Back Once More At Frank’s Casa Nova, Saturday November 15th, 1980

Parousia at Forest Lawn 1980

Parousia 1980: Gerry Cannizzaro, Garth Huels, Eric Scheda, Kim Watts, Patt Connolly, Barry Cannizzaro, Robert Lowden.

After night fall, we left the comfort of Forest Lawn Cemetery to play at the historic Frank’s Casa Nova one last time.  The band was in a real funk during this time period.  Our newsletter (below) pretty much sums up the string of bad-luck recently… like on Thursday October 9th at 4:30 in morning. We had just finished unloading all of our gear after a show at the Holland Willows when our equipment truck lurched backwards into Barry’s foot, crushing it against a concrete step.  Not good!

Parousia newsletter 11.13.1980

Surprisingly, we didn’t let that mishap slow us down too much.  Two days later on Saturday October 11, we played a full show at the South Towner in Orchard Park, NY, (another ‘nightmare gig) and then again the next night on Sunday October 12, at Melanie’s in Williamsville.  At both those gigs, Barry had to play guitar on stage sitting in a Lazy Boy recliner borrowed from Garth’s Mother. We couldn’t even afford a proper wheel chair!

Parousia - 'Rockers' Magazine October 1980

Parousia – ‘Rockers’ Magazine October 1980

After that, we took a break for two-weeks and then got back on the ‘crazy train’ starting on Saturday November 1st with a Halloween show at Bill’s Lair out in Gowanda, NY.   Then on Saturday, November 8th we played at the Buff-State Dance Marathon with other local bands, The Road, Stross Fletcher, Cisco Ducks and The Keys.  On Saturday November 15 we were back at Frank’s Casa Nova one last time…

Frank's Casanova Flyer. 11.15.1980

Frank’s Casanova Flyer. 11.15.1980

We went “all out” for our fans at this final Frank’s show, offering free photos and stickers… hands-off the buttons though; one of those will cost you 25 cents!  Garth bought a button maker and Kim learned how to use it pretty quick. She made a ton of buttons in no time!

Fare well to Franks Casa Nova - 2216 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo NY

Fare well to Franks Casa Nova – 2216 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo NY

Dave Buffamonti, our booking agent at Backstage Productions, began shepherding us away from clubs like Frank’s and McVan’s and lead us into new pastures out in Holland, Olean, Jamestown, Gowanda and Wheatfield.  (For real… those places were out in farm-land!).  More and more we found ourselves gigging out of town or in the suburbs.

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