Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation
Named after one of DCís greatest blues musicians, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation hopes to preserve and promote the blues heritage in the Washington, DC area. Housed out of Archie's old Barbershop in Northeast DC, the foundation offers workshops, performances, exhibits, videos, and lectures, but perhaps most notable is the informal jam session open to the public every Saturday afternoon. Whether or not you play an instrument, Saturdays at the barbershop are a great time and prove that the spirit of the DC blues is very much alive.
DC Blues Society
The DC Blues Society is an all volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues. They sponsor an annual festival, monthly jams, a Black History Month Celebration, and shows by local musicians. Their monthly events calendar is a valuable resource for anyone interested in tapping into the world of DC blues. Also look here to find out what artists have emerged in the local scene.
Right on Rhythm
Right on Rhythm is a record label, but its website is a resource by its own merit. The site provides information on the artists, clubs, and calendar that comprise the DC area blues scene. This is supplemented by similar information for about Zydeco and jazz.
The Bad Influence Band
Because their description is so great: Heralded as Washington DCís premier blues band, Bad Influence has been rocking music houses and heating up dance floors all along on the East Coast since its humble beginnings in 1988. Ever-growing crowds turn out for the band's scorching hot and sinfully addicting blues-infused fare, charged with a masterful blend of sensuously rough edges wrapped in soulful smoothness, riveting rock currents and potent shots of swing and American roots. All this is signed, sealed and delivered in a suggestive, in-your-face finesse captivating even the most stoic of mind, body and spirit. Their latest CD, Tastes Like Chicken, won the 2001 Best Blues Recording award from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE).
We have always been a blues town!
This article is a historical account of the blues in Washington, D.C. The author, M. LaVert, is a former Vice-president of the D.C. Blues Society. This article was first published in the Annual Blues Festival Program.