Making Movies was formed in Kansas City in 2009 by singer/guitarist Enrique Chi and his brother, bassist Diego Chi, currently joined by percussionist Juan-Carlos Chaurand and his brother, drummer Andres Chaurand. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, the album is a bold mix of sounds: psychedelia, experimental rock, son cubano, cumbia and various rhythms descended from Yoruba music, an African tradition that slaves carried to the New World as part of religious rites that evolved into Santería. The band offered a first glimpse of the project with “Brave Enough” featuring Hurray for the Riff Raff and Tennis’ Alaina Moore and later shared the brooding “Spinning Out” with a powerful companion video.
The members of Making Movies are socially active both inside and outside of the band. In 2012, they established M.U.S.I.C.A., a summer music camp in Kansas City for low income students from immigrant families. Partnering with local nonprofit, the Mattie Rhodes Center, in July of 2016 the band completed a successful fifth year of the music camp and in 2017, will be launching their own nonprofit program titled, Art As Mentorship.
The quartet is currently on a national tour with Hurray For The Riff Raff. Full list of dates HERE or see below.
Making Movies Tour Dates:
6/19: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
6/21: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird *
6/24: Lawrence, KS @ Granada (w/ Get Up Kids)
7/9: Phoenix, AZ @ NCLR National Latino Family Expo
7/16: Memphis, TN @ Levitt Pavilion -2
7/18: Nashville, TN @ The Basement
7/27: Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar co-headline collaborative show with Ensemble Iberica
7/29: Des Moines, IA @ Warren Morrow Hispanic Festival
7/30: Denver, CO @ Levitt Pavillion
8/26: Grand Rapids, MI @ Annual Hispanic Festival
9/9: Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads
10/24: Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
* w/ Hurray for the Riff Raff
Photo credit: Brian Slater