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News and Announcements

Acoustic Blues Jams

Saturdays, 1-5 pm  

Outdoors, Weather Permitting

Due to the surge in Covid infections and the delta variant, the weekly acoustic blues jams will take place outdoors  in the parking lot behind Archie's  Barbershop.

1.  Jams will be held outdoors until further notice.


2.  All attendees must present proof of vaccination. You will need to show your vaccination card or a picture of it from your phone.

3.  The regular Saturday jams will be held on a week-to-week basis dependent on the weather. There will be canopies for cover, and the Barbershop will be open for bathroom use and refreshments. 

Check the AEBHF Facebook page linked below  on Friday or Saturday morning for any last minute cancellations due to weather conditions.

About the Saturday Jams


We welcome an eclectic mix of acoustic instruments -- guitars and harmonicas, piano, fiddles and mandolins, “bones” and other hand percussion instruments, flutes and horns, upright bass, accordions, vocalists, as well as unusual instruments such as washtub bass and musical saws.  Listeners are welcome too!

Support "Archie's Barbershop"

To all of our friends and patrons:  We recognize that this has been a difficult time for everyone, but a contribution to             "Archie's Barbershop" would be much appreciated so that we can continue our work to keep acoustic blues alive.  We are not going anywhere.  After a winter of virtual jams, workshops, and open mics, we have returned to live outdoor jams during good weather.

We are funded almost entirely by donations. Our operating expenses (such as rent) continue even though we are unable to host activities inside the building for now.  Please hit the DONATE button at the bottom of this page to learn more and make a donation to help keep blues alive! 


Thank you for your support!

Location of "Archie's Barbershop"

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation

4502 Hamilton Street

Hyattsville, Maryland


Upcoming Events

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Acoustic Blues Jam

Saturdays, 1-5 pm, Outdoors, Weather Permitting

Weekly Saturday acoustic blues jams have returned

outdoors at Archie's Barbershop. Proof of Covid vaccination required.

Saturday, October 23    11 am-12:30 pm

Slide Guitar Workshop:

Donna Herula 

Virtual (Zoom) workshop covering acoustic slide guitar techniques and songs of Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell.


Friday, October 29, 8 pm

Concert:  Andy Cohen

This versatile multi-instrumentalist plays blues, gospel, fiddle tunes, rags, ditties, country songs, boogies, and more.

Friday, January 7, 8 pm

Concert: Jon Shain

Known for his fiery acoustic guitar work, Jon's improvisations combine Piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime.

Saturday, January 8, 10:30 am

Guitar Workshop: Jon Shain

In this hands-on workshop, Jon will help students move beyond their plateaus, focusing on fingerstyle blues

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For more information about these upcoming events, go to the Events/Calendar page on this site.





The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is keeping acoustic blues traditions alive.  Through weekly Saturday jams, performances, workshops, exhibits, and lectures, AEBHF carries on the educational mission of celebrated Piedmont blues artist Archie Edwards. 


Archie Edwards (1918-1998) was a barber, teacher, storyteller, and master of the Piedmont style of blues guitar.  “Archie’s Barbershop” in Northeast Washington, DC, was a gathering place where generations of musicians and friends came to listen to and learn the music.  


Continuing a tradition that began more than 50 years ago by Archie Edwards at his barbershop, AEBHF hosts an acoustic blues jam every Saturday afternoon.  Musicians of all skill levels are welcome, and many music lovers stop by just to listen.