Parousia Escapes Tetanus At The Rusty Nail, Jamestown NY – Sept. 18, 1981

The Rusty Nail in Downtown Jamestown had it all: a swank atmosphere, attractive crowd, ‘two for one’ drinks and 10 cent chicken wings.  Best of all, it was a solid rock club that was paying us $350.00 to perform on a Friday night.

The road from Buffalo, NY to Jamestown, NY

The road from Buffalo, NY to Jamestown, NY

The road-trip to Jamestown started from Garth’s house on Comstock Avenue in Buffalo, NY.  The Parousia convoy consisted of a rented 14’ truck (stuffed to the gills with equipment) plus two cars driving along the 90 W and then the 60 S, past Dunkirk and Fredonia.

Our detailed and precise directions to the Rusty Nail in Jamestown, NY

Our detailed and precise directions to the Rusty Nail in Jamestown, NY

As you can see by the note paper… we never really got clear instructions on where to go from our booking agent.  The best we could hope for was “It’s on the left hand side. Look for a Mr. Donut on the right hand side” or something equally vague.  We didn’t have Google Maps in those days and AAA didn’t provide a triptik listing “The Rusty Nail”.  Patt (Mr. Map) would always have to work on fine-tuning our trip strategy.

Finances for the Rusty Nail show.

Finances for the Rusty Nail show.

Parousia was paid $350.00 to trek out to Jamestown NY to perform at the Rusty Nail.  Of course expenses were high due to the distance but fortunately the truck rental expense was spread-out over three contiguous shows.  Gregg came out with us. He set up and ran sound for $50.00.  Mike Carroll ran lights for $40.00.  Dave Styn, head roadie earned his $20.00 and the rest of the road crew, Keith, Steve and Tom (Tim) earned $10.00 each.  Barry and Steve were reimbursed a total of $30.00 for gasoline. Other expense paid included $4.00 in tolls, $57.00 for a Motel and finally Backstage Productions took their booking fee ($52.50) for securing the gig.

The Rusty Nail 200 Washington ST. Jamestown NY

The Rusty Nail 200 Washington ST. Jamestown NY

The Rusty Nail - Jamestown, NY

The Rusty Nail – Jamestown, NY

The Rusty Nail was located West of Main Street and just North of West 2nd not far from the Chadakoin River.

The Rusty Nail. 09.18.1981

Inside the club, Parousia was hyped as “Appearing Friday: Rockers from the 97 Rocks’ Album” and that we were!  It was just weird and ironic that the one song chosen to be on the 97 Rocks album was “Miss Ogyny”,  a song that Kim Watts co-wrote and sang. When Kim left the band in May over a dispute, we stopped performing the song (unless forced to by popular request).  Still, our name and Kim’s song was out there now and we suddenly had a lot of new attention on us because of it.

Miss Ogyny_97 Rock 'Buffalo Rocks' Vol.1 1981

The Rusty Nail kicked off its live entertainment week on Wednesday night starting with Lizard King, (a well known Doors tribute band that played all along the East Coast).  On Thursday it was a band called Tarkus, performing the music of Pink Floyd and E.L.P.

tarkus

Saturday featured a band we knew from the Music Mall, Broken Silence who recently landed a track (“Love for the First Time”) on the WPHD 103 FM “Homegrown album”.

103 WPHD Buffalo Homegrown Album 1981

Parousia’s performance at the Rusty Nail in Jamestown on Friday, September 18th was part of a three-day road-trip.  The Rusty Nail gig was sandwiched between gigs at the Starting Gate Café in Buffalo NY (on Thursday night, September 17) and the Wooden Nickel in Olean, NY (on Saturday night September 19).

Parousia at the Wooden Nickel, Olean, NY

Parousia at the Wooden Nickel, Olean, NY

The cool thing about performing back-to-back is that the road crew didn’t have to return to the Music Mall at the end of each night to load and unload the equipment from the truck.  We simply kept the equipment on the truck and drove to the next gig.

Overall, September 1981 was an incredibly busy month for the band.  Beginning on Sept.3rd with a live radio broadcast on WGRQ (97 Rock) from Uncle Sam’s!  That one gig really kicked it off for the band.  Suddenly Parousia was playing everywhere. Then, on Sept. 4th and 5th we played Friday and Saturday night at Plant-6 on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, NY.

Parousia at the Plant-6, Kenmore, NY

Parousia at the Plant-6, Kenmore, NY

On September 10th the band played an encore performance at Uncle Sam’s and on September 11th, we performed a concert in the social hall at Buffalo State College.

Parousia at Buffalo State college - September 11, 1981

Parousia in concert at Buffalo State college – September 11, 1981

Parousia ended the month playing a gig on September 25th, at the Kinfolk Corral in Franklinville, NY.  In hindsight, a gig the band probably shouldn’t have played!  Shit, we knew we were in big trouble when the sign on the marquee read, “The Kinfolk Corral, Family Fun Country Style!”  Hee Haw!

Those good ol’ shit-kickers, PAROUSIA

Those good ol’ shit-kickers, PAROUSIA

1 comment for “Parousia Escapes Tetanus At The Rusty Nail, Jamestown NY – Sept. 18, 1981

  1. Barry Cannizzaro
    May 2, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Well; the only noteworthy thing I can remember about Parousia playing at the Rusty Nail; is the very strict admonition (warning) by the bar owner; who came up to me and Eric on stage BEFORE we started our first set that night (actually as were setting up) and “read us the riot act” about not smoking any cigarettes on stage whatsoever. He told us that the band or bands before us had done so, and to that end burned some massive MAD holed in his carpeted stage. This man was livid over those incidents; and would have our heads if we didn’t listen to his request. Guess what? Our keyboard player Eric Sheda ignored what he said; smoked his damn cigarettes (being the human chimney he was); and proceeded to burn some MAD holes in his rug. Needless to say we got our “arses” chewed out; and never played there again. ‘Nuff said pilgrims!

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