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Chapter 14.5. Rumble Fest, Acid, and Meth.
The festival ended. It was a mess. We lost a lot of money. And I barely even slept.
I still owed $400 to Mothers of Gut and Habits who came all the way from Los Angeles. They also had a horrible time, except when they were on stage and then partying. They had a horrible time on their way down to Tijuana. They got a flat tire, got in trouble at the border, and it was a general mess. They also got up on stage later than promised but made the most out of it.
Not only that. I promised them $400+ expenses. I only paid them $400, it was all I had. As in, seriously, all I fucking had. $64 were left in the bank. And I had no real income.
We thought that we were going to make money with Rumble Fest.
Fuck were we wrong.
And all the signs that it was going to be wrong were there. And I knew it. But we were having too much fun.
I crossed the border to the US with the bands and gave them the cash. I didn’t sleep for over 20 hours and border crossing took us around 2 hours. I was destroyed. And cashless.
I went home, got food, got plenty of water, dropped acid, and floated away for what seemed days.
After everything that happened… everyone was on acid during the festival except me. It was my turn. I could see my body floating away as I blasted live concerts on YouTube by Battles and other noisy/mathy bands. I rested on acid. Again, as if floating/levitating in the middle of the room.
Months before Rumble Fest, we were organizing mini-festivals. It involved bands that were going to be featured in the event and other minor bands that asked us to be in it but we couldn’t. We did one or two every weekend. This often involved music, alcohol, and drugs.
Sex. Sex was also included and random.
Everyone was single. And we ruled the stage, the entrance, and the party. The party never fucking ended.
The party started since the idea of Rumble Fest came about. We worked. But work was partying. And coming up with ideas. And talking to bands.
I did a lot of the work.
The website. The ideas. The actual fabrication of what was going to go down. Logistics. They never trusted me fully, and a lot of that went wrong. Logistics. I had some contacts in the music industry and other vendors.
David had the crazy idea and the contacts for music and party people.
Chad had the contacts for music and artists.
And for three months we coordinated to make it all happen.
J-Mar came later. He had contacts and his own ideas. His band was opening the festival. We needed his support.
After many preview shows, the date of Rumble Fest was near. Which was a week before my birthday.
The ultimate party celebrating that this shit was actually happening. At the gym, with our partners.
Tecates abounded. And we drank for a long time.
Cocaine was also available. And though I don’t like the drug, I partook.
Suddenly, we were running low on beer and out of cocaine and it was past midnight.
Someone said he had a contact for both. Forty minutes later when only one beer was left, the contact showed up with a 24-pack and more cocaine.
Party saved… momentarily.
That was harsh cocaine.
In fact, it didn’t feel like cocaine at all.
We were at the gym. There were mirrors everywhere. So I remember staring myself in the mirror and realizing I just did some meth.
My hair was crazy, I felt insanely energized and powerful, my eyes were bloodshot red, and I had a sudden thirst for everything.
That feeling continued the next day.
And the next day.
And almost to the next day.
We drank Tecates throughout the whole weekend. Mostly at Tropics Bar.
That’s why I loathe that place.
And many other reasons…
That year, 2015, was the last time I went there, near Christmas time.
Except, I broke my promise of not going there last week. When friends from Minnesota came over and we were invited there. It wasn’t as horrible as my memory painted it.
It was on Sunday at Tropics Bar when I started to feel the fucking worst withdrawal feelings ever. Thank god I don’t really fucking smoke cigarettes or ever dabbled with heroin.
It was a fucking nightmare.
I was wearing sunglasses at night like a fucking douchenozzle. But I did it because my fucking head felt horrible. I was a zombie. I was fully awake but tired as fuck. I knew the only thing that would make me feel better would be more meth.
Or “cricais” (crick-ice) cocaine mixed with “ice.” That’s what it was.
That shit was fucking nasty.
To top it all off, there were four women at the bar that I have previously slept with. One crazy chick, one girl that I fell in love with and the feelings weren’t mutually, and two one-night stands.
And there I was with. Feeling like shit. Drunk as fuck and coming off from meth. And ex-lovers in the same bar talking to other lovers.
“Tijuana es un cojedero, se cree ciudad, pero es un pueblito.”
Tijuana is a fuckfest, it believes its a city, but it’s just a small town. I was warned about that when I first arrived in the city. It was. It still is.
One week to Rumble Fest. Nothing was really ready. Problems were mounting. Everything was falling apart. And the solution were more drugs and alcohol.
Clean the fuck out of the area where the fest was going to happen. Fell behind in permits. The vendors were confused. The sound was a shitty contractor. The bands were a mess. And organizers…
Organizers were kept together by drugs, friendship, Tecates, and a fucking belief that we could pull the best fucking concert ever out of our asses.
For some people it was. For a lot of others, it was a fucking disaster.
It had its highlights, for me, it was 100 Onces. That was it. That was the only moment I enjoyed myself for a second.
The rest was running around FUCKING everywhere answering fucking EVERYONE about FUCKING anything. And almost everyone was on fucking drugs. Which made things worse.
I had to kick out bands off-stage. Held the ankle of the drummer of the Wax Children to let them know it was their last song. They expanded that last song for many minutes and I had to grab his ankle again. Everything fucking behind schedule.
And bands always want special treatment. They are all rockstars in their heads.
I had to kick out one of the bands. I told them that I couldn’t be giving everyone fucking blowjobs. And they came in demanding instead of helping. The schedule was way behind, and they wanted the stage. Told them it wasn’t their turn, they got up on stage anyway.
Kicked them the fuck out.
Not your fucking turn.
Many were helpful, many were in drugs (yet still helpful), and most seemed to enjoy themselves.
Only one band were complete ratdicks, they don’t exist anymore, so it’s not even worth mentioning them. Great musicians. Shit attitude.
The other, San Pedro El Cortez, they were the fucking best. They didn’t care what happens as long as they could have beers. They played at 4 fucking a.m. The last band to play. And they were happy to do so. With a shit drum set and without checking sound over and over. They just went up on fucking stage and did their thing.
And that’s the last time I tried organizing a major event. And I don’t think I ever will. Unless I get paid a lot and the investment is not my money. And that’s never going to happen. So yeah.
I rarely even go to shows nowadays.
This last week I went to two. That felt good. I should go to more. But no more drugs. Those days are behind me.
That’s what your twenties are for, right?
Hunter S. Thompson would disagree. But I don’t have his talent or his wit.
One show was in San Diego. Kirby Dream Band. Nerdy shit. It was great.
The other was in Tijuana with my Minnesotan friends. Perdición. It was hardcore. It was fucking loud. Very fucking loud. Dangerously fucking loud.
Minnesotan friends couldn’t handle the loud. So we bounced after a few songs.
That was after days and nights partying in San Diego, one night in Tijuana, Minnesotans were hungover as fuck, we still fucking managed to party somehow.
No strip clubs.
They did that in Southeast Asia. And didn’t feel the need to do it anymore.
My stories are enough.
I don’t need new stories.
And I only have a few left before I’m done embarrassing myself.