Pop Quiz: Son Voltin’

It was more than a decade and a half ago when Jay Farrar led Son Volt into town for their Capital Region debut.

So what we want to know is, “Where was that show?”

BONUS POINTS: Who was their opening act?

ANSWER: Son Volt’s Capital Region debut took place at Bogie’s in Albany on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1995 – with Sparklehorse – not Sparklehouse – as their opening act. And, yes, Son Volt also played the H.O.R.D.E. Festival the following year – August 18, 1996, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Son Volt returns to Nippertown on Tuesday (June 11) for a concert at The Egg in Albany. Colonel Ford – a Son Volt spin-off band – opens the show at 7:30pm. Tickets are $24.

  1. oates77 says


    Was the opener Sparklehouse?

  2. Kirsten says

    That’s a good call on the opener. I couldn’t remember at first but I think you are right. I reviewed that show for the Source. See if I can dig it up…

  3. michael eck says

    Oates is right as far as I recall.

  4. steve ward says

    My first Son Volt was at HORDE at SPAC They played at one of the stages set up in the rear. Right after Trace came out.
    I think Government Mule played on the stage before them

  5. Stanley Johnson says

    You could be right about that HORDE show. I remember the Mule set finishing with “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”. Earlier on the same lawn stage there was No Doubt and James. (Or was that the WOMAD fest?) That’s the trouble with festival memory: it all blends together in one big concert in my mind.

  6. Greg says

    Stanley: Oh, James! Now there’s a great band that I haven’t thought about in quite a long while. But, no, they didn’t play H.O.R.D.E. They played SPAC at the WOMAD fest in ’93…

    As for No Doubt, I can’t really imagine them playing either fest.

  7. catdeli says

    Checked my tkt stub and Aug. 18, 1996 was HORDE at SPAC date. I distinctly remember standing and trying to watch them because I was a fan but my girlfriend at the time had other plans and made it difficult.

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