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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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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



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


Upcoming Events


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



AEBHF is pleased to announce the concerts lined up so far in 2024.  (More details in Events/Calendar.)

April 19: Alesandro Ponti

Italy's 2022 International Blues Challenge Winner


May 10:  Stephen Wade & Dave Evans

Banjoist, historian, storyteller, and folk singer Stephen Wade, with Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology Dave Evans.


The Hyattsville Library and Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation have teamed up to present free beginning guitar, harmonica, blues vocals, and ukulele classes. Classes will be held at the Library on Saturday mornings. There are two series of classes in 2024,  one this winter/spring and another in the fall.  See Events/Calendar for schedule and more information.



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 - 10 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)

Swing Jam

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.

Uke Jam

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 precedes the jam.



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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. 

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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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