Archie's Barbershop


Editorial Review

For decades, a Northeast Washington barbershop owned by blues legend Archie Edwards was the site of famed Saturday afternoon blues jam sessions. Musicians of all skill levels were welcome to drop in and sit in and jam on the acoustic Piedmont blues with Edwards, the award-winning duo Cephas and Wiggins, or some beginners who wanted to learn about the music.

Even when Edwards passed away in 1998, the musicians stuck around, created the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and kept the weekly jam sessions going. The barbershop's landlord sold the building in 2008, so the jams were moved to HR-57. And in March 2009, the jams moved to an empty bookstore in Riverdale.

Jam sessions are on Saturdays from 2:30 to 6. There is no cover charge, though donations are gladly accepted.