Hertel Happening Outdoor Summer Concert – 08.01.1981

Parousia played the “Hertel Happening” festival in August of 1981.  I like doing those outdoor daytime things, it’s a nice change from the nightclub scene, but I remember during this show, it was so hot I had a hard time keeping my guitar in tune, that was a real challenge. The Hertel Happening was like a big block party where they blocked off Hertel Ave from Colvin to Delaware, I think, for a long weekend, and had street vendors and attractions, lots of good food of course, music, and all the local businesses and restaurants ran promotions and special events.  I always enjoyed attending, it was kind of like the Allentown Art Festival but not as crazy, and it was a great opportunity to showcase the band, even if we did have to pack up and get to another gig that night. That part of the city has a strong Italian presence, so the Hertel Happening eventually became the Italian Festival and is an even bigger annual event in North Buffalo today.

(1) Hertel Happening 08.01.1981

Left to right: Bob Lowden, Barry Cannizzaro, Garth Huels, Eric Scheda, Patt Connolly (in front).

(2) Hertel Happening 08.01.1981

Patt Connolly, Barry Cannizzaro, Garth Huels, (Steve Stein- roadie in yellow T-shirt)

(3) Hertel Happening 08.01.1981

Patt Connolly on flute with Bob Lowden (bass) and Gerry Cannizzzaro (drums)

(4) Hertel Happening 08.01.1981

Gerry North Cannizzaro

(5) Hertel Happening 08.01.1981

Robert Lowden (bass) and Gerry Cannizzaro (drums)

(6) Hertel Happening 08.01.1981

Gerry North Cannizzaro and his surrealistic North drum kit

 

Buffalo Evening News  - Hertel Happening 08.01.1981. Delaware to Colvin Ave

Buffalo Evening News – Hertel Happening 08.01.1981. Delaware to Colvin Ave

Dave Styn - Lead Roadie and Sound Engineer

Dave Styn – Lead Roadie and Sound Engineer

Buffalo Backstage August 1st, 1981

Buffalo Backstage August 1st, 1981

 

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