Savoy and her Sleepless Knightsbrought two fine CD’s from Memphis International Records and a movie soundtrack spot including producer credits for the Sony picture “All the Kings Men”.
Tom makes his home in Baltimore where he loves playing with theBlue Rhythm Boys andtheRedwine Jazz Trio.Tom's website
A guitarist of great renown and a singer of soulful bearing, Jim Stephanson is a treasure in the Washington DC roots music scene. Jim’s unique guitar style draws on the influences of Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Les Paul and Mississippi John Hurt. The Washington Post says: "Washington DC can lay claim to a heritage of great electric guitar players; Jim Stephanson is part of that great legacy.
In 2010 Jim released his first solo album of original roots rock music entitled "Say Go". NRBQ fans take note: Say Go was co-produced by Terry Adams, who also plays piano, clavinet and organ on the recording and Joey Spampinato (who also adds harmony vocals). The rhythm section on the entire disc is the incomparable team of Tom Ardolino and Joey Spampinato. Original NRBQ guitarist, the late Steve Ferguson, solos on “Make a Lot of Noise” in what turned out to be his last recording session.
You can catch Jim playing with Chick Hall Jr. in the Country Swing Quartet, Hillbilly Jazz. The dynamic twin guitar arrangements pay homage to guitar legends Hank Garland, Jimmy Bryant, Roy Lanham, George Barnes and Les Paul.
Jim’s reputation has landed him work supporting a variety of artists including Big Joe & the Dynaflows, Chris Gaffney, The J Street Jumpers (Uptown Rhythm Kings), The Brooks Tegler Big Band, Billy Hancock, Steve Wolf and SwingSpeak, Eric Brace and Last Train Home, Karl Straub, Dave Kitchen and many others. Jim's website.
Latest events for our Friends of the Barbershop
Reasons for Coming to the Ukulele Jam at the Archie Edward Blues Barbershop:
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)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016, 7:30PM
THE MUSIC CENTER
The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385
Primary Blues: Blues 101 for Families
With a special introduction by Mercy Morgenfield,
Daughter of Muddy Waters
Go back to the well for a refreshing taste of the blues that the entire family can enjoy. America’s enduring musical genre is presented in a 45-minute, multimedia concert by alumni of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program. These topflight musicians are ready not just to entertain but also to teach you the basics of the full-hearted, foot-tapping music we call the blues. Where did it come from, how did it evolve, and what’s it all about? You’ll get the lowdown on call and response; 12-bar blues chord progression, lyric structure, and improvisation. This music lesson brings the blues and its iconic artists to life.
Come early and witness our area’s Piedmont blues tradition live! Strathmore is proud to present the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation musicians in the Lockheed Martin Lobby prior to Shades of Blues Music Center performances. Learn more about AEBHF.
Kelley Hunt in Concert at the Glassie "Joint"
Friday November 4th, 2016 at 8pm
$20 per person
Contact Jeff Glassie at
Our good friend and acclaimed roots/blues/Americana recording artist and singer songwriter Kelley Hunt is coming back to DC for an intimate house concert Friday Nov. 4, at 8:00pm. Requested contribution is $20 per person. Please reserve a space at email@example.com.
What’s extra good about this show is Kelley will show up toting a bunch of brand new material. She’s likely to have a presence on 5 releases between now and mid-2017 including a new studio album next year and our audience is going to get a first look at some of the new work being considered for that studio project. As always, Kelley’s writing covers a broad spectrum and she’s never been shy about taking on social and political issues so in the current climate we expect a few fireworks.
She also promises to open up all of the rest of her catalog as well, including songs from her current release “The Beautiful Bones,” which critics have called the best work of her career. Anyone who has been here for past Kelley Hunt shows already knows how special the experience is. Don’t miss this one. Just Kelley, her incredible voice, a piano, a guitar…and you!
Here is a link to one of Kelley's performances:
WHO WE ARE
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.
GET IN TOUCH
You can mail us donations or information to the following address: The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 10124
Washington, D.C. 20018