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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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Acoustic Blues Jams

Saturdays, 1-5 pm 

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!

Location of "Archie's Barbershop"

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation

4502 Hamilton Street

Hyattsville, Maryland 20781


Upcoming Events


For more details about these events, please visit the Events/Calendar section of this website.



October 18 - October 21 

In October, the AEBHF will hold several events as part of our year-long celebration of the Foundation's 25th Anniversary.

Wednesday, October 18   7-9 pm

'"Blues Houseparty" Film Showing

This film documents the Washington area's acoustic blues scene in 1989. Comments and narration by Eleanor Ellis and Phil Wiggins.  Location: Hyattsville Library. Free

Thursday, October 19    8 -10 pm

Concert: Ale Ponti

Award-winning Italian Blues guitarist Ale Ponti, will perform a  concert from 7-9 PM.  Free

Friday, October 20  8-10 pm

Legacy Concert: 

Eleanor Ellis and Jay Summerour

The first of AEBHF Legacy Concerts features Eleanor Ellis and Jay Summerour, who have a long history with the Barbershop.  Free


Saturday, October 21  7-10 pm

Barbershop Gala: Dinner and Dance

Culminating the Anniversary weekend, AEBHF is holding a gala dinner and blues evening at the Hyattsville Busboys and Poets, featuring the DC Mudd band, dinner, and a cash bar.  

$50 per person.

Saturday Night After Party at the Barbershop.


Concert: Erin Harpe with Jim Countryman

Friday, September 29  8-10  pm

Join us at Archie's Barbershop to hear country blues at its best by one of best acoustic fingerpickers and singers.  Free concert sponsored by AEBHF.



Blues Workshops at Hyattsville Library

The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is sponsoring a series of free classes to teach beginning guitar and blues harmonica to individuals aged 12 and older. Instruments will be provided to those who do not possess them.

The Hyattsville Library is located at 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. .

Beginning Guitar

September 30, October14, October 28  10:30-11:30 am,

Beginning Blues Harmonica:

September 30, October14, October 28  11:30 am,-12:30  pm

For more information or to express interest in participating in a class, send an email to, subject “Library Classes.”


Acoustic Blues Jams

Saturdays, 1-5 pm

Weekly Saturday afternoon acoustic blues jams at Archie's Barbershop.

Acoustic Open Mic

Third Thursday Every Month


Musicians may play three songs, with a jam at the end if time permits.  Listeners are encouraged to attend.




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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.  


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.     

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