Parousia started the new-year performing at a club called The Sundown Saloon January 7, 1982 on Route 16, in Chaffee, NY,. The club was a 60-mile round-trip from the Music Mall in Cheektowaga, NY. where the band rehearsed.
The club was celebrating its second year in business and its first year anniversary since becoming a ‘general’ rock club. Prior to that, the Sundown Saloon booked mostly country and southern rock bands like Quarterhorse, Backroads, Moonshine Express, 10-Gauge and Papa John Creech.
When Kevin Sprague, the owner, realized there wasn’t a decent general rock club in the area, he broadened the bookings to include progressive and contemporary rock bands like Parousia, Tarkus, Paul Pope, Cock Robin, Benhatzel, Cheeks, Fat Brat, Actor, Buxx, ASG and many more…
We were no strangers to the layout of the Sundown Saloon, the band played on the same stage back when the club was known as Brush Gardens in 1979, a time when a fledgling Parousia was just starting to venture out of the nest of Buffalo to test their set of eclectic songs to … well, essentially hicks… some of it went over well, (Free Bird, Can’t You See…) but others… eh, not so much (School, the Portrait…).
After Brush Gardens, the club was re-named the Ranch House and then simply ‘Sundown’ where it allegedly was known for fights and dilapidated conditions. When Kevin Spague purchased the building in 1980, he refinished the entire front and built a boardwalk; inside he replaced the floors, rebuilt the walls and constructed a sound booth. Kevin had plans to build a large gaming room in the basement, but it never came to fruition.
We found the Sundown Saloon audience in 1982 to be much more diverse and open to hearing new and different classic rock songs. This was much improved from our last go-around in 1979.
The band played its heart out to entertain the audience with songs from Jethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Focus, Bowie, The WHO, the Doors, the Cars and our own original songs.
The crowd liked it and the owner liked it and life was good! Backstage Productions jumped in, made the arrangements and Parousia was booked for another gig at the Sundown Saloon in March.