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Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard on life, death, decking the halls and jicama

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Rachel Flotard by Kristy Cameron
Rachel Flotard :: photo by Kristy Cameron

If Rachel Flotard were a fruit she wouldn’t be a jicama, especially if her tastebuds have any say in the matter. The animated singer for Visqueen jokingly almost gagged after her first bite of the bland, nearly tasteless root fruit and bland and tasteless are definitely not words to use when describing the vivacious Visqueener and her band’s latest record Message to Garcia.

Flotard wrote the album while she was caring for her father who died of cancer and although death loomed over the creation of what turned out to be one of the best local releases of the year, Message to Garcia isn’t a downer of a record. Garcia’s message is as far removed from depression and sadness as the fiery red color of Flotard’s hair is from the pasty white hue of a jicama. It’s an inspiring and uplifting album that packs a mighty musical punch in the form of 11 songs that are as fun and spirited as they are emotional and heartfelt.

Flotard will end her 2009 in Seattle at the WaMu Theatre Tuesday night when Visqueen opens the sold-out Deck The Hall Ball, the annual holiday concert hosted by 107.7 The End (KNDD). Visqueen is the only local band on the six-act bill that features a crop of buzzed groups (Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Metric, 30 Seconds to Mars) and one big-name headliner in U.K. trio Muse. Previous Decks have seen the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and other notable locals grace its holiday stage so playing the commercial radio event could be a pivotal point in the band’s 10-year career.

The concert will be Visqueen’s last of many high-profile local shows this year. The band debuted almost all of Message To Garcia live at Bumbershoot one day before the record was released, played a benefit show for The Service Board at the Crocodile last month and packed The Tractor Tavern opening for Shonen Knife in October. While the exposure from Deck will likely help raise the profile of Visqueen, the band will have to wait until next year to see whether it will find a national audience. This is not due to the concert happening so close to the new year. Ten hours after Visqueen finishes its set Tuesday Flotard will be boarding a plane making its way to Asia. She’s spending two weeks abroad where she will spend time helping install a floor at an elementary school in Laos.

I caught up with Flotard last week and we discussed her band, Message to Garcia, her upcoming tip to Laos and shared our first encounters with jicama. Here’s a snippet of the conversation we had over a lunch that included granola, yogurt and, you guessed it, some jicama.

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Muse set to headline 107.7 The End’s Deck The Hall Ball Dec. 15 @ WaMu Theatre

Monday, November 9th, 2009


Muse at Coachella 2004 :: by Travis Hay

Local alt-rock institution 107.7 The End announced the lineup for Deck The Hall Ball, its annual holiday concert, earlier today and it’s quite impressive. Headlining the night is Muse, one of the biggest bands in the U.K. that hasn’t quite achieved superstar status here in the U.S. They will be accompanied by Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars, Bumbershoot 2009 standouts Metric, rising indie stars Pheonix and last year’s Capitol Hill Block Party headliers Vampire Weekend. The show takes place Dec. 15 at WaMu Theatre. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.


Deck The Hall Ball feat. Daeth Cab, The Killers, Cold War Kids, presale info

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The End’s annual Deck The Hall Ball is scheduled for Dec. 9 at WaMu Theater and will include some heavy hitters featured on modern rock radio playlists.

Here’s who will be there:

The Killers
Death Cab For Cutie
Cold War Kids
Shiny Toy Guns
Aqueduct

The tickets cost $42.50 a pop and the presale begins Thursday at 12:01 a.m. The presale password is “theend” and you can find the presale tix here.


The connection between Gov. Chris Gregoire, Barack Obama and Endfest 17

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Note: The original version of this post incorrectly stated the company that owns The End. The information has been replaced with the correct company.

As mentioned Wednesday night, Endfest 17 will be happening Sept. 13 at Marymoor Park. Also mentioned earlier this week was the appearance of links to the campaigns of Gov. Chris Gregoire and Barack Obama on the festival’s Web site.

So what’s the deal with the sudden possible political slant on the annual summer music festival? Is The End (an Entercom station) officially endorsing candidates? Will money from ticket sales go to the campaigns of Obama and Gregoire?

I zipped an e-mail to Joe Hammill, the station’s promotions director inquiring about the connection to the upcoming election. Here is his response:

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