Sitting in the Park Forever: Bob Abrahamian Memori on
Sitting in the Park Forever: Bob Abrahamian Memorial Record Hop
w/ Windy City Soul Club and appearances by Reggie Torian (The Impressions), Cliff Curry (The Notations), Doug Shorts (Master Plan, Inc), Keni Rightout (Center Stage), Hollee Thee Maxwell
When Chicago soul record collector/historian/archivist Bob Abrahamian died earlier this year he left behind perhaps the most complete collection of rare Chicago vocal R&B 45s and an invaluable archive of hu over a hundred interviews with unjustly obscure local artists recorded for his Sitting in the Park radio program (on WHPK) and made available on his sittinginthepark.com Website. Though record collecting can be a cutthroat field, Abrahamian was kind and moral in his pursuits, not only committing himself to sharing the music and stories of his heroes, but also befriending and helping out these retired musicians, generously offering them his time, money, and computer skills. Not surprisingly, when word came out that Abrahamian’s family needed to raise funds to archive, preserve, and digitize his collection, many of his colleagues and friends in the Chicago soul scene were anxious to lend their talents....
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