Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, a non-profit
organization, is keeping East coast acoustic folk blues alive. Archie
Edwards grew up in rural Franklin County, VA where he learned to play
the guitar from his father. After serving in the Army during World War
II, he moved to Washington, DC where he eventually opened the Alpha
Tonsorial Barbershop in 1959, which soon became a meeting place for
local and national musicians. Archie's Barbershop, located in NE
Washington, DC, functions as a museum, music hall and educational
facility. Tonight, we recognize and celebrate. the importance of this
institution as one of our own traditions. Be sure to pick up the new CD
featuring local blues musicians to raise funds for the Foundation.
Tonight's musicians include Mike Baytop, Eleanor Ellis, MSG
and maybe a few surprise guests will sit in!
Mike Baytop is founding president of the Archie
Edwards Blues Heritage
Foundation, a student of Archie Edwards and has
performed in the Washington DC area for many years. His new cd with
Rick Franklin Searching For Frank was
recently featured in Living Blues Magazine.
Eleanor Ellis, also a founding member of the Archie
Edwards Blue Heritage Foundation ,is a veteran
performer who has also just released a CD Comin' A Time. It was
been chosen as a Pick-to-Click
on XM radio's Bluesville and is recieving regular airtime.
M.S.G. - The Acoustic Blues Trio can raise
the roof with some old fashioned house party tunes and then make you
weep with its blues ballads. They are: Jackie Merritt,
from Norfolk, VA, (harmonica, vocals & percussion); guitarist Miles
Spicer from Washington, DC, who demonstrates the distinctive
technique of the Piedmont style in his playing; and vocalist Resa
Gibbs from Virginia Beach, VA, known for her silky, soulful
and heartfelt sound. Snakehead Run (Papa Denny, Bro Mark, Son Bunch) -
Plays an infectious, driving variety of old-time acoustic blues that
often has audiences on their feet whooping and dancing.
From bass player/band member with luminaries like
Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall and Ringo Starr, Freebo has achieved status
and respect in a creative and highly competitive field. Not satisfied
with simply resting on his laurels, Freebo has continued to push his
creative envelope, and has evolved into an award winning
singer/songwriter of whom The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Freebo’s
stepping into a new role of singer/songwriter suits him well.” His live
performances, mainly on acoustic guitar, take you on a musical and
lyrical ride, creating an intimate unity with his audience.