The Chamber – Parousia’s Exclusive Showcase Venue

In May of 1984, the newly reformed, streamlined all original Parousia moved into a rented loft at the corner of Elmwood Ave and Kenmore Ave, which was soon to become known as “The Chamber.”

It was the birthplace of our most ambitious artistic musical phase.

At the Chamber we developed our music into a multi-media event and worked to make every show a new opportunity to create an interesting and memorable concert with an “in the round” feel, up close and personal.  It was raw, and not over-produced. You could hear and see the music the way we wrote it and played it.

All-in-all we performed 12 shows at the Chamber.  We stated in 1984 not long after Gerry moved into a flat on the other side of the building with Jim Couch (Guitarist for the Factor, Future History and Camouflage).  Both of those guys were working at Tops, which was about 100 yards away on the same side of the street.

Parousia inhabited the entire second floor of this building, which became "The Chamber" a dozen times 1984 - 1986.

Parousia’s 1st Show at The CHAMBER 05.26.1984

Our first show at the Chamber began on May 26, 1984.  It was spring time and we had been rehearsing our new original songs for about seven months now.  The last member in was Billy Simms who joined the band to play keyboards in March of 1984.  Billy heard our Loft Studio recording of “People’s Court”  and ever since wanted to be part of the band.

By May, we were ready to give it a trial run in front of an audience.  We started nice and easy and invited close fiends and family to start us off.  We had family helping us with sound and lighting like Keith Huels and Barry Cannizzaro.

Your formal invitation, so dress appropriately!

Your formal invitation, so dress appropriately!

Parousia Band shots at Chamber 1- 1986

Garth at Chamber 11 -1986

Garth blending into the decor at The Chamber

Parousia’s 2nd Appearance at The CHAMBER 08.11.1984

We learned from the last show and decided to make a few tweaks to the over all show.  We worked hard on creating an interesting stage presentation and transformed the back wall behind us to a cyclorama of art.  That took us a couple of months and now it was time to try it again, this time expanding our invites to everyone who wanted to party and see a live show.  In the city of Buffalo and Kenmore that meant about everyone between the age of 13 and 45!

Parousia promises an end to all parties

Well, apparently it didn’t end ALL parties (see below)

Paousia Band shots at Chamber 2 - 1986

Parousia backdrop 1986, Courtesy of Kim Montesano of Viv's Fabrics, asks the timeless question - - Yes?

Parousia backdrop 1986, Courtesy of Kim Montesano of Viv’s Fabrics, asks the timeless question – – Yes?

Parousia Returns for a Pre-Christmas Showand “Keep Running” Video Release Party at The CHAMBER 12.22.1984

This was our third concert party at the Chamber.  We were getting the hang of it by now… free beer, free food and live music was the winning combination for our friends and fans.

We finished mastering the Keep Running video in October and began distributing copies in November.  We decided to have our video release party in December when people we knew (like Gregg Filippone, the producer) were visiting Buffalo for Christmas.  We had a fine gathering of family, friends and well wishers at this event and after a special live performance of select Parousia songs we played the video.

The party became so big it spilled over into the upper flat adjoining the Chamber where I lived with roommate Jim Couch. Here is a link to some ‘snaps’ of our release party promo pic’s and the ensuing melee known as the after-party. https://parousiabuff.com/video/keep-running-video-release-party-chamber-12-22-84

Invite for the CHAMBER video release party 12.22.1984

Try counterfeiting this, mofo!

Patt Connolly Rocks The Chamber 1984

Patt Connolly Rocks The Chamber 1984

Bob Lowden feeling Gerry's North drums at The Chamber

Bob Lowden Feeling Gerry’s North Drums at The Chamber

Garth posing for some sort of post-glam look!

Garth posing for some sort of post-glam look!

After Over a Year of Performances in Other Venues, Parousia Returns to The CHAMBER 04.26.1986 with their Exclusive Momentum Show!

We took a year off from putting on these shows at the Chamber to take our show on the road.  We played at Broadway Joe’s on Main Street in Buffalo and then Plant 6 on Delaware in Kenmore.  That helped build our audience in both cities and we were attracting a lot of fans with our specialty themed shows and original music.

Now that spring was here, we figured it was a perfect time to start up again with our local concerts at the Chamber which is right on the border of both Buffalo and Kenmore, the perfect location for our current fan base.

This particular evening was a great show… our all-age music concerts at the Chamber were becoming quite the popular event in the neighborhood.  Was it the loud rock music, the catchy tunes or the free beer?  I’m not sure, but we pulled in over 150 people this night.  The place was literally packed down into the parking lot!

I’m not sure who thought of the idea to hire off-duty cops as security for our shows, but that move really paid-off and helped keep the Buffalo and Kenmore police off our backs each time we played.

We have nine videos from this one show thanks to the covert film work of Tom Martin, a good friend and fan.

You can see all nine videos here:  https://parousiabuff.com/video/peoples-court-performed-live-chamber

Invite card. the Chamber 'Exclusive Momentum' - 4.26.1986

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Parousia live at The Chamber 04.26.1986

Parousia live at The Chamber 04.26.1986

Show Number 5 for Parousia at The CHAMBER 05.17.1986 with Special Guest “Camouflage”

The success of our first Chamber show in 1986 sent a message loud-and-clear throughout the neighborhood.  And that message was that the Chamber was the place to party for gals and guys of all ages without worry.

As a result, our second show in 1986 was even bigger than the last.  Over 200 people showed up for this gig.  The Chamber was packed to capacity and the parking lot was full of people.  We had off-duty police men as security, patrolling the grounds which kept the on-duty officers off our back and from breaking up the show.

I was looking forward to this show.  My roommate Jim Couch’s new band Camouflage was going to perform as the opening act.  Jim knew a lot of people and most of them were at this show.  At this point we were still calling it the “Rock Chamber”, but starting with the next show we dropped the “rock” henceforth to be known simply as “The Chamber”.

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Camouflage

Camouflage

Jim Couch and Camouflage with Ed Wasilowski & Rob B.

Jim Couch and Camouflage with Ed Wasilowski & Rob B.

Flyer- the Chamber 05.17.1986Parousia Band shots at Chamber 4 -1986

Time for a 6th Appearance by Parousia at The CHAMBER 05.31.1986 with Special Guest “The Moment”

Invite card - the CHAMBER 05.31.1986Flyer - the CHAMBER 05.31.1986Band shots at Chamber 8-1986

Holy [email protected], Parousia’s 7th Show at The CHAMBER 06.14.1986 with Special Guest “The Fun”

The name of this particular party at the Chamber was called the “OOG VOT” party as a kind of an experiment.  We called it that because of the oversized letters that would sit across the front of my drum platform.

We would use the letters to spell out crazy words at shows and change it every now and again.  Throughout the last couple of shows, the letters for what ever reason spelled out the word “VOGNU”.  Well, I guess some people thought that “VOGNU” was the name of our band because as we were performing people would shout out, “Vognu… yeah!”  For this show we decided to use the letters to spell out “OOG VOT” to see if anyone shouted out… “OOG VOT rocks!

Invite card - the CHAMBER 06.14.1986Flyer - the CHAMBER 06.14.1986Parousia Band shots at Chamber 9 -1986

Riding the Momentum, Parousia Cranks Out Show #8 at The CHAMBER 06.26.1986 with Special Guest “Trinity”

Invite - the CHAMBER 06.28.1986Flyer - the CHAMBER 06.28.1986Chamber 10 -1986

Celebrating Show #9 by Parousia at The CHAMBER 07.12.1986 with Special Guest “Take 22”

Invite card - The Chamber 07.12.1986Parousia Band shots at Chamber 3 -1986_v2

A 10th Show by Parousia at The CHAMBER 07.26.1986 with Special Guest “Axmen”

Invite card - the CHAMBER 07.26.1986_v2

Visual and performing artist Rober Stuart Lowden

Visual and performing artist Robert Stuart Lowden

Flyer- the CHAMBER 07.26.1986

axemen 1985 usa skate

Axemen 1985 at USA Skate

axemen riverside 1987

Axemen at Riverside Park 1987

axemen riverside park 1987

Axemen at Riverside Park 1987

Parousia Flyer- the CHAMBER 07.26.1986

Parousia Performs a Magickal 11th Show at The CHAMBER  on Garth’s Birthday 08.02.1986 with Special Guest “The Riddlers”

Invite card- the CHAMBER 08.02.1986Flyer - the CHAMBER 08.02.1986Parousia Band shots at Chamber 5 -1986

Parousia Completes the Set with Show #12, Our Final Performance at The CHAMBER 08.09.1986 with Special Guest “The Cry”

This was our twelfth and final show at the Chamber. We had a great send off crowd.

After this, we were set to move out and store all of our equipment at a facility called “Ultimate Storage” on Delaware and Kenmore until our big move to Hollywood California in January 1987.  After Parousia moved to the West Coast we rehearsed, recorded and performed there for another six years up until 1992.

 

Invite - the CHAMBER 08.09.1986Flyer - the CHAMBER 08.09.1986

Parousia Band shots at Chamber 6 -1986

What was next for Parousia? Stick around and find out….

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1 comment for “The Chamber – Parousia’s Exclusive Showcase Venue

  1. John Carey
    January 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I played Gerry’s (North) kit back in the mid 80’s when my band Axmen played their room on Kenmore !!!

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