This was the band’s first performance at one of the biggest night clubs in Buffalo. Uncle Sam’s featured national recording artists and the best bands that Western NY had to offer. Tonight, Parousia was appearing as an opening act for Crossroads, a popular local band that like us started out playing at McVan’s nite club.
Right around this time, Parousia received a mention in a local newsletter, “The Tops Friendly Times” published by Tops Friendly Markets. It had a large audience for a newsletter. One thing about retail workers, after a hard day’s work they liked to go out, drink and party to live music. Parousia gave them options on where to go.
The exposure from the Tops newsletter helped Parousia pick up a new few fans, like the Palish sisters. Ah yes, life as a stock-boy at “Tops friendly market” was challenging and demanding, but also a lot of fun!
Crossroads, the band we were opening for, later changed their name to The Beez. Like us, their booking agent was Dave Buffamonti of Backstage Productions.
Crossroads /Beez played songs by Aerosmith and a decent version of “I Shot The Sheriff” by Eric Clapton. At the top of their game, the Beez opened-up for the progressive band Ambrosia at Shea’s Theater in downtown Buffalo. …our band was pretty depressed when we found out. Parousia’s original music would have been a good compliment to Ambrosia’s music.
It felt like once again, our band had been overlooked for a golden opportunity… but then, lady luck (the bitch goddess who giveth and taketh away at whim) bestowed upon Parousia the shining glory of being chosen to have our song “Miss Ogyny” appear on the first 97 Rock Album. Our level of exposure in Western NY just went up exponentially!
Then she gave Parousia the dream gig of a life-time, a live radio broadcast of our performance at Uncle Sam’s in front of many screaming fans. Parousia was one-up on the Beez at that point!