Parousia Live at McVan’s – June 1 and June 4, 1979

McVan’s, June 1979 (Friday June 1 with Rasputin & Monday June 4).

Here are three songs recorded live at McVan’s Nite Club, June 1979:

  1. This audio track is a cover of the song “School”, by Supertramp, ambitiously attempted by Parousia at McVan’s Nite Club, Saturday June 1, 1979. This is one of the band’s earlier shows, experimenting and ‘stretching its wings’ trying to recreate a live version of a heavily produced album track from “Crime Of The Century” using little to no effects, equipment that barely worked and a healthy dose of youthful enthusiasm.
  2. A live audio track from a very young Parousia covering the 1974 Elton John rendition of the song “PINBALL WIZARD” by the WHO, recorded live at McVan’s Nite Club, Monday, June 4th, 1979.
  3. Live from McVan’s its the rock band Parousia with a cover of the song, “Surrender” by Cheap Trick recorded June 1979. With musicians: Patt Connolly (vocals); Kim Watts (vocals); Garth Huels (guitar); Barry Cannizzaro (guitar); Dave Maltbie (keyboards); Robert Lowden (bass) and Gerry Cannizzaro (drums).


McVan’s holds a special place in my heart and memory, Parousia played there many times with many talented local artists (and like the ‘Gong Show’, some awful ones too).  The club was a classic dive in the 70’s.  It was a unique place for artists to experiment and get away with stuff a band would not dare to try in more mainstream establishments like After Dark, Stage 1 or Uncle Sam’s.  RIP Joe Terose and Thank-You for giving artists a space to stretch their wings! 

Barry Cannizzaro, Kim Watts, Patt Connolly and Gerry Cannizzaro at McVans 1979

Barry Cannizzaro, Kim Watts, Patt Connolly and Gerry Cannizzaro at McVans 1979

Barry Cannizzaro, Kim Watts, Patt Connolly and Gerry Cannizzaro at McVans 1979

Barry, Kim and Patt

Bob Lowden and Garth Huels

Bob Lowden and Garth Huels

This second picture features Robert “Bob” Lowden and Garth Huels.  It may be 1979, but I’m squeezing just a little more life out of my platform shoes!

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Dave Maltbie rocks the Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer 4100 and Moog Sonic Six (did I mention it’s 1979?). Dave was like, “how’d I get roped into this gig?”

Dave Maltbie rocks the Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer 4100 and Moog Sonic Six (did I mention it’s 1979?). Dave was like, “how’d I get roped into this gig?”

Friday June 1st, 1979 Parousia with Rasputin and Monday June 4th 1979

McVan’s weekly band listing. Buffalo Evening News

Ah, yes, the Buffalo music scene circa 1979!  Rasputin, Buffalo’s Kiss cover band.  They weren’t too bad, actually.  I see the Tourists, who later changed their name to the 3rd floor Strangers.  The Jumpers (featuring Terry Sullivan) were an exciting authentic “punk” band to experience but short lived.  Extra Cheese – – was eclectic independent radio personality Gary Storm’s band.  Great name!  Same thing with Davey and the Crocketts – – was that Pauline’s (of Pauline and the Perils) hubby’s band?

Buffalo's own "The Jumpers"

The Jumpers

Gary Storm promoting his band Extra Cheese

Extra Cheese featuring WBFO “Oil df Dog” DJ Gary Storm

Davy and the Crocketts

Davey and the Crocketts circa 1979

Buffalo’s “Davy and the Crocketts”

Rasputin 1979

Rasputin 1979

Parousia at McVans Monday June 4th, 1979

Ok, that’s funny.  We mention Buffalo’s 3 most popular cover bands at the time on our flyer, only to get your attention long enough to tell you, you won’t be hearing them tonight, but you can hear us!  (This was before society became so litigious)

Parousia as seen through the toxic haze of recently exploded flash powder *cough* *cough*

Parousia as seen through the toxic haze of recently exploded flash powder *cough* *cough*

Parousia Rocks McVans 1979

It’s coming back to me now – – the worn carpeted stage, Barry’s Kustom amp through his Sound City cabinet… (and are those Ludwigs? I think so! – I stand corrected, I have been informed those are Kent drums, manufactured right in our hometown!)

McVan's barstaff Linda, Lisa and Kathy, and McVan's owner Joe T

“Joe’s Angels”: Linda, Lisa and Kathy, plus McVan’s owner Joe T

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