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 November 5, 2015

Willie Leebel

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.





Piedmont Picking Class with Eleanor Ellis

Saturday November 7th, 2015 from 11:15am to 12:45pm

Cost is $15



On Saturday, November 7 2015, from 11:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (AEBHF) will host the third of our once-a-month acoustic guitar workshop series. AEBHF guitarist Eleanor Ellis will be exploring Dropped D tuning. Eleanor indicated we would do an overview of the tuning itself and concentrate on “Babe I Want You To Know”, one of Bo Carter’s few non-risqué songs.

We encourage participants to arrive between 11:00 and 11:15 to register and tune guitars, so that Eleanor will have the full 90 minutes to cover all the workshop topics.

The overall goal of the series is to provide an overview of acoustic blues guitar with emphasis on the fingerpicked Piedmont style. Following the workshop, participants will be provided with videos of the techniques used.

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.


Nina Casey and Jeff Clair in Concert at the Barbershop

Saturday November 14th, 8pm


reserve your spot by emailing:

Join this talented duo for an evening of intimate music in a cabaret style setting Saturday November 14th at 8pm. Email or sign up on this Facebook page to attend. Cost is $10 for the concert.







Beginner Harmonic Lessons At the Barbershop Part Three November 21st and the 3rd Saturday of the month through December 2015
with Geoff Seals at Archie Edwards Blues Barbershop
4701 Queensbury Road
Riverdale Park, MD

Cost for each workshop is $15
Bring a Harmonica in the key of "A"

Beginner harmonica lessons at AEBHF on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30am - 12:30pm for a total of four classes. The third session on 21 November will cover: Blues harmonica, call and response, how to solo, improvisation. The fourth and last session is on 17 December covering: Intermediate chugging, accompaniment, duo with guitar, vocal and harp mics,

Third Class 21 November, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Playing Blues on harmonica
Call and response

Fourth Class 17 December, 10:30am - 12:30pm:
Intro to duo with guitar
Vocal and harp mics


6th Annual Holiday Party

Saturday December 5th, 2015

1:00pm to 5:00pm

at the Barbershop 4701 Queensbury Road, Riverdale, MD


Mark December 5th, on your calendar for a great party at Archie's Barbershop, with food, beverages, a silent auction.

If you like, please bring food or beverages to share.
Especially Chili.

Last year's Silent Auction at our Holiday Party was a big fundraising success, so we're going to do it again...and we need YOUR help! 

DONATE ITEMS OR SERVICES: Please scour your closets, bookshelves, CD racks, cabinets, and all the nooks and crannies in your home for items you no longer need or want but might find a happy new home. Or, you can donate a service such as baking a cake, giving a music lesson, changing guitar strings, or providing a computer tutorial. Need some ideas for what to donate? Books, CDs, toys, pottery, jewelry, art, posters, musical instruments, tools, camping anything goes!

DROP OFF: You can drop off donations at the Barbershop any Saturday until December 1st, and we will post them on our website for Online items. If you have items but can't make it to the shop on an upcoming Saturday please get in touch with Willie Leebel at 410-257-6999) to make some other arrangement. 

Note: Items can be donated up to the last minute on December 6th, but items received after December 5th, will not be posted on our website for Online bidding. 

BIDDING: You can bid on items in advance Online until 5 pm December 4th, and at the Holiday Party on December 5. Bidding will close at 4 pm.



Lightnin Wells in Concert at the Barbershop

Friday, December 18

at 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost is $15

Archie Blues Barbershop

4701 Queensbury Road

Riverdale Park, MD

reserve seats at

"Mike "Lightnin'" Wells breathes new life into the vintage tunes of the 1920s and depression era America employing various appropriate stringed instruments in a dynamic style which he has developed in over thirty years of performing experience. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Wells learned to play harmonica as a young child and taught himself to play the guitar as he developed a strong interest in traditional blues and folk music. His many years of public performance began in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the early 1970s. During the following decades he has presented his brand of acoustic blues throughout North Carolina, the United States and Europe.

Lightnin' Wells produced the first commercial recordings of the N.C. blues veterans Big Boy Henry, Algia Mae Hinton and George Higgs. He has traveled and performed extensively with these musicians and has documented their backgrounds and musical histories for future generations. He is also a life-long student and devotee of the pioneering performers in the piedmont blues tradition which once thrived in the Carolinas, including such artists as Blind Boy Fuller, Rev. Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotton; deceased musicians whose influence seems only to grow with time.

His first solo recording Bull Frog Blues established his blues credentials while his sophomore effort Ragtime Millionaire strengthened his association with the Carolina-piedmont style of blues. His third release Ragged But Right stretched out to explore more facets of American folk music including old-time, country, jazz, ragtime, and early popular music as well as piedmont style blues selections.

The year 2008 saw two new Lightnin' Wells CD releases. Shake 'Em on Down was recorded on the west coast of the U.S. and features solo acoustic renditions of piedmont and delta blues with selections from the American old-time country and popular-music catalogs for added variety. Jump Little Children: Old Songs for Young Folks was designed with the younger listener in mind. These remastered home recordings offer a wide variety of American roots music including children's favorites, blues, folk tunes, old-time music and vaudeville.

Lightnin' remains an insatiable student and researcher, studying the various forms of American roots music from bygone eras. He plays a number of instruments besides the guitar including the harmonica, ukulele, mandolin and banjo. He has taught blues guitar at most of the leading "Blues Weeks" sponsored by universities and teaching organizations throughout the country. He served for ten years as a board member for the Music Maker Relief Foundation which assists elderly blues and old-time musicians to meet their basic needs and continues to serve this organization in an advisory capacity. He is presently included in the North Carolina Arts Council's Touring Artist Roster for 2008-2009 as well as the American Traditions National Roster through the Southern Arts Federation.

With his experience, knowledge and well-honed performance skills, Lightnin' Wells has established himself at the forefront of the traditional blues revival. His musical style is personal and energetic yet remains true to the original root form. His goal is to entertain and educate using a variety of sources, influences and techniques to express his dedication, respect and pleasure in presenting this unique American art form. Wrote one recent reviewer; "Whether you look for to performers for inspiration, education, virtuosity, or sheer entertainment, Lightnin' Wells delivers all the above, every single time"."




Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop


Kelley Hunt House Concert

Thursday November 5, 2015

At the Gina DeSimone venue

Silver Spring, MD

$20 at the door

Kelley Hunt is a fantastic blues piano player that puts on a great show. Email me at if you want to attend. Then I'll give you the actual location. Please arrive early so we can start on time! Check her website out.








Roddy Barnes House Concert at the Glassie Home

Saturday December 5 at 8:00 pm.

Cost is $20
contact is Jeff Glassie

"We are ecstatic to announce that Roddy Barnes will be playing a house concert at our home on Saturday December 5 at 8:00 pm.  This will also be a Release Party for Roddy's new CD (the perfect holiday present)!  The album "ODD" features new songs sung and played by various artists including Gaye Adegbalola, Bob Margolin, Gina DeLuca, Resa Gibbs, Andra Faye, and many more. All songs are written and composed by Roddy Barnes with themes that range from lost love to stalker love...boogies to gospel...oh...and aliens. 

We also decided it would be a great occasion for a Holiday Hat Party!!  That's right, please wear or bring a hat and you will find out why during the concert!

Roddy is one of our favorite people.  He is a fabulous piano player, song writer, and composer. A long time instructor at Blues Week at Davis & Elkins College, he has performed around the world in a variety of styles.  His song, "A Better World" was included in the Songs of Peace and Forgiveness CD we produced in 2006 as a benefit for the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (the Barbershop).

Suggested contribution is $20 per person.  We will have some beer, wine, and snacks, but happy for anyone to bring some too.  We are at 6622 Broad Street, Bethesda, MD 20816.  Please email if you will be attending to  Please invite your friends!!

​Here is some more info about Roddy as 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.

​See you then!​"

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