The Foundation’s mission is to keep acoustic blues traditions alive though education, performance, and community. To continue, we need your help. We are an all-volunteer organization, operating on a shoestring on funds provided by donations and the efforts of a volunteer crew. If you have been affected by what we do, or you just love the music, please consider donating to the Foundation to help us continue to be a positive voice in the world.
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SECTIONS ON THIS SITE
Our Story -- Origins and history of AEBHF, officers and directors, annual reports
Awards -- National and regional awards given toAEBHF''s work
Barbershop in the News -- Media stories about Archie's Barbershop
Archie Edwards -- Biography, bibliography, discography
Piedmont Blues -- Description, selected artists, bibliography
Generation to Generation -- AEBHF founders, In Memoriam
Calendar -- AEBHF events with descriptions and details
Saturday Blues Jams -- Weekly acoustic jam tradition
Concerts and Workshops --National, local artists at the Barbershop
Barbershop in the Community --Aacoustic blues at schools, events
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
Gallery -- Photos of Saturday jam participants over the years
Videos and Sounds -- Videos on piedmont blues, the Barbershop, and artists; sound recordings
Memorabilia and artifacts displayed at the Barbershop
Donations -- Link for making online donations
Barbershop Ensemble -- Engage Barbershop ensemble for events
For more details about these events, please visit the Events/Calendar section of this website.
Acoustic Blues Jams
Saturdays, 1-5 pm
On Saturday afternoons, musicians gather for an acoustic blues jam at Archie's Barbershop. The jams welcome vocalists and an eclectic mix of acoustic instruments. Listeners are welcome too!
Acoustic Open Mic
Third Thursday of the Month,7:30-10:30 pm
Acoustic musicians may play three songs of any genre. The evening concludes with a jam if time permits. Listeners are encouraged to attend.
(Note: Resumes in January 2024)
First Saturday of the Month 5-7pm
The Swing Jam brings together musicians who are interested in playing swing jazz music. All instruments and vocalists are welcome.
Second Sunday of the Month 1:30-3:30 pm
Uke players gather to play songs in a variety of styles and eras. All levels welcome. A one-hour educational session preceeds the jam.
FREE MUSIC CLASSES
at the Hyattsville Branch Library
November 4 and 18, December 2
Singing the Blues: 10:30 -11:30 am
Beginning Uke: 11:30 am -12:30 pm
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.