Making Movies

Making Movies


  • June 20, 2019 at 7:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $16 advance | $19 door

Energy, mysticism, roots -- it’s hard to classify the genre-breaking music of Making Movies, a band that Rolling Stone says is “breaking down walls across the United States.” With its unique mix of Afro-Latino rhythms and psychedelic rock’n’roll, the quartet’s sound is truly unique.

Based in Kansas City, and comprising a pair of brothers from Panama, and another pair from Mexico, Making Movies creates an overwhelming musical presence that takes the listener through landscapes festive and furious, refreshing and dark. The falsetto singing of Diego Chi can take you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors the band’s sound amid the Chaurand brothers’ primal, folkloric percussion. It’s an explosion of energy on the stage: does the soundtrack make the movie, or the movie make the soundtrack?

Whether performing on stages across the country, or teaching and mentoring young musicians from underserved communities back home, Making Movies are a magnetic force. At their Rebel Song Academy last year, they persuaded Grammy-winning producer Steve Berlin to record their students. This year sees the release of their latest album, ameri'kana. Scheduled to drop May 24, the new record features collaborations with Rubén Blades, Flor De Toloache, Las Cafeteras, Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli, and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, as well as “Delilah,” a song about immigration, never before recorded, that was co-authored by Hidalgo and Lou Reed.