Spring time found Parousia springing back to the Holland Willows way out in Holland NY.
Our Saturday May 9th show at the Willow’s was part of a very busy month for the band, full of ups and downs.
It all started on Friday, May 1st at The Starting Gate Café, 1671 Seneca Street in South Buffalo. Then, on the following day, Saturday May 2nd, Parousia played The Bachelor’s Den, 15 LaSalle Avenue at Delaware Ave, in Kenmore NY. On Wednesday, May 6th it was Parousia’s first time playing at the upstairs club, Graffiti’s, 479 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY (above the former Casa-Di-Pizza location).
Parousia was paid $300.00 to play a Saturday night at The Willow’s. Dave Styn (head-roadie) ran sound for $28.00 (including $8.00 in gas money). Mike Carroll ran the lights for $40.00. Bob’s friend came along as a roadie for $10.00. Rick from Backstage took 15% ($45.00), the truck rental cost $46.00. I (Gerry) got $5.00 for ‘roadie work’. Then, the band had to pay $50.00 to replace a blown diaphragm in a treble horn and lastly, $3.00 spent on something called “supplies” (Maybe drugs? The really really cheap kind?)
After tonight’s show at the Willows, Parousia’s next scheduled performance was on Thursday, May 14th at The Old Harmony Bar, 28 Memorial Drive, Buffalo NY. Then on Saturday, May 16, the band headed to The Eagle’s Roost to play along the lake in Olcott, NY. Then on Thursday, May 21st we were back at one of our most favorite clubs to play, Dad’s Café, 1895 Clinton Street, Buffalo NY. The next night on Sunday, May 22nd, the band played New York New York, 935 Harlem Rd, Buffalo NY. Then… at the end of the month, a gig we could have done without, Friday and Saturday night (May 29-30) at Lou’s Inn in Westfield, NY.
Gigs were coming in fast and furious around this period in time. The band played all over Western NY., in clubs far-away from our home town, like Holland NY, Olcott NY and Westfield NY. Much of our new found popularity was caused from the airplay and advertising generated by Parousia’s original song “Miss Ogyny” featured on the recently released 97-Rock (WGRQ) “Buffalo Rocks” album released three-months ago in February.