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Acoustic Blues Jams

Saturdays, 1-5 pm

Starting June 26, weekly acoustic blues jams          

return indoors from 1-5 pm at Archie's Barbershop (4502 Hamilton St., Hyattsville. MD).

The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation will be following the county Covid guidelines for indoor meetings. County guidelines state:


"Effective, Friday, May 28, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., the Prince George’s County mask mandate has been lifted. Fully vaccinated individuals can resume normal activities without wearing a mask."

Only patrons who have been fully vaccinated may attend. We trust that all of our family who attend will honor these guidelines. If you haven't been vaxed - GET VAXED.

About the 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!


To all of our friends and patrons:  We all recognize that this has been a difficult year 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 and open mics, and outdoor jams during good weather, we are finally returning to our weekly jams inside our building.

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 for your support!

Location of "Archie's Barbershop"

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation

4502 Hamilton Street

Hyattsville, Maryland


Upcoming Events

Acoustic Blues Jam

Saturdays, 1-5 pm 

Weekly Saturday acoustic blues jams return

indoors at Archie's Barbershop. In accord with county Covid requirements for indoor meetings, only vaccinated patrons can attend.

Saturday, July 17 -- 11 am

Jazzing Up Your Blues

Guitar Workshop/Matt Kelley

Expand your musical palette while staying rooted in the blues tradition in this workshop with award-winning guitarist Matt Kelley.

Sunday, August 1, 4pm

Concert: Erin  Harpe

Erin Harpe has been called “one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting blues women on the scene” by Living Blues Magazine and is a fine player of finger-style guitarist. The singer, songwriter, guitarist, and band leader was recently named New England’s “Blues Artist of the Year.”

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




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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.  

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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.