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Outdoor Jam is ON
Saturday, August 1, 1-4 pm
Saturday Blues Jams, 1-4 pm
Outdoors, Weather Permitting
Since the advent of Covid, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation has adjusted our regular Saturday afternoon jams. Following state and local guidelines, we have been holding the jams outdoors -- weather permitting. Saturday, July 18 temperature is predicted to be in the upper 90's with a heat index of over 100 degrees, too hot to enjoyably jam.
Check the Facebook pages and website for weekly updates. Latest update will be Saturday mornings by 10am.
Gatherings of fewer than 50 people -- as long as social distancing is maintained – are now permitted under the COVID-19 reopening order from Prince George’s County.
Social Distancing: Everyone should maintain a 6' social distance.
Masks: Jammers and attendees will be asked to wear a mask (not while singing or playing oral instruments).
Health Screening: We will also be taking the temperature of all attendees and asking everyone to respond to a short set of questions.
Hand Sanitizers/Disinfectant Spray: The Barbershop will have some on hand, but please bring your own and donate some to the Barbershop if you can. Each person is responsible for his/her own sanitizing,
Chairs: Chairs that have been disinfected will be set out. But if you would feel safer or more comfortable, feel free to bring your own.
Singing: Reports indicate that singing is an excellent way to broadcast virus, so we will try to keep singing to a minimum.
Stay Home: If you have any symptoms of Covid 19 or have been exposed, STAY HOME.
Thanks to everyone in advance for your cooperation.
DETAILS ABOUT THE JAM
Time: Begin at 1 pm, end at 4 pm
Location: Parking lot behind Archie’s Barbershop,
Canopies: AEBHF now has four canopies, which can provide adequate shade and space for about 12 people. If you have a canopy the Barbershop can borrow, please bring it.
Limited Indoor Access: The back door will be open for access to the bathroom and refreshments only; otherwise, remain outside. The front door will be locked.
Questions? Direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
CHECK AHEAD TO CONFIRM. A determination based on the weather will be made by 10 am Saturday morning as to whether the jam will take place that day. Check this AEBHF website and/or the AEBHF Facebook pages to confirm.
We are funded almost entirely by donations. Our operating expenses (such as rent) continue even though we are closed. 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.
Location of "Archie's Barbershop"
Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
4502 Hamilton Street
Saturday acoustic blues jams have resumed, outdoors, weather permitting, from 1pm to 4 pm. Check ahead on this website or the AEBHF Facebook pages on the day to confirm that the jam is happening.
Zoom Guitar Classes
The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is continuing our guitar workshops virtually, using the Zoom platform.
Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming classes.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
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.