On Saturday, July 12th 1986, Parousia held its ninth show-case performance at the Chamber, the band’s personal creative and performance space located near the corner of Kenmore Avenue and Elmwood Avenue.
The Chamber, as we called it, was a warehouse where the band held its shows immersed in an artistic environment. It was on the border of both the city of Buffalo and Kenmore which made it convenient for many of our friends.
Whether you were driving to see Parousia from the suburbs or from the city, The Chamber was centrally located. And if you wanted a six pack of beer, a bag of chips or a pack of cigarettes, all you needed to do is walk across the street to the Convenience Store (Stop N’ Go at the time) to satisfy any cravings before attending the secret forbidden rock party at the Chamber… Oh, earlier I might have mistakenly said “secret forbidden SEX PARTY” … oops! My bad!
By now, the Chamber was creating a local buzz. I knew the band was drawing serious attention when I read an article in a local newspaper that talked about “a new club with live rock music at the corner of Kenmore and Elmwood with lots of parking”. The article went onto describe the writers experience at one of our shows and said the Chamber was a unique “up and coming” rock club. Thank goodness the land lord never found out…
Tonight’s show featured the band “Take 22” as the opening act. By now, some of the local fans were becoming disinterested in attending each one of our Saturday night shows and so we counted on the energy of the opening act to bring ‘fresh blood’ into the room and to an extent, it worked. We picked up a few new fans here and there but more importantly, we exposed lots of new live music fans to the name Parousia and the type of music we wrote and played.
Thanks to: John McGovern, who ran the sound board for free and did an incredible job for both bands, given our limited P.A. equipment. Barry Cannizzaro ran the light show and Mark Sparacio ran the slide-show projector.