Parousia played the “Hertel Happening” festival in August of 1981. I like doing those outdoor daytime things, it’s a nice change from the nightclub scene, but I remember during this show, it was so hot I had a hard time keeping my guitar in tune, that was a real challenge. The Hertel Happening was like a big block party where they blocked off Hertel Ave from Colvin to Delaware, I think, for a long weekend, and had street vendors and attractions, lots of good food of course, music, and all the local businesses and restaurants ran promotions and special events. I always enjoyed attending, it was kind of like the Allentown Art Festival but not as crazy, and it was a great opportunity to showcase the band, even if we did have to pack up and get to another gig that night. That part of the city has a strong Italian presence, so the Hertel Happening eventually became the Italian Festival and is an even bigger annual event in North Buffalo today.