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The Art of Really Listening: Wolverton Home Concerts 

click to enlarge Wolverton Home Concerts - RAMIN SAMANDARI
  • Ramin Samandari
  • Wolverton Home Concerts

Those who have been paying attention to the San Antonio art scene over the past 20 years will no doubt be acquainted with Hills Snyder. The Lubbock-born artist and UTSA Senior Lecturer has spread his insight, good vibes and creative talent all over town, and has been deservedly celebrated for it. And now for something completely different.

Since February of 2013, Snyder and his partner Caralyn have opened their San Antonio home to the music-appreciating public for monthly concerts of the most intimate variety. The first concert was performed by local stark and somber pop stylists Demitasse (an offshoot of Buttercup). Since then, the couple has hosted 25 more concerts, including SA/ATX pop experimentalists Marcus Rubio and Matthew Squires, SA Americana songstress Nicolette Good, Dallas alt-country gem Salim Nourallah, DC-based folk-rockers Vandaveer, SA jazz-rock-folk trio Nat'l Parks, local kinetic popsters Hyperbubble and Butch Hancock, the country bard of Lubbock.

With such a swell precedent of eclectic and high-quality performers, Wolverton Home Concerts—named for the Snyders' band Wolverton that practices in the concert space—is showing no signs of falling off. Indeed, shows have already been booked through September of 2015. I recently caught up with Hills over the phone and we discussed his and Caralyn's vision for the concert series, among other topics.

"These are concerts, not shows. I'm careful not to use the word 'show' because it's not about anything but the music," Snyder explains. "In fact, I'd like to think I could attend one of the concerts with my eyes closed and still get it." For the Snyders, it is important to provide "a place where people are there to really listen," with an ambience focused not on entertainment, per se, but on eliciting feelings of "intimacy, vulnerability and humor" for all concerned.

Coming up on December 13, Wolverton Home Concerts will host Austin folk songwriters Boone Graham and David Longoria. While Graham's tunes have an effervescent and carefree, lo-fi pop bent to them, Longoria's fall more steadfastly in the category of traditional folk/Americana fare. In January, Wolverton will host ATX folk-pop artist Matt the Electrician, whose quirky spin on the folk tradition is imbued with those very characteristics of "intimacy, vulnerability and humor." In February, it's off to the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City for the Snyders, where they will play with their band, as well as host showcases in their own space at the event.

For music aficionados looking for the highest form of musical experience and for acts looking to possibly book a concert, you can get information on upcoming events, reserve seats and get in touch at facebook.com/wolvertonhomeconcerts and/or (210) 473-9062.

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