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The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation ("Archie's Barbershop") is grateful to the donors and volunteers who have helped keep the work of the Foundation alive during these challenging Covid pandemic times.

Instead of spending time together in person, we have spent time in front of screens, working to keep the music and our connections to each other alive through online jams and workshops. When local health advisories allowed, we resumed in-person events including outdoor and indoor jams,  keeping our community safe by following strict vaccination and masking protocols.  Musicians representing Archie's Barbershop participated in both live and virtual community festivals and events.


Through it all, we have been committed to continuing the tradition learning and playing acoustic blues established by Archie Edwards in the 1950s. 

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.

To donate, click on the yellow DONATE

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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


Upcoming Events




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

Acoustic Blues Jams

Saturdays, 1-5 pm

Weekly Saturday acoustic blues jams have resumed indoors 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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Fingerpicking Blues Guitar Classes

with Gina DeSimone, 11 am -12:30-pm

Saturday, February 11--Bass lines and Turnarounds

Saturday, April 8--Blues Basics and Improvisation

Concert: Gaye Adegbalola 

Friday, February 24, 2023   8-10 pm

Gaye Todd Adegbalola, a Blues Music Award winner, is best known musically as a founding member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women (1984 – 2009), which toured the world for 25 years.   Saffire recorded exclusively with Alligator Records, and Gaye has six recordings on her

own label.  

Concert: Guy Davis

Friday,  March 17, 2023   8-10 pm

Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message o f the blues around the world, from the
Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues.” His work as an actor,
author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues.


Guitar Workshop:Guy Davis

Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:30 am-noon

Concert:  Andy Cohen

Saturday, April 22, 8-10 pm

Andy Cohen is a blues musician who plays mostly Southeastern music that was on 78’s. This includes blues, gospel, country dance music, fiddle tunes, monologues, ballads,classic rags, ditties, country songs and boogies.

Concert:  Hubby Jenkins

Friday,  June 23, 8-10 pm

Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. As an integral member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and later Rhiannon Giddens band, Hubby has performed at festivals and venues around the world, earning himself both Grammy and Americana award nominations. Today he spreads his knowledge and love of old-time American music through his dynamic solo performance.





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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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