September 29, 2023

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San Antonio-area venue hosting first mainstream concert in years

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio space new music scene is about to strike an additional higher take note with the reopening of the Actual Daily life Amphitheater in Selma.

The amphitheater has not hosted a mainstream concert because the late 2000s, when it was called the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. River City Group Church acquired the house in 2011 soon after it shut and taken care of the location for many years.

“We obtained this property yrs ago and just recognized that this was past us,” stated Sean Azaro, pastor of the River City Community Church. “This was far more than just a church property. We required to give this assets as a present, definitely, to the local community.”

But the venue was in a condition of disrepair. Azaro and the workforce, which include standard manager George Ebarb, worked to enhance the facility.

“There had been no seats within this amphitheater. We experienced to boost the WiFi, run new cabling, redo the stage and then we commenced putting seats back again inside of,” explained Ebarb. “We had to redo our concession stands at the very same time. All that devices was taken out, but the infrastructure was however there, so we could see the bones of the place. We just experienced to put the meat on the bones, so it’s been wonderful.”


The Actual Existence Amphitheater has a capability of 20,000 for live functions and reveals. That contains 8,000 less than the roof and 12,000 on the lawn.

The amphitheater is now the next-premier live entertainment venue in the San Antonio location.

“We are just one of the most significant cities in the nation that didn’t have an operating out of doors amphitheater of this measurement. It is or was a missing piece to allow the metropolis to achieve its possible for artists to continue to come below,” said Aaron Zimmerman, VP of programming and advertising and marketing at the Tobin Centre.

Zimmerman said the amphitheater represents more solutions for entertainers that would usually not cease in our place.

The Tech Port Middle and Arena not long ago opened on the Southwest Side.

“More possibilities is much better for the people today of San Antonio and allow various sorts of arts to be offered in various areas,” said Zimmerman. “When we do 100, 200, 300 exhibits a calendar year, you try to remember how numerous individuals in this town get to function their displays and what it does for the economic climate and the instruction and the kids.”


The amphitheater also serves as a nonprofit firm named the True Everyday living Middle for Performing Arts, the place proceeds from the gatherings go again to the church and local community.

“We truly want this to be a total community facility. We related with Tobin Enjoyment (to see) what it would search like if we ended up in a position to host some functions over and above just the Christian local community, relatives-helpful situations that were being grownup modern, place, jazz and cultural situations. That is been a actually cool section of this total form of following stage,” said Azaro.

Genuine Daily life Amphitheater’s initially huge show is Sunday’s Zac Brown Band live performance, but it is only the beginning of the facility’s rebirth.

“This leisure creating was created for festivals. We can do wine tasting gatherings. There is just incredible sum of points that we could do,” claimed Ebarb. “We just really don’t want to be a concert venue. We want to be capable to do numerous factors.”

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