Parousia’s First Appearance at McVan’s 1978

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 McVans 11.22.78 on the ‘Big Stage'

The ‘New’ Parousia. 1st Gig at McVan’s 11.22.78 on the ‘Big Stage’

Patt C. & Kim Watts and the 'End of the World' hand-painted back drop

Patt Connolly & Kim Watts and in the background the ‘End of the World’ hand-painted Parousia back drop

The Center Line up of Parousia at McVan's 11.22.1978
The Center Line up of Parousia

Patt Connolly Lead Vocals

Patt Connolly Lead Vocals
Patt Connolly - Flute & Lead Vocals - Parousia at McVan's 11.22.1978

Patt Connolly – Flute & Lead Vocals

Patt Connolly - Parousia's Front Man 1978

Patt Connolly – Parousia’s Front Man 1978

KIm Watts - Lead Vocals, Harmonica & Percussion

Kim Watts – Lead Vocals, Harmonica & Percussion

Kim Watts, Lead Vocals with Robert Lowden, Bass Guitar & Vocals

Kim Watts, lead vocals with Robert Lowden, bass guitar & vocals

Garth Huels - Lead Guitar & Vocals

Garth Huels – Lead Guitar & Vocals

Garth Huels- Lead Vocals - Parousia at McVan's 11.22.1978

Garth Huels- Lead Vocals

Garth H. and the infamous black Halifax Guitar

Garth H. and the infamous black Halifax Guitar

Barry Cannizzaro - Guitar & Vocals

Barry Cannizzaro – Guitar & Vocals

Barry Cannizzaro - Lead Vocals                                                                     Barry Cannizzaro – Guitar & Lead Vocals

Barry C. and the Fender Telecaster

Barry C. and his classic Fender Telecaster

Dave Maltbie - Wurlitzer Organ, Moog Synthesiser & Fender Rhodes piano

Dave Maltbie – Wurlitzer Organ, Moog ‘ Sonic Six’ Synthesiser & Fender Rhodes Piano

Dave Maltbie- Wurlitzer Organ

Dave Maltbie- Jammin’ on the Wurlitzer Organ

Gerry C. on Kent Drums (double kick drum)

Gerry North Cannizzaro with his Kent Drums (double kick mania)

Gerry Cannizzaro - Cowbell & Bongos & Drums, Oh My!

Gerry N. Cannizzaro – Cowbells & Bongos & Drums, Oh My!

Gerry Cannizzaro - Drums & Percussion

Gerry Cannizzaro – Drums & Percussion

 

Gerry Cannizzaro - I can't reach my mallets!

Gerry Cannizzaro – I can’t reach my mallets!

Patt C., Barry C. & one-half of Kim Watts

Patt Connolly, Barry Cannizzaro & one-half of Kim Watts

 

Patrick Connolly, Flutist Extraordinaire, Riffing Away!

Patrick Connolly, flutist extraordinaire, riffing away!

Parousia Front Man & Woman, Patt & Kim Caught In A Hazy, Smoke Filled Rock and Roll Memory

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!

Where it all went down – McVan’s! Corner of Hertel & Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY

Parousia at McVans - First show at McVans 11.22.1978 Classic Low-Tech Flyer

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"

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

Parousia’s McVan’s debut, announced in the highly read, critically acclaimed “Tops Friendly Markets” news letter August 1978

 

9 comments for “Parousia’s First Appearance at McVan’s 1978

  1. Barry Cannizzaro
    June 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Wow everyone; talk about a blast from the past! Man was I one privileged guitar player to have played in such a uniquely creative original band called Parousia. This is the same place the great Jimmy Hendrix played, along with many other great artists. Plus, don’t forget about the fact that McVans was the only rock bar I can think of where the house cat was actually killed by a rat! Holy super sized rodent Batman! “Tanks for ‘da memories!

    Barrymannia!

  2. Barry
    November 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I remember this night when Alan Swan, one of our devoted fans screaming loudly in adoration after we performed the song ‘Suffragette City’ by David Bowie. I asked him afterwards why he got so excited over it and he said he never saw anyone’s hand move so fast when I was playing the E chord steadily with several beats before shouting the final word, Suffragette! Thank God he never caught me in the bathroom saying hello to “Rosie, and her five skinny sisters”; because that would have answered his question. TEE HEE! What can I say, us musicians all have our own technique building skills if you get my drift players!

    Barry the ‘dim-witted’ strikes again.

  3. Dave Dodson
    December 22, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Playing Jethro Tull?

    • Garth Huels
      December 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

      We did do Tull, not too shabbily I might add.

      • Dave Dodson
        December 22, 2013 at 12:44 am

        just cant imagine her with Locomotive breath.

        • Garth Huels
          December 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

          That was sung by our other guitarist, Barry, but we did do that one!

  4. Mary Beth Moretta-Huels
    December 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Wow…Look at my hubby Garth! You’re a string bean, lol!!!

  5. Gerry North Cannizzaro
    April 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Was it mere coincidence that Parousia’s performance with the new band was on the 15th anniversary of the JFK assassination, November 22, 1978?

    What about those rumors of Bob Lowden being seen on the grassy knoll 15 years earlier?

    Was that really Patrick Connolly marching in the band just ahead of the motorcade?

    Was the assassination a subversive attack by Star Seed Enterprise employee Garth Huels to prevent John F. from running for another term?

    Is it true that Barry and Gerry were the altar boys that accompanied the Catholic Priest who administered the last rites to Mr. Kennedy and what about Kim Watts who was seen leaving the Texas book depository just before Lee Harvey Oswald??

    To this day the rumor mills churn with these uncorroborated facts while conspiracy theorists spin their web of intricate plots… and who knows the true story?

    Perhaps the secret is hidden within the songs recorded by Parousia seven years later on the 22nd anniversary of the JFK assassination, at the Mark Studio sessions dated November 22, 1985. Listen for yourself and learn the truth:
    http://www.parousiabuff.com/songs/turnaround-ep

    • Gerry North Cannizzaro
      May 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      I need to take my medication.

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