At the Chamber, we focused on creating alternative music and developing our overall presentation. We took the time to develop multi-media concepts and then turn them into events, such as “Art & Science”, “Time & Space”, “Church & State” and “Love, Lust and Wreckage”.
Every show was a new opportunity to create an interesting and memorable concert with a close-up-and-personal feel. It was raw, not over-produced. You could hear and see the music the way we wrote it and presented it.
All-in-all Parousia performed 12 shows at the Chamber. We started in 1984 not long after Gerry moved into a flat on the Kenmore Avenue side of the warehouse with Jim Couch (Guitarist for the Factor, Future History, Camouflage and others). Both of those guys were working at ‘Tops Friendly Markets’, which was about 200 yards down the street, past Kenmore Lanes.
By May 1984, we were ready to give our new music a trial run in front of an audience. We started nice and easy, scheduled our first show on May 26, a Saturday night. We opened the show to a select audience comprised of friends and family for the first go-around.
We had veteran roadies helping us with sound and lighting. Keith Huels, who ran lights and hauled equipment for Parousia from 1979-1982 and Barry Cannizzaro, rhythm guitarist for Parousia 1975-1982. It was a good first debut. We observed the crowd’s reaction to each and every song. It helped us identify the rough-spots and where to focus our attention.