McVan’s – Wednesday November 22nd 1978
This was Parousia’s first gig in a night club featuring the 7-piece ensemble format that launched the group into the flurry of writing, performing, recording and general notoriety that was to follow…
Gerry, Barry and Patt did play at McVan’s once previously, in what was supposed to be Parousia’s first gig there, but a last minute exodus of critical members turned it into a spontaneous musical experiment in which they billed themselves as Green Slime, performing an aggressive punk version of a Fleetwood Mac song, and an early rendition of the original I Like People (a “nice” song), among other things.
It was raw, unrehearsed chaos that fit right into the blooming punk rock scene that was growing in Buffalo at the time, and, I’m not saying they necessarily influenced anyone but, it’s not a big jump from Green Slime to Green Jello, the wacky punk influenced Buffalo band who had to “cease and desist” and change their name to Green Jelly. I’m not saying there’s any connection, just inferring and implying… Green Jello was great, by the way.
The ‘New’ Parousia. 1st Gig at McVan’s 11.22.78 on the ‘Big Stage’
Patt Connolly & Kim Watts and in the background the ‘End of the World’ hand-painted Parousia back drop
- The Center Line up of Parousia
- Patt Connolly Lead Vocals
Patt Connolly – Flute & Lead Vocals
- Patt Connolly – Parousia’s Front Man 1978
Kim Watts – Lead Vocals, Harmonica & Percussion
Kim Watts, lead vocals with Robert Lowden, bass guitar & vocals
Garth Huels – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Garth Huels- Lead Vocals
Garth H. and the infamous black Halifax Guitar
- Barry Cannizzaro – Guitar & Vocals
Barry Cannizzaro – Guitar & Lead Vocals
- Barry C. and his classic Fender Telecaster
Dave Maltbie – Wurlitzer Organ, Moog ‘ Sonic Six’ Synthesiser & Fender Rhodes Piano
Dave Maltbie- Jammin’ on the Wurlitzer Organ
Gerry North Cannizzaro with his Kent Drums (double kick mania)
Gerry N. Cannizzaro – Cowbells & Bongos & Drums, Oh My!
Gerry Cannizzaro – Drums & Percussion
Gerry Cannizzaro – I can’t reach my mallets!
Patt Connolly, Barry Cannizzaro & one-half of Kim Watts
Patrick Connolly, flutist extraordinaire, riffing away!
Parousia’s Front Man & Front Woman, Patt & Kim Caught In A Hazy, Smoke Filled Fash-Pot Induced Rock and Roll Memory
Where it all went down – McVan’s! Corner of Hertel & Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY
Parousia at McVan’s – First show at McVans 11.22.1978 Classic Low-Tech Flyer
October 1978 Article by Louise Brennen, featuring Parousia published in Canisius College’s “The Griffin”
Parousia’s McVan’s debut, announced in the highly read, critically acclaimed “Tops Friendly Markets” news letter August 1978