The success of the band’s April 1986 Chamber show sent a message loud-and-clear throughout Buffalo and Kenmore… the Chamber was a hassle-free “safe space” art & music hangout for fans of all ages!
Parousia’s second show on May 17, 1986 was even bigger than the last. The hip combination of live music, alcohol, weed and little to no supervision attracted the attention of fans in Buffalo and Kemore and as a result, the band pulled in a crowd of 200+
The entire second floor was packed to capacity and it spilled out into the parking lot. We hired off duty policemen as security guards, working the party, patrolling the grounds and collecting ‘donations’ at the door. The off-duty cops kept the on-duty cops (from Buffalo and Kenmore) off our back, leaving the band, its entourage and fans to roam free as free-range chickens.
I was looking forward to this show. My roommate Jim Couch’s new band ‘Camouflage’ was the opening act. It was an easy gig for both of us, since we lived in the same building. Ed Wasilowski, Jim Couch and Gerry Cannizzaro worked at “Tops Friendly Markets” for many years. The store was located just down the block on the same side of the street (Kenmore and Grove). A lot of our fans came from that store and were frequent familiar faces in attendance at the Chamber.
Notably, this was Bill Simms second gig with Parousia as keyboardist. In addition to being a solid rock musician, having Bill on-board helped free-up Patt to run-about and play more flute-parts. Bill previously played bass for Parousia back in 1978.
Bill noticed the band was still referring to our warehouse space as ‘the Rock Chamber’. He suggested we drop the ‘rock’ part… Well, since Bill just came back from L.A. after four years, we figured he had a better connection to what was “hip”. So, right after this show, we dropped the “rock” part to henceforth be infamously known as “the Chamber”.