Lake Mariposa Chapters 17 to 19

When they arrived at the main stage area there was no doubt that it was dope that Rick had been smelling. Misty started rolling out their blankets. She brought three blankets along and they were all very colorful. One had a picture of a tiger’s head with a black background. The second one had an engraved picture of the Grateful Dead. The third one was a print of The Beatles Abbey Road album cover. One blanket was for Lloyd, one was for Rick and Sasha and the third was for Misty. Lloyd had given Misty an extra large one as he figured it wouldn’t be long before she would find a male companion somewhere in this crowd.

The first band to take the Main Stage was a band called Next. Their lead singer was a great vocalist named George Boulanger. Next opened their set with their new local single, Tobacco Road, a cover version of a song

originally recorded by The Nashville Teens. As Next rocked through their set Misty was busy rolling joints which she generously passed down the line. Rick really didn’t like smoking marijuana but in the spirit of the occasion he took a quick toke when a joint was passed his way. By the third song Sasha had cuddled up beside Rick.

After Next finished their set a stage crew came on to change up the equipment for the next band, Brother. In later years Brother would prove to be a legendary band. They were Winnipeg’s first super group featuring three of the city’s most prominent musicians. Kurt Winter was on guitar, Vance Masters was on drums and Bill Wallace played bass and sang lead vocals. The Lake Mariposa gig was one of their debut performances. Brother was a unique band in that the band both wrote and played only original material. This super group was unfortunately short lived. When the internationally famous Guess Who’s guitarist, Randy Bachman left the group they quickly replaced him with two guitarists, Greg Leskiw and Kurt Winter. The loss of Kurt Winter meant the end of Brother. Ironically both Bill Wallace and Vance Masters would also end up in The Guess Who as the band juggled line ups. But this afternoon Brother was intact and were playing in top form. Their set consisted of original compositions such as Bus Rider and Hand Me Down World. As Brother performed on stage Lloyd started to pass out cans of beer to Rick, Misty and Sasha. To combat the inevitable marijuana munchies the group snacked on Old Dutch potato chips. This intimate group rocked and grooved happily along with the music.

After about half an hour Sasha gave Rick a nudge. “Rick I need to pee. Will you walk with me to the washrooms?”

“Of course,” replied Rick brushing some potato chip crumbs off his red tank top shirt. “Yeah, the beer’s starting to get to me too.”

Rick and Sasha navigated their way around the bodies in the crowd that were either standing up, sitting or lying down. It was a beautiful day but it was starting to get very hot. Most of the audience seemed to be having a great time, smoking cigarettes, sitting or dancing, smoking dope, drinking beer or

eating snacks. The air smelled sweet with the aroma of marijuana and Patchouli oil.

Rick and Sasha held hands as they found an open pathway on the way to find the washroom facilities. When they arrived they discovered that the washroom amenities amounted to a row of about ten Port-O-Sans. People were lined up two or three deep waiting for the next available portable outhouse. When one of the Port-O-Sans was finally vacated, Sasha walked towards it. She got within five feet of it when she said to Rick, “I can’t go in there Rick. If I go in there I”ll puke.”


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