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Okemah's Index
Jay Farrar and the gang celebrated the July 12 release of Son Volt's latest, the awkwardly titled Okemah and the Melody of Riot, with a little more pomp and circumstance than the average St. Louis CD release party. Throngs of eager fans packed Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom, and Farrar et al. showed there's still some blood left in alt-country's veins --even in New York City. Some facts gathered about the show:

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Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Tickets are $15; call 618-274-6720 for more information.
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Legal capacity of the Bowery Ballroom: 498

Estimated attendance: 499

Number of celebrities spotted: 1 (Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke)Number of people at show who would consider Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke a celebrity: 2 (including Fricke)

Rank of Okemahin the Son Volt catalog: 2 (Wide Swing Tremolois No. 1)Ratio of Son Volt to Uncle Tupelo to Wilco T-shirts spotted in the audience: 1:1:2Average number of miles between the Bowery Ballroom and a St. Louis CD release party: 980

Amount charged for what is clearly $3.50 worth of Budweiser: $5

Number of corporate sponsors present: 1 (Target)

Ticket price: $25

Rumored online scalping price: $150

Number of free shows Son Volt was playing in New York later that week: 1 (at the River to River Festival)

Rumored percentage of Bowery Ballroom tickets handed out to New York industry types: 50 percent

Percentage of Son Volt shows attended where this reporter has been ejected for drunkenness: 50 percent-- Jordan Harper

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