Rachel Flotard’s pretty much everywhere these days, and it’s win-win all the way.
Flotard’s best known as frontwoman for power pop outfit Visqueen (they’ll play Bumbershoot Saturday night September 4, 9:45pm at the EMP Skychurch). Between dozens of live gigs with her band, though, Rachel’s stretched her considerable singing chops onstage and on record with country chanteuse Neko Case and Seattle songwriter Rusty Willoughby.
The singer/guitarist/songwriter/spitfire chatted (electronically) with Ye Olde Concerts Examiner about the ten live shows that changed her life.
1) Public Enemy & Beastie Boys, Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ 1986
“My first ever concert as a teenager. I think my friend’s boyfriend got a white limo for it. That he saved, pape- route style, or pot dealing style, to impress his 15 year old woman. I was the chunky best friend who got to go along. This changed my life.”
“She f***ing ruled. It was at Giants stadium.”
“Some broad flew out on a wire during “Angel”. Someone told me it was Steven Tyler’s wife. Total BS.
This was the Permanent Vacation tour; A time when I lived at the Meadowlands in NJ and saw all my big rock.”
4) Pink Floyd.
“Again, someone’s funny Uncle drove me and a group of girls to see Floyd. We were idiots. Got separated. I lost my glasses, and was probably stoned. I ran into someone I knew and they got me back to the car after the show. It was like Adventures In Babysitting. I also watched the show from the nosebleeds as security wrestled someone off a massive inflatable bed that was about to sail toward the stage and explode. Oh Jersey…”
5) Stanley Jordan.
“I saw this dude play guitar at The Turning Point in Piermont, NY. Never knew anyone could do that.”
“They still floor me. Visqueen has opened for them a few times, and it always feels like we’re at Nursery School. And the teachers are about to come hand it to us. And they do.”
7) Elvis Costello at The Paramount.
“I was surprised with spare tickets, front row balcony, a few years back. Maybe more than that now.
It was Elvis and a pianist. It was magic and completely rare.”
8) Men At Work at The Catwalk
“My old band Hafacat opened for Men at Work in Pioneer Square at the end of the 90’s.
This was the biggest deal ever, mainly because I love Colin Hay more than words, and that Business As Usual was the first TAPE I’d ever bought with my own money, at K-Mart, when it first came out…For my BOOM BOX…”
9) Porter Wagoner, Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yokam, Marty Stuart at The Henry Fonda Theatre, surprise “opener” for Neko Case.
“Pretty much shat a wagon wheel over this one. I was singing with Neko on a west coast tour when we got the call that Porter would be opening the LA show. We sat glued to the side of the stage as we watched our retinas fall out from talent and history. He passed not too long after. Felt honored to have met him and seen him.”
10) Them Crooked Vultures.
“I’m a huge Queens fan, Foo Fan, and Zeppelin fan. Basically, I feel that Zep is in my DNA. I know it so well, and is the soundtrack to my entire adolescence and early adulthood. Dave and Josh are two dudes I listen up to, and love what they do. Saw them at The Paramount months back. My face fell off.”