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Latest Events for AEBHF


Open Mic Night at the Barbershop, Thursday March 2, 2017

Jim Groves



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.
















M.S.G. live in Concert at the Barbershop
Saturday March 11, 2017 - 8pm
4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale MD 20737
Cost for the Concert is $20
To reserve a seat at the workshop email

MSG The Acoustic Blues Trio

M.S.G. - The Acoustic Blues Trio

performs traditional Piedmont blues. Their style of music has been influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker, and Cephas & Wiggins. This band can raise the roof with some old-fashioned house party tunes, make you laugh with their witty originals and then make you weep with blues ballads! They all perform with the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation Band. They have performed at numerous regional festivals including: Blues in the 'Burg, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Artscape, and Bayou Boogaloo. They have also had the honor of performing on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage






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Acoustic Blues and Beyond! with this elegant country blues ace

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Sunday, March 19 
1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Location: Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation

4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
cost for the workshop is $35

To reserve a seat email:

From the Piedmont-style fingerpicking of Mississippi John Hurt to the more uptown sounds of the great Lonnie Johnson, Mike is a master of acoustic blues and bottleneck slide guitar. Participants in this very hands-on workshop will learn licks, tricks, and a couple new tunes in open D and G as Mike demonstrates syncopations, chord shapes, turnarounds and alternating thumb and slide techniques. Learn how Mike uses his slide to add color and expression to tunes, both in and out of the traditional blues songbag.

This workshop will be geared toward intermediate to advanced players. Handouts provided, audio recorders encouraged - but no video cameras please!

From bottleneck blues to classic swing, Mike Dowling is versatile, masterful, and difficult to pigeonhole. When the late, great Vassar Clements heard him play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing: he hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere."

Before embarking on a solo performance career Mike also worked and recorded with mandolinist Jethro Burns and jazz great Joe Venuti. In 1996 he packed up his guitars and his fishing gear and traded Nashville TN for a little cowboy town in northwestern Wyoming where he and his wife opened Wind River Guitar and began to host students from throughout the world who travel to Wyoming for the opportunity to study with him. 

Mike continues to write and record from his Rocky Mountain retreat and maintains a busy tour schedule performing and teaching at music camps and workshops throughout the country. His instructional material is available from Homespun Tapes and Acoustic Music Resource. He's an authorized ambassador for National Reso-Phonic Guitars and shares a Grammy with ten of his fingerpicking peers for their solo acoustic arrangments of Henry Mancini tunes on an album called "Pink Guitar."

"I don't play guitar when Dowling's in the band; you don't take the game warden fishing." 
--- Jethro Burns










FSGW LogoFolklore Society of Greater Washington
In Collaboration with
Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
The Queens of Everything - In Concert
Friday March 24, 2017 at 8pm
4701 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale, MD
Suggested Donation: $20 FSGW Members $10


The Queens of Everything

The Queens of Everything are a New York-based acoustic roots trio inspired by traditional blues-uptown and lowdown-and old-time country

The band was formed in 2013 by Liz Rabson Schnore (uke, harmonica, guitar), Jennifer Sirey (guitar, percussion) and Arminda Thomas (banjo, banjo uke, guitar), who share lead and backing vocal duties.













Gina DeSimone

Guitar Workshop-Moving up the Neck with Gina DeSimone
Saturday April 1, 2017 at 11:15am

Cost is $15
To reserve a seat at the workshop email:




Hello Piedmont Pickers,

In April and May, Gina DeSimone will conduct a two-part guitar series on movable chords. In case you are stuck on the first 3-4 frets of your guitar these workshops will shift you into higher gears (chords and positions) up the neck of your guitar. The workshops will be on Saturday, April 1 and on May 6, 2017 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. I suggest you arrive no later than 11:00 p.m. to register and tune. This is what Gina said about the workshops:

“We'll discuss moveable chords from several different perspectives. First we'll learn the notes up the neck on a few strings so that you will know where the root notes of the chords are. Then we'll take an "A" chord for example, and learn the different shapes of it as we go up the neck. We'll do that exercise with several chords and in some common keys for the blues. When we get comfortable with moving each chord up the neck, we'll fit them into some songs and practice the chord shapes. Another subject we'll cover is where the I-IV-V chords are in relation to each shape as you go up the neck. If we have enough time we'll also discuss how we can use these chord shapes as a platform to solo from. We'll play “a lot!” in this class so that by the end you should have a good understanding of the chords and how to use them (sent from my kayak).“

Dropbox links 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.






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Blind Willie Workshop


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Latest events for our
Friends of the Barbershop

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

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  • 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)

For more information send an email to







Gina DeSimone House Concert with Mike Dowling
Saturday March 18th, 2017 at 8pm
Silver Spring, MD
For address and reserve seating email:

Concert cost is $20


Mike Dowling



When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and Clements called him simply "One of the finest guitarsts there is, anywhere". Before embarking on a solo career, Mike also worked and recorded with mandolinist Jethro Burns and jazz violin great Joe Venuti. But in 1995 after years in various ensembles and a successful stint as a Nashville songwriter, Mike packed up his guitars and his fishing gear and moved from Nashville, Tennessee to a little mountain town in northwest Wyoming where he and his wife opened Wind River Guitar, a unique residency school for private master instruction. Mike continues to write and record from his Wyoming retreat and maintains a busy tour schedule performing and teaching throughout the world. He's released eight critically-acclaimed albums on his Wind River Guitar label and shares a Grammy for his contribution to a Henry Mancinni compilation recording called Pink Guitar.  From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz , Mike draws inspiration from deep in the musical bag of American roots guitar. His  understated mastery of all things six-stringed, coupled with an engaging voice, a self-deprecating wit and an arsenal of elegant guitar interpretations has firmly secured his place among the musical masters of his generation.

"I don't play guitar when Dowling's in the band. 
You don't take the game warden fishing" -- Jethro Burns

"A solid night of great acoustic blues." -- Austin Chronicle

"Outstanding jazz-grass guitar." -- The Nashville Scene

"One of the best pickers we've heard in a long time." -- KZYX, Philo, CA




Phil Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis


Acoustic Blues with Phil Wiggins & Eleanor Ellis
Saturday April 1, 2017 at 8pm - 10:30pm
Carroll Arts Center
91 W Main St,
Westminster, MD 21157

Tickets: At CommonGroundOnTheHill




CGOTH LogoDC native Phil Wiggins is one of America’s foremost blues harmonica players. With over 3 decades as half of the acclaimed Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins, Wiggins cemented his place in music history. He has contributed music and appeared in films including Matewan and Blues Houseparty, performed in the play Polk County (winner of the Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Musical), served as musical director for theatrical productions, and taught. Wiggins continues to collaborate with musicians including Corey Harris, The Chesapeake Sheiks, Nat Reese, and many others.

Singer/guitarist Eleanor Ellis began her musical career in bluegrass and folk music, before transitioning to Piedmont blues. She has traveled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and bluesman Archie Edwards, and accompanied Delta Blues great Eugene Powell. One of the most significant women in the acoustic country and Piedmont blues genre, she is a founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, has written about the blues for several publications, and is producer and editor of the video documentary Blues Houseparty. She has numerous recordings, and has performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Learn more about Phil Wiggins at his website HERE.

Learn more about Eleanor Ellis at her website HERE.

Watch video of Phli Wiggins and Eleanor Ellis performing together HERE.










Del Rey

Del Rey House Concert at the Hot Sauce House Concert Series in Poolsville, MD
Friday April 7, 2017 at 7:00pm

Cost is $20 to the Artist
Contact Kay Douglas for address and reserve seating



“Del Rey, One of the Ukulele’s Most Important Players and Teachers” Ukulele Magazine 2016   Read the story…

“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Del Rey is one of the most sublime modern guitarists. “ La Hora del Blues Barcelona


"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.
 “The ‘ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship”.      (John Book)

“Virtuosic in just the right way, which is to say, in order to realize a musical idea. A very nice unlikely blend of things, accessible, slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. ” (CD Baby review, “At The Ukeshack #1)

I play solo concerts world wide and also present a concert/lecture on women musicians called Women In American Music.  I also collaborate and tour frequently with Steve James, Suzy Thompson and Adam Franklin.

Hot Sauce House Concerts












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. 


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


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